Professional recording and touring musician based in Berlin, Germany. I have recorded with international artists in the States, UK, Spain & Germany, worked with producers David Bottrill (Muse, Placebo), Al Clay (Pink, Pixies), Steve Lyon (Paul McCartney, The Cure). Currently also guitarist and Musical Director for German Top10 Artist Nico Santos.
Hi there, my name is Jakob, I have been a touring and recording guitarist for more than 20 years. Before I became a sideman, I spent many years touring Europe and the States with my own London-based band "Livingston". We were fortunate enough to have a hit radio single in Germany, as well as our songs in a couple of blockbuster movies. Through the band I also started my recording career, working in legendary studios such as Abbey Road, Metropolis, Sonic Ranch in Texas and Mike Rutherford's Fisher Lane. I got the chance to record albums with producers such as David Bottrill (Muse, Placebo), Al Clay (Pink, Pixies), Steve Lyon (Paul McCartney, The Cure).
In recent years I have been working as a sideman and recording guitarist for major acts in Germany, such as the chart topping pop sensation Nico Santos. I record guitars in my own studio, with a large variety of amps, guitars, mics and preamps. Stylistically I am equally at home in pop, rock, funk, R'n'B & folk.
I immensely enjoy the process of bringing a track to life by searching for the right guitar sounds, parts and arrangements.
I would love to help you make an amazing record!
Would love to hear from you. Click the contact button above to get in touch.
- Nico Santos
- Anna Loos
- Henning Wehland
- Jim Kroft
- Deine Cousine
- Jeanette Biedermann
- Rea Garvey
- Natasha Bedingfield
- Great Night Show
- Fettes Brot
- Alice Merton
- Alvaro Soler
- Jack Curley
- James Gillespie
- Adel Tawil
- Ro Bergman
- Nevio Passaro
- ava max
- Zoe Wees
- Michele Morrone
- Sarah Connor
- Michael Patrick Kelly
- Max Giesinger
- Gregor Meyle
- Johannes Oerding
- Laith Al-Deen
- Peter Maffay
- David Garrett
- kelvin jones
6 Reviews - 1 Repeat ClientEndorse Jakob Nebel
Working with Jakob has been a fantastic experience. He is an incredibly talented and experienced guitar player and has a great intuition when it comes to finding perfect parts & sounds for a song. I would love to work with him again! 6 stars :)
Another great experience with Jakob! Greatest results!
Jakob is one of the greatest guitarists on god's earth! Mind-blowing guitars, great communication and a really nice guy! Looking forward to work again and again and again with Jakob! Thank you so much!!
I have had the pleasure to enjoy Jakobs superb guitar playing and musicianship over the past years while playing numerous concerts and working in the studio with him. On all those occasions I was always amazed by his exquisite taste, tone and timing. Being an incredible songwriter himself he intuitively knows what your song needs and will provide you with brilliant ideas on his instrument that will take your song to a higher level.
Jakob is not the guy to play uninspired guitar licks. He's an artist.
Prior to establishing himself in the German music scene, he toured through Europe with his own, London-based band 'Livingston'. Once he decided to play for other artists, his career sky-rocketed. Within no time, he had to buy multiple sets of equipment to play all the shows he got booked for. I'm not lying, he was THE guy that had the most hype around himself in Germany during the last years.
When you hire Jakob, you not only get creativity, sound and sheer craftsmanship. You get passion and a family member for your team.
Jakob is a superb musician and awesome guitarist. His tone, time, creativity and overall musicianship is top class. Throughout the years he continuously worked with top stars as a sideman as well as a musical director. I've had the pleasure of playing with him a few times on stage and I really appreciate his reliability, his creative input and his overall positive energy. Highly recommended!!
Interview with Jakob Nebel
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Stratocaster, Martin OM-28 Acoustic, Victory Super Duchess Amp, a Laptop and a Mic.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been a guitar player for 28 years.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Anything in the realm of popular music.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: If you want big, I'll give you big sounding guitar tracks, if you want intimate, you'll get delicate and emotional parts. I also bring large and expansive soundscapes and atmospheres.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I first discuss the genre and what you are looking for from the guitar parts. I encourage my clients to provide a reference to the type of style and sound desired. Depending on what you need, I will record a single guitar track or multiple guitar tracks to produce a richer sound or stereo sound.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I record with Logic Pro X on a Mac, using UA Apollo interfaces, UAD and Slate Digital plug ins. I have a variety of amps miked up, such as a 70's VOX AC30, a Marshall Plexi & a Victory Super Duchess. Acoustic guitars get recorded with a Neumann M147 tube mic and an SE Voodoo VR2 ribbon mic.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: John Mayer, Joey Landreth, Chris Stapleton, Ben Howard, Kings of Leon, Biffy Clyro, Chris Buck
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I record single or multiple guitar tracks for my clients.