Silver Bullet Ceramic | High-Z (gain)
The Silver Bullet Ceramic | High-Z (with volume control) is a custom built microphone for blues and chromatic harp players. It has at its heart a ceramic element that provides a rich sound texture and harmonic content with plenty of headroom for distortion to produce a classic “blues” sound. This element uses the same old technology as the original crystal microphones from the 50′s but with the benefit of durability. It’s a fairly clean sound but when you cup it firmly, and with a little help from the amplifier, you can get some very tasty, creamy overdrive without the annoying mid-range honk you get from a lot of microphones. Ceramic microphones need to be matched to an amp which offers a high impedance socket.
The ceramic High-Z has a terrific tone but must be correctly matched for impedance and plays best on an amp which is aligned for acoustic pick-ups. The jack socket is often labelled “passive”. Depending on the rig and for performance use, this microphone may require a higher volume setting or pre-amp as the mic does not have an inherently hot signal.
Tomlin Leckie, a well-known UK harmonica player and teacher, describes the sound as: ” ..you can get some very tasty creamy overdrive without the annoying mid-range honk you get from a lot of microphones. So, you can really cover all the bases..”.
The microphone’s size and shape provides a durable design which is smaller than a Marine Band and fits neatly in your hand and pocket. It is a perfect size for getting a really good seal for amplified harmonica playing which is much easier than with a larger bullet mic. Another nice detail is the rubber around the head of the mic’ which serves two purposes: firstly it means that the harmonica isn’t going slip out of your hands when they get sweaty (a real issue!); secondly it helps achieve a consistent airtight seal around the harmonica and microphone to get the biggest “tone” you possibly can.
The mic’ is very light in your hand and is easy to hold with a harmonica while performing so you don’t get hand cramp after a long practice or performance. The volume knob is small and very firm which means you are not going to accidentally twist it in the middle of a particularly enthusiastic harmonica solo. The sensitive volume control provides you with excellent control to boost your output or control feedback.
The mic’ connects to a valve or solid state amplifier with a standard 1/4″ (6.3mm) guitar jack-plug socket.
This silverfish harp mic’ is truly an awesome microphone with technology and craftsmanship that delivers a compact design with many of the features a harmonica player wants and needs and is very technique sensitive.
- Full bodied tone with harmonic overtones
- Great feedback rejection
- Lightweight bullet design
- Robust construction for rigor of touring
- Steel mesh grille with acrylic fascia
- Two-stage mesh & foam to reduce breath noise
- Shock-mount design reduces handling noise
- Rubber sleeve to improve hand-seal
- Quality electronic components and connector
- Holster-style case
- Element: Ceramic
- Impedance: High impedance output
- Weight: 82g
- Dimensions: (Ø x H) 3.8cm (mic’ head) x 9cm
- 1/4″ (6.3mm) jack-plug socket
- Anodised alloy housing
- Omni-directional and unbalanced
- Built-in volume control
Customise your mic with a choice of fascia
When ordering select from one of the range of fascia’s:
Goods are sent out within 3-5 working days from receipt of payment. UK orders are sent out by Royal Mail (tracked). Orders to other worldwide destinations are sent standard tracked airmail.
Returns & cancellations
Please do not buy to try. Goods delivered correctly and in accordance with your order will not be accepted for credit or refund without good reason.
Please note: Harmonica and cable are for display purposes and are not included. As a natural material the colour and grain of the wood fascia may vary slightly from the photographs.