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(@bebop)
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Hey everybody,

I'm officially one year into my love for guitar! I'm still light years away from ever "gigging" it seems, but I love practicing and learning and finally getting to play songs. As my present for still being obsessed after a year, I picked up a nice acoustic-electric guitar. I'm wondering if I really have to buy an "acoustic" amp, of which there are only a few that are under $400 or so. What are my options??

Thanks in advance to all of you.

T.


   
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(@twistedlefty)
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Crate CA6110DG Gunnison
I was about to buy one of these until i was offered a better deal on a much more expensive amp.
this is a great sounding amp with 16 digital effects ( the delay effect could have been better but I'm nit picking)
plenty of power (60 watts) and feedback control as well. i believe MF is selling used ones also with free shipping and a 45 day guarantee.
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Crate-CA6110DG-Gunnison-Acoustic-Guitar-Amplifier-?sku=487791

here's the Crate site product info page.
http://www.crateamps.com/products/pindex.php?prodID=37

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(@blue-jay)
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Hey everybody,

I'm officially one year into my love for guitar! I'm still light years away from ever "gigging" it seems, but I love practicing and learning and finally getting to play songs. As my present for still being obsessed after a year, I picked up a nice acoustic-electric guitar. I'm wondering if I really have to buy an "acoustic" amp, of which there are only a few that are under $400 or so. What are my options??

Thanks in advance to all of you.

T.

The Crate that Twisted Lefty shows looks perfect. I looked at the specs in detail, note that it has a 10" speaker, and that would be all right.

I am one who agrees that you should have an acoustic amp, purpose-built for the acoustic guitar. They're just better. But you can get by with a regular amp, if you have a good one. Effects sure help though.:wink:

Briefly, here's my story or experience, to address this post, and not (I hope) to go on about my family. I was waiting for years to buy a Fender Acoustasonic, and it is still my choice, but I don't have it yet. I couldn't justify it, because I have 2 Blues Deluxes, and a number of other amps.

I use the Blues Deluxe @ 40 watts, with its 12" speaker, and I have so many effects already, and a Zoom G1, a GT6 too, that I am more than satisfied. But if you add it all up, an Acoustasonic would be a better deal, and has midrange and and a tweeter, which comes in handy. FX are built in, naturally. Plus they have an equalizer onboard and microphone jacks.

Then (and I believe this is still relevant) one of my daughters got tired of waiting for me to get an all-in-one, so she bought a nice little Behringer, 35 watts - too bad I can't get into her photobucket, with good clear pictures, and the velcro front off too. I really liked that amp, but wasn't comfortable with the small 8" speaker. I brought that to her attention, and it was enough to make her sell it, while it was still mint, new and without any 'real' flaws.

I merely demonstrated that my tiny Roland Cube 20X (not an acoustic amp) with COSM effects onboard, and a similar 8" speaker was in the same ballpark, where you couldn't see or hear much difference, especially at normal volumes, not for serious gigging, and that's primarily what we use, because it is so light and handy. It also is plenty loud and clear enough for jam sessions with up to 12 other guitars in the mix, and maybe 100 people for an audience.

However, I feel that an 8" speaker is still rather small, and would want at least a 10", if not a 12".

However, got your price here, 8" speaker w/piezo, and that's better than the Roland Cube we use: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=7751284&type=product&id=1210982227428&ref=06&loc=01&ci_src ="14110944&ci_sku=7751284"

A little more, gets you an extra 8" speaker, maybe somebody with experience could explain to me?
http://www.jr.com/fender/pe/FEN_2213200010/

This top-of-the-line now has a 8" and a 6". I call that 6 the midrange, in my slang or ignorance. :wink:
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Fender-Acoustasonic-SFX-II-Acoustic-Guitar-Combo-Amp?sku=480724&src ="3WFRWXX&ZYXSEM=0&CAWELAID=26039749"

I guess that smaller speakers are okay for acoustic guitars, and I'm just used to making electric Guitar Noise.

Here is the full-size version of my small signature pic; no effects necessary I feel, maybe because its a 12 STRING. :shock: :lol:
. The sound is true, straight up and big enough it seems, not miked. If there is the need to gig, voice can be miked via the host or venue.

Just my dozen or so cents. :|

Like a bird on the wire,
like a drunk in a midnight choir
I have tried in my way to be free.


   
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(@taynos)
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I am looking for a powerful acoustic amp. Need something that can hang in Jam sessions with a Randall half stack and loud ass drummer.

I am close to pulling the trigger on a used / mint Fender Acoustasonic Pro for 530$ which has 2 8" woofers with 160W total power

http://www.samash.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_Acoustasonic%20Pro%20Guitar%20Amp_-1_10052_10002_-49984804

But the above reference to the Crate CA6110DG Gunnison, with 1 10" at 60w made me think.

http://www.crateamps.com/products/pindex.php?prodID=37

My question is, would I rather have a bigger speaker size (1x10" @ 60W) to hang with the Randall or (2x8" @ 160W)

Thanks.


   
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