Acoustic guitars are much less complicated to handle than their electric counterparts, but that doesn't mean you should be careless when handling yours. Keeping your amplifier safe is critical for your guitar's longevity. Before we go any further, let's quickly look at what an acoustic guitar amplifier is.
When considering acoustic guitar amps, perhaps the first image that might come to mind is that of huge speaker cabinets and massive, heavy-duty amps you occasionally see behind big rock bands at large concerts. But if you're in the market for a more streamlined instrument, you're after something more unique. There are now a number of new manufacturers who specialize in making custom-made, one-of-a-kind sound systems for acoustic guitars. Their specialty is in amplifiers, and they often use complex, electronic components instead of traditional components.
Some acoustic guitar amps have true analog signal processing capabilities. Most others have pre-amp and post-amplifier combos featuring extremely sensitive microphone inputs, as well as useful line out and line input capabilities. The common standard for guitar input is balanced and all-band signal matching. Some even offer true bypass switching for signal routing between speakers and amps. The majority of true amp combinations will allow you to monitor your mix via the built-in equalizer or effect section.
In addition to high-quality components and circuitry, many acoustic guitar amps have added features to provide that extra touch of authenticity. Noise gate effects are among the most popular enhancements. Noise gates are electronic devices that limit the amount of feedback that can be applied to a signal. This allows a more detailed and controlled tone than could be had with a guitar without noise gates. They are normally selected as a second phase after the phase of the actual pickup. One example of a noise gate is the gated squeal from a G Block on an acoustic guitar.
Many electric guitar players feel that solid body acoustic guitars are better than they would be if they were equipped with solid bodies. Although there are some acoustic guitar amps that feature a "half-hard" version, they are not widely available. Acoustic guitars can also be fitted with humbuckers and additional pickups. These additional pickups can be operated in conjunction with the speakers to change the tonal characteristics of the sound produced. Many players feel that only solid-body electric guitars have the ability to create "electric guitar tone."
When it comes to amplifiers, you will need to decide whether you will be using them in a direct application or through an amplifier that acts as a buffer. If you plan to play live gigs, then you might want to get a dedicated power amplifier. This type of amplifier allows you to run the volume through a single cable instead of the normal 12-volt operation that your guitar would require. If you are going to use an amp as a buffer for your electric guitar, then you might want to consider getting an amplification that has a "stereo" function. Many times, one speaker will suffice but you might want the extra isolation that a stereo amplifier provides.
There are a couple of different types of Bluetooth amplifiers to choose from. The first is the Fishman Loudbox Mini guitar amp reviewed in this article. I really like the way this unit works. For each string, there is a foot control that you can use to turn the volume up or down. If you have ever used a wireless guitar amp before, then you will know how difficult it can be to keep them charged and operate properly.
Another great amp that I would like to mention in this Acoustic Guitar Amps Review is the Fender Blues Deluxe with the onboard chorus effect. This unit utilizes two channels for power and tone. What's great about the Fender Blues Deluxe is that it has a very bright sound that goes well with most guitars. If you want a very warm and full tone, then this model of the amplifier is for you.