It's improving mine. Playing live, I put more emotion into my strumming and just bang away sometimes.
Sounds good live Sounds like crap recording
Yeah, definitely. Turning the gain up on a sensitive mic can get ugly. Last night I actually had an idea to take a patch of flannel or denim and affix it somehow to the pickguard, with a bit tucked into the edge of the soundhole.
Just hold the pick closer to the tip.