Ten combos to help you cook up delicious acoustic tone.

Acoustic amplification has gotten more sophisticated over the years. These days, players seeking pure amplified tone have a mouth-watering array of options. Ranging in size, price, and features, here are a few you might want to consider.

AER Compact 60/3

At less than 15 pounds, this 2-channel 60-watt amp is extremely portable, yet it can still fill a room with clean volume. Onboard effects include reverb, chorus, and delay.
$1,199 street
aer-amps.com

ACOUSTIC A1000

Boasting four inputs for instruments or vocals, this 2x8 neodymium combo features discrete 3-band EQ for each channel and two programmable digital-effect processors with LCD readouts.
$499 street
acousticamplification.com

Fishman Loudbox Performer

The 180-watt Loudbox Performer features independent 3-band EQ for each channel, feedback-fighting controls, onboard digital effects, a kickstand for a 50-degree tilt, and phantom power.
$769 street
fishman.com

Schertler Jam 100

This 80-watt amp packs three independent channels into its compact enclosure. It features two XLR jacks with phantom power, 3-band EQ for each channel, and onboard digital reverb.
$799 street
schertler.com

MARSHALL AS50D

This 50-watt combo houses a pair of 8" Celestion speakers and includes a phantom-powered mic channel, independent EQ per channel, digital chorus and reverb, and an anti-feedback notch filter.
$399 street
marshallamps.com

PHIL JONES PURE SOUND Cub II AG-150

This ultra-compact 100-watt amp is outfitted with two 5" PJB NeoPower speakers, two channels with independent 3-band EQ, and an aux input. It comes with a padded gig bag.
$699 street
philjonespuresound.com

ROLAND AC-60

This 2-channel acoustic amp with 30 watts per channel includes a mic/line input with phantom power, two 6 1/2" speakers, anti-feedback controls, and stereo/multiband chorus and delay/reverb effects.
$499 street
roland.com

GODIN ACOUSTIC SOLUTIONS ASG-150

This 150-watt amp resides in a natural-finish wood enclosure. It boasts a compression tweeter and 8" speaker, three inputs with independent EQ, balanced XLR inputs with phantom power, and a notch filter.
$1,079 street
godinacousticsolutions.com

FENDER Acoustasonic 90

This compact and affordable 90-watt 2-channel combo pushes an 8" driver and high-frequency horn. Features include a feedback-elimination circuit and reverb, delay, chorus and Vibratone effects.
$299 street
fender.com

PEAVEY Ecoustic E110

This 100-watt bi-amplified system houses a 10" driver. Its features include 9-band graphic EQ on channel one, a notch filter and phase inverter for feedback control, and channel-assignable reverb, chorus, and delay.
$499 street
peavey.com

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