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5 Best Guitar Amp Microphones On A Budget 2018

Having a good microphone to record guitar amp is as important as having a great guitar tone. Here I revealed the 5 best guitar amp microphones that can respond to your sounds faithfully. Don’t worry you can’t afford them because they are all affordable for most home studios. Before that, I highly recommend you to check out the ultimate guide to studio microphones where I went through what those technical specs mean, so you can have a better understand what microphone you are going for.

 

Let’s dive in…

1. Shure SM 57

best dynamic microphones

Not just on snare, Shure SM 57 is also people’s go-to microphone when it comes to recording electric guitar. It’s widely used for miking guitar cabinet in both live and studio use. As a dynamic microphone, Shure SM 57 can withstand the loud sound produced by guitar amp. The versatility of Shure Sm 57 makes it sound good at any source includes guitar amp, and the super affordable price which makes it the top choice for beginners with a tight budget.

  • Dynamic
  • Cardioid
  • Frequency response: 40 – 15,000 Hz
  • Output Impedance: 310 Ohms
  • Max SPL: 150 dB
  • Sensitivity: 1.88 mV / Pa

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2. Sennheiser e609

best guitar amp microphones on a budget

In opposite of being a versatile microphone like Shure SM 57, Sennheiser e609 is specially designed for electric guitar. The supercardioid polar pattern can give it nice sound isolation when performing live. One cool feature is Sennheiser e609 doesn’t need a microphone stand, you can hang it with the cable from the top of the amp. Another useful feature is its hum-compensating coil can reduce electrical interference, which is a common problem with guitar cabs.

  • Dynamic
  • Supercardioid
  • Frequency response: 40 – 15,000 Hz
  • Output Impedance: 350 Ohms
  • Max SPL: 160 dB
  • Sensitivity: 1.5 mV / Pa

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Also check out the updated version Sennheiser e906, it has a switchable presence filter that allows you to tailor the sound to your sources.

Sennheiser e906

  • Dynamic
  • Supercardioid
  • Frequency response: 40 – 18,000 Hz
  • Output Impedance: 350 Ohms
  • Max SPL: 160 dB
  • Sensitivity: 2.2 mV / Pa
  • Three position switch: hi boost, flat, hi cut

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3. AKG C214

best budget condenser microphones

When you search for the best microphone for recording electric guitar, you will see people recommend AKG C414 XLS and AKG C414 XLII, both are the high-end model of AKG that most home studios can’t afford. Here’s a cheap alternative, AKG C214, it sounds very similar to the two AKG C414s. Most of the time people will combine it with other dynamic microphones on our list for the thick sounding, it can deliver the mid and presence that dynamic microphones lack.

  • Large Diaphragm Condenser
  • Cardioid
  • Diaphragm size: 25.4 mm
  • Frequency response: 20 – 20,000 Hz
  • Output Impedance: 200 Ohms
  • Max SPL: 136 dB
  • Sensitivity: 20 mV / Pa
  • Self Noise: 13 dB-A
  • Signal to Noise Ratio: 82 dB-A
  • Low cut filter: 160 Hz
  • Pad: -20 dB

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4. Sennheiser MD421-II

best dynamic microphones

It’s the most versatile dynamic microphone you can find. Sennheiser MD421-II has a wider frequency response that gives it more lows and highs compare to other dynamic microphones we’ve mentioned earlier. It is mostly used for recording rock and metal guitar because of its powerful low energy. The biggest noticeable difference is Sennheiser MD421-II will give coloration to the sound in a good way. The 5 position bass roll-off let you adjust its response base on your need.

  • Dynamic
  • Cardioid
  • Frequency response: 30 – 17,000 Hz
  • Output Impedance: 200 Ohms
  • Max SPL: 150 dB
  • Sensitivity: 2mV / Pa
  • Five position bass roll-off switch

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5. Beyerdynamic M160

best budget ribbon microphones for home studio

Beyerdynamic M160 is also a popular choice for record electric guitar, unlike other ribbon microphones, Beyerdynamic M160 has a hypercardioid polar pattern and a high Max SPL. Although its Max SPL isn’t stated on the official website, it’s believed to have a high Max SPL that can withstand electric guitar recording. The double ribbon produces a warm and natural transparent sound with extended frequency response.

  • Passive Ribbon
  • Hypercardioid
  • Ribbon type: Dual aluminum ribbon
  • Frequency response: 40 – 18,000 Hz
  • Output Impedance: 200 Ohms
  • Max SPL: N/A
  • Sensitivity: 1 mV / Pa

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