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  • Anthem vs Anthem SL

    Is the Anthem worth it over the Anthem SL? How big is the preamp in the soundhole on the Anthem? Do most people use the mix control much, or is the mix of the SL generally good enough? Looking for most natural sound with my J-45 and still be feedback resistant. This will be replacing the factory installed active Element with endpin preamp.

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    I personally have both. I have the Anthem with the mix on one guitar, but I always have the mix set to the mic side of the blend (which is the same setting as the SL).

    So when I got another guitar, the SL was the easy choice, and is now easily my favorite system. If you want a simple setup and a great sound, I really think that the SL is the best that there is.

    If you want more control, the regular Anthem is fantastic. However, since you can get the best parts of the Anthem in a smaller, cheaper package, the SL is my go to.

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    • #3
      Thanks Caleb! That was the direction I was leaning anyway, but I appreciate honest assessment.

      Keith

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Caleb_Elling View Post
        I personally have both. I have the Anthem with the mix on one guitar, but I always have the mix set to the mic side of the blend (which is the same setting as the SL).

        So when I got another guitar, the SL was the easy choice, and is now easily my favorite system. If you want a simple setup and a great sound, I really think that the SL is the best that there is.

        If you want more control, the regular Anthem is fantastic. However, since you can get the best parts of the Anthem in a smaller, cheaper package, the SL is my go to.
        Got my Anthem SL installed last week by a guitar tech and played live Sunday morning with it. Sounded great. I don't know where he has the mic trim level set, so I may play around with that and see how it affects the sound. Do most people keep the mic level up pretty high on the SL?

        Thanks!

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        • #5
          Honestly, the mic trim has a pretty wide range available. So setting it high usually sounds really thin, and may even cause high frequency feedback in some systems. While setting it low will make the system sound extremely dull in most guitars.

          The area from 10 o'clock to 2 o'clock is generally the more usable area of the control. But even within that range, there is a pretty noticeable difference in tone.

          Small adjustments can make a big difference.

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