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reso mic project

Postby michaelm » Thu Apr 09, 2009 2:39 am

Last year, I completed this little project of mounting a small condenser mic in a reso coverplate. A recent post on this subject prompted me to go ahead and post this. First I drilled out a rubber grommet to fit the mic. Then I drilled a hole in the coverplate and inserted the grommet in it. Finally I reassembled the guitar and slipped the mic into the grommet. Because it is a condenser mic, it needs to be used with a PA, mixer or pre-amp that can provide phantom power. Here are a few photos with probably unnecessary notes.

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The image on the left shows the mic components, Shure Beta 98/S:

1 - mic element
2 - XLR plug containing the mic electronics
3 - wind screen (not used in this application)
4 - cable for mic to XLR plug with mini-DIN connectors
5 - standard mic cable and XLR connector to give a sense of scale

The image on the right shows the coverplate with the hole drilled in it and the grommet ready for installation. I chose the location for the mic based mainly on sound, but I also needed to dodge the spider below.

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The image on the left shows the grommet installed in the coverplate.
The image on the right shows reassembled guitar with the mic installed.

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The happy picker plugged in! As far as I can hear, the sound is same as with a mic on a stand positioned just above the same location. Keeping the Volume levels at mid-point (4-5-6 or so) or lower, it doesn't have the percussive qualities of contact pickups. I haven't had any trouble with feedback at those levels, which are fine for my home recording. It gets a little touchier when I turn it up louder, and it seems to need a little more EQ.

All my own observations and opinions, of course. YMMV.
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Re: reso mic project

Postby NEONMOONY » Thu Apr 09, 2009 2:55 am

Looks real nice.
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Re: reso mic project

Postby zhyla » Thu Apr 09, 2009 3:10 am

Cool idea. Any sound clips?
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Re: reso mic project

Postby NEONMOONY » Thu Apr 09, 2009 10:55 am

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I cut a hole in a spider reso just below the neck where the three little holes are in the body and installed a stacked rails humbucker. It does not give the same sound as when mic'd but provides another option, a very hot, slightly distorted, electric blues sound.
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Re: reso mic project

Postby allanlummox » Thu Apr 09, 2009 2:04 pm

That looks like a good way to go!
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Re: reso mic project

Postby michaelm » Thu Apr 09, 2009 4:43 pm

zhyla wrote:... Any sound clips?

Is there any way to post sound clips to this forum? If not, if I can get a website together and up in a month or so, I'll put a couple there and post a link here. Otherwise, if you want to email me, I can send you a short (1 MB) sample.
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Re: reso mic project

Postby rustyslide » Sun Apr 12, 2009 4:41 pm

Below the field where you type stuff, and below the 'save/preview/submit' buttons, are two tabs, "options" and "upload attachment". Give the later a whirl.

Alternatively, you could use something like box.net to host stuff.
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Re: reso mic project

Postby michaelm » Mon Apr 13, 2009 9:43 pm

rustyslide wrote:Below the field where you type stuff, and below the 'save/preview/submit' buttons, are two tabs, "options" and "upload attachment". Give the later a whirl. ...

I gave it a shot and the forum told me: The extension mp3 is not allowed.
I'll look at some alternatives. Thanks for trying.
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Re: reso mic project

Postby michaelm » Fri May 15, 2009 4:19 pm

michaelm wrote:
zhyla wrote:... Any sound clips?

... if I can get a website together and up in a month or so, I'll put a couple there and post a link ...

I finally got around to working on a website, which, of course, isn't finished. Anyhow, I created a page that repeats the info I gave above and includes two short mp3s at the end. One of them has the reso mic on one channel and an external mic on the other. Check it out 8) . . .

http://sites.google.com/a/wildblue.net/ ... ic-project
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Re: reso mic project

Postby rustyslide » Thu May 28, 2009 1:24 am

Sounds good!

Somehow I missed the post about .mp3s not being allowed - it would have worked if you zipped the file first.
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Re: reso mic project

Postby ricochet » Sat May 30, 2009 7:33 pm

Of course, you'd have to unzip to listen to it.
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