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Acoustic Amp question

Discussion in 'Acoustic Instruments' started by Jimmydeez, Aug 6, 2008.

  1. Jimmydeez

    Jimmydeez Supporting Member

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    I am looking to pick up an acoustic amp to practice with a singer I am working with.

    Here is what I am looking for:

    Cheap
    Gutiar input
    XLR input
    good sound for both acoustic guitar and vocals
    reverb is a plus

    I will probably be using this with a Martin OMC Arua and a Shure SM58.

    Any recommendations?
     
  2. mrmuzikhead

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    Check out Ultrasound
     
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    If you really want cheap, check out Behringer. I think it's all made in china crap, for practice purposes it should suffice
     
  4. Jimmydeez

    Jimmydeez Supporting Member

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    Have you ever played one? I'm just worried about getting a clean enough sound for the vocals.
     
  5. Stevo57

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    What's your definition of cheap?
     
  6. Jimmydeez

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    I'm gonna say $300 and lower.... I know thats asking a lot. I would love to check out the ultrasound but I need 2 channels and the ultrasound with the mic input is a little out of my price range.
     
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    Nope--never played one. I run my acoustic through a DI and into a Fender Passport PA. For practice purposes, we just sing and play unamplified...
     
  10. Cruiser

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    I have the Ultrasound AG-50DS4 and it's perfect for that.

    I found a used one (basically new, 1 gig) for $300 as it just wasn't loud enough for what someone wanted. It's plenty loud for solo/duo gigs and sounds great.
     
  11. solarbean

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    Definitely go with the ultrasound. I have the AG50DS3. I believe I paid somewhere around $350 used.

    I use mine with an sm58 and I used to have the Martin OMC Aura, but now I have a guitar with a Baggs IMix and another with a Baggs M1a.

    The amp is great with all of those pickups, and it really shines with the sm58.

    I use mine for small venues - rec rooms at nursing homes and such. I just pop it up on a table behind me and go for it. No feedback. No issues. Just great sound.

    One of the channels is optimized for the vocals and the other for guitar.

    I am interested in getting an electric amp with similar capabilities.
     
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    testing1two Gold Supporting Member

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    used Trace Elliot TA35
     
  13. waxnsteel

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    My $.02, skip an amp, practice acoustic only, put the $300 toward monitoring or PA gear. I'm pretty hamfisted, and unless I need to practice with my looper, I don't plug in to practice.
     
  14. 62Tele

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    I use a Genz Benz Shen Pro for what you're describing and more. It's more than what you are looking to spend but it's some of the best gear money I've ever spent;

    -200 watts with a 12 and a switchable tweeter, lines out etc.
    -Two tube preamps with parametric EQ, Alesis effects and phantom power
    -Direct line in that does a stellar job with my Yamaha piano and I can run a V-stack in directly to back up my tube amp
    -Built like a tank

    I've used the amp as a solo PA, a practice PA in a band setting (and it has plenty of power for keys and two vocal mics) and as a personal monitor linked to the PA. I've been very happy with the results and I'm pretty darned fussy about tone.

    I would be careful to get adequate power - just consider this a mini PA.I also figured out that the small speakers in a lot of acoustic amps limit the use - by going with a 12 I have no trouble with the keyboard or running an upright bass. You could get a powered monitor and a small mixer and get pretty good tone, but the single piece is sure convenient.
     
  15. jlagrassa

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    I bought the Crate CA6110 for $300 it's a great sounding amp for that price and it has plenty of features that are useable. I used it at an outside jam and was surprised at how full the amp sounded the low end is very nice....highly recommend trying this one out!

    Here is a shot of the controls!

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