One of the questions I’m constantly asked, is which acoustic guitar amplifier do I recommend…
So here’s some thoughts on the matter….
It obviously depends on the sound you ultimately want to achieve, i.e. the sound in your head. Your reference sound.
If your ‘sound’ relies on pedals and compressors, or you have a percussive playing style, then you’re going to need a different sounding amplifier to someone who plays straight fingerstyle.
That’s true isn’t it?
Well actually no.
There is a solution out there that can accommodate pretty much every style of acoustic guitar and push it out loud and clear without any colouration.
What do we mean by ‘colouration’:?
Many acoustic amplifiers are ‘voiced’ to sound a certain way, and if you enjoy that particular sound, then that’s the very fellow for you, as pretty much any guitar you put through the amp will come out coloured by the amp’s tone, and again, if you like that particular tone, all’s well.
However, there is one set of Acoustic amplifiers that deliver a transparent tone, which allows whatever instrument is plugged into it, to sound like itself and nothing else with no added colour, and that’s the Loudbox series from Fishman.
Fishman of course, have a proud heritage of pick-ups and pre-amp knowledge gained from years of being one of the leading manufacturers in the US, of acoustic amplification tools.
So their amplifiers have every right to sound excellent.
But again, the main reason they do, is that they allow the natural tones of your guitar to shine through.
Not only are they Loud! (the clue’s in the name…), but they reproduce the sound from your guitar, cleanly and accurately, with just a simple eq and some cool effects.
They even have a channel for a Mic, allowing you to sing at the same time as play your guitar, and believe me that’s where these little boxes come-on strong.
The vocal channel is so very good, I’ve never seen a singer who didn’t like the sound of their voice through it, and if you’re a singer songwriter, or just backing a vocalist, these amps are so portable and so LOUD, that you can easily play a pub gig or small restaurant without the need for a PA.
And all the while here, I’ve only been referring to the Loudbox Mini!
The Artist and Performer both have 2 channels and are 120 W and 180 W respectively.