After a very helpful previous post I now have more questions regarding recording Jazz guitar. I play fingerstyle and pick style jazz guitar on a custom built 7 string archtop through a Polytone Minibrute IV. I have been experimenting with recording some solo jazz pieces for quite some time. I have tried mics in front of the Polytone's speaker with mics on the guitar. My room is not an amazing sounding due to the size (a converted single garage) although I have Auralex'd it so it's not too terrible! The problem with jazz guitar is that there is an acoustic sound and an amp sound to consider. I had settled on a Rode NTK with a reflection filter on the guitar (with the amp on in the background) and an SM57 and Rode NT1000 on the amp. I also took a DI from the amp which didn't sound that great. The mics are going into my Firepod into Logic. After a previous topic I posted on splitting the signal to also record the guitar's pickup direct, I have been experimenting further. I plugged my guitar into an Art V3 tube preamp to act as a DI box into my Firepod (line in) and put the Rode NTK on the guitar. This completely bypassed the amp and when I mixed the two levels with mainly DI'd sound and a little acoustic sound, the result was better than all my previous efforts! I am wondering if this is a standard way of recording an archtop and if so would a product such as the Avalon U5 give me even better results? It seems strange not using the amp but an archtop needs a very pure amplifier any way so is the preamp in the U5 going to give me the true sound of the guitar? It is quite a lot of cash to spend just as an experiment and I don't think I can borrow one from anywhere to try. Also, are there any other products to think about if this is the way to go? Would a normal good quality preamp with an 'instrument in' input do the asame job as a DI box? I have spent hours surfing the net on recording an archtop but cannot seem to find much help. There is a ton of stuff on acoustics and solid body electrics but hardly anything on archtops. Sorry for the long post but I wanted to give as much detail as possible. Thanks in advance!