Studio Armadillo (Vanja)

Studio Session Guitarist

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Professional studio recorded guitars

I'm a professional guitarist, studio musician and composer based in Serbia. I lead a well known Serbian band called Vanya con Trios (check out youtube). Have 3 albums, hundreds of gigs and shows behind me.

I was featured as a session guitarist in "Guitar world" magazine, issue - May 2021.

I own and operate a well equipped music studio, and have a vast arsenal of vintage guitars, quality guitar amps, acoustic guitars, pedals, studio tube microphones and preamps.

I will record professional guitar tracks (acoustic and/or electric) for your songs. I am a creative, fluent musician with a delicate ear. I can play without scores or sheets.

I can work with a number of different instruments and amps, to achieve different sounds - 1976 Fender Strat, 60th Anniversary Fender Strat, PRS Custom 24, Fender American Tele, Fender Am. Dlx. Ash Tele, 2013 Gibson LP Trad Std, Fender Am. Precision Professional Bass, Martin D28, Martin 000-15m, Yamaha CG-201s, Kala Ukulele, '77 Marshall 2203 w/ 4x12 1982b cabinet, Marshall JCM2000 w/2x12 1960 cab, Orange Rockerverb MK3, Peavey 6505+, Fender '65 Twin Reverb RI, Fender Blues Deluxe, Roland Jazz Chorus 120, Sessionette 75, Vox AC4TV

Everything is tracked with quality studio mics through dedicated outboard preamps through an RME FF 802. Feel free to inquire about the signal chain.

Looking forward to working with you!

Would love to hear from you. Click the contact button above to get in touch.

155 Reviews - 20 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by July A.
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    Vanja never disappoints. He delivers such amazing quality. I can only recommend him.

  2. Review by July A.
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    Excellent *****

  3. Review by July A.
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    Fabolous Vanja :)

  4. Review by July A.
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    A fantastic recording :)

  5. Review by July A.
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    For me Vanja is one of the best artist I ever worked with. He is highly skilled and professional and just never disappoints. Thank you!

  6. Review by July A.
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    It was a great joy to work with Vanja again. He delivered top notch quality one more time. Thank you

  7. Review by Ken C.
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    It's simple. There just isn't another guitarist or bass player that meets Vanja's incredibly high standards. We've hired him countless times and he just continues to kill it. Over and over again he goes WAY beyond the ask, delivering alt ideas that we often incorporate—cause they're awesome! Also, I challenge anyone to find someone who cares as much and provides the attention and customer service like Vanja does. So amazing!!

  8. Review by Phil P.
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    Always a pleasure and very quick to respond. Great solos this time with the addition of electric! Professional and perfect!

  9. Review by Ken C.
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    The only guitarist we ever use on SoundBetter. The depth of talent and attention to detail is off the charts amazing. Vanja works in ANY genre at the highest levels, and will completely spoil you with his customer service. HIGHLY recommend!

  10. Review by Ken C.
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    The most epic guitarist on SoundBetter. Unmatched skills; Highly creative; Delivers a ton of extras and textures that always seem to make the songs way better. Combine all that with unreal response times and customer service, and you have the most attentive and talented guy on here.

  11. Review by Phil P.
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    I cannot give enough accolades. Always a pleasure working together. Simply my top choice for guitar.

  12. Review by Phil P.
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    Excellent work as usual! The triplet runs and ornamental additions were superb. Always exactly what I need and great to work with!

  13. Review by Ken C.
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    The most epic guitarist and collaborator you’ll find anywhere. Perfect sound, amazingly creative, unreal response time. HIGHLY recommend no matter what genre you’re in.

  14. Review by Patrick V.
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    Vanja's quality playing and recording is why we continue to book him.

  15. Review by ReI'nferno
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    Awesome & Great player, will definitely work with him again!

  16. Review by Freek W.
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    Vanja was fast (fastest ever experienced on Soundbetter) and professional. Very professional. Ill be back 100%

  17. Review by Patrick V.
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    Exceptional quality, quick response and turnaround!

  18. Review by Ken C.
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    Vanja is a legend. Pure, unrivaled awesomeness every time! The best response time and customer service combine with perfect files to mix with, make him a truly invaluable resource. Amazing! Don't miss out—you'll get hooked like we are!

  19. Review by Ken C.
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    The ONLY guitarist you need. Vanja will spoil you in every way—talent, service, delivery quality. He works at the highest levels at every part of the process, and such a great collaborator too. 20+ jobs and counting! HIGHLY recommend.

  20. Review by Ken C.
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    The most epic player on SoundBetter. Period.

Interview with Studio Armadillo (Vanja)

  1. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  2. A: Analog up until the very end (interface). Guitar amps, mics and preamps, the real deal, I don't ever use amp simulations.

  3. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  4. A: Audio Technica AT4050sm, Rode NTK w/Telefunken E88CC, Shure SM7b, Shure SM57, Warm Audio TB12 Tone Beast, Golden Age PRE73 MKII, Presonus Faderport 16, RME Fireface 802, Focusrite Scarlett 18i20, Presonus D8 Digimax, Presonus Studio One, etc...

  5. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  6. A: Professional studio recording of guitars, arranging, mixing and mastering

  7. Q: How would you describe your style?

  8. A: Very versatile, I adapt very easily to any style/genre

  9. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  10. A: Acoustic and electric guitar arrangements

  11. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  12. A: My Martin D28 and my '76 Fender Strat

  13. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  14. A: 15+ years as a session/studio musician

  15. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  16. A: Playing by ear, no sheets/scores necessary

  17. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  18. A: I bring professional sounding, studio-ready tracks, with my own vibe and feel.

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Terms Of Service

My typical turnaround time is 3-5 days. Revisions are fine, I don't mind making changes until you're 100% happy with the tracks. :)

Gear Highlights
  • '76 Fender Strat
  • 60th Strat
  • PRS Custom 24
  • Fender Am Std Tele
  • Fender Am Dlx Ash Tele
  • Martin D28 & 000-15m
  • Fender P-bass Pro
  • Yamaha CG-201s
  • '77 Marshall JMP
  • JCM2000
  • Orange Rockerverb
  • Roland JC120
  • Peavey 6505+
  • '65 Twin
  • Blues Dlx
  • Vox AC15
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