Studio Armadillo (Vanja)

Studio Session Guitarist

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131 Reviews (131 Verified)
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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!

Tell me about your project and how I can help, through the 'Contact' button above.

131 Reviews - 16 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Phil P.
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    Another homerun from Studio Armadillo! Translating a piano track to guitar isn't easy but Vanja did it to perfection. Plenty of extras on the side as well. Always a pleasure!

  2. Review by Austin B.
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    I’ve used Vanja for a number of projects now and he always delivers incredibly beautiful strumming,with delicate beautiful lead parts. I am now in a situation where I can trust Vanja to let his creative process flow because it always suits the song perfectly. You cannot go wrong.

  3. Review by Phil P.
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    Vanja did an amazing job adding the ornamental touches I was looking for. Phrasing is excellent as are the technical parts. I am completely satisfied and will continued using Studio Armadillo!

  4. Review by Ken C.
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    Nobody’s better than Vanja. He’s unreal! We’re completely hooked on his top-level talent and unmatched service. He never disappoints.

  5. Review by Austin B.
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    Wow, just wow, Vanja brought so much beauty to a quite relatively simple song with his guitar playing. Absolutely stunning, I totally recommend you use Vanja if you are looking for an exquisite guitar player, with a lot of creativity.

  6. Review by Phil P.
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    I just can't say how much I appreciate the guitar talent by this artist. Always right on with leads and ornamental parts. I will continue to use again and again. This is not my first project and won't be the last for sure!

  7. Review by Austin B.
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    Vanja produces some stunningly beautiful acoustic guitar rhythm parts as well as adding some beautiful intricate acoustic lead parts. Really really beautiful. Added so much more to the song. Thoroughly recommend.

  8. Review by Ken C.
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    The genius just keeps a comin'!

  9. Review by Ken C.
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    We’ve hired Vanja countless times. He gives you 360 degrees of awesomeness: amazing talent, perfect files to work with, the best service you’ll get anywhere. The experience is epic every time!

  10. Review by Brian A.
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    Fantastic job done. Extra bits added that is so useful! Super quick and understood the brief well. Recommended. You won't be disappointed

  11. Review by Ken C.
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    I can't even count the amount of times we've worked with Vanja. He's just plain amazing at everything he does. I have to pinch myself sometimes when I hear the recordings— am I really working with someone this good?!!

  12. Review by Michael D.
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    Vanja always has a good sound and gives me what I need.

  13. Review by Ken C.
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    Vanja has UNBELIEVABLE skills. He's ridiculously talented in any genre, creative, and provides the best customer service on SoundBetter. HIGHLY recommend!!

  14. Review by yoonsungwon
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    He's a great power!
    very quick process and work.
    he is trying to pinpoint the client's needs.
    Great guitarist,

  15. Review by Brian A.
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    Great communication, speedy job, extra value added parts, I am a very happy customer

  16. Review by Leonard R.
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    A great experience. So good, and fast. Locked right in on what needed to be done, and delivered.

  17. Review by Mark T.
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    A wonderful job again. First class playing and vibe

  18. Review by Phil P.
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    I really enjoy working with this pro. The parts are always top notch and just what I am looking for. We've done multiple projects and will continue to do more. The best guitarist I've used anywhere.

  19. Review by Ken C.
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    There isn't a single artist I like working with more. Vanja's skillset is in the stratosphere. He's also the kindest, most responsive person ever. Vanja a true gem, don't miss out working with him. The experience is perfecto every time.

  20. Review by Ken C.
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    Vanja is just plain ridiculous. Just the right amount of guitar geek and impresario. Creative, unmatched technically, passionate. Combine that with almost real-time service and...yeah...just hire him!

  21. Review by Chris Lingo
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    I SIMPLY HAVE THE BIGGEST SMILE ON MY FACE. Amazing work, above and beyond. Amazing!

  22. Review by Mark T.
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    Wonderful playing again by Vanja, a real professional who delivers always, a pleasure to work with

  23. Review by D-Reck O.
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    Once again he's outdone himself in guitar and bass performance, and was even able to help tempo sync the seemingly impossible guide track. Quick and high quality work, I definitely recommend!

  24. Review by Ken C.
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    Vanja just continues to wow us with his brilliance. He's the perfect combination of gearhead, tone freak, and gifted player. You can hear it in every note, in all his creativity and music perfection. Love working with him.

  25. Review by Ken C.
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    Pure genius! Trust in Vanja. He will take your song to the stratosphere! Or beyond!

  26. Review by Cameron A.
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    Vanja is incredibly talented. He brought an amazing feel to both tracks i sent him. Would recommend anyone to work with him! Thanks man!

