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   Tips For Playing Electric Acoustic Guitar 

                  (Part Three - Amps)


  You have carefully chosen a great sounding acoustic guitar, now
  how do we amplify it?  Browse through our tips for playing
  electric acoustic guitar and you will discover all amps are not
  created equal.

  Now, most of us would think it can't be too hard to amplify our
  acoustic guitar, after all almost every music store has a few
  amps. That's true the world is full of guitar amps, the problem
  is most of the amplifiers are catering for solid body electric

  Tips for playing acoustic electric guitar: tip 10

  Electric guitar amplifier or acoustic guitar amplifier - what's
  the difference?

  An electric guitar amplifier is not best for acoustic, since it
  is designed to be part of the instrument, adding little touch-
  ups, effects, etc.  In other words, an electric amplifier is
  meant to add desired effects, and distortion, while an acoustic
  amplifier is like a stereo--it acts as passive as possible,
  adding little distortion or effects.

  An electric-acoustic through an acoustic amp is supposed to sound
  like an acoustic guitar, only louder.  If you have an electric-
  guitar amplifier, you can use it for your acoustic, and you may
  be able to get a sound you like, but electric-guitar amps are
  often designed to color the sound, while acoustic amplifiers are
  designed to be as clean as possible, almost like a small PA.

  Let's review: standard guitar amplifiers are designed to be part
  of the electric guitar sound, they are designed to color and
  modify the electric guitar sound, often using overdrive settings
  to create heavy distortion and feedback ... just the type of
  thing we're trying to avoid on acoustic guitar.

  Amplifiers designed specifically for acoustic guitars are
  designed for acoustic guitarists' who do not wish to colour
  the sound of their guitar.  The comment most heard from people
  who play these amps is "It sounds just like my acoustic guitar
  only louder".

  Acoustic guitar amps have different speaker configuration to
  enhance the specially attuned to the sonic needs of acoustic
  instruments, for example, when playing an acoustic guitar in an
  orchestra or a jazz band or in a small coffee club.

  Often the purpose built acoustic amps feature unique speaker
  combinations such as, two specially designed 8" speakers and a
  high efficiency piezo tweeter to faithfully reproduce every
  subtle nuance of acoustic instruments, and an internal limiter is
  provided for maximum level without distortion.

  This type of high frequency speaker combinations would be
  unsuitable for the rock guitarist playing a solid body guitar, it
  would be like trying to play tennis with a cricket bat!

  Reverb, which is included on most acoustic amplifiers, can help
  restore some of the ambiance that gets lost when amplifying an
  acoustic guitar.

  If you want to use one amp for both electric and acoustic guitar,
  you could use a clean, wide-range acoustic amplifier in
  combination with a modeling preamp for your electric guitar.

  Tips for playing acoustic electric guitar: tip 11

  What Amplifier brands produce good acoustic amps?

  Behringer  20  & 90 watts

  Marshall   50 watts

  Fishman   100 watts

  Crate      12 & 60 watts

  Fender     30 watts

  SWR       160 watts

  Roland    30 watts

  Ibanez    20 watts

  Hartke   150 watts

  For more information ...

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  Tips for playing acoustic electric guitar: tip 12

  How much power will you need?

  When you are playing electric acoustic guitar you don't need high
  power amplification, if you are performing onstage, your amp will
  act as a monitor, the real heavy lifting work as far as
  amplification will be done by the front of house PA system.

  It's quite common for electric acoustic players to only need a 50
  watt RMS amp for performance. By using a DI box, you can split
  the signal from your guitar sending one signal to the on stage
  amp and the other to the mixing console for the PA for front of
  house or recording.

  One important point when buying amps always look for RMS rating,
  some amp manufacturers rat their amp with peak rating. The
  difference is a RMS rating on an amplifier means they can handle
  peaks of two times their rating. On other words if you had a 100
  watt RMS amp you would be certain of having a constant 100 watts
  of power at your disposal. Whereas, a 100 watt peak rated amp may
  only produce a constant 60 watts.

  Tips for playing acoustic electric guitar: tip 13
What are the most important effects for acoustic guitar?

  Best effects to use with your electric acoustic guitar would be
  reverb, delay, compression and chorus. Most amp designed for
  acoustic guitar will have some or all of these effects. Brands
  such as Roland acoustic amplifiers are available in stereo and
  have a rich chorus that can be useful for solo acoustic

  I hope you find these tips for playing electric acoustic guitar
  helpful, remember start with a great sounding acoustic guitar
  then use the correct type of amplification and you will have an
  inspiring guitar sound to enjoy in any musical setting.


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