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post Jun 9 2010, 10:12 PM
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I mostly play electric guitars but I occasionally play my acoustic through one of my amps. I have a Marshall AVT 150 Hibrid, Crate vintage VC-5212 tube amp, a Palomino v16 single channel tube amp, crate palomino v5 tube amp, a Fender Frontman 212R solidstate, Marshall G30R solidstate. Is an acoustic amp much different than any of the amps I currently have? Enough difference to warrant spending money on one? I dont play gigs--only play in my room along with backing tracks. I love the acoustic guitar amplified, it sounds ok now on the amps I have but would an acoustic amp make it a whole lot better sounding?? I have a Breedlove dreadnought and a Martin concert size acoustic.
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post Jun 9 2010, 11:13 PM
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I don't think it will sound much diffrent from your Fender cleanchannel although you can always take your accoustics to a store and try them out on real accoustic amps...

I wouldn't bother though, accoustic guitars are meant to be played without an amp anyways and for playing live you either mic them up or you go directly into the PA without an amp. For occasionally playing your accoustics amplified at home your amps should be more than enough IMHO!


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post Jun 10 2010, 12:03 AM
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Regular guitar amp will amplify the sound of your acoustic guitar, but acoustic guitar needs hi-fi treatment, and it won't get it from electric guitar amps and speakers. If you want full range of sounds that acoustic instrument can produce, you need a full range PA. If you really want to amplify your acoustics you should use quality PA boxes and a small mixer, that will work nicely, and it has multiple purposes. However, I wouldn't buy any of that for the bedroom, you buy amplifiers so you can translate the sound to bigger space, to be heard by more people or to cover more area. Room is small.


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post Jun 10 2010, 12:44 AM
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I'm not sure if this works as a cheaper alternative.
But what about an EQ pedal and a guitar amp, to erase the amps voicing.
elseway im with zakk (who is O' so often right in this forum smile.gif )

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post Jun 10 2010, 12:51 AM
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electric guitar amp has limited bandwidth range, so does the guitar amp speaker. You cannot use EQ pedal to make it play something it wasn't designed for. The acoustic guitar will work with electric guitar amp, but the sound will be limited. Similar to what you would get as you would plug a microphone into guitar amp and start singing/talking.

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post Jun 10 2010, 12:53 AM
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^^
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i have also tried it, and it sounded bad. but thought it might have been just bad configurations

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post Jun 10 2010, 01:26 AM
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You need mixer and boxes and you are ready to go. It should be much more natural sound that way then if you used any sort of amplification. If your goal is to get pure acoustic sound , mic it and then use mixer and sound system.


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post Jun 10 2010, 08:39 PM
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I'm also recommending mixer + PA speakers instead of acoustic amp. But generally I don't think you need any of that for bedroom playing - amps you have will do a good job for the purpose..


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post Jun 10 2010, 09:12 PM
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Well, I do not agree here, I have an AER 60 as a jazz-amp, although its really made for acoustics. (check Tommy Emmanuel, he has the same one...) It sounds awesome to both acoustics and jazz guitars, are incredible small and the line-out is fantastic to route for recording or a P.A -system.

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post Jun 11 2010, 01:13 AM
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Ok. Thanks guys, kinda what I thought but its nice to hear input from other guitarists and what they think.I guess I will just use my current amps and be happy with that.
It does sound the best with the Fender amp. For some reason the tube amps make it sound kind of sloppy and not as tight.

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post Jun 11 2010, 11:49 AM
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Yeah, I agree, solid state amps (besides having odd harmonics), are too "perfect" sounding.


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