A Quick Guide to Acoustic Amps

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.
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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.
$199 street
acousticamplification.com

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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
aer-amps.com

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Godin Acoustic Solutions ASG-75
75 watts. 1-channel, solid-state. One 5" woofer. Natural wood or black finish options.
$699 street
godinacousticsolutions.com

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Fishman SA220
Compact line-array design, 220 watts, two mic/instrument channels, phantom power, 3-band EQ, digital reverb, six 4" midrange speakers, 1" neodymium tweeter.
$999 street
fishman.com

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Ibanez Troubadour T80N
Two channels, 80 watts, 3-band EQ with sweepable mids, chorus, and reverb. Phantom power, tilt bar, 10" coaxial speaker with tweeter.
$299 street
ibanez.com

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Roland AC-40
Stereo amplifier. Dual custom 6.5" speakers. Stereo chorus and reverb effects. Two channels: Guitar (1/4" input) and Mic/Line (XLR/TRS input), each with 3-band EQ and independent effects. Automatic anti-feedback function.
$379 street
rolandus.com

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Yamaha THR5A
One channel, 10 watts, microphone simulations, two 3" speakers, onboard effects.
$199 street
usa.yamaha.com

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Peavey Ecoustic E208
Two channels, 30 watts, two 8" speakers, chorus, and spring reverb.
$199 street
peavey.com

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Trace Elliot TA-100
100 watts two channels, with effects. Four specially designed 5" neodymium Celestion speakers connected in stereo.
$999 street
traceelliot.com

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Vox AGA150
Two channels (Normal and Tube Pre), 150 watts, chorus and reverb, direct output, 6.5" midrange speaker and 1" dome tweeter.
$599 street
voxamps.com

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