Benz Amp

what is the point of a guitar amp and mic?

I play live at my church every week. I play a martin D-28 acoustic guitar through a genz benz amp and I use the line out that runs to the sound system. I just recently got a Gibson les paul and i play through a fender amp that is miced with a sm-57 dynamic mic. I was just wondering why should I mic the amp when I can just run a line out, or better yet just run a line out of a marshall head or something like that. My stage is pretty big and the audience cant really hear the amps all they hear is the main speakers so I was wondering what the point of an amp is... why not just pick a good sounding head and use an in-ear monitor to eliminate stage volume and better produce a good mix for the audience. I'm basically wondering what is the point of having an amp and if it is necissary why mic it vs. using the line out.

There are a number of reasons. One is that because every amp sounds different and each guitarist has his/her preferences set, you want the audience to hear what you hear coming out of the amp. If you used the line-out of a head, you'd be eliminating the sound heard from the amp speakers.

When you mic an amp, the audience IS hearing the amp, but through the main speakers (PA).

If amp speakers weren't all that important, they wouldn't cost so much!

I did exactly what you mentioned once, i.e., plugged my guitar directly into the PA system. The problem? I had ABSOLUTELY NO CONTROL over the guitar sound, and it sounded exactly the same in every song.

This would be fine if you were using say, a personal PA system where you could control the mix/tone, etc. on stage. However, the Shure 57 was designed to do just what it does... present the same sound to the audience as it does to you. Costs less, too!

Capisce?

Kabum

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