Playing with my band in the past I have plugged in my guitar to run through the sound board and use my own pre-amp to adjust as needed. Now I am working with a group doing bluegrass & hymns in bluegrass style with my instrument as the only one with on-board electronics. Most bluegrass groups I know use a condenser in the center of the stage and the instruments circle 'round the mic. Since we are going for a traditional sound I will probably not plug in because I would be the only one who could and I don’t want to risk messing with the mix of the other instruments.
So… what would you all recommend as a quality mic for our instruments in a live venue?