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Electric Guitar Microphone Shootout

Since electric guitars, amps and cabs can come in all shapes and sizes, it’s important to have a wide range of microphones at your disposal to properly record them. How do you find out what works best for certain types of gear? By testing them out one by one and getting a better understanding of each microphone’s distinct characteristics.

Teaming up with blues guitarist Kirk Fletcher, we set out to do some of the legwork for you by breaking out our favorite mics and tracking at Vintage King Los Angeles through a Grace Design M501 (No EQ, No Compression) and Magnatone Twilighter amplifier. We captured Kirk’s playing through 14 different microphones, including some time-tested classics from Shure and Royer, along with up-and-comers like Mesanovic.

To help you in your quest for finding the perfect microphone for electric guitar, we are hosting all of the tracks from our recording session below. Listen to them using our mic-specific media players or download the Pro Tools Session or raw WAV files to perform your own microphone shootout in the comfort of your studio.


Microphones

AEA N8

AEA N22

AEA R84

AEA R92

BeyerDynamic M 160

Mesanovic Model 2

Royer R-121

Sennheiser MD 421 II

Shure SM7B

Shure SM57

Shure SM58

Telefunken M-81

Neumann U 47 FET (Vintage)

Wunder CM7 FET