Amplifiers are usually associated with electric guitars. As you watch your favorite rock band’s performance you probably have noticed lots of enormous amplifiers and equipment in the background BUT that does not mean that musicians who only use acoustic guitars don’t need amplifiers. Although the market for electric guitar amps is a lot bigger you can still find quite a few acoustic guitar amplifiers. Moreover, there are varieties. Whether you need a model for home practice or gigging, you won’t have a lot of trouble finding the best acoustic amplifier for your specific circumstances. And just like with electric guitar amps, prices for acoustic amps vary, a LOT. So don’t fret if you are a beginner, you can always find a model in your price range. In this article, we will discuss seven of the best acoustic guitar amps and then talk about different purposes of amps as well as what you should keep in mind if this is your first amplifier and don’t know where to start.
Table of Contents
- 1 Top 7 Best Acoustic Guitar Amps
- 1.1 Marshall Acoustic Soloist AS50D 50 Watt Acoustic Guitar Amplifier
- 1.2 BEHRINGER ULTRACOUSTIC ACX900
- 1.3 Fender Acoustasonic 40 Guitar Amplifier
- 1.4 Fishman Loudbox Mini Limited Edition
- 1.5 Roland AC-60 – 30W 2×6.5″ Stereo Acoustic Amp
- 1.6 Peavey Ecoustic20 20W Acoustic Guitar Amplifier
- 1.7 Stagg 20 AA R USA 20 Watt RMS Acoustic Guitar Amplifier
- 2 Conclusion
Top 7 Best Acoustic Guitar Amps
|1||Marshall Acoustic Soloist AS50D||(4.9 / 5)||Check on Amazon|
|2||BEHRINGER ULTRACOUSTIC ACX900||(4.8 / 5)||Check on Amazon|
|3||Fender Acoustasonic 40||(4.8 / 5)||Check on Amazon|
|4||Fishman Loudbox Mini Limited Edition||(4.7 / 5)||Check on Amazon|
|5||Roland AC-60||(4.7 / 5)||Check on Amazon|
Acoustic guitars come in different shapes, sizes, and prices. They are created for different purposes and with various features. And as a beginner, it might be a bit intimidating to learn all about them (especially, if you just spend a couple of months finding out which acoustic guitar to buy). But fret not, you will sooner or later figure out what fits you the best.
Unlike electric guitar amps, the purpose of acoustic guitar amps is not to add different effects but to let the sound of the guitar be amplified as accurately as possible. You won’t have to know too much about Reverb, distortion and all that stuff (well, it never hurts to know that stuff anyway). So that’s one good thing but at the same time, there are other things to think about when researching acoustic amp models. I will try to give overall tips and what mistakes not to make.
I have talked in many other articles about the importance of knowing why you need your amplifier (check out our list of the best guitar practice amplifiers). The key is not to go for an amplifier made for a very specific niche while you need an absolutely different one.
One of the main reasons why you might want to get an amplifier is to practice at home. And while a lot of people don’t want an amplifier to practice on their acoustic guitars, trust me, there are a lot of plusses. For instance, maybe you want to be more “acquainted” with the sound of your acoustic guitar amplified so that when the day comes and you play in front of an audience you are not going to be blindsided by sound and tone that the amp makes. In that case, you want to get yourself a practice amplifier. Another great thing about practice amps is that they are usually a lot cheaper than other models. They are also more compact and easy to move around. I would definitely recommend looking into them if you are a beginner or practice at home and don’t want to make a lot of noise (because practice amps also tend to have lower wattage).
Maybe you have practiced enough and now decided to play venues. Well, first of all, congrats on being somewhat close to your goal. Second of all, your practice amp will probably not be sufficient enough for a venue. Of course, the size of the venue also matters. If you plan on performing in a small coffee house or in a very small space a practice amp might actually be enough. For other purposes, you will need an amp that has a lot higher wattage. Anything over 30-watts is considered to be a more mid-powered amplifier so go for that. Gigging amps are also great because they won’t be drowned out by other instruments and you won’t end up on a stage looking like you’re there just as a decoration piece.
For the purpose of recording, you will want to focus on clarity of the sound and extra effects rather than the wattage. It will also be smart to consider an amp with different effects so that your sound has more depth and complexity, but of course, that is up to you.
I remember when I got my first guitar. While a lot of years ago, the feeling still is fresh in my mind. And the first time I actually manage to play an entire song without screwing something over was diving. While I thought that nothing would make that experience any better I was pretty wrong. After years of practice and different guitars I ended up saving enough (which is not a lot) to get my acoustic guitar amplifier and nothing was the same again. It pretty much transformed the way I played, allowed me to gig and get around with it everywhere I went (well… not everywhere but still). So whether it is an amplifier for an electric guitar, an acoustic guitar or whatever you play, quality is always something that you should not compromise. Of course, you might want to get one that’s under a certain price range but never go for an amp just for the price. That’s especially important with acoustic guitar amplifiers that are responsible for producing the clearest and most close to authentic sound to the actual guitar (but amplifier). Apart from that, there are a lot of other requirements you might have. Some of the best acoustic guitar amplifiers that we had on this list are also some of the best small acoustic guitar amp and the cheapest (relatively). In any case, I hope this article was helpful and you have found an amplifier that you want. If not, good luck finding a perfect amp that will make your experience better and better with every practice, gig, or recording.