Amp it up! Eric Dahl test drives some of the most popular acoustic amps on the market today Acoustic guitar amplifiers were once a rarity in comparison to their electric guitar and bass amp siblings. Now, as more people are playing acoustic instruments the size, features and sound quality of Acoustic instrument amplifiers continue to evolve and become a more transparent conduit for the acoustic tones. In this Maverick Lifestyle Feature I am going to take a look at some of the most popular Acoustic Amps and the features they offer.
Fender, known for world class electric guitar amps, did a total makeover in 2015 with the launch of the Fender Acoustic Pro and SFX models. GREATEST ALBUM COVERS THAT NEVER WERE Both feature furniture-quality wood on the sides, with rounded speaker cloth to the top and top mounted controls. The Pro is 200 watts with two independent channels and can act as a PA system while the SFX is stereo with two 80 watt amps, two channels and stereo field expansion circuitry. They are a bit heavier but the recessed handle in the back makes for easy carrying. www.fender.com
AER, Audio Electric Research, are German engineered cube shaped amps that are small in size but big in their features and sound quality. The AER Compact 60/3 is a 60 watt amp with a twin cone eight inch speaker, two channels with 3 and 2 band EQs, digital effects with reverb, delay and chorus and it only weighs 6.5 kgs. Most appealing features on this AER model are its great sound, small portable size and built in effects. www.aer-amps.com