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Old 09-09-2013, 11:01 AM   #1
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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.

Thanks!
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Old 09-09-2013, 12:00 PM   #2
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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.
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Old 09-09-2013, 04:17 PM   #3
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Depends on your guitars pick up. Some need a pre-amp. I always plug my Guild straight in, think it sounds great.



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Old 09-10-2013, 06:02 PM   #4
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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
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Old 09-15-2013, 02:16 PM   #5
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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...
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Old 09-18-2013, 02:04 AM   #6
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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.
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