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« on: December 24, 2005, 05:33:11 PM »

Is there one amp anyone would recommend for acoustic playing as well as using a solid body electric, even if it means using an effect pedal for the electric.
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« Reply #1 on: December 24, 2005, 05:56:43 PM »

I like old Fender tube amps.Warm signal for both acoustic and electric.Gotta love tube's.
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« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2005, 05:04:46 AM »

I just started using an old Crate Vintage Club 30.
It sounds realy nice for both.
You can get one for around $200 on Flea-Bay.
The only problem is they are louder than my wife
think is necessary for a 45 year old man.
Sheesh.......

Merry Christmas everyone.

Stan
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« Reply #3 on: December 28, 2005, 01:18:21 AM »

I like the Roland Jazz Chorus series.
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« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2005, 06:58:25 PM »

I like old Fender tube amps.Warm signal for both acoustic and electric.Gotta love tube's.

Is the Hot Rod Deluxe any good for amplifying acoustics? If so, how should it be set?
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« Reply #5 on: January 24, 2006, 07:14:10 PM »

I just started using an old Crate Vintage Club 30.
It sounds realy nice for both.
You can get one for around $200 on Flea-Bay.
The only problem is they are louder than my wife
think is necessary for a 45 year old man.
Sheesh.......

Merry Christmas everyone.

Stan

I just read that Pete Townsend believes his hearing loss was due to monitor headphones and not load playing. Maybe your wife will buy it, maybe not, but its worth the shot.

Turning 45 in five weeks, so I feel your pain.

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« Reply #6 on: January 24, 2006, 07:54:35 PM »

If that is what he thinks, then ole Petey has lost his mind as well.

"The Who also hit the record books in 1976 as the loudest pop group ever, after a concert which tipped the monitoring equipment at 120 decibels - the equivalent of a pneumatic drill - 50 metres away from the sound system."

If you have seen any pictures of those concerts you will understand that the stacks were behind the performers....

Pete is using his loss as a warning to others, particularly young people who wear earbuds too loud. I notice that teenagers seem to say "what?" a lot.
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« Reply #7 on: January 24, 2006, 08:07:28 PM »

ronmac - my thoughts exactly! lol!

leftybill - another possibility: how bout a dedicated acoustic amp and a guitar amp modeller/effects unit (this is my solution: Johson J-Station into AER Compact 60). That way you have the just the acoustic amp when you need it, and the Pod / whatever can be used with the electric. Pod like units models amps and speakers, so plugging it into a PA / full range acoustic amp is fine (what it's designed for) - or even into a hi-fi. You've then got the choice of all sorts of fun different electric guitar amp models to play with, not to mention effects. suits me great! (i'm now looking to sell my marshall!)

pods / j-stations / beringer V-amps etc can be had pretty cheap, especially if you go s/h.

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« Reply #8 on: February 09, 2006, 06:05:15 AM »

I like old Fender tube amps.Warm signal for both acoustic and electric.Gotta love tube's.

I would echo what Rob has said here. My Deluxe Reverb and Music Man (Leo Fender's second company) do a credible job. Another one to consider that is not tube is the Fender Princeton Chorus (non-DSP). For a solid state amp, it does a surprisingly good job.

Seems to me that Peavey about 10-15 or more years ago did an amp that had one channel intended for Electric and one for Acoustic. I think it was the Austin 400? It did have the name of a city. Could also have been the Reno 400.
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« Reply #9 on: February 09, 2006, 05:25:07 PM »

I'm going to be the dissenter here, I guess. I've never found an amp designed for electric guitar that I thought was satisfactory for reproducing a good acoustic sound. They all seem to me to lack something in the higher frequencies, a "sparkle", for lack of a better desription, that dedicated acoustic amps have. Way back before the earth was cool, I used a Roland keyboard amp with passable results, but I've tried Fender tube and various solid-state amps and was never totally satisfied with the acoustic sound of any of them.

just my $.02

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« Reply #10 on: February 15, 2006, 06:28:14 PM »

Check this out...

http://http://www.pritchardamps.com/pritchardamps/padefault.htm
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« Reply #11 on: February 18, 2006, 04:02:45 PM »

I like old Fender tube amps.Warm signal for both acoustic and electric.Gotta love tube's.

Yeah, I love the tone of my old Vibrolux, sounds great even with my BW Dread!
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« Reply #12 on: February 20, 2006, 06:08:12 AM »

I'm going to be the dissenter here, I guess. I've never found an amp designed for electric guitar that I thought was satisfactory for reproducing a good acoustic sound. They all seem to me to lack something in the higher frequencies, a "sparkle", for lack of a better desription, that dedicated acoustic amps have.

So would a dedicated Acoustic Amp with a Pod or Modeller be "better" than using a PA amp?

Not to hijack the thread but what about the price/value of the "ideal" solution for both acoustic and solid body electric?

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« Reply #13 on: February 27, 2006, 06:41:24 PM »

Hey, Wayne. Sorry it took me so long to get back here. I'll try to answer your questions, based solely on my own experience, lest someone get the idea that I'm an expert on these matters :TON>

IF I had to choose one set-up for both acoustic and solid-body electric, I would choose an acoustic amp and add a processor that has amp modeiing. It's easier to limit the freq. response of a full range amp like an acoustic or PA amp for use with an electric guitar than it would be to get a true acoustic sound from a (typical) electric guitar amp. You can't coax the higher freqs. from an electric amp because it's specifically designed NOT to reproduce them.

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« Reply #14 on: March 15, 2006, 07:31:58 PM »

I use a Roland AC60 for my acoustics along with a Roland KCW1 subwoofer. I run a Fender Cyber-Twin or a little Vox AD30tv for my electric guitars.  For a lot less then the price of a used vintage tube amp look into the VOX for your electric $239 and check out the Roland $450 for your acoustic.

I owned a 65 reissue twin reverb and a silver faced deluxe reverb and they were great for my electrics but they never sounded right with the acoustic guitars.
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