I'm trying to experiment with a technique that I believe was used by Buddy Holly and perhaps other guitarists. That is mixing the guitar signal with a microphone signal from the guitar being recorded acoustically. With an admittedly crummy karaoke mic the sound is at a low level and a bit noisy when boosted. Where is the best place to position the mic to get maximum signal (whilst still being practical to play - given I'm not going to play beyond the 12th fret)?

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    At or above the 12th fret, pointing towards your strumming hand will get you closest & pointing in the right direction, with least chance of hitting it.
    – Tetsujin
    Jun 22, 2016 at 10:40
  • Solid, Les Paul Studio Jun 22, 2016 at 12:29
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    I've read a few apocryphal tales that the very quiet beginning of "Wish You Were Here" was an electric 12 string, intentionally unplugged. In any case, I think a better quality mic placed a few feet away will allow a better overall sound and easier playing access than a very low output one up close. I wouldn't worry about hand movement in front of the strings; in practice any variation might add to the rhythm in useful ways.
    – Andy
    Jun 22, 2016 at 13:48
  • @Andy, I'm gonna presume you mean the song by Pink Floyd and not the one by Incubus.
    – Dedwards
    Jun 22, 2016 at 21:23
  • @Dedwards yes you're right I meant the PF version :)
    – Andy
    Jun 23, 2016 at 6:06

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That's an interesting technique. I would presume that the optimal mic location would be smack dab in-between the neck and the neck pickup. You'll get a little bit of resonating from the body, and that creamy sweet spot on the strings.

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