mic'ing an electric guitar amp using an SM58

Discussion in 'Guitars' started by FootPrints, Jan 15, 2007.

  1. FootPrints

    FootPrints Active Member

    Jan 6, 2007
    Ok, so, I'm attempting to record some guitar tracks onto a Zoom H4 4 track recorder. The recorder has 2 mic inputs. I have 1, possibly 2 sm58s available to me, and I just took the capsule off the mic, and placed it on an angle facing the amp. The recorder also has 2 built in condenser mic's in an XY pattern, if that would be better. This is my first experience recording an electric guitar, so using the equipment i have, how could i get a good sound? I'm recording mainly distorted rock guitar, nothing too heavy. Thanks a lot.
  2. Ballz

    Ballz Guest

    With what you have, you'll probably yield the best results with an SM58. Placement is important - closer to the center of the speaker cone = more treble and bite. Toward the edge of the speaker will sound darker and bassier. Beware of excess rumbly bass frequencies when miking a guitar amp. You will find you don't need as much low end in the signal when your sound source is inches away from the microphone.

    I would be wary of putting your multi tracker with the built in mic too close to your speaker since a speaker has a big-ass magnet on it which could damage your recorder. You might be able to get a decent room sound with the condenser mic at a distance. Try everything, it's the best way to learn!

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