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Old December 2nd, 2012, 10:06 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Mic on mandolin for live work.

I'd like to use my old Stradolin for some live work with my band.

It is a cheap, 1960 plywood A model instrument. It plays easy and doesn't sound terrible. I don't think I want to spend the time and money on a pickup (unless there's an inexpensive, easy way you can suggest).

Just wondering if I could just point a SM57 or Sennheiser 421 at it and get creditable results.

Anybody have experience that can help me?


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Old December 14th, 2012, 04:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hey Paul.............

My main mandolin (see picture) is usually played plugged in with a Fishman bridge pickup but I do some bluegrass gigs occasionally and for those I use a Shure SM-57 mike which does a great job. They're fairly directional and you can get some good usable volume from one of these..........JH in Va.
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