  27. Review by Cameron A.
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    Great guitarist! With a great ear! Very professional! Highly recommend

  28. Review by Ken C.
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    One outstanding experience after the another! A killer player and and a great person who puts every ounce of his heart and soul into your track. The most responsive, caring and talented person we've worked with yet!

  29. Review by D-Reck O.
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    He never fails! I've worked with Vanja over a hundred times now and there's a reason I always go back for more. He has the perfect touch for our guitar work and helps bring our songs to life in a fast ad professional manner!

  30. Review by David W.
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    Juicy guitar licks, delivered on time! Would absolutely work with him again.

  31. Review by July A.
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    I love working with Vanja. Always great results!

  32. Review by Irina A.
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    Vanja did an amazing job on my song. The sound is great and exactly what I had asked for. Would fully recommend and book him again anytime.

  33. Review by D-Reck O.
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    As always, Vanja did an amazing job with laying down beautiful guitar tracks for my music! Love working with him!

  34. Review by Mark T.
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    Another great performance! Vanja works flawlessly, professionally and quickly to provide exactly what's needed

  35. Review by Ken C.
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    Look no further. Vanja is, hands down, the best guitarist on here. It doesn't matter the genre, he'll deliver killer tracks that make mixing a dream!

  36. Review by Mark T.
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    Very, very good guitar work, understood exactly the style/feel my track needed and delivered quickly, precisely and perfectly. A true professional and great to work with. Will definitely be calling on him again.

  37. Review by Ken C.
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    More flawless guitar work by Vanja! He's the absolute best and we love working with him.

  38. Review by Ken C.
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    Look no further. Vanya is legendary good! Precise, creative, unmatched attention to detail, fast. Treats your song like his song. HIGHLY recommend!

  39. Review by Ken C.
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    Truly the ONLY guitarist you need. Phenomenal work every time, across the board.

  40. Review by Ken C.
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    We throw everything at Vanya and he kills it every time! A pro's pro!

  41. Review by Ken C.
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    We've hired Vanya countless times. He creates pure maximum awesomeness! Best service, most talented guy around. Don't hesitate.

  42. Review by Ken C.
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    A gifted player like no other you'll find, and a great experience working with him too. Vanya is highly skilled and a great person too. Don't hesitate.

  43. Review by July A.
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    Great Results again! High quality, perfect playing and amazing crisp sound.

  44. Review by Ken C.
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    The preeminent player on SoundBetter. Stop looking and hire Vanya. There's no one better. He's the perfect combination of unmatched skill and customer service. HIGHLY recommend!

  45. Review by July A.
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    Wow Vanja did such a great job on this. I am totally thrilled!

  46. Review by July A.
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    Fantastic! Vanja was working on a kinda tricky song for an acoustic guitar but found a perfect solution. I can only recommend him for you project.

  47. Review by Mike B.
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    Always a pleasure!

  48. Review by July A.
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    Fantastic Work Again From Vanja. Such a great artist!

  49. Review by Ken C.
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    Pure Genius! Trust in Vanya.

  50. Review by July A.
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    Top Notch! 5 Stars!

  51. Review by July A.
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    Just Awesome!

  52. Review by July A.
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    Great Work from Vanja again. We delivers top quality and always find a solution to make his work perfect

  53. Review by Roberto T.
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    Another excellent work by Vanja! Accurate and fast, a warranty!

  54. Review by July A.
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    Fantastic Job from Vanja again. It's a great pleasure working him

  55. Review by July A.
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    Fantastic work from Vanja one more time. This one turned out extraordinary good. Love it!

  56. Review by July A.
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    What a fantastic Job done by Vanja. I have to say he is always delivering top notch recordings. I can only recommend him for your project.

  57. Review by Michael D.
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    Thanks again for another great track!

  58. Review by July A.
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    Vanja did a fantastic job on this one.Amazing talent!

  59. Review by Brian
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    Vanja did a beautiful acoustic guitar arrangement for one of my tracks. He really brought the track to life and took the song to a whole new level. Will work with him again!

  60. Review by July A.
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    As always perfect :)

  61. Review by Fabio Z.
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    Vanja is with no doubt one of the best musician & professional I have worked so far. He did and provided everything that you can expect from a section musician:

    1)Respect your timeframe;
    2)High level gear, including acoustic guitar and overall hardware (mics, pre amp, etc.), resulting beautiful sonority and high level audio tracks;
    3)Studies your music and provide more than you can expect;
    4)Not only a musician, but a great producer too.

    Five stars to Vanja and you can trust for your music!!!

  62. Review by Susan O.
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    Vanja is a huge talent! He just completed work on another of my songs, and it is as beautiful as the first. He gave me a lot of tracks and options for mixing, so I am really pleased once again. Have no doubt about working with Vanja!

  63. Review by Roberto T.
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    Another very good experience with Vanja and his Armadillo Studio! His ideas and his creativity gave the right colour to my tracks... Bravo Vanja!

