Recommend Me an Acoustic Amp

Discussion in 'Acoustic Guitar Electronics' started by Talk To Bears, May 19, 2012.

  1. Talk To Bears

    Talk To Bears New Member

    OK, here's the deal, just getting back into playing music, picking up a new steel-string acoustic in the near future, and I need recommendations foe a small yet clean and reasonably powerful acoustic amp. Won't be doing big rooms but need something that can be head with othe instuments, say upright bass, small drumkit and vocals.

    Fire away-----
  2. Retroheadau

    Retroheadau New Member

    Picked up a Marshall AS100D on sale late last year for my wife, and she has no problems using it, or being heard at band practices. She hasn't gigged with yet, but it seems reasonable so far. The usual inbuilt effects (chorus, delay and reverb), plus a couple of extra channels for mikes or additional instruments. Fairly cheap ($750AUD) too
  3. Andew

    Andew New Member

    Check out some amps in local musical stores. Try them and you'll have an idea if amp is good for you. Marshall are very good, so Fender also. They sound a little bit different. So check them out live.
  4. dspellman

    dspellman Member

    The Carvin AG100D is one of the best acoustic guitar amps on the market. 100W of solid state power, multiple inputs, good FX selection and a very wide frequency response for a combo. The 300W 12" speaker is in a closed, ported cabinet and can go deep enough for modest bass use. It's got flat enough response (no grevious bumps in the response curve) from 20Hz-20Khz that it can be used for vocals and keyboards, as well. There's also a tweeter to extend the upper end and give sparkle to acoustics (particularly 12-strings). In addition, it can be stuck up on a pole (built in pole-mount cup) AND there's an identical extension cabinet available that can also be stuck up on a pole for greater coverage.

    $399 plus $29 shipping. The extension speaker cab is $249
    And you can get it in other tolex colors (not just green <G>)

    Standard Fender and Marshall guitar amps simply don't do justice to an acoustic; unless it's specifically designed for acoustic, you're not going to get the best out of your guitar. [​IMG]
  5. Roppongen

    Roppongen New Member

    My acoustic amps are an Acoustic Image CodaR III and a Bose L1 Mk II, but one I saw and heard a couple weeks ago that really turned my head was one of the small Roland amps, which also had a mic input for a very decent solo tone in the setting I heard it in.
  6. Jay Bones

    Jay Bones Master of the Stratocaster

    I know this is a pretty old thread, but I bought a Peavey e-coustic 112 new from a store I taught lessons for. Separate channels for line instruments and a vocal channel, 100 watts and twin cone speaker (12" and 5" respectively). Spring reverb with separate controls for each channel, parametic EQ on instruments channel, graphic on the vocal, presence, and on the instrument channel a feedback eliminator (a knob that dampens some of the response around that frequency).

    There's an effects loop, nothing built in except 'verb, and a power in for a PA board (both line and balanced) as well as a powered out for a speaker cab.

    That was the early 90's, and I can't remember how much I paid (wholesale +10% was store policy for me), but I've since seen them used for really cheap prices.
  7. D76er

    D76er New Member

    I used the Marshall AG100d for my Neptune lead guitar, and thought it was an exceptional combination, even better than my '76 Tele through my Fender Stage 220. I use a Carbin acoustic at home , along with a 1969 Maestro 3 speed phase shifter.

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