Set-up for solo acoustic gigs. Which amplifier?

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Set-up for solo acoustic gigs. Which amplifier?

Postby De Ferre » Thu Aug 31, 2006 9:55 am

Gentlemen,

My question is which set-up is best for solo gigs, just one acoustic guitar and voice.

My original plan is to install a soundhole magnetic pickup in the guitar and buy one of those Behringer two-channel acoustic amps: one channel for the guitar and the second one for voice (mic). Is this enough for playing clubs or I need a complete PA? (Those amps come with 45 or 90 watts.)

What do you use yourselves?
Would you recommend other amps/brands instead?

Thanks in advance!
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Postby allanlummox » Thu Aug 31, 2006 1:28 pm

I use the house PA if there is one - otherwise, something similar to the setup you contemplate.
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Postby De Ferre » Thu Aug 31, 2006 1:30 pm

allanlummox wrote:I use the house PA if there is one - otherwise, something similar to the setup you contemplate.


Which amp do you use (how many watts)?
Are you happy with the sound/volume?

Thank you!
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Postby allanlummox » Thu Aug 31, 2006 2:14 pm

Depends on the venue and what's available.

Recently, I've mic'ed my National and Vocals through a 15 watt Crate Taxi to play small venues - I sing VERY loudly, and use that setup more as "reinforcement" than full on "amplification".

But I've also gotten good results using various amps, including a Roland Cube 60 and various Twin Reverb type amps.

I haven't used my Vibrolux for this type of setup yet - but I would.

I've also sung through various Keyboard Amps - generally, cleaner and more PA like than Guitar amps.

There are a few Acoustic guitar amplifiers on the market today that look like they would do well for what you're doing.

The thing to keep in mind when using a Guitar Amp to carry vocals is - NOT TO RUN IT TOO LOUD.

But that's a good thing to keep in mind at any venue that's hired acoustic music anyway.
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Postby wwpete52 » Fri Sep 01, 2006 5:04 am

A very good affordable System is the Kustom Profile One PA. Take a look:

http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-KUSTOM-PROFILE- ... dZViewItem

I've had one for several years. I love it.
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Postby wwpete52 » Fri Sep 01, 2006 5:05 am

I've heard good things about the Behringer Acoustic amp.
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Postby allanlummox » Fri Sep 01, 2006 9:03 am

Now, tonight was a best case scenario - my preamp as a DI into a board, with a decent sound guy.

I really like my Paracoustic.
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Postby 1four5 » Fri Sep 01, 2006 12:30 pm

We have the Kustom Profile 1 for a 4 piece band and it works awesome. It's ultra simple bare bones PA that is perfect for our acoustic instruments and voice. We've used it in a large ballroom, and festivals outside, no problems. I also really like the roll around suitcase the whole rig fits into.
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Postby wwpete52 » Fri Sep 01, 2006 2:37 pm

Have you seen the new Kustom Profile 2? I bet it is awesome. It has 300 watts.
Take a look at this:


http://cgi.ebay.com/New-Kustom-Profile- ... dZViewItem
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Postby 1four5 » Fri Sep 01, 2006 7:38 pm

Ohhhh that does looks sweet....stop that!!!! :D :D :D does it ever end? I wonder if anyone has ever had that perfect set up...never wanting for more/better :cry:
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Postby deltablues57 » Sun Sep 03, 2006 2:28 pm

We have been playing through an old 4 channel PA with a small set of yamaha PA speakers (like 8 inch woofer). The thing about the pa is that with the separation of the speakers your sound is incredibly full and fills the room without being too loud. There are small complete pa setups available for a few hundred that should do the trick...Delta
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