I am very inexperienced at recording. However, I made some purchases a while back to record myself at home in order to gauge my progress. The equipment I purchased was: Apogee Duet 2 going into my Mac Sterling ST55 condenser to mic my acoustic guitar Shure Beta 57A mic for my voice (when playing acoustic) Shure SM57 to mic my electric guitar amps This weekend I was having a real frustrating time getting a good quality, clear sound from the Beta 57A's recording of my voice. Even with the mic really close and the recording volume almost maxed the sound still was relatively weak it seemed. After a while I decided to change the above set up to have the ST55 mic up my voice and decided to experiment with the SM57 to actually mic my acoustic guitar ( about 2 inches away from the bottom of the fret board, right at the edge of the sound hole). The ST55 did a much, much better job than the 57A picking up my voice, but what I was most surprised about was how good (to my inexperienced ears) the SM57 sounded mic'd to the acoustic. I had never read of an SM57 used for acoustics? Anyone else get a good result from it on an acoustic guitar set up?