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Professional tech Chris Lawson offers this advice on mic-ing up your amp for the live stage. “Obviously in a live situation things need to be be mic’d as close as possible if you want to cut down on microphone spillage. Normally people use fairly tight dynamic mics. The classics for guitars are things like the Shure SM57 and Sennheiser MD409s and MD421s. But I’ve seen people using ElectroVoice RE20s and even AKG D12 kick-drum mics for a particularly bottom-end heavy sound.
“People tend to go for the traditional stuff when mic-ing cabs. It comes down to the fact that people know they just work! The other thing with microphones is to try and tuck them out of the way, because stuff gets knocked around at a show. It depends how athletic the players are – some people will leap around all over the place trailing cables around and can easily pull stuff off.”