#1
What type of mic, in general, do people use to record guitar? I have a Univeral Audio solo 610 preamp in combination with either a Neumann mic (condenser) or a Shure Sm57 mic.

I could, and have, checked out both sounds but i am just wondering if in general studio's use condensor mics or dynamic mics to record guitar and why. Next to that would you reccommend to record dry or with effects? I know recording dry will give me more versatility after the recording, but then again, with effects i can play more " in the mood of the song ".

So gimme your 2 cents on this
#2
Generally condensor on acoustic and soft electric. Dynamic on anything, but they're awesome on loud distorted guitars.

It's all case by case however, you can get some awesome sounds sticking a ribbon right against a guitar cab. Plug both mics in and experiment. Just make sure your condenser microphone has a high enough Maximum SPL Rating so it doesn't break or stretch the diaphragm under such high sound pressure. 120db+ should be fine. Lower than that and I would start to get careful. In reality, a fully cranked 4x12 probably won't even reach 110db (this is like, wall shakingly loud) but I like to stay *under* the manufacturers specifications, just in case.

Need proof? Check out these photos from Periphery. 4 mics on the guitar cab, picking and blending their favorites (they've said they mostly use the sm57 track and blend in the others). That's a Shure KSM32 Condenser on the bottom right cone. Also a condenser on the bass cab.

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150462045978217&set=a.398626323216.167142.19059968216&type=3

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150461072988217&set=a.398626323216.167142.19059968216&type=3