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Still, live I don't see why there should be any difference, if you set your amp right.
Recording: Nowadays most recording take place in the digital domain (Remember that the microphone itself, will always be analogue).
Many purists go on about the necessity of recording on tape, but that's nonsense.
Recording on tape has very, very little to do with achieving a vintage sound, and does nothing that you couldn't achieve by running the recording through an equalizer or other effects.
If you're into Surf music it's a whole different ballgame though.
Here's a picture of my "live" settings for the Boss DD-3.
I often get asked how I set the Sans Amp GT2 pedal to get a vintage sound.Sure, the reverbs sound great, but when you're playing live only use an echo (I use a digital one - the Boss DD-3.) or else the sound will get too muddy for rockabilly when you use both an echo and the reverb.Later on, in the Guitar section, I'll also talk about Standel and Echo Sonic, but they're produced in such small numbers that it's fair to say they'll only have historic interest to the most of us So...As long as you get a Fender you'll probably be on the right track, because they all sound pretty good.