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« on: October 10, 2005, 12:15:04 AM »

   I was just wondering if it's ok to play acoustic through a keyboard amp or if anyone else is doing this. I bought a Crate kx-220 keyboard amp at an estate sale for next to nothing. For giggles I tried my acoustic through it and I gotta tell ya this thing rocks.  Anybody else tried acoustic  on a keyboard amp?

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« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2005, 01:34:27 AM »

I know a few people using keyboard amps for acoustic guitar.I don't know about the Crate but I don't see a problem with it.
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« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2005, 12:37:54 PM »

Keyboard amps make great acoustic amps. They have a very wide frequency range and quite often have better dispersion characteristics than a regular "acoustic" amp. The only thing I would watch for, if you are out sampling a few different models, is the type of horn used for the mid/high frequencies. A poorly matched horn may cause some "honking" in the 1.5 to 2.5 khz range.

I used a Yorkville KB200 (200 watt) as an acoustic amp for small shows for a couple of years. I used a Mackie 1202VLZPro to patch 2 mics and 2 instruments out to the Yorkville. It sounded good. The only downside was the weight.

A general rule of thumb: if you the human voice sounds good through an amp, an acoustic guitar will as well.

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« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2005, 03:00:32 PM »

I remember that John McEuen of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band recommended using a Peavey Keyboard Amp for the plethora of amplified acoustic instruments that he would play in concert (fiddle, banjo, mandolin, acoustic guitar, dobro, who knows what all ... ). I heard him with them twice and they sounded great. Don't know if he was using one those times.
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« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2005, 10:02:44 PM »

  Thanks guys for the response. This amp is 160 watts with 4 channels, 8 band eq,xlr input and a 15" speaker w/tweeter. I am getting some tones with this thing that I never could out of the acoustisonic.   I guess the only downside is like ronmac said is the weight. oh well.   Thanks again

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