  64. Review by July A.
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    It was a great experience working Vanja again. Perfect results as usual. Just awesome

  65. Review by Roberto T.
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    Another very good job by Vanja! High quality, very good communication.

  66. Review by Susan O.
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    Studio Armadillo (Vanja) just blew me away with his awesome guitar tracks...I got a little high just listening! I could not be happier with the tracks he sent me, and they are going to dominate my production. I appreciate his work, professionalism, and getting the tracks a little early was a real bonus, so don't think twice about working with him!

  67. Review by Roberto T.
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    Always a pleasure to work with Vanja. Once again he did a perfect job, the quality is always excellent and his ideas even more! Bravo!

  68. Review by Roberto T.
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    Vanja is very creative, precise and fast.
    A very nice experience for me, we will do it again! Bravo!

  69. Review by Ken C.
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    What can we say about Vanya, other than HE"S A TOTAL GENIUS! We've hired him several times now and are continuously blown away by his skill set and attention to detail. Everything from the strings, to the exact guitar type/brand, the pickups, the amp, EVERYTHING is carefully tended to in order to get the exact sound you want and need. Vanya is like a fine tailor who can fit to you and your song style perfectly. HIGHLY recommend.

  70. Review by Phil P.
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    Vanja did an excellent job. It was the perfect addition to my project. I'll definitely use him again on the next project.

  71. Review by July A.
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    Vanja, did an amazing job on this one. Thank you!

  72. Review by Ken C.
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    Brilliant! We're losing track of the amount of times we've hired Vanya for guitar and bass work. Endless amounts of professionalism and passion for his craft makes it hard to go anywhere else. You'll never get better service or find anyone who is as dedicated to delivering exactly what you need, flawlessly. HIGHLY recommend!

  73. Review by Ken C.
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    Vanya just continuously amazes with his skills and creativity. A true craftsman, and the most responsive, attentive professional we've ever worked with. Once you hire him, you will be hooked just like we are. Seriously.

  74. Review by July A.
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    It was a pleasure working with Vanja again. Top notch!

  75. Review by Ken C.
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    Trust in Vanya! He is a genius, a true master of his craft. The recording quality will blow your mind too. His studio is outfitted with THE BEST equipment to get ridiculously good sound quality to mix with. Combine that with his attention to detail and natural ability. AMAZING. Oh, and he responds immediately to every request and inquiry. Hire him now!

  76. Review by July A.
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    It was a pleasure working with Vanja again. Top Notch results!

  77. Review by July A.
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    It was such a great experience working with Vanja again. Great results as always

  78. Review by July A.
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    Perfect Experience Wokring Together with Vaja

  79. Review by Ken C.
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    An amazing talent! Vanya gave us plenty of flawless guitars to work with. Each one was both creative and beautifully played. Wow. Blown away!

  80. Review by July A.
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    It was a fantastic experience working with Vanja again. He delivers top notch!

  81. Review by Joshua I.
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    Absolutely amazing and fast

  82. Review by Gerard Hairston
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    Great guitarists top-notch work I will definitely use again

  83. Review by Michael D.
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    Vanja has done many sessions for me and I keep coming back!

  84. Review by Abdulaziz a.
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    I just gonna say he is really amazing pro !

  85. Review by asnitcov@gmail.com
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    Amazing!!!

  86. Review by Danny Avery
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    Most professional and highest quality sounding guitarist on SoundBetter!

  87. Review by Reginald B.
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    Nice player with a cool sound! Professional and a slick guitarist!

  88. Review by Seth M.
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    Amazing work. Above and beyond what I expected and a clear attention to the needs of the track. Also, a very talented player able to bring a lot of detail to the work. Extremely happy with the outcome!

  89. Review by July A.
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    Vanja's playing and the quality of his recording is stunning. I can only recommend him

  90. Review by Denis M.
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    Ivan always does it fast. Acoustic guitar is divine, Vanya is a virtuoso. It is very pleasant to communicate.

  91. Review by D-Reck O.
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    Absolutely beautiful musician, always writes the best possible guitar and bass and even piano! I’ve worked with him on over 20 songs and I’ll continue to go to Vanja for any future works!

  92. Review by July A.
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    It was a great pleasure working with Vanja.

  93. Review by July A.
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    Fantastic Work from Vanja again. Thank you!

  94. Review by D-Reck O.
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    Vanja continues to impress me with each batch of songs! So thrilled to be able to work with his beautiful guitar work!

  95. Review by July A.
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    Fantastic Work. One more time!

  96. Review by July A.
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    Great working experience!

  97. Review by July A.
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    Fantastic Recording again. Skilled Playing & Great Recording Quality

  98. Review by July A.
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    Awesome work from Vanja again. He is very skilled and delivers quality work!

