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adfsghjn's picture
Feb 2007
7 years ago

I'm trying to close-mic my guitar amp (twin reverb) with my roland vs-880, but my mics are shitty nady throw away mics that were given to me. I play ambientish rock and the subtleties of my playing get dulled with them. I don't even think they are instument mics, as the guy who gave them to me recorded mostly drums. I'd like to get a decent mic for the price, preferably under 100 dollars. I'm a complete n00b about recording, so any help would be greatly appreciated.

Charlie_M's picture
Jan 2007
5 years ago

Sennheiser e609 silver. Not much more than a shure SM57 and made specifically for guitar amps. I love mine.

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Malcolm203's picture
Boston, MA
Sep 2002
7 years ago

I have an SM58 and love it. Can do vox/guitar/whatever. Versatile and wonderful sounding.

They are on sale occasionally, i believe.

tymanrocks's picture
Toronto/Kingston
Apr 2006
3 years ago

Get an SM-57. Usually a bit over $100 bucks but its the industry standard for that sort of thing.

Shihad82's picture
Brisbane, Australia
Apr 2004
4 years ago

To quote my mate who's been playing professionally in his band for 15 years and is signed to Warners Music and continually gets to #1 on the New Zealand album charts (his homeland) the week his band's album comes out and now owns and operates his own studio...

"to get the best guitar tone you just need a good mic like an SM57..."

skodt_dePram's picture
Chicago
Dec 2005
4 years ago

I'm more a fan of ambient amp mic-ing, but if you have more than one mic for the amp, it's good to get one right up in the grill,

an SM58 would not be ideal for recording. It's a live vocal mic. On a guitar amp, it's going to miss important frequencies. Recording vocals, it's not going to sound as seamless and organic as a recording condenser.

an SM57 would be much better for close-mic-ing, and can compete with most of the specifically-designed amp recording mics.

or any decent condenser with a cut-off switch. I like the Shure KSM27 up close and at a distance for guitar amps.

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anthonyrucci's picture
Boston
Dec 2005
4 years ago

Originally posted by Charlie_M
Sennheiser e609 silver. Not much more than a shure SM57 and made specifically for guitar amps. I love mine.

yup. especially for a twin reverb if you're going for an ambient thing. I think itd be a way better choice than a sm57, theyre more suited for on-axis rock and roll.

Moo_2's picture
Texas
Oct 2005
2 years ago

Originally posted by skodt dePram

an SM58 would not be ideal for recording. It's a live vocal mic. On a guitar amp, it's going to miss important frequencies. Recording vocals, it's not going to sound as seamless and organic as a recording condenser.

an SM57 would be much better for close-mic-ing, and can compete with most of the specifically-designed amp recording mics.

Come on. Shut your eyes and try to notice the difference. Important frequencies my ass, the frequency response curves are nearly identical.

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Jan 2004
1 month ago

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Charlie_M's picture
Jan 2007
5 years ago

Hmmm. OK I'm gonna chime in again on this.

I stand by the e609 recmmendation. I think it can't be beat for miking a guitar amp.

But if you want a more generic mic that is suitable for a broader range of stuff (like maybe some day it'll have to stand in a part of a set you're gonna use to mic drums with or something) really you can't go wrong with the 57 either.

The 58 is a good vocal mic, sure. I think for studio work the prevailing opinion is that in general a condenser is more suited to that (even though it is no secret the Bono uses a 58 in the studio).

Any one of those mics would serve you well enough. If you wanted just ONE mic to do all this stuff I'd vote for the 58 but really you could more or less toss a coin between that and the 57 I believe.

As much as I dig my e609 for miking my amp, I couldn't really say that the difference between it and, say, a 57 or 58, is more imporant than getting the mic in a place where you like the sound. That takes trial and error and is a much bigger factor than the difference between any of the 3 dynamic mics we're talking about here, IMHO.

Good luck picking a mic (or two... ). I suspect that if you do much recording and you are a guitarist, at some point you'll end up with all 3 anyway. Hard to have too many mics :p

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guitarose's picture
London
May 2005
3 years ago

Originally posted by Charlie_M
(even though it is no secret the Bono uses a 58 in the studio).

:eek: :eek: :eek:

Really?

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