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    Any suggestions on a good instrumental mic.... i have the sm57 but i am looking to upgrade??? i am looking to use it with my acoustic guitars during live performances

  • #2
    What's your budget? SM57 is not a good mic for acoustic guitar their design more for electric guitar cabs. Personally only place I like them on is a snare.

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    • #3
      Do you play solo or with a band?
      Is there a pickup installed in the guitar or will the mic be the only method of amplification?
      Do you run the acoustic through stage monitors?
      And yes, what is your budget?

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      • #4
        I thought you were happy with your 57?

        A57 may be a great mic for acoustic depending on the application.
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        • #5
          The 57 is alright i just wanted something better.. i will spend up to $500 but looking to comfortable spend about $300. I play solo events just me my guitar and me singing.. I am running the acoustic through a Roland Ac-60 acoustic amp... and i am using a Taylor 414ce with the expression system

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          • #6
            If you are willing to spend 300 - 500 why not get a sweet pickup installed in your acoustic. I mean if a pickup is good enough for dave matthews it would have to serve you as well, and you have an acoustic amp. At first i thought you were going through the house pa or something.

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            • #7
              I have both an acoustic amp and pa system... Amp is for small gigs, PA for the few times i have larger gigs

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              • #8
                You should try an SM81 (if you have phantom power available). See if you can borrow or rent one for a show. They're not too expensive, either.

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                • #9
                  The Audio Technica AE-5400 does a nice job with acoustic guitars. They would be my first choice.
                  Engineering Axiom 21: Whomever has the key should be qualified.

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                  • #10
                    If your stage set isn't too big and is very chillax sit-down acoustic-y type, you could try going with a condensor. Try out the MXL 990, biggest bang for the buck. The MXL 990 itself is around $150, but I think the package with the 991 is only $80:

                    http://pro-audio.musiciansfriend.com/product/MXL-MXL-990MXL-991-Recording-Microphone-Package?sku=273166

                    Weird huh?

                    But yea, my friend used this for his acoustic gig, and it sounded AMAZING.

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                    • #11
                      Beware, the condensers being mentioned don't play all that well with any real stage volume or monitor volume.

                      A good pickup would be my first choice.
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                      Currently product development engineer: Mesa Boogie

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                      • #12
                        Any suggestions on a good instrumental mic.... i have the sm57 but i am looking to upgrade???




                        Upgrade??....I didnt know there was anything better than a 57 except maybe a Beta 57. Best all around durable mic out there!! IMO

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                        • #13
                          I would check here. (LR Baggs)
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                          • #14
                            Upgrade??....I didnt know there was anything better than a 57 except maybe a Beta 57. Best all around durable mic out there!! IMO


                            Yea you can upgrade the mic transformer in those sm57's and replace them with a Telefunken transformer. Probably even sound better then the beta version I dunno i don't own a beta version I do own the new transformer for my sm57 for all my studio work. however for live I use Senns. e609 because I don't have to drag around mini boom stands which can cause low end rumble FB. I just drape those Senns over the halfstacks and dail in a eq and I'm done. Andy might say their hyped but heck they don't cost much and they do make the sm57 mid's sound better at least that's what I trick my mind into thinking. I dunno Fletcher over at Mercenary never stirred me in the wrong direction yet with my recording gear.

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                            • #15
                              A quality pickup will be much easier to get a good sound out of in most live situations. Note that of there's not a preamp/buffer, you'll need an active DI for its higher input impedance (Countryman Type 85, Radial PZDI).

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