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Ashley Byrd — Jan 29, 2015 07:20AM HST

What are the highest quality acoustic amps that you recommend in different price ranges?

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Zachary Shimizu - Jan 30, 2015 at 08:39PM HST

The Ukulele Site Agent

From experience I have to say the Roland AC-60 is a amazing amp for about $500.
It has 2 channels and one is a XLR or Quarter inch in. So you can set up a microphone and your ukulele in the same amp.
It also has reverb and chorus which is a nice finishing touch!

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Stephen - Feb 01, 2015 at 12:00PM HST

Any thoughts on the "Fishman Loudbox Mini"? It came recommended by a guitar playing friend...

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RickSchellhammer - Feb 01, 2015 at 12:00PM HST

The Fishman Loudbox mini (around $330) is also a 60-watt amp with great sound, or you can go up to the Loudbox Artist (120 watts) for around $550.

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Andrew Kitakis - Feb 01, 2015 at 12:08PM HST

The Ukulele Site Agent

The Loubox amps are good. We used to stock all of them and the solo. Loudbox is a bit heavy compared to some other options if you are going to be traveling a lot that may be a factor. I would say the new Yamaha THR5A would be a good small one. The AC-33 from Roland too and it has a fun loop option. Then you get into the mid range where you have Fishman, Fender , Marshal and many others. Then in the high end you get to AER (which we use for demos), Acoustic Image, Schertler, etc. and lots of high end PA equipment would be the ultimate sound.

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David - Feb 13, 2015 at 10:10AM HST

I have the Loudbox Mini ($329) and the Roland AC-33 ($399). The Roland costs more and is not as loud (30 watts), and if you want to use the looper you'll probably need to buy a footswitch (unless you have one). It is lighter as Andrew noted, and it has the battery-powered option (but only 20 watts on batteries). It does not have separate reverb controls for mic and instrument (at least on my years-old one). For a less-expensive, more portable option, in addition to the Yamaha THR-5A ($199) there is a Roland Mobile AC (now about $129). I thought that the Yamaha was clearly superior until I compared them, and then . . . I didn't think that anymore. The Roland has a mic input (1/4"), but fewer effects. I'm happy with each of these amps, and they're as high as I've gone in price range. Then there are the cheaper amps I've had and mostly sold, but we (or I) don't have time for that.

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Mattydee - Feb 26, 2015 at 05:36AM HST

I have the Fender Acoustasonic 90: 90 watts, separate instrument and mic channels, each with their own volume and effects (reverb, delay, chorus, tremolo), feedback control, and line out. It weighs less than 20lbs, and has been really eat for me for the small gigs I play and practice at home. I think it cost about 300.

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