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aselix

 

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Mic or piezo for Flamenco guitar? 

I need a basic mic or soundhole pickup for my flamenco. $50-100 used....just for the occasional jam with an fender acoustasonic jr. amp.

What's something that works easily and sounds decent?

Thanks
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date May 30 2018 5:55:46
 
Ghodaddyyo

 

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From: Huntington Beach, CA

RE: Mic or piezo for Flamenco guitar? (in reply to aselix

I've been through this scenario quite a bit over the past year. In your price range I've found:

Contact mics - Some stick on with putty... yuck! I also found one that uses a suction cup which is really convenient. Problem is you have to constantly hunt for a sweet spot to stick it. Placement really has an impact on your tone. It can get bassy and muffled. You can sculpt the tone a bit more with the eq on your PA or amp, but good placement is key. And you have to go through this everytime you hook up. For whatever reason, what worked one day may not work the next.

Kremona KMD-1 - It's a bridge piezo that fits in underneath your string ties. Pretty convenient, but I hate the quality of the cable, and the potential for it to get snagged, stepped on, yanked out of the pickup, and overall piezo quack.

Lavalier Mics - Placed in or around the sound hole. Can get boomy sounding and get in the way of your picking hand. I always ended up with a sort of hollow tunnel sound that I couldn't fix.

Dynamic or Condensor mics - Price is a big deal here, as the more expensive you go, the better the results, but there is always a potential for feedback.

Line 6 Acoustic Stage - This is my current favorite but it does have some drawbacks. The tone is pretty good using a slim microphone shaped like a plectrum that fits in the soundhole. The voicing of the microphone doesn't make it too boomy sounding and the module it connects to has several sound presets and even has a feedback buster. It also has an input where you can add in your piezo or contact mic (if you have them) and blend the tones together. What I don't like is the cable connecting the mic to the module is very thin. If you use the piezo blend option, you could be in a tangle of cables. To address this, I bought a nylon cable wrap to tidy up the cables which also helps to protect the thin mic wire. This allows me to use my Line 6 in combination with my KMD-1 which sounds pretty good.

I only really use this setup when jamming with my jazz friends who don't play flamenco, or when I'm recording or jamming to my looper. In regards to flamenco, I'm not that good, so I've never "stage" tested any of these and cannot account for how it will perform at that type of volume.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jun. 1 2018 18:37:05
 
Leñador

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RE: Mic or piezo for Flamenco guitar? (in reply to aselix

Yikes, at the cost of all those mic's you could've bought a DPA 4099 no???

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jun. 1 2018 23:59:14
 
JasonM

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RE: Mic or piezo for Flamenco guitar? (in reply to Leñador

I picked up a mini flex mic on eBay last week for a good price. Installed it with the batteries in backwards so I had to take it back out and it hasn’t been back in since. I don’t like how it adds weight to the guitar. Every damn mic system has a trade off :/
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jun. 2 2018 2:14:52
 
Ghodaddyyo

 

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RE: Mic or piezo for Flamenco guitar? (in reply to Leñador

Most of them I already had cause I went through the same issues trying to mic my gypsy jazz guitar and also a cajon. I don’t really mic for performance, more for creating loops.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jun. 3 2018 3:35:50
 
etta

 

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RE: Mic or piezo for Flamenco guitar? (in reply to aselix

Look at the Bartlett mikes, either clip on or battery powered. They are very feed back resistant and the most natural sounding for acoustic guitar, and they are not very expensive.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jun. 3 2018 17:27:25
 
JasonM

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RE: Mic or piezo for Flamenco guitar? (in reply to Ghodaddyyo

It seems like all the gypsy jazz guys use a lav mic clipped to the sound hole.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jun. 4 2018 1:06:56
 
estebanana

 

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RE: Mic or piezo for Flamenco guitar? (in reply to aselix

Of all the systems I've heard and installed I'd go for a Bartlett.

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