How do you like to mic up your reso for live performance? Looking for practical recommendations for mics.
I almost never mic up these days as I usually am using the Fishman JD setup, Nashville PUP and JD box, or on my 8 string I've gone to a Myers pickup/mic.
But, when I do mic up I use an AKG C1000 and place it opposite the bridge about 1/2 way between the bridge and the rim of the coverplate and about 8" or so away from the coverplate. That position seems to work best for me but as in all things
Your Method May Vary
So it's best to experiment
Watch Howard?s video, as always he has lots of good info. For most live playing I have been using Shure Beta 57s on instruments. Most of the time I set up sound and play, no sound guy. These are great sounding mics and can be less work/time in unknown venues. I use a presonus digital board into EV powered tops and subs, so I can tweak each frequency for each mic. Also using Sennheiser E945 Super Cardiod vocal mics which makes monitor/wedge placement the same, off axis. As far as placement I put the mic at about a 45 degree angle over the cone area, that way I can back up when needed, if you place it too upright it makes it tougher to "mix" your level as you play. Hope that helps.
One of the major benefits I enjoy from using a microphone live, as opposed to plugging in, is the ability to modify the guitar position to the microphone while playing to vary volume and tone. I still plug in often, but I prefer a mic. Depending on placement you can get a brighter of softer tone by varying your distance from the mic and the position from fretboard to tailpiece. For a real thrill, stick the mic right in the soundhole.....!!
Thanks everyone! The video was very helpful as well.
I prefer a mic- I used the Fishman JD pickup for a while, but like Eric mentioned, you lose a lot of dynamics. Our band uses the Ear Trumpet mics, which pick mine up pretty well. Otherwise most of my playing is in front of a regular instrument mic like an SM-57.
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