1. Vocal mike on boom stand
I play several instruments. But the show is usually vocals with guitar and banjo.
Unless a specialty show, I will probably bring a guitar equipped with a Fishman blend pickup (magnetic PU with internal mic blended at source and delivered as a mono feed) I will usually have a Baggs Para DI dedicated to this guitar.
I typically bring an open-back 5-string banjo as well. This is always played sitting down. It has an internal microphone, SM11-cn, which runs into a Baggs Para DI.
OTHER instruments I may bring:
Monitors are welcomed in nearly all situations. I prefer to hear a mix similar or identical to the house mix. I am willing to work with the limitations of the available PA, but in larger halls or outdoors, monitors become a necessity for a decent performance.
I have no strong preference in Microphones. I am very accustomed to SM58’s for vocals. I own a Heil dynamic vocal mic that I may have with me -- it has a larger diaphragm than the Shure, and a little hotter output -- I might ask to try that out at a sound check.
Keep in mind -- If I am playing a short set at a festival, or doing a special concert, or traveling by air to the engagement, I may have different needs. There might be less or more needed on stage. Check with me to be sure.
(c) 2013 Joel Mabus