It would be great to collaborate with you on your next project! I have 15 years of professional studio experience, specifically in rock, pop, country, blues, ambient guitar, and etherial soundscapes. I excel at writing guitar hooks, melodic lines, ambient sound beds, "filling in" the vocal gaps, and locked-in rhythm sections.

I record electric and acoustic guitar for anything from singles to full albums, ambient soundscapes, film score, short jingles, and musical bumpers. Typically, we will discuss song direction, vibe, and guitar concepts. I will track remotely and send tracks via internet. In most cases, I record complimentary, left and right tracks to create a wide stereo spread, enhanced by mixing and matching different microphones. On request, I can record a "dry" direct line, if you aren't ready to commit to a specific tone, which can be "re-amped" to find your ideal tone. If you prefer to collaborate and work at a local studio, I am happy to discuss details.

Send me a note through the contact button above.

Gear highlights

  • Custom Gibson Les Paul Goldtop
  • Custom Fender Telecaster
  • Gibson J-45 Acoustic
  • Gretsch Country Gentleman
  • Marshall 50w Plexi
  • Hendyamps HendyThirty 30 Watt Amp
  • Lauten FC-387
  • Mesanovic Model 2
  • Picasso Channel Strips
  • ProTools
  • Apogee Conversion

Genres I specialize in

Terms of Service

I am willing to accommodate reasonable turn-around times.

Reviews of Chad Martin

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_scan0003about 1 hour agoby

    Chad did an amazing job with the solo work on my song, can get better than Chad! Fantastic!

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar11 days agoby

    It was a pleasure working with Chad again. I've worked with many guitarist and I can promise you Chad is one of the best !!! He gets the job done on time and delivers amazing quality. Thank you Chad!! :3

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar16 days agoby

    I was looking for a really happy guitar melody since some months ago for a Progressive House track and Chad was the right man! He understood me at the first time how was the melody I wanted, 100% recommended and very responsible! Friendly too ;)

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar18 days agoby

    Chad is a very good guitarist. Nice job !

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar24 days agoby

    Chad is just amazing he did exactly what I've imagined. A real Pro. It was my first time using this website so i had some doubt but I'm glad i picked Chad. HE MADE IT WORK!!!

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_img_080925 days agoby

    A real pleasure again, it's like be in the studio together. For sure, always my first choice¬°

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_img_0809about 1 month agoby

    Highly recommended. He did exactly what I had in my mind. He's very talented, patient and clear. From now on, he will be always my first option. Waiting to work with him again.

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar2 months agoby

    Another great experience of working with Chad. As always he has delivered exactly what i was looking for and more in terms of guitars, hooks & vibe. Looking forward to continued work with Chad. Very Highly recommended.

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar3 months agoby

    Great Acustic Guitar Playing,
    Clean Sound. Well Done.

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar3 months agoby

    Great guitarist, great sounds, pleasure to work with.

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_img_20161013_1130343 months agoby

    It was a pleasure working with Chad. He's an amazing guitarist who stays in constant communication with you. He knows what the record needs and he's easy to work with. I can't wait to work with him again. Chad is the best person for the job if you're looking for someone who is professional and can take your songs to the next level.

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_paul_wall3 months agoby

    Another great experience working with Chad. Speedy turnaround of a new bass track with a great performance and to top recording standard.

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_paul_wall3 months agoby

    I hired Chad for guitar tracks on two new songs. Really great working with him. Easy and good communication throughout. He really took time to understand the brief and delivered his tracks to the highest standard. I'd highly recommend checking Chad out if you need guitars on your next track.

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar5 months agoby

    Well what can i say, another amazing experience of working with Chad. This is the 6th track we have collaborated on and as always, Chad brought his A game. He is great at coming up with hook lines and great at creating a real vibe. I am very much looking forward to our next collaboration together in the very near future. Thanks again Chad.

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_fb_img_14558352859275 months agoby

    another great job, well done! always look forward to working with chad, he knows his stuff :)

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar5 months agoby

    Chad is both an awesome guitar player and really nice guy to work with. Always on time. Very accurate in communication. Will definitely work with Chad again in the future and highly recommend him !

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar6 months agoby

    Chad is a songwriter's best friend. He's a guitar player who takes what is and turns it into what should be - with tasty parts, smart sounds, and real emotion in his note/chord choices. If you're not working with Chad, your song is missing out. Great guy, fun to collaborate with, and a true pro in what he delivers. Awesome experience!

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar6 months agoby

    Chad is an amazing guitarist. And a very nice guy too. I definitely recommend working with him !
    Hugo
    Amsterdam

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar8 months agoby

    It's been a pleasure working with Chad. Very quick turn around, good communication and he delivered great work where he gave good creative input to the song.

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar8 months agoby

    Collaboration with Chad is always creative and understand the rhythm and the sound that I need for my productions. He is professional with high quality services. Thanks again Chad.

