Hey everyone,
I play instrumental acoustic-electric guitars,
generally use a simple setup for practising and playing small audiences,
usually plugging into an acoustic amp (Fishman, Crate) with a Baggs preamp and basic effects like delay, reverb etc.,
wanted to play it through microphones and experiment with my sound,
was wondering what kind of setup some you use for this,
is it just a matter of adding a mixer, and do you usually use another set of speakers for the microphone or are you sending the signal to your amp,
thanks for your comments
SM57/58 is a great microphone for live situations. Those mics are durable and easy to use.
Condenser mics usually capture more nuances but can get really noisy on a gig, dynamic mics usually capture a lot less information from the instrument, I'd try something like these that you can mount/clip on the guitar:



I do small acoustic gigs from time to time and this is my preferred setup:

SM58 for vocals
Onboard Baggs ribbon transducer> DI box for guitar
EV ZLX-12p for sound

Simple setup, easy to carry in with 2 hands, sounds marvelous. Need more sound? Add a second ZLX. Using a mic for guitar can work in some instances but we play every dog and pony show and depending on room acoustics is a feedback disaster waiting to happen IMO.


This is one of my favorite acoustic performers doing local gigs in Salt Lake City. He runs a simple setup similar to the above plus a small mixer, and they perform well.
"Your sound is in your hands as much as anything. It's the way you pick, and the way you hold the guitar, more than it is the amp or the guitar you use." -- Stevie Ray Vaughan

"Anybody can play. The note is only 20 percent. The attitude of the motherfucker who plays it is 80 percent." -- Miles Davis

Guthrie on tone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmohdG9lLqY
Last edited by Cajundaddy at Nov 25, 2015,