bob olhsson wrote:
Tony Rice told me to put an 84 near the bottom of his guitar pointing up at his right hand. I've never found anything that worked as well!
Mr. Olhsson, I've got to thank you for this pearl. Until I read this, I had never tried this position. My interpretation of what you meant is this: at the intersection of the upper and lower bouts on the bottom of the guitar, go out 6-8" and down 6-8" and point the mic up at where the picking hand is. This is typically toward the rear of the sound hole. Please correct me if I've got it wrong.
I am now calling this position the "down under" position. I've been using a small diaphragm condenser with a particularly flat response, not unlike a KM84. The results have been incredibly good on 4 or 5 different guitars. If I had to describe the difference between this and the typical 8-10" from the 15th fret approach, I'd say the down under method is smoother and more evenly balanced, better representing the perceived character of the guitar. Hooray for this approach.