Go Back   UG Community @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com > Instruments > Acoustic & Classical Guitar
User Name  

Old 09-09-2013, 11:01 AM   #1
Registered User
Join Date: Jul 2006
Amp or straight into PA?

Hey guys,

So I've been playing live gigs for around 4 years and I have never come across a gig where an Acoustic guitar has been plugged into anything but the PA. I've actually never even heard an acoustic amp except buskers on the street.

My question is:
Will an amp specifically tailored for acoustic guitars sound better live than going straight into the PA?

If so then can anyone recommend a decent one? I'd want one that also takes a vocal mic input.

hawk_kst is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-09-2013, 12:00 PM   #2
Still Strummin'
Auriemma's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: PA, USA
Genz Benz, Fender Acoustisonic, Fishman Loudbox. Those are the 3 main stays that come to mind.

As for which sounds better... that is personal preference. Keep in mind, the amp is one more thing to transport and fit into the mix.
--- Joe ---
PRS '11 McCarty 58 Artist
PRS '07 CE22 Maple Top
Martin '12 GPCPA4 Rosewood
Ovation '06 Elite-T 1868T
Bradley '77 Les Paul Custom
Boss '12 GT-100
Peavey '88 Stereo Chorus 400
Auriemma is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-09-2013, 04:17 PM   #3
Registered User
Join Date: Jul 2010
Depends on your guitars pick up. Some need a pre-amp. I always plug my Guild straight in, think it sounds great.

MoreThanGuitar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-10-2013, 06:02 PM   #4
Registered User
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Northland, NewZealand.
I use a stand alone amp never plug into the PA. As far as I'm concerned AER surpass anything I have heard, for clarity and acoustic replication. They are a bit pricey but come with all you need including two channels plus mic. However Fender, Roland, Behringer, Ibanez all make
acceptable units. Cheers
tuxs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-15-2013, 02:16 PM   #5
Registered User
guitar_guyz's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2013
My question is:
Will an amp specifically tailored for acoustic guitars sound better live than going straight into the PA?

I have used a Genz Benz for years, and just recently switched to plugging direct into the PA. I liked the ability to tweak the tone a bit with the Genz Benz, but plugging directly into the PA has worked out just fine. I think it depends a little on whether you think the additional tonal control outweighs the hassle of extra gear...
guitar_guyz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2013, 02:04 AM   #6
Registered User
Delboyuk_01's Avatar
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Essex, England
I do use an amp but only because the mixing desk is usually so far away and I find it easier to plug into something that's next to me, especially when changing from acoustic to electric several times in one gig. It still sounds good going through the PA IMO.
Delboyuk_01 is online now   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:34 AM.

Forum Archives / About / Terms of Use / Advertise / Contact / Ultimate-Guitar.Com © 2015
Powered by: vBulletin Version 3.0.9
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.