hawk_kst
Registered User
Join date: Jul 2006
903 IQ
#1
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!
Auriemma
Still Strummin'
Join date: Jul 2009
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#2
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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tuxs
Registered User
Join date: Oct 2003
25 IQ
#4
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
guitar_guyz
Registered User
Join date: Sep 2013
10 IQ
#5
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...
Delboyuk_01
Registered User
Join date: May 2008
855 IQ
#6
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.