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archiestone
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May 6th, 2016 02:45 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Curious if anyone likes these or prefers another? Maybe the Roland AC60?
I'm considering an acoustic amp.

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May 7th, 2016 07:09 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've got a friend's Fishman SA220 in my music room right now, been there for months. Right next to it is my Genz Benz Shenandoah 150.

Two completely different amps with two completely different tones.

The Fishman gives a hard, glassy sound, to my ears anyway; and it is made of plastic. My GB, on the other hand, has a warm and woody tone, and is built of wood. So take your pick, whichever sounds good to you.

The Fishman is very well built, as are all of their products that I've been around.

The friend that owns the Fishman and I were the guitar players in a band for several years, and used to bicker over the PA. We have conflicting opinions on tone, obviously. He likes hard & sharp, while I like warm and woody.

Anyway, have a look at the Genz Benz amps. I like them a lot. Used to have a Shenandoah 100 that I think I actually liked better than my current 150. Another advantage is that you can run two guitars and two mics through them, and the amp handles all that just fine.

My $.02, and worth every bit of that!

Ragtop
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May 7th, 2016 07:10 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Should have mentioned: we both use K&K Pure Western Mini pickups.

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May 7th, 2016 10:42 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

K&K Pure Mini pickups in all of my acoustics.

I own a Loudbox Mini and a Loudbox Performer. The Mini is good for 95% of what gigs I do. In short, I really like both a lot and am glad to own them.

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archiestone
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El Californio

May 7th, 2016 11:43 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Or... How about Fishman's Aura Spectrum DI box in front of their favorite ss or clean amp as an alternative to an acoustic amp rig? Good solution?

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May 8th, 2016 07:18 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I use K&K's in all my guitars through a Loudbox Mini exclusively. I do at least 1 gig per month.

As much as I'd like to buy the latest, greatest stuff, there is nothin' the size of a Loudbox Mini that sounds even half good.

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May 9th, 2016 03:48 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have an older Loudbox 100, awesome amp. The other guitar player in my acoustic duo has the Mini and the newer equivalent to my 100, the Loudbox Artist? All three amps are just awesome.

Look for a used 100. You will not be disappointed. I find the 100 and the Artist have better low end than the Mini. Other than 2 XLR inputs and a tiny bit more power that you will never use the 100 and the artist are the same amp.

Regardless of what preamp you put in front of an amp using a dedicated acoustic amp will pay dividends sonically. The line outs are real handy at large venues as well where the amp basically becomes a stage monitor and you send the signal that you control to FOH.

(This message was last edited by Hammond101 at 07:14 PM, May 9th, 2016)

Texican

Cypress, TX

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May 10th, 2016 07:18 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My nephew received his Master of Music degree, majoring in Music Therapy a couple of weeks ago. My graduation gift was a Loudbox Mini. He's already used it at a couple of gigs (classical guitar) and is a very happy camper with it.

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larryguitar
May 11th, 2016 10:54 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have an older discontinued Loudbox 250. I love it but it's just not practical.

Heavy as all get out and when cranked it will bring down the walls of Jericho.

But there is no denying the sound quality.

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May 13th, 2016 07:24 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have an older Fishman amp but I'm not sure what model. It is now that loud but has a great tone.
I have K&K Pure Mini's in at least 3 of my acoustics. Best pickup I have found.

shunka

Willoughby, OH , USA

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May 18th, 2016 11:24 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I purchased a mini to use in Church. For gigs I have a Carvin AG 100. The mini works exceedingly well. The only problem is that neither myself or the group leader can put the volume at 10:00, (probably around 3.5 on a Fender)because then our sound and the PA sound arrive at the back of the church out-of-phase.

heynorm

Omaha, USA

Jun 2nd, 2016 07:58 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I play bass in a country band, but when the guitarist and I play as acoustic duo we both have used the Minis for nearly four years strong. Bought mine new, he got his used and just last week his quit before a gig, lots of really loud hissy noise. We just shared my mic and he strummed unplugged. The local shop sent it to Fishman for evaluation/repair. Overall, they have been perfect for us playing the "senior home circuit." Now, he awaits a decision to repair or replace.

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Jun 24th, 2016 07:08 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Fishman Loudbox 100 guy here. Great amp, great customer service. (I blew the speaker playing electric through it really loud - dumbass. They sent me a new speaker in spite of it being out of warranty). Used ones go for 200-300, might be some bargains out there.

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Jun 28th, 2016 09:23 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

K&K pure mini in my USA Taylor 110 and I run it to a Fishman Loudbox Artist...excellent results.

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OldFartBassPlayerWalt

Robbinsville, NJ

what do you mean the bass is too loud?
Jul 26th, 2016 10:17 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Don't recall the model, but got a used Stagg
Acoustic amp at GC for a song. British made,
not well known, so went cheap.

60W RMS, 10" speaker, SPRING reverb, Mic channel.

GORGEOUS, crisp, full sound !

Might be worth searching for also.

6L6
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Sep 9th, 2016 09:32 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"As much as I'd like to buy the latest, greatest stuff, there is nothin' the size of a Loudbox Mini that sounds even half good..."

+1


BbendFender
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Sep 21st, 2016 03:28 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I found a Fishman Loudbox 100 in a pawn shop today for fairly cheap. Everything works and it sounds great.

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It's all gravy from here on...
Sep 23rd, 2016 04:57 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I am considering the Fishman Artist Pro and the Mini. In two weeks I'll have about $480 worth of Backstage Pass points @ MF. I'm also buying a Radial ABY pedal. I have a Taylor T5z, Gibson J-45 with Fishman undersaddle, Martin 0028EC w/K&K Pure Mini and a nice Yamaha YC3R. I could buy the Mini & Radial and pay zero $$ or I could buy the Artist and Radial and would need to add about $180 to the points. Either way it's win-win. I like that the Artist has a few more bells and whistles with effects and a headphone jack, etc. The power difference is not an issue. The larger speaker might be.


LHW

Southwest Florida

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Sep 25th, 2016 10:27 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have the Mini, and love it. I have tried countless other amps over the years, and the Fishman Mini is the best. It even makes my cheap Ibanez acoustic/electric sound great!

(This message was last edited by LHW at 12:33 PM, Oct 15th, 2016)

jhawkr
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It's all gravy from here on...
Oct 10th, 2016 04:10 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I purchased the Mini from MF. It will be arriving today. (Monday).

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