Acoustic amps

ClassTone

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I recently put a L R Baggs M1A in my acoustic and it sounded great last night at the gig I sat in on, but I'd like to buy an amp for myself. Onstage these guys had an Acoustasonic, a Fishman loudbox (that I played through) and a fishman vertical line array type thing like I hadn't seen before but sounded really good. Any input or particular amps you folks have had a preference for? I'm looking to buy used (read: not a huge budget<400) and I mostly play electric but want decent sound from my acoustic for the several songs a night that I do play.
 

AcousticDude

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I bought a used Genz Benz Shenendoah Stereo 60 for under $400 several years ago. I played it against an Acoustasonic in a shop and thought it was the better for my use. Two inputs, one of which has XLR. Also there are built-in Alesis effects including various types of reverb and chorus. They don't make that model anymore, but the newer ones are lighter and more expensive. Mine is about 40 lbs.
 

wayben

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I have an Acoustasonic 30 and like it a lot. For an acoustic amp what I look for is getting the sound of my acoustic guitar out of that amp. Some amps that I tried sounded like an acoustic guitar, but it wasn't mine. I want the nuances of my guitar to come through the amp. My Acoustasonic does that very well.

Wayne
 

harpinon

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I've had many. I now use the Shen Jr. The Fender is pretty good.
Even the Crate acoustic amps are stellar. The Telluride is one of the best.
Marshall has a nice one.
For me, the vocal sound was the main thing. The Fender was probably the worst. The Crates were good and the Shen is really good. I want a rich, lush vocal and it delivers.
 

62Tele

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I've been using a Shen Pro for a few years now and it's excellent. It gets along well with my Baggs M1 active and my K&K pure western minis. The tube pre's are really a nice touch and the 200 watts of power allows it to work in a lot of settings. Does a nice job on vocals too.

That being said, I'm doing a gear re-shuffle and I'm planning on listing this amp soon, so drop me a PM if you're interested.
 

joeprs

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Love my Fishman Loudbox 100. To me, it sounds like I'm playing my acoustic unplugged, yet I am able to raise the volume.
 

aziltz

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i have a loudbox mini and its great as part of the back line, or a monitor. I play a Taylor 214 and often split the signal to an dirty electric amp as well.
 

tms13pin

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I currently have a Carvin AG100D, which sounds fine. I had a
SWR California Blonde for a bit which was a great amp... shouldn't
have sold it, but at the time had both the Carvin and SWR and knew
the Carvin wouldn't fetch much used. I also use the Carvin for
bass, guitar synth, etc. as it has three channels (kinda like a mini PA).

My buddy has the SWR Strawberry Blonde (just a smaller version of the
Cali) and it sounds great too, if you're going for compact size.

--Tom
 

Double V

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I've mainly played oud through acoustic amps.From my experience the Roland AC 60 was a great amp, easy to transport(especially in nyc), and was loud enough to be heard over an 8 piece band. I did eventually move on to the Fishman loudbox 100, a solid,reliable and great sounding amp. Out of the two, I find the fishman suits my needs, a little more headroom, a 2nd channel, and felt it didn't color my sound too much.
 

Deadduck

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I've got a Marshall AS-50D. I think the current model is the AS-50R. It has dual channels with mic and RCA inputs, so it can be used as a small PA, which I do from time to time. Also has reverb and chourus, and feedback control. It also has a DI line out so it can be used as a monitor with the main sound going out to the PA.

I've also used an SWR Strawberry Blonde and really liked it as well.

Most of the time though, I go straight into the PA with a Baggs Para DI and just the the soundman put some of my acoustic into the wedge monitors.
 

AcousticDude

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My Genz Benz has two direct outs for the PA as well. But like so many have noted before, I usually use my Para DI straight into the house PA then use the floor wedges as monitors.
 




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