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FDP Forum / Fender Product Reviews / Acoustasonic 30

Doug I


Jan 30th, 2000 11:39 AM   Edit   Profile  

General Description: 30 Watt Amp designed for use with acoustic instruments. Fender Special Design 8" Speaker and single piezo horn. Includes on board chorus, reverb, input for instrument, XLR mic, footswitch (optional), line-out. (See Link at end of article to go Fender announcement)

Physical: Measuring in at 15-3/8"H X 19-3/8"W X 14-5/8"D and weighing 34 lb. this is an extremely portable little amplifier. Moreover, the design of the cabinet allows easy "tilt-back" operation without the need for separate swing-out legs.

Sound/Tone: I guess this was what sold me on this amp. Most notably I have never been able to duplicate to my satisfaction the sound of recorded nylon string / steel string piezo equipped instruments through guitar amps, both solid state and tube, as well as amp emulators (POD). Though close, the precise sparkle and clarity was lacking. The Acoustasonic-30 solves this problem allowing for clear/sparkling/accurate reproduction. A Gibson Chet-Atkins CEC solid-body nylon stringed guitar exhibits both high end sparkle as well as low end warmth while maintaining a clean, clean sound. Piezo equipped steel string instruments such as Taylor or Godin exhibit the same qualities. Obviously tone can be a very subjective thing but comments received to-date usually fall into the category of "I don't believe how good that guitar sounds". Fender has really nailed the "amp" part of the acoustic Tone equation with this puppy!

At 30 watts the amp is way more than loud enough for practice and as well as small intimate venues. Equipped with a line out it can also be used in conjunction with a PA for larger venues.

The on-board chorus conveys the chorus sound typical of other Fender chorus-equipped amps, although it only has on-off and rate controls lacking the chorus depth control of it's larger siblings in the Acoustasonic series.

The on-board Reverb is, well let's just say it sounds like a Fender reverb should. Wouldn't have it any other way!

The only other minor downside other than the lack of a chorus depth control, and these are very very minor, are the lack of a notch control for attenuating feedback (it does have a phase switch for this though) and the fact that the closed back cabinet prevents easy power-cord storage (although the amp does have the IEC cord connector like computer equipment allowing storage of the power cord in your guitars gig bag or case). Again, these are only minor details, and when you consider the price of the amp, these are very acceptable compromises by Fender.

At a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $399.00 US$ this amp is a bargain! Walking out of the dealer paying $399.00 Canadian (about $266 US) I still can't believe what a good value this is! That's less than the cost of a couple of good effects pedals and a 6-pack of strings!

The only other comment I have relates to how Fender seems to have stumbled on time travel. With the website announcing March 2000 availability I couldn't help but notice my calendar still says January. Not often products are released "before" the announced ship date!

Bravo to Fender for creating a high quality, superb-sounding, affordable acoustic instrument amp!




Feb 3rd, 2000 09:06 AM   Edit   Profile  

This is actually available in stores? What kind of "out the door" price are we talking in the U.S.? Thanks! I just got rid of my Acoustasonic Jr. for being (of all things) too big. I am interested in good things in small packages!



Feb 3rd, 2000 10:44 AM   Edit   Profile  

A strat through my Jr gave a nice, clean sound. No overdrive capapbilities but with more volume, the tweeter tends to break up a bit. A nice archtop at reasonable levels is reported to be quite nice.

Doug I


Feb 3rd, 2000 08:18 PM   Edit   Profile  

Paul R:

Out the door price, excluding taxes, about $260-$270 US.

Tried the Strat and the Tele through it. PaulR's comments pretty much cover it. My preference would be to stay with a tube amp or emulator for a bit more warmth on the Strat/Teles, even at clean levels.

Mark Jacobs

FDPGF: Connecticut Chapter

Feb 4th, 2000 09:10 AM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks to you too Doug. I'm using my HRD Deluxe with earplugs.



Feb 9th, 2000 03:02 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have a acoustasonic jr. question. Playing with my acoustic, it is a wonderful amp.(Which is why I bought it). However I'm considering purchasing a Strat to use in conjuction with the jr. Is there any risk of damaging the horn or speakers if playing Strat? At a resonable volume of course. Any ideas or suggestions would be great.



Oct 20th, 2010 11:22 AM   Edit   Profile  

Does anyone out there know how to get at the Reverb tank in an Acoustasonic 30 amp?

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