Best Acoustic Guitar: Which Condensor Microphone Would You Recommend To Me For Recording Vocals/Acoustic Guitar/Miking Up An Amp?

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I was looking into Condensor Microphones and i’m not really sure which one to buy, as stated in the question the main things i will be recording are Vocals/Acoustic Guitar and for Miking a Guitar amp.

My budget is around 150 pounds and currently I have my eye on one of the following:

AKG Perception 220 (Around £130)

SE 2200a (Around £160)

Rode NT1a (Around £145)

MXL 990 (Around £85)

I was just wondering if anyone has had any experience with any/a few/all of the above microphones and can offer some advice on what would be best/ what not to get. Or if anyone has any other condensor microphones for around that price range that they might recommend.

Any help is greatly appreciated =)


  1. Paul says:

    Anything by AKG is good quality, I have used quite a few of their mics especially the good old C1000s. I also have a SE2200a which is superb for vocals (esp female). A jazz saxophonist came to my studio last week to record an album and brought his Rode NT1 with him which, along with his mouthpiece, gave a lovely ‘Getz’ sound.

    Maybe you should consider using a dynamic mic when micing a guitar amp: I presume this will be for rock rather than anything subtle? Forgive my assumption if I am wrong! It’s the sound pressure level that might cause a problem with a relatively delicate condenser. A good industry standard dynamic is the Shure SM57.