How to choose the best microphone for your electric guitar amp

Guitar amps miked up
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The 21st-century has been good to the player who wants to record their electric guitar. For a while now, we have had the option of going direct, sending the signal through a guitar audio interface. But now there are all these ways of making that tone sing, running it through cab sims, mic sims, different amp models to sculpt the sound just to our liking.

That’s great. As convenient and inspiring as this is, there will also be those occasions when you want to capture the sound of your guitar amp the old-school way: through a microphone.

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Huw Price

Huw started out in recording studios, working as a sound engineer and producer for David Bowie, Primal Scream, Ian Dury, Fad Gadget, My Bloody Valentine, Cardinal Black and many others. His book, Recording Guitar & Bass, was published in 2002 and a freelance career in journalism soon followed. He has written reviews, interviews, workshop and technical articles for Guitarist, Guitar Magazine, Guitar Player, Acoustic Magazine, Guitar Buyer and Music Tech. He has also contributed to several books, including The Tube Amp Book by Aspen Pittman. Huw builds and maintains guitars and amplifiers for clients, and specializes in vintage restoration. He provides consultancy services for equipment manufacturers and can, occasionally, be lured back into the studio.