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Postby linda88 » September 30th, 2004, 4:04 pm

Hey people,

I've never really touched both a Preamp and an Acoustic Amp before. But seeing things on the net that an acoustic guitar can be plugged into either a PA or an Acoustic Amp. I mean what's the difference between the two?

thanks.. :oops:
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Postby wishus » October 1st, 2004, 9:53 am

PA = public address system. Alot of people plug their acoustic guitars directly into the PA (via a direct box) because, unlike electric guitar, a guitar amp is not a significant part of the sound of the instrument.

Acoustic guitar amps are specially tuned to amplify the sound of an acoustic guitar, while a PA is usually tuned to provide a flat frequency response in a given room. It is made to amplify vocals, bass, guitars, drums, and whatever else you plug into it.

A preamp, on the other hand, is an "amp before an amp." A mic preamp brings the very quiet signal of a microphone up to line level before it goes to the power amp which drives the speakers. A guitar preamp, in a tube amp for instance, lets you overdrive the preamp tubes and get lots of gain before going to the power amp section - so you can get lots of gain without a lot of volume.
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Postby Laz » October 1st, 2004, 10:08 am

You can carry your guitar in one hand, and your amp in the other. If you get a PA, you'll need more hands.

Also, don't buy amps made by the company "Acoustic" for your acoustic. I don't think that would sound very good.

If you also want to sing and/or play CDs or other music while you're playing (or between sets), a PA is useful. There are some nice small ones from Fender and JBL.

Have Fun!

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Postby wishus » October 1st, 2004, 12:37 pm

SWR makes some very nice acoustic guitar amps. Before you buy anything, try a California Blonde.
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Postby E.Sherman » October 1st, 2004, 7:03 pm

SWR makes some very nice acoustic guitar amps. Before you buy anything, try a California Blonde.


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Postby linda88 » October 4th, 2004, 4:59 am

i'm a girl...i think i'd be looking for husbands and not wives...dont u guyz reckon?
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Postby wishus » October 4th, 2004, 8:10 am

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Postby linda88 » October 4th, 2004, 5:16 pm

well, thanks for the suggestion...

maybe i can consider... :idea:
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