does fine. Beats the piss out of a 57. It's like "what a 57 should sound like".
Over the years, I've done distorted tones with the 57/121 combo, 121 alone, 421
, and sm7
...all successfully. The first combo is the ultimate non committal way to go--between the two, in combo with EQ, you can achieve pretty well any tome come mix time. Short of that, the 121 and sm7
are tied. The 421
is super right when it's right, which is rare.
An API 512c
with any mic of name will pretty handily sound better on rock guitar than any super nice ribbon through something else. This is the one example when I've found the preamp actually DOES matter more than the mic. With acoustic instruments and voices...mic all the way...but, for rocking, loud amps? If an sm7+512c doesn't do it, there's something wrong with the source.
That said...with dynamics, placement is king. Which is why I no longer bother with the 57 and 421--both far too tweaky about placement compared with the sm7
and 121...which react to placement more like "which flavor of good do you want today" rather than "find the sweet spot, or else I will sound like fizzy ass".