Tools for the Task: Acoustic Amps
July 3, 2015
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 60/3At 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.
ACOUSTIC A1000Boasting 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.
Fishman Loudbox PerformerThe 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.
Schertler Jam 100This 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.
MARSHALL AS50DThis 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.
PHIL JONES PURE SOUND Cub II AG-150This 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.
ROLAND AC-60This 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.
GODIN ACOUSTIC SOLUTIONS ASG-150This 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.
FENDER Acoustasonic 90This 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.
PEAVEY Ecoustic E110This 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.