If you’re trying to outfit your home recording studio so that you can get down some vocals and your acoustic guitar tracks, then you are definitely going to need a good studio mic. As you probably already know, the price of a microphone can range anywhere from hundred or so dollars to several thousand dollars.
But since we’re not all independently wealthy (let’s face it – most of us are just broke-ass musicians), our focus today will be on those cheap microphones that work well for recording your acoustic guitar and some vocals.
Top 10 Cheap Microphones for Acoustic Guitar (2018 - 2019)product links below go to Amazon unless otherwise noted
|Shure SM94 Instrument Microphone||(4.9 / 5)|
|Audio-Technica ATM650 Hypercardioid Dynamic Instrument Microphone||(4.8 / 5)|
|GLS Audio Instrument Microphone ES-57||(4.8 / 5)|
|AKG D112 Large-Diaphragm Dynamic Microphone||(4.8 / 5)|
|AKG D40 Dynamic Instrument Microphone||(4.8 / 5)|
|MXL 770 Cardioid Condenser Microphone||(4.7 / 5)|
|Sennheiser e906 Supercardioid Dynamic Mic||(4.7 / 5)|
|Shure SM57-LC Cardioid Dynamic Microphone||(4.7 / 5)|
|Audix I5 Dynamic Instrument Microphone||(4.7 / 5)|
|Audio-Technica AT2020USB Cardioid Condenser Microphone||(4.5 / 5)|
For the most affordable microphones that perform well when it comes to recording your acoustic guitar, we only considered models that you can buy for less than $200 – $300.
Some of the mics listed below have a retail price higher than that, but we found them on sale at a low price that meets our affordability criteria. (Keep in mind that the price listed at the retailer is the current, valid price.) Here’s our current picks:
Shure SM57-LC Cardioid Dynamic Microphone
If you have any experience at all with recording equipment, then it should come as no surprise to you that a Shure mic has made this list. Let’s be honest – they make some damn fine microphones. And, they keep the prices low so that even broke ass musicians like us can afford them.
Well, if you haven’t given the SM57 a try in the booth, then you definitely need to make some time to test it out now. At this low price, you’ll even have some money leftover!
This is a durable little microphone that is built to last. It is also a versatile mic, so you can use it for your guitar recording as well as vocals and other instruments.
MXL 770 Cardioid Condenser Microphone
The cool thing about this microphone is that it comes with a pretty nice hard shell case, as well as a shock mount. So, you can easily carry this to any gigs or recording studios that you might need to take it to.
If you’re looking for the best acoustic guitar microphone for the money, then it’s definitely going to be the Shure listed up above. BUT – this MXL mic is cheaper and does offer a good value if you have a low budget and need the most affordable microphone on the market right now.
Audio-Technica AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Studio Microphone
If you ask most musicians for a recommendation on a good, cheap acoustic guitar microphone, then there is a pretty good chance that you’ll hear about this Audio Technica model.
This one is budget friendly and works well in a variety of situations.
A cool thing about this mic is that you can buy it in the standard XLR version or pay just a little bit more for the USB version.
This one comes with the mount, adapter and a soft pouch to keep it safe.
Overall, this is a solid choice for the money and will serve you well over time.
The three microphone listed above are all great affordable mics that you can use to get some good recordings with your acoustic guitar.