Thanks, Dave. When I went to record the guitar, I took a Shure SM57 Cardioid dynamic microphone with me, thinking it would make a truer recording than the internal condenser mic of the recorder
. That wasn't the case despite positioning it in various places; on play back, it just didn't sound anything close to what we were hearing in the actual room, whereas the internal mics were more representative and recorded more of the acoustics of the room in which the guitar was played. The internal mic was also more sensitive and required less gain than the Shure 57. What it taught me was that depending on the mic and its placement, I could make my guitar sound very different!
To illustrate this further, here are two examples of a Smallman being played:
I chose this XueFei Yang piece
because on my Apple Music version she includes 'Greg Smallman' as her playing partner in the credit for this piece, presumably because his guitar is so integral to the sound that is achieved. The other example is a happy Smallman customer
who achieves quite a different sound...
I really like a well-produced and recorded Smallman sound. I've only heard one live, played by Craig Ogden, and he used amplification in a large concert hall.