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    Recommend me: sub-$400 acoustic guitar amp

    Just got an Ibanez acoustic/electric (sounds crazy but the thing is amazing) and am looking to do some amplification other than through my Laney. Use would be mostly at home or in coffee-shop type spaces, and I intend to run the guitar through some FX (mostly delay, but also a little fuzz). I tend to favor amps that have reverb built in, and I also enjoy other built-in FX, if they're not too cheesy.

    The amps on my research list so far:

    Trace Elliot TA60CR
    Peavey Ecoustic 112
    Fender Acoustasonic Jr or some kind of Acoustasonic, whatever

    Thanks in advance!
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    You can usually find a Marshall AS50R (or even the 80 or 100w versions sometimes) for less than $400 used. I use my AS80R regularly.

    A quick search on the 'Verb shows a couple. (No affiliation, etc...)

    https://reverb.com/marketplace?query=marshall+as50r
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    Hey, that's a good idea. I live in what is a surprisingly desolate area in terms of gear variety; every shop I talk to has these Fishman Loudboxes. Tried one, but I wasn't thrilled. That said, I didn't spend too much time with it since I wasn't thrilled about the guitars either.
    1978 Gibson Les Paul Custom
    1980 Guild D46
    80s? 90s? Epiphone 12 string
    90s? Ibanez AEL-50
    2012 Guild GAD M-120

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    Dean Markley's Ultrasound DS-4 is still my personal favorite in this price range (though I am not a fan of the built in digital effects - I prefer my BOSS RV-6 pedal for reverb). Regardless, if you are into "transparent" amps, this is worthy of consideration:

    Ultrasound DS-4

    (Amazon is selling it new for $391 w/ free shipping)
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    A friend of mine had a Genz Benz that sounded Awesome but I cant remember what models it was. The price was very reasonable if I recall correctly. I'll do some digging and see if I can't find out which one it was.

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    Quote Originally Posted by txbumper57 View Post
    A friend of mine had a Genz Benz that sounded Awesome but I cant remember what models it was. The price was very reasonable if I recall correctly. I'll do some digging and see if I can't find out which one it was.

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    I bought my Genz Benz Shenandoah 60 for $300 off Craigslist in basically new condition, and have been very pleased with it. Another great company that Fender destroyed
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    I picked up a used Vox AD30VT for $100. I'm not a big amp connoisseur, but I like it. 11 amp models, 11 effects (most are pretty good)... If you want a 5 Watt amp, 15W, 20W, or 30W, just turn a dial.
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    The Roland AC-60 is a great amp, and can be had used for under $400.

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    Quote Originally Posted by guildman63 View Post
    The Roland AC-60 is a great amp, and can be had used for under $400.
    Thanks for the rec. I've actually got a JC-120 that I'm in the process of unloading, after something like 15 years. I'm not sure Roland is where I want to be. The JC-120 is kind of sterile for me these days. Tell me what you like about the AC-60?
    1978 Gibson Les Paul Custom
    1980 Guild D46
    80s? 90s? Epiphone 12 string
    90s? Ibanez AEL-50
    2012 Guild GAD M-120

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    Thanks for all these recs! Today is amp-shopping day, when I'll be checking out the amps I listed in my first post, as well as whatever else I can find. I was talking elsewhere about what I'm looking for in an amp, and I mentioned that I would like to use some fuzz/distortion. Obviously this is difficult with an acoustic (my Ibanez has an undersaddle pickup) but I'm convinced it can be done. Anyway, it was suggested to me that I look into non-acoustic amps such as the Hot Rod Deluxe (which is currently out of my price range) that will provide a good clean sound and also take pedals well. So I guess I'm opening things up, suggestion-wise, though I should point out that I don't particularly care for modelling amps.

    I really appreciate all the feedback. So to speak.
    1978 Gibson Les Paul Custom
    1980 Guild D46
    80s? 90s? Epiphone 12 string
    90s? Ibanez AEL-50
    2012 Guild GAD M-120

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