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Tools For the Task: 7 Acoustic Preamp Options

Tools For the Task: 7 Acoustic Preamp Options
Tools For the Task: Acoustic Preamp Options

PG contributor Tom Butwin highlights 7 preamp options for your acoustic guitar. Wherever you’re looking to plug in your acoustic, these stomps have you covered with a wide range of functionality, sounds, and applications.

LR Baggs Venue DI Acoustic Guitar Preamp / DI / EQ / Tuner Pedal

Venue DI Acous Preamp/DI Pedal w/Tuner
LR Baggs

Radial PZ-Pro 2-channel Acoustic Preamp Pedal

PZ-Pro 2-ch Acous Preamp Pedal/Switcher

Trace Elliot Transit A Acoustic Preamp Pedal

Acoustic Guitar Preamp Pedal
Trace Elliot

Tech 21 Acoustic Fly Rig Multi-FX Pedal

Acoustic Fly Rig Multi-FX Pedal
Tech 21

Fishman Platinum Pro EQ/DI Analog Preamp Pedal

Platinum Pro EQ/DI Pedal

Grace Design ALiX Acoustic Instrument Preamp / EQ / DI / Boost Pedal

ALiX Acous Inst Preamp - Silver
Grace Design

On her new record with her trio, Molly Miller executes a live-feeling work of structural harmony that mirrors her busy life.

Photo by Anna Azarov

The accomplished guitarist and teacher’s new record, like her lifestyle, is taut and exciting—no more, and certainly no less, than is needed.

Molly Miller, a self-described “high-energy person,” is fully charged by the crack of dawn. When Ischeduled our interview, she opted for the very first slot available—8:30 a.m.—just before her 10 a.m. tennis match!

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On this season finale episode, the actor and musician leads a Prine-inspired songwriting session about how few tools we have in our collective toolbox.

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Featuring enhanced amp models, a built-in creative looper, AI-powered tone exploration, and smart jam features.

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Donner andThird Man Hardware’s $99, three-in-one analog distortion, phaser, and delay honors Jack White’s budget gear roots.

Compact. Light. Fun. Dirt cheap. Many cool sounds that make this pedal a viable option for traveling pros.

Phaser level control not much use below 1 o’clock. Repeats are bright for an analog delay. Greater range of low-gain sounds would be nice.


Donner X Third Man Triple Threat


A huge part of the early White Stripes mystique, sound, ethos, and identity was tied to guitars and amps that, at the time, you could luck into for cheap at a garage sale. These days, it’s harder to score a Crestwood Astral II, or Silvertone Twin Twelve with a part-time job in the ice cream shop. Back in the late ’90s, though, they were a source of raw, nasty sounds for less than a new, more generic guitar or amp.

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