Re: How do you amplify your mandolin for live gigs?
I do this several ways.
When I play with a LOUD band it's best to simply plug straight into an Amp - but it helps if the amp has headroom.
My amp of choice is Mesa Boogie Mark III which has more than enough power and doesnt' really require any preamp.
I own a couple of LR Baggs PADI's - and they are decent. (I am selling one for $100 if anyone is interested.)
I recently obtained a Radial PZ Pre and IMHO find it far more flexible, easier to use, and gets better tone than the LR Baggs PADI.
When I play in small amplified group contexts I plug the PZ PRE into the board via a Mic Cable.
When I play straight up Bluegrass Music it's either via SM57s and 58s or a good quality LDCondensor Mic.
My pickup of choice is a Schertler Dyn-M.
I've managed to obtain most of this stuff by carefully perusing my local SF Bay Area Craigslist.
I've managed to get the Schertler at more than half off list and the PZ PRE for a Benny Less than the going rate.
Deals are out there if you look hard enough.
Mandolin, Guitar, Bass
Acoustic, Electric, Eclectic
Swing, Boogie, Bluegrass,
Psychedelic, Blues and Rock