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Recording a resonator guitar is a little different than your standard steel or nylon-stringed instrument because of the basic construction of the instrument. In this video, I'll show you now to mike it up so your recording sounds great. The sound of a resonator comes from not only the middle cone and bridge, but also from the body cavity and any sound holes on the top. The very nature of a resonator is to provide additional volume and a bright metallic sound that cuts through other instrument. The true sound of a resonator is often best captured with at least two microphones. But a single mic can still get you that classis sound.
When using a single microphone, place it 6 inches or more from the cone, pointing at the bridge. (music playing) Just how bright you want the guitar to sound will determine exactly where the mic faces. For a slightly more open, roomy sound, move the mic back a few inches where the instrument tends to breathe a little better. (music playing) If you have a second mic, place it on one of the guitars sound holes which provide a warmer tone.
By blending in the bright metallic cone bridge mic with the body mic, you'll get a much fuller tone. (music playing)
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