Over many years I must have tried most types of amplification for acoustic guitars.
What I have always sought is an amp that will give me a good on stage sound and will feed into the main PA for bigger gigs.
I have tried Trace acoustics TA 100, TA 50 etc. I have has AER Acousticube IIa and a pair of compact 60s.
In the old days I used to use Keyboard combos, which were pretty good.
I get a great sound from my Yamaha Stagepass 500.
I tend to find that most combos lack the bottom end warmth that I get through the Yamaha.
I do however need something portable and convenient.
Anyone got any experience or views on the Traynor AM Custom or the Fishman Loudbox Artist?
I will try one but I was looking for somthing with more power. That said 2 x 8" speakers move a lot of air.
The Marshal AS50D is a worthy contender , can be very bassy if required . Has two inputs + xlr etc etc .
I think I would need more power.
The AER accousticube iia (120w) was about right but, to me, lacked warmth.
I,m now in the sad position due to disability to replace my AS50D for something lighter.The Artec A50D looks as if it would fit the bill. 50 watts and 12" speaker etc Has anyone any info on this amp .Thank you.
Might I also suggest a Carvin AG100D?
We'll see if the picture shows up - Carvin sometimes doesn't like to share their pictures...
You might want to take a look at the Genz-Benz lineup of acoustic amps. Haven't played one personally, but have friends that rave about them.
A compact version too!
Here's a link to my friend Dave Word's online store - Hole in the Wood - and his acoustic amplifier selection:
and, direct to your Loudbox Artist:
and a pic:
This is proving interesting.
The big combos with the 12-inch speakers would work. But I might as well take the PA. The Stagepass 500 is not that big.
Also I am in the UK and some of the gear available to you guys is not easy to come by.
The Roland, Traynor AM Custom or Fishman Loudbox currently lead the race…
Availability would be a consideration for sure. The Genz-Benz site shows dealers in the UK, but I have no idea what would actually be available or pricing. I've heard others talk about going the PA route, which might be a way to go, if you don't mind the extra baggage. Using a PA, coupled with a mixer, and fx tools would give much more flexibility to you, and you might be able to get the 'big sound' you're wanting, too. For, me, the Genz-Benz looks like a good one, as it has seperate direct outs, and phantom power for mics. I like the Fishbox mini, as well, but it has no phantom power, and only 1 direct out, so I'm guessing that it's shared by both channels. Not actually a deal-breaker for me, but may be a consideration for others depending on how it needs to be used.
Cheers and good hunting!
Although not on your list, I really love the sound of my guitars through the Bose L1 Compact. Very portable - huge on sound.