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FDP Forum / FDP Unplugged - Acoustic Instruments / What amp(s) do you play your A/E(s) through?

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Northwest Missouri

Butterscotch Blues
Jul 28th, 2017 10:49 AM   Edit   Profile  

Just curious.

My Breedlove Stage Concert is arriving today. No acoustics amp, but I have a Princeton Reverb, a Carvin Vintage 16, and a Bugera V22.

I'll be trying all three!

(This message was last edited by Ryder at 12:51 PM, Jul 28th, 2017)

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So. Cal. USA

Jul 28th, 2017 11:08 AM   Edit   Profile  

Actually a plain old guitar amp isn't too bad. In the 70s I used my '65 bandmaster as an acoustic amp in a country band and it worked very well. Many do it today. I'm a fan of the Duo Tones (Paul Johnson & Gill Orr), an acoustic surf duo, yes that Paul Johnson (Mr. Moto). They played shows through guitar amps. Gill, a Music Man HD65 and Paul maybe a Fender DeVille or the like.

Presently I'm using a Fishman Loudbox 100. These are quite nice, no longer made but replaced by the Loudbox Artist. The Loudbox Mini is also very good.

I did have a Crate acoustic amp (sold it) that was actually very good. Lesser price tag but sounded great.

I like to have the amp on stage as a monitor even if there is good PA. I send the line out of the Fishman to the PA so I have control of tone and stage volume.

Te 52

Laws of Physics

strictly enforced
Jul 28th, 2017 11:29 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've gotten the most natural acoustic sound playing an acoustic through a bass amp or keyboard amp. They tend to have a flatter frequency response than guitar amps.

(This message was last edited by Te 52 at 01:29 PM, Jul 28th, 2017)

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Northwest Missouri

Butterscotch Blues
Jul 28th, 2017 11:38 AM   Edit   Profile  

Interesting. Very interesting.



England's Sloppiest Guitarist
Jul 28th, 2017 02:40 PM   Edit   Profile  

Fishman Loudbox 100 also

Doug McQuaid
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Austin, Texas

Jul 29th, 2017 12:43 PM   Edit   Profile  

Haven't played a gig in about a year, but when I left off, it was a RedEye preamp into a QSC K10 powered PA speaker.

In my opinion, acoustic instruments don't sound very good through electric guitar amps.

(This message was last edited by Doug McQuaid at 02:46 PM, Jul 29th, 2017)

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numb, yes...comfortable? Not so much
Jul 29th, 2017 12:59 PM   Edit   Profile  

Gibson J45 through a Fender Acoustasonic 150. I think it sounds great. I've never asked anyone else what they think

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The older the violin

the sweeter the music.
Jul 29th, 2017 01:51 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have a Genz Benz Shenandoah 150 that I really like.

They don't make them anymore, so I take good care of it.

Very natural tone, and I can run 2 guitars and 2 mics through it.

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Murrells Inlet, SC

So, so you think you can tell.
Jul 29th, 2017 02:04 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have a Fishman loudbox mini. Really like it, but never had anything else to compare it to.




Jim O.
Jul 31st, 2017 04:15 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have several that I've picked up over the years, all sound good-to-great: Marshall AS50D, Ultrasound 30, Bose L1 Compact. I also go into the PA quite frequently, through any number of interfaces - I have several of those, too.

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Northwest Missouri

Butterscotch Blues
Jul 31st, 2017 05:50 AM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks guys.



Ike Turner is my guitar hero!
Aug 10th, 2017 06:08 AM   Edit   Profile  

I'm playing my 2016 Gibson J-45 Standard through my Fender Acoustic Pro 200 Watt Amp and it sounds BIG.

The 200 watts and it's 12 inch neodymium speaker, and separate tweeter and crossover provide a full-spectrum of sound and a BIG bottom end, which, I believe, is a major plus for a Gibson J-45.

Another plus is the Amp's built-in Effects Loop send/return with level control so you can use your existing pedals and/or pedalboard, a tilt-back feature, and sweepable midrange and phase switch for helping to control feedback.

Not to sound like an ad here, but this is really a GREAT Amp.

And, if you're like me and own Fender Amps, you know how reliable they are and Fender stands behind their warranties.....

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Wichita, KS USA

It's all gravy from here on...
Aug 10th, 2017 06:25 AM   Edit   Profile  

Fishman loudbox mini or PA. Now and then through an AC15, Beatles style!

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Lakeside, CA

Aug 15th, 2017 12:13 PM   Edit   Profile  

59 Bassman Ri and 57 Deluxe work great for PA and acoustic instruments. My HRD, which is based on a Bassman circuit also sounds good.


Southwest Florida

Alone in my principles
Aug 15th, 2017 12:44 PM   Edit   Profile  

Another user of the Fishman Loudbox mini. It just sounds better than any other acoustic amp I have ever used. With a DI out, it is powerful enough for any application.


Cypress, TX

I Dare To Be Different
Aug 16th, 2017 12:40 PM   Edit   Profile  

Another fan of the Loudbox Mini

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Too Near Atlanta GA

Amp Tech Emeritus
Aug 16th, 2017 12:56 PM   Edit   Profile  

Just sold my Fishman Loudbox Artist which was my go to Acoustic amp for quite a while. Now...a Boss Katana 50...surprised that it sounds awesome. :)


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Northwest Missouri

Butterscotch Blues
Aug 16th, 2017 06:41 PM   Edit   Profile  

I'm lookin into the mini loudbox, and I'm also hearing good things about the Katana.

Thanks guys!

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American Patriot

About as ordinary as you can get.
Aug 24th, 2017 11:09 AM   Edit   Profile  

I use a Fishman Loudbox 100, a Crate 1-10 (model ?) or a Trace Elliot 2x5".

All sound good but the Fishman is best.

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The older the violin

the sweeter the music.
Aug 24th, 2017 04:01 PM   Edit   Profile  

I wish somebody would chime in here about the two Roland Acoustic Chorus amps, the 60 and the 90.

I would like to give one of those a test drive someday.

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