Acoustic Guitar Amps: Which One?

Discussion in 'Acoustic Heaven' started by FenderGuy53, Aug 13, 2019 at 8:27 PM.

  1. FenderGuy53

    FenderGuy53 Poster Extraordinaire

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    Guys, I'm looking for an acoustic guitar amp. Preferably new. Preferably a 2-channel, for voice and guitar. Manageable in size/weight. Loud enough to handle small gigs. $500 budget.

    I would prefer recommendations based upon personal experience, but I'm open to all feedback, the good, bad, and the ugly.

    So, bring it on guys, and thanks for the input!
     
  2. kbold

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    New: Fishman Loudbox
    Second hand: AER
     
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    Go Fishman all the way. Even the little 60w mini is a good sounding unit and dirt cheap. I would look at the Fishman Artist, but the mini is good on the cheap....just expect a lot of scuffs as they marr easily.
     
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    You can buy a Fishman loudbox mini for a little more than $300. Its loud enough for small gigs and I've used it at party's and used the DI out to larger systems.
     
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    I'm likewise a Fishman fan. For decent vocal quality along with acoustic amplification I'd look for a used Solo Amp (SA)220 or "Fish Stick." There's one on Reverb now for $500. https://reverb.com/item/21720392-fishman-sa220-solo-performance-system I've been using one of these for the last 5 years and am nothing but pleased with it for small- to medium-sized venues, limited outdoor gigs, i.e., garden parties not stadiums. I use for solo gigs but also use a 10-channel mixer >> SA220 to play duos, trios, larger.

    IMHO vocals don't sound as nice via the smaller Fishman acoustic amps. Just my 2 cents.
     
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    Loudbox. It's almost perfect.
     
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    kobold, can you elaborate on why you like the Loudbox Mini?
     
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    I have the Fender Acoustasonic 90.
    1x8” speaker
    1x5” speaker
    2channel
    90 watts
    Reverb
    Delay
    Tremolo
    Vibratone
    Chorus
    Reverb is amazing, plenty of power, very versatile.
    $299.99
     
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    Good to hear, Milspec.

    The "scuffing" part is irksome, so I'll have to try and get my eyes and hands on one to check it out. I do take great care with my gear, so as long as it isn't flimsy covering, I think I could be okay with it.

    ...and they ARE very affordable. Hmmm...
     
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    2nd vote for the Loudbox Mini. Thanks!
     
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    Hmmm... so, the Loudbox Mini vocals is eh? sounds like "uh, oh". Hmmm...
     
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    Great! Thanks for the input, 8trackmind.
     
  13. FenderGuy53

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    Wasn't expecting this one. Guess I'll have take a closer look. Thanks!
     
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    Well, I bought mine brand new for $247 a few years ago and it has only been used in my home and in a trio maybe 4 times during that time. Despite limited use, it has several scuff marks on it, I really don't think you can avoid it without a custom cover or something. All the non-cosmetic stuff has been great though. I do know that the Artist series doesn't scuff like that and offers some extra features, but doesn't really sound better than the mini.
     
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    I will!!

    ( BTW, for full band gigs, I still prefer plugging my acoustic into PA System vs. an acoustic amp- just like the sound quality better)

    The Loudbox Mini is ( for me ) the perfect small gig amp or solo PA:

    - It is small, only 19 lbs., but 60 Watts, 6.5" speaker + tweeter, great for a guy like me, with a bad back, who can't carry anything anymore. .

    - it is affordable ( I got mine used $150)

    - it has 2 completely Independent channels Mic and Instrument - separate EQ, Volume, AND Reverb on each. ( instrument channel also has Chorus which I don't use)

    - very easy to use, no confusing EQ controls, simple- I LIKE the lack of options

    - it has a good full warm tone

    - now also available as a battery powered version only 2 lbs. More!

    ** I know other folks my want more features and effects, but that's just not me- I love the acoustic sound of my guitar just amplified naturally. Plug in and play!
     
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    I do like the price - and I get covers for all of my amps.
     
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    Chiogtr4x, I like everything you just said. I think we may have a winner! ;)


    Thanks for your input!
     
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    That little amp is something that I have waited for (almost) my whole life!

    ( That, and my little Vox Pathfinder!! )
     
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    Chiogtr4x, you are da man! :)

    Gonna take a ride to Guitar Center and see if I can play thru a Loudbox Mini! :twisted:
     
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