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar8 months agoby

    another great experience of working with Chad, there was an additional guitar part that came to my mind once he had put his guitars down and it was no problem at all for Chad to offer to go back and record this additional line for me, total pro, nails it every time and a real joy to work with, we will be working together again very soon for sure

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_ben_hardy_trio_at_rose_l_otel_rozelle_0148 months agoby

    Chad was great! He understood exactly what I was after and got it first time. I didn't need any changes! He also took some creative liberty and made the track even better. Highly recommended!

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar9 months agoby

    Chad is a total pro when it comes to recording guitars. He is a musicians musician. He has great flair for coming up with hook lines, adding atmosphere and adds a real class to a recording. He is also great to communicate with & a great guy & for this reason whenever i need guitars tracked i look no further. I cannot recommend Chad highly enough.

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar9 months agoby

    It has been great experience collaborating with Chad on my song! Chad is very talented with a professional attitude. I'll definitely work with him again on my next project.

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_me10 months agoby

    Once again, working with Chad has been a wonderful experience. He's truly a top-class player, and completely surpassed all my expectations in virtually every part of my songs with his amazing musical taste. I wish I could give you ten stars. Thanks a lot Chad!

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar10 months agoby

    Working with guitarist Chad Martin was sheer delight. He added so much life to my track and gave his all for sure. I'd work with him again in a snap!

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_me10 months agoby

    Working with Chad has been amazing. He's extremely professional, creative and friendly, and definitely has a really good taste when it comes to adding some guitar decorations to your track. He's one of those rare people who you can trust they'll do wonders to your song!

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar11 months agoby

    Another great experience of working with Chad, as always Chad brings great, creative ideas to the table and is a fantastic collaborator. He is also very good at taking direction and ensuring that you as the writer/producer have exactly what it is you envisaged the guitar parts/performances being. A total Pro and a pleasure to work with.

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar11 months agoby

    Again, another fantastic experience of working with Chad, results of guitar and mandolin work were second to none. Chad Without a doubt is now my go to session guitarist, we will be working together again very shortly.

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar12 months agoby

    I have just worked with Chad on one of my new tracks. He is an absolute pleasure to work with. As well as being a fantastic guitar player with great original ideas he is great at communicating and getting the job done within a very quick turnaround. I cannot recommend him highly enough and will certainly be using him again in the very near future.

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatarabout 1 year agoby

    Chad is one of the nicest guys I've met, goes the extra mile and on top of all of that is a genius with guitars. He will give your idea one listen and in the first take will come up with something you simply can't stop listening to. Amazing work, can't wait to do the next session! To summarize: Chad Rocks!

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_fb_img_1455835285927about 1 year agoby

    I had some such an awesome learning experience working with Chad, he took my ideas and made them even better. Working with him is so easy because he's extremely talented and he takes the time to really listen and develop my ideas. I'll definitely be working with him really soon. :)

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_gig_pic_3about 1 year agoby

    A Pleasure to work with Chad. Great communication, quality work and prompt delivery of tracks. Understood the brief well and top musician. I look forward to working with Chad again in the future.

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_590x550about 1 year agoby

    Chad is an excellent guitar player, who can really bring a unique vibe to your track. He is easy to talk to, and his recordings sound amazing. If you need some guitar work done for your next track, you would really miss out not having Chad on board.

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatarabout 1 year agoby

    Chad always puts down killer guitar tracks. Really great stuff. If you need guitar work done, look no further.

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatarabout 1 year agoby

    Seriously what can I say but that Chad is the best to work with! You need guitar, look no further. Chad is the man!

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatarabout 1 year agoby

    Chad delivers again! Chad is awesome to work with. Always professional and always delivers high quality work. Thanks Chad!

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatarover 1 year agoby

    No matter what I throw Chad's way, he always takes it to the next level. I always look forward to working with Chad. Always a great experience!

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatarover 1 year agoby

    Chad has become my main go-to guitar guy. Why? Listen to his stuff and you'll quickly hear why. Great player, professional and an all around nice guy. You need guitars? Look no further.

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatarover 1 year agoby

    Again, another perfect experience and perfect performance. Working with Chad is always a great experience. Why go to anyone else? Contact Chad now! You will not be disappointed.

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatarover 1 year agoby

    Chad consistently delivers quality work. He's easy to easy to talk to and very professional. After we discuss the project, I never worry about what the final results will be, because they come out perfect every time.
    Thanks Chad!

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatarover 1 year agoby

    Working with Chad is great. Very professional and a really great player. He's worked on a few of my songs already and all of the results have been perfect. I'm always looking forward to sending a song to Chad to add his magic touch. Thanks Chad!

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_11401534_727477347385939_3149254518203328216_nover 1 year agoby

    Chad is Great to work with and is an amazing Guitarist. He delivered the sound my Track needed... Thanks Chad..

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatarover 1 year agoby

    Chad delivers quality work every time. Killer chops, awesome tone, total pro and super nice guy. Chad is great to work with. He's absolutely my go-to guitarist. Thanks Chad!

