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Old 11-14-2018, 10:47 PM
Walkingtr33 Walkingtr33 is offline
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Default Affordable amp

Curious for any suggestions for my first acoustic amp. I know it may limit my options in quality but I would like to spend less than 200$, which Im happy to buy used if it puts me in that bracket. It will just be for home practice and play. I have been looking at the Acoustic A20 which comes with reverb built in, but saw some bad reviews, so thought Id ask the experienced players.
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Old 11-15-2018, 01:42 AM
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How about the Bugera AC-60?
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Old 11-15-2018, 01:46 AM
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There are serious deals on Fender Acoustasonic amps. Great value. If you can spend a bit more, the Fender Acoustic 100 is a helluva amp - I use it more than my fishman charge. I even use it for my Gibson ES 335 regularly - I gotta believe there are used ones out there under $300.....try one out - it is about what YOU think works/sounds best for you in your budget
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Old 11-15-2018, 01:49 AM
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How about a used Ultrasound amp?
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Old 11-15-2018, 08:51 AM
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Fishman loudbox mini package deal from Sweetwater which includes a senn mic, stand and cable for $329. I got a similar Artist package and sold the mic gear on CL for $100. That brings you down to $229. Watch for Black Friday sales like those one day ebay 15% off deals or something similar. That would get you under $200 for a new amp with a little work on your end.
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Old 11-15-2018, 09:05 AM
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I also suggest a Fender Acoustasonic for the reasons stated above.
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Old 11-15-2018, 09:47 AM
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Depends on what you want/need the amp for.

If you just want to play at home and get used to being amplified so you can play open mics and such, there is a decent budget amp I can recommend; The Behringer AT108.

Has mic and 1/4" inputs. Enough power to play small, quiet venues like a coffee shop and perfect for practice around the house. Small & lightweight. It's not really powerful enough for anything else, but the tone is good and loud enough for these stated purposes. My wife used one when we started off in coffee shops. Bought it for $40 used. Had it a few years, then sold it for $40 on CL.

If you intend to play out with anything, the Loudbox Mini is a great sounding and solid choice.

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Old 11-15-2018, 10:52 AM
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Oddly enough I have both the Behringer AT108 and the Bugera AC60 mentioned here. The AT108 is good for an inexpensive practice amp and I used it very happily that way when I was starting out a couple years ago. I made especially good use of the headphones, according to my neighbors. As implied by its price and power, I wouldn't want to play out with it, even in very small venues, since the sound it produces isn't super awesome. But bear in mind I've been spoiled now by much more expensive and powerful systems.

IMHO you'd get much more happiness-per-dollar with the Bugera AC60, which is much more capable, powerful, and impressive-sounding, and just delivers a ton compared to its price. A quick stroll to eBay and Reverb just now turned up a new one for $220 and a "mint" unit for around the same price. In a pinch I use it for combining keyboards and guitar in a midsize noisy bar (we run vocals through the band's EVs, long story). It's excellent for solo work by me, voice and guitar, though I usually use my Bose L1 Compact for that. The AC60 also has a standard speaker stand mount on the bottom and lots of controls and input/output options, including footswitch, effects out and in, and a line out so you could feed into a house system while using it as a monitor. In other words, room to grow. Love mine.
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Old 11-15-2018, 10:58 AM
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I see Fishman Loudbox Minis on CL for $225 all of the time. Great amp for home or small gigs.
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Old 11-15-2018, 01:09 PM
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I second the mini if you can find one in your price range.
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Old 11-15-2018, 03:04 PM
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I would echo the recommendation for the Ultrasound. You can find the AG30 (Ultrasound) used for around $99 online at GC or musicgorounds. I use the AG30 for solo guitar cafe/coffee house gigs with no issues with a K&K pure mini installed acoustic guitar. Practicing at home would be more than enough with that amp.
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Old 11-15-2018, 04:56 PM
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If you really aren’t too fussy about pure tone, I can recommend the Roland Street Cube. Purists will mock me but I’ve got one - bought it as I thought I might busk and never have - and have found that experimenting with settings can give you a decent sound when used at home. I tend to use the black panel setting with a little gain and 25% reverb. People do laugh and say “you’re using a couple of Guitars worth 6000 with a toy amp!!!”

I’ve got an AER 60 slope which is the absolute dogs bollocks but rarely use it as I always play directly through our PA when playing live
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