Steve's recording technique of slightly detuning a doubling guitar to create a chorusing effect is discussed...viewtopic.php?f=4&t=3845&p=38014&hilit=double+tracking#p38014
Vai insists that double tracking is one of the best ways to make a guitar sound good. Of course, you have to make sure the two overdubbed tracks are tight. However, there will always be slight differences, and this is where the magic happens. Those slight differences add considerable dimensionality to the tone. You can even detune the second guitar slightly to produce a chorused effect, or slow down/speed up the tape for the second guitar if your using analog. Both work just fine.
Just make sure things don't get sloppy!"
If anyone is familiar with this recording technique of detuning doubled guitars could you please answer a few questions:
1. Does Steve use this technique for leads and melodies, rhythm guitars, clean guitars, all or some of the above?
2. Is this technique used among multiple tracks of guitar or usually only as a double?
3. How would one pan this detuned guitar? Close to center, separated widely?