  99. Review by July A.
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    Vanja did a great job again. He is delivering quality work. That means both with his skilled guitar playing and high quality sound recording

  100. Review by July A.
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    Fantastic Work! Couldn't be more happy with it :)

  101. Review by D-Reck O.
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    Vanja never fails to amaze me. His work is insanely beautiful and once again he’s given me the best of the best guitar to work with, both acoustic and electric. Will definitely be working with him again!

  102. Review by Yuna Lek
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    Vanja is a very talented guitar player and recording artist. He knows how to record sound in many different ways giving me the choice to find the sound i'm looking for. He has recorded several guitar tracks, acoustic and electric, always with sublime quality. Excellent work!

  103. Review by Steve
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    Great working with Vanja. He is an exceptional guitarist and delivered flawless and beautiful sounding acoustic guitar stems. Highly recommended

  104. Review by Dylan S.
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    Vanja always gets the job done and is incredibly professional and easy to work with!

  105. Review by Dylan S.
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    I needed a chord replayed on guitars that had already been recorded and Vanja was able to make the fix and get the guitars back to me in under 24 hours. He is incredibly accommodating and easy to work with. Highly recommend using him

  106. Review by Dylan S.
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    Incredibly professional and fantastic at what he does. Works fast and over-delivers. Highly recommend using him.

  107. Review by Michael D.
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    Thank you again for working on my project. As always, you deliver great quality and on time as promised.

  108. Review by D-Reck O.
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    Once again did fantastic guitar work, definitely my go to for all my guitar needs!

  109. Review by Michael D.
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    Thanks Vanja for taking the time to work out parts for another of my songs.

  110. Review by D-Sharp International
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    Really Professional and Extremely good guitar playing. Went above and beyond! Gave my song the feel I needed

  111. Review by Trazmo
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    good skills!

  112. Review by Mahmoud
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    It was a pleasure working with Vanja!

  113. Review by Denis M.
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    New track and 100% hit again.
    It turned out, Ivan is drawn with a heavy guitar as expertly as with the acoustic.

  114. Review by D-Reck O.
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    Vanja is an astonishing guitarist! Once again he’s done a fantastic job at bringing the track to life in an explosive and exciting way!

  115. Review by Denis M.
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    Ivan took my track to the next level. It exceeded my wildest expectations. Did everything very quickly. Ivan's level of play is worthy of a Grammy.

  116. Review by D-Reck O.
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    Outstanding job as always! Vanja does an amazing job at creating the perfect atmosphere for any project and is prompt to deliver as well! Will definitely continue to work with him on future projects.

  117. Review by Dan Berk
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    Vanja is an amazing guitarist! He provided me with the tracks very quickly. Looking forward to working with him again!

  118. Review by Ma C.
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    Very fast delivery, great communication and of course that guy knows what he is doing. Thank you

  119. Review by D-Reck O.
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    Beautiful guitar work and very prompt with delivery. Definitely going to be using his services again!

  120. Review by Mike B.
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    Again and again I come to a conclusion that this guy is probably a guitar sorcerer or smth like that:)

  121. Review by Mike B.
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    Another track, another great job done:)
    Vanja is a pro, capable of playing in a variety of genres!

  122. Review by Michael D.
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    As always, Vanja is east to work with and produces quality tracks. We have just finished another job and I am very happy with the work and the time frame delivery!

  123. Review by Mike B.
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    For me, working with Vanja has been one of the most pleasant collaboration experiences ever. Finished another guitar theme, and will be definitely looking for more:)

  124. Review by Mike B.
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    It's my 2nd time working with Vanja, and I must say it's not even a question who I'll contact the 3rd time:)

  125. Review by Michael D.
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    Another job well done. The tones and the playing are what you would expect from a professional.

  126. Review by Tomme B.
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    Great guitarist delivered as he said he would everything was clean and professional sounding top notch quality would recommend him for any guitar services

  127. Review by Mike B.
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    Just awesome! Vanja helped me with guitars for one of my tracks, and I got exactly what I had in mind, from the 1st take. Top quality.
    It's really great to work with this guy!

  128. Review by Monroe
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    Great work, proffesionalism and top quality.

  129. Review by Michael D.
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    Once again I am extremely satisfied with Vanja's work. He has really gone above and beyond what I expected or what we contracted to do!

  130. Review by Michael D.
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    I am extremely happy with the work Vanja did on my song. Everything was within a short time period and the playing as well as the sound quality of the tracks is no less than professional. He's also very detailed with communications and makes it a point to understand exactly what the client is looking for.

  131. Review by Mario H.
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    Very professional guitar recording and fast delivery!

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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I was the Guitarist/Bassist/Pianist/Drum Programmer/Producer in this production

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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