Ethan Sherman

Guitar & acoustic instruments

Ethan Sherman on SoundBetter

Hi! I tour as lead guitarist for Michael Bublé, and record things with strings for numerous indie & Americana singer-songwriters (and film composers, too!). My original instrumental music usually lives in the fuzzy space between bluegrass and jazz, and I specialize in recording acoustic stringed instruments– with and without frets, big and small.

My top priority when recording is to serve the music and help tell its story, whether I'm tracking a single guitar part or orchestrating layers of them.

My training and experience has given me a skill set that allows me to deliver and have fun in a lot of different musical settings– from free-jazz to pop-jazz, Americana to Ableton, songs to film music and everything in between.

I love the endless variety of sounds that the guitar and its relatives can conjure, and I love finding the right instrument or combination of instruments to lend my approach to your music a distinct identity and character. I've built up a personalized arsenal of gear that continues to grow, and I delight in finding ways to unexpectedly integrate acoustic instruments into modern productions.

I'd love to hear about your project! Send me a note via the "contact" button above.

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Interview with Ethan Sherman

  1. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  2. A: Jake Reed on drums!

  3. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  4. A: Playing music every day!

  5. Q: What's your typical work process?

  6. A: I like to start out by talking to the artist or producer to find out what they're looking for. If we're working remotely, I ask for them to send audio and any extra info they'd like me to have while working on the music (charts, demos, notes, references, etc.) If they're local, I like to meet and have the session in person where possible.

  7. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  8. A: I work out of an acoustically treated home studio space where all my instruments & recording gear live. I generally work in Logic Pro X, but also use Pro Tools when needed. I'm also able to travel to studios around Southern California as needed. I use a combination of digital & analog hardware, and have a versatile collection of microphones.

  9. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  10. A: Both are indispensable for different reasons.

Terms Of Service

We'll talk first to determine the scope of the work. I'll do one revision for free and additional ones on a case-by-case basis. Turnaround is usually 2 days or communicated otherwise before beginning.

GenresSounds Like
  • Bill Frisell
  • Bryan Sutton
  • Kevin Breit
Gear Highlights
  • Martin
  • Gibson
  • Bourgeois & Waterloo acoustics
  • Nash & Collings electrics
  • vintage amps
  • lap steels
  • dobro
  • mandolins
  • mandola
  • banjo
  • baritone guitar
  • fretless baritone guitar
  • soprano guitar. Peluso mics
  • CAPI pres
  • UA Apollos
  • Logic Pro X. Pedals.
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