Acoustic Guitar Amps

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About Acoustic Amps

Acoustic guitar amps are designed to amplify your acoustic guitars natural tone to allow for 'unplugged' performances from acoustic singer songwriters. More popular than ever, acoustic amplifiers work in a different manner to electric guitar amps. While electric amps are celebrated specifically for their ability to 'break up' and distort the natural signal from the guitar, an acoustic amp does the opposite and keeps the signal as pure as possible, letting the acoustic tones sound out without colour or denigration.

Acoustic amps are generally combos and often have multiple inputs including a balanced XLR input for connecting to a vocal microphone. This provides performers with a complete amplification system for their voice and guitar in one dedicated box. Ambient effects are also a relatively normal addition to these amps. A little bit of reverb, chorus and delay is often available to add quality and production to performances.

Lots of manufacturers produce acoustic amps. From affordable Fender Acoustasonic combos to high end AER amplifiers, there is an acoustic amp for every purpose and every budget. At guitarguitar, we have a comprehensive range of acoustic amplifiers available at each of our UK stores. If you are looking for ways to perform your acoustic songs, an acoustic amp is a powerful and portable ally. Visit our stores to try some out or order online and have your amp delivered to your door!

Frequently Asked Questions about Acoustic Guitar Amps

We'd say go for a good quality dynamic mic. Certain acoustic amps may supply the phantom power required to run a condenser mic but these are very sensitive pieces of gear and not necessarily what we'd suggest using. A dynamic mic needs extra power and will serve you well. The famous one is the Shure SM58 but there are lots to choose from by brands including SE, Sennheiser and Electro-Voice.
Yes they do! The most popular amps for this purpose are the Roland Cube Street and the Cube Street EX. Whilst these are not strictly acoustic amps, they do have a facility for both acoustic guitars and vocals, they are louder than they look and they can run on batteries!
The acoustic amp that sells the most is the Fender Acoustasonic 15, which is a compact combo for practice. The next best selling is the Marshall AS50D, a popular choice for gigging players.
It's difficult to say but do remember that wattage refers to power only and not to volume. It may seem strange but a 100w amp is typically only twice as loud as a 10w amp! Some amps are more efficient than others too, so two 60w amps from different manufacturers can be wildly different in terms of volume. Volume is determined by decibels rather than wattage. Having said all that, we'd recommend getting the most powerful amp that's practical for you. More power means more clean headroom and that is a useful thing for acoustic artists because your sound will not be on the edge of distortion, even at louder settings.
Well, it won't do it any harm but it also won't sound great. In the short term you could use your electric guitar amp as a stop-gap measure but in the long run, the sound will be unsatisfying and you'll no doubt want to get something more up to the job.