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FDP Forum / Fender Amps: 1985 - Current / Acoustasonic 40, a few questions


USA / Lincoln, NE

Mar 7th, 2019 04:21 PM   Edit   Profile  

Hi all, nice place you have here.

I haven’t played amplified much, mostly play acoustic on my couch. But I do sometimes play with friends who like to plug in and record their jams, and I think it’s a good idea for me to get set up at home and get more comfortable with the idea of my guitar and voice coming from somewhere else in the room.

Given that, I’ve been looking around at acoustic amps. Lots of nice vintage ones, but I’m leaning toward a Fender Acoustasonic 40 right now, which is pretty close to the top of what I’d like to spend and is small and easy to find a place for. The 15 is more than adequate, but the 40 is more versatile and I assume the sound is fuller and more satisfying with 2 speakers vs 1, even at low volumes. That’s my theory anyway.

Also, I currently have a small 5 Watt modeling amp I use on the rare occasion I play around with an electric guitar. It’s a fun little amp, but not exactly a full sound and propped up so the speaker is pointing at me I can’t play with the controls. I’m wondering f the Acoustasonic could be used to boost the sound and put the controls within reach. I realize the speakers on an acoustic amp are completely different than on an electric amp. But I don’t play at volumes high enough to overdrive speakers anyway, so any distortion I get is from the digital modeling or a pedal in the mix.

So, a couple questions you might be able to help me with.

- Am I just fooling myself thinking 2 speakers will fill the room more at low volume?

- The Acoustasonic 40 is pretty new (Spring '17 I think), I don’t find a ton of discussion on it. Does it look like a solid investment for a rookie?

- I could mic the small amp, but can I tie the two amps together? The small amp has a line-out/phones port, the Acoustasonic has a aux-in port. Are the two compatible? Is there a better way with lower end amps like this, or is this just a dumb idea?

I appreciate any info you all might give me. Thanks


Too Near Atlanta GA

Amp Tech Emeritus
Mar 8th, 2019 05:05 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have had an Acoustasonic 40 in my studio for a while now. I replaced a few much more expensive units finding I didn't need all the power, effects and such.

The vocal response is excellent...or at least to my ears it is. The guitar response is quite good as well and I haven't found any real down side to this little amp. Does a fine job for little money.


USA / Lincoln, NE

Mar 8th, 2019 07:38 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks Willie, that's great to hear. I've been looking at a number of options but keep coming back to the 40. Seems like it's just the right balance of size, price and sound quality for me from what I can glean from vids and such. It's great to hear some first hand experience. My "needs" are admittedly limited, but it'll be a lot more fun transitioning to plugging in if I enjoy the sounds I'm getting from it.

Really glad to hear you're happy with the amp, that matters a lot.


Too Near Atlanta GA

Amp Tech Emeritus
Mar 9th, 2019 07:44 AM   Edit   Profile  

I was skeptical that the little speakers and small power would give me what I needed at a minimum, but indeed it did the job. You don't get a "wall of sound" but the frequency response is flat and true to the acoustic as well as whatever your voice is capable of providing. Not a performance amp beyond a very small room, but has worked well in my studio.


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