Hi all,

I'm looking to buy an amp for my friend who has an acoustic electric guitar, but doesn't have an amp to use with it. She's been playing for about a year, but self taught, so I have no one to go to in order to ask for advice.

I don't have a massive budget, just up to about £50 ($80). A practice amp would be fine - she's not in a band or anything. I've been looking on UK Amazon, and found a Rockburn 10 watt practice amp for £30 and a Stagg 10 watt Amplifier for £40, but I have no idea of the quality of either, and a search for reviews has come up empty.

Basically I'm just looking for a cheap amplifier with reasonably decent sound (Not overly tinny, or overly bassy), which can be played quietly, or with a bit more noise on occasion.

Any ideas? Thanks in advance.
Last edited by pp0u20e8 at Jun 19, 2011,
You can probably play louder than any amp in your price range.
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Again, volume isn't really important. It's difficult playing electric guitar without an amp. This 15W amp is £70 and sounds fine.
Actually, the difficulty of playing an instrument is the same, plugged, or unplugged.

And I thought it was an acoustic-electric, not an electric?

Well, if it is electric, I would probably have to recommend one of several 15w modelling amps.

If it is acoustic, then an acoustic amp, but not sure one will exist in your range.
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It is an acoustic electric, though I think she's shortly getting an electric guitar too. Sorry, I can't profess to know much about amps.

I need an amp that she can use with both her acoustic electric guitar and an electric guitar. I'm happy to buy second hand off ebay if necessary.
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For an electro accoustic you'd get a better sound playing unplugged or into a PA if she ever played live..

Electric well she'd probably want to spend quite a bit more then 50 quid on an amp to get a good sound...
Last edited by coolstoryangus at Jun 19, 2011,
Sorry mate, but nothing really exists at £50 except for incredibly crap solid-state practice amps like the ones you listed above. They truly are crap, and as far as acoustic amps go, they don't really exist in your price range. However, if you are prepared to go up to around £80-£100 then you should have a look at solid-state modellers like the Vox VT15. That was just a random example, but there are a lot of good value amps like it, which are very versatile. They can pull off a lot of sounds well, even if they struggle to compete with more specialised amps. Line 6 Spiders fall into this category too, though they have a reputation for sounding very digital (especially on this forum where the word "Spider" is mud).

However, a Roland Micro Cube might be a better option for you and your friend. Micro Cubes have a reputation for being good value all-round practice amps, and have the advantage of being incredibly portable. They tend to go for around £70-£100.

You should note that all these amps are just random examples in a big world of amps. By shopping around, you may be able to find better deals. Also note that these amps are also all made with electric guitars in mind, though they'll take an electro-acoustic without complaining. There are specialised "acoustic amps" too, but they generally cost more and for what it's worth you're as well getting an electric amp, especially if your friend is looking to get an electric in the future.

One last piece of advice; DO NOT, under any circumstances, consider a Marshall MG. They are the very definition of shit.

Hope that was useful.

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Why do you need an acoustic amp?

I got a marshallAS50D with my first acoustic (I guess I wanted an electric but didnt know it) and now mainly use it for vocals and stuff.

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Thanks Neutralfan, that was a really helpful response

Glad I could help. I've done a wee bit of looking around and you might want to have a peek at the lower end of the Laney LA series. As far as dedicated acoustic amps sub-£100 go, they seem to be your only real option.

However, while Laney make good valve amps, I wouldn't put money into their solid-state amps. If you ask me, you (or your friend) will probably get more for your money with a regular electric amp. There's competition there, which makes for a more confusing buying process but also more value.

Edit: Especially if your friend is getting an electric. Electric amps can take an electro-acoustic fine enough, but it doesn't really work the other way around.

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