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatarover 1 year agoby

    Once again Chad provided awesome guitar tracks for one of my songs. Professional, nice and a great guitar player. I would not hesitate to ask Chad to add guitars to any of my songs. Thanks Chad!

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatarover 1 year agoby

    Each session with Chad is better than the last. I can't say enough good things to describe his playing. He is a master guitar player.

  • Verified Review (Client)Listing_thumb_de5a7380-1over 1 year agoby

    As always Chad is amazing to work with! Highly creative. Highly professional. Easy to work with! Look forward to many collaborations to come.

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatarover 1 year agoby

    Chad provided acoustic and electric guitar tracks (Rhythm & Lead) for my song. It was exactly what the song needed and was perfect on the first pass. The electric guitar sounds so good. Perfect for the song. Thanks Chad. Looking forward to working on another project very soon.

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatarover 1 year agoby

    Chad is an amazing talent. I gave him a basic idea of the song I wanted to create, and Chad did an incredible job transforming it into a finished work. His guitar work is really beautiful, in so many ways. I'm already getting ready to send him my next project.

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_cd_cover_instagramover 1 year agoby

    Chad is really creative and does great work in a short amond of time
    Definedly a recomended to work with him!

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatarover 1 year agoby

    very very good. extremely professional. takes direction beautifully. awesome.

  • Listing_thumb_img_0809about 1 month agoby

    Highly recommended. He did exactly what I had in my mind. He's very talented, patient and clear. From now on, he will be always my first option. Waiting to work with him again.

  • Default-avatarover 1 year agoby

    Chad added awesome guitar tracks for my song.He is professional with excellent services.I will definitely work again with him.

  • Default-avatarover 1 year agoby

    This is my 3rd track with Chad. I tell him what I want and he turns it into magic. Enough said.

  • Default-avatarover 1 year agoby

    Chad is a true pro and I've had multiple awesome experiences with him. Super chill and he is willing to work with you to get the exact sound you're looking for. Highly recommended.

  • Default-avatarover 1 year agoby

    Being an engineer as well as a session musician, I have had the opportunity to work with Chad on several different projects. Chad never ceases to deliver amazing sonic quality and incredible creativity. An amazing musician and a great guy who is easy to work with and a blast to be around. I recommend him very highly for your next project!

  • Default-avatarover 1 year agoby

    Chad is one of the greatest guitarists and guys I know! In live or studio environments, he has never ceased to amaze me with his skill and professionalism. I recommend him as highly as I possibly can!

    Chris Henderson
    Owner of Hendyamps LLC
    www.hendyamps.com

  • Default-avatarover 1 year agoby

    As a Producer, Songwriter and Artist I have worked with Chad for many years and he is and will always be my first call. He is by far the easiest musician to work with and humble spirit in the studio while bringing professionalism and creativity to any project. He truly has a gift of understanding a song and developing a sonic solution that appeals.

  • Listing_thumb_al3.over 1 year agoby

    I am a session musician in LA and Chad is my first call for guitar work, every time. Cannot recommend him enough.

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Interview with Chad Martin

What's your typical work process?
When I record electric or acoustic guitar for a song, the first step in my process is a very basic one (but often easy to breeze right through): Listen. When a client brings a song to the table, I make a concerted effort to listen to the song, in it's entirety, outside of the studio. To me, there's a difference between "hearing" the song (i.e. figuring out the key, learning the progressions, coming up with cool hooks, etc.) and truly "listening" to the song. The latter is for understanding what the song is about, the vibe, the color, the mood, energy, space, etc. When I listen outside the studio, I am not tempted to pick up a guitar and start hacking away at the tune. Once I feel like I have a good grasp of the song's direction, vibe, and energy, I begin thinking about what particular tools the song is calls for. This is everything from type of guitar, pickups, the amp, overdrives, delays, 'verbs, and other effects to create the right tone for the song. For me, this step is summed up in a word: Commit. As a guitarist, it is so easy to get caught tumbling down the proverbial "rabbit hole," in search of the "exact" and "perfect" tone for a given song and project. I have expended a lot of time and energy exploring different tones, trying to find just the right balance of "chimey," "beefy," "warm," "glassy," and "rich." The truth is, most clients hire a session player because they trust the player to following their instincts. Getting hung up on two slightly different tones probably means they would both work out just fine. I learned to trust my ear and commit. Finally, the most exciting part of the work process: Create. When I approach a song with either an electric or acoustic guitar in my hands, I am always thinking Left v. Right. The stereo spread is one of the most important elements to a mix, and as a session guitarist, you can't just think like a guitarist. You have to think like a producer. When I track guitar, I ask myself 1) how I can best compliment the song? and 2) how can the guitar tracks best compliment each other? In some instances, it's thick, stereo rhythm tracks, sometimes it's wide, soaring lead lines, and sometimes it's a guitar in one ear and not in the other ear. Regardless, it comes back to thinking left and right complimentary guitar tracking. It is easily the most challenging and reward step of the process. Listen. Commit. Create. Thanks for reading! -Chad