Miking Acoustic Guitar Many people have a difficult time miking an acoustic guitar to where it will sit well in the final mix. Usually, it's too boomy or too tinny, or too many finger squeeks, etc. Here's a little trick I use to record a mono rhythm guitar when I need it. I use an omni, but a cardioid should work almost as well. With the player seated in a comfortable position, bring the microphone in (from a boom stand behind the player) over the player's right shoulder, about level with the player's ear, and roughly 6" out in front of the player. Here's how the setup should appear: Here's a front view: I use the Audix TR-40 Omni Calibration mic (also sold as the MB-550 by MBHO), but any good omni or cardioid should work as well. The basic idea behind this setup is that the mic hears what the player hears. You avoid proximity problems (bass build-up from close mic placement), amplifying finger squeaks, and the uneven radiation of the guitar face. This method works pretty well with most acoustic guitars and it usually requires no eq to sound right in the mix. It's also a lot easier to duplicate and repeat the sound if the guitarist has to come in a week later to do punch-ins to fix a part. Try it, you just might like it.