Originally Posted by electraluxx
Rider? Huh? I'm lucky if the bar tender knows how to turn the PA system on.
This sort of sums up what I was trying to say. The weak link is probably not your pickup. Also, it can be difficult for the performer to hear accurately what is happening out front even when everything is ideal.
Additionally, at most gigs there is little time to set up and experiment. I am all for experimentation, but it helps to know what you are trying has a reasonable chance of success before relying on it at a gig.
If there are any venues that you play where the owner/sound person has a reasonable clue and is helpful, use that situation to try your microphones but keep the DI plugged in too. Even better would be the use of a PA where your time is devoted to experimentation. That way any snags or problems don’t impact on the gig.
Unless you intend to buy some preamps anyway, don’t go down that route until you have tried the microphones on their own. If you are still convinced that a microphone is the best way to go buy one of the cheap Chinese type (I’d probably go with a SDC). The subtleties of more expensive microphones will be lost in noisy venues with bad PAs and it hurts less when it gets dropped.
Re: clip on mics. There are quite a few pickups that combine the under the bridge piezo with an internal microphone.