Magazine article Guitar Player

Quick Guide to Acoustic Amps

Magazine article Guitar Player

Quick Guide to Acoustic Amps

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Hopefully, you've long abandoned the reckless practice of plugging your acoustic into a Marshall stack or other electric-guitar amp--well, unless you want that sound. Those wishing for cleaner, more organic acoustic timbres should seek out the broader spectral attributes and higher headroom of a true acoustic-guitar amp.

A number of options are available at price points to fit most all budgets, and, your personal choice will obviously depend on your stylistic needs. Do you need enough wattage to blast over a drum kit without risking feedback? Do you want effects and/or stereo sound? Are you performing at small coffee houses and need to run your guitar and vocal through the amp? Are you a multi-instrumentalist who should consider the benefits of a Full-Range Flat-Response (FRFR) amp? Once you determine which type of amp best embraces your style of playing, it's simply a matter of checking out the required features and going for what you dig, and can afford. Here are some ideas to start you off on your quest...

Acoustic AG30

Two channels, 30 watts, 8" speaker, 16 digital effects, 1/8" stereo input.

A $199 street

AER Alpha Plus

One channel with two independent inputs (line and mic/line), 50 watts, 3-band EQ, reverb, 8" twin-cone speaker system.

$999 street

Godin Acoustic Solutions ASG-75

75 watts. 1-channel, solidstate. One 5" woofer. Natural wood or black finish options.

$699 street

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