Quick update. As I have done about a dozen times in the last year, I have just changed back to a Shure SM-57 for my blues tone. The condenser mic was too hot for the Vox and I could not get the range of adjustment I wanted using the amplifier’s controls. With the SM-57, I can turn the gain way up without feedback and get a nice crunchy tone.
Last night for about the hundredth time, I tried using compressors and other pedals, and found again, that less is more. The real music and expression comes from the way I play and manipulate the instrument.
SM-57 mic—Mic cable—Impedance transformer—Harp Delay—Mic cable—Vox AC10