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    Voice amplification in absence of a sound system

    Hi folks, After 18 years hiatus, I've recently began playing music out in public at an open mike, but it's one of those open mikes without...mikes. My D25M projects nicely but not my voice. Folks in the 4th row back miss words. Yeah, voice lessons might help but I lack interest in pursuing this approach. What came to mind instead, was purchasing a used Shure M58 and mike stand, There isn't a sound system at the venue but I'm wondering if there's anyway I might get decent enough sound with a small amp, or would I need to get a PA head and speakers. Ideally, my approach would cost no more than $200. Any ideas? Thank you!

    p.s. It's a very small listening room, probably 20'x60'.
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    Shure SM58's are really the best and for the money you can't beat 'em! That's what i use and when I bought an amp I made sure it could handle a guitar AND the mic at the same time. I got a Fender Acoustasonic 40, which can do both. There are others like Fishman and other brands that i think do a little better job, but they cost a bit more. They're not that much and you can do a small venue with my Fender amp and amplify your guitar and voice at the same time. It's better to sing in a style and volume where you're comfortable and where you have control of your voice without straining, so do that. I can belt out a tune really strongly, but that's not my normal and comfortable place, so it's better to sing normally and let the amp do the work. Others will be along soon with more and probably better suggestions.
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    Plus 1 on Tom's advice.

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    Tom has good advice. The Fishman Loudbox amps also sound good with a mic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davismanLV View Post
    Shure SM58's are really the best and for the money you can't beat 'em! That's what i use and when I bought an amp I made sure it could handle a guitar AND the mic at the same time. I got a Fender Acoustasonic 40, which can do both. There are others like Fishman and other brands that i think do a little better job, but they cost a bit more. They're not that much and you can do a small venue with my Fender amp and amplify your guitar and voice at the same time. It's better to sing in a style and volume where you're comfortable and where you have control of your voice without straining, so do that. I can belt out a tune really strongly, but that's not my normal and comfortable place, so it's better to sing normally and let the amp do the work. Others will be along soon with more and probably better suggestions.
    Really good advice from Tom here - a small combo amp will work nicely and you just can't beat those SM58's mics for cost and reliability. That rig might put you a little over your budget but hey you'll have a setup that will sound good, is easily transportable, simple and reliable.
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    +1 on the SM-58 and Fishman Loudbox Mini, those are what I use for just such a setting. They'll set you back a little more than $200 though.
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    This?

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    There are amps designed to handle both an instrument and voice and you have some good suggestions. Remember that with your D-25 you may not want or not need to amplify it even if you mic your voice.
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    Hello

    Since the budget is so limited - how about an active pa-speaker/floormonitor with mic input - some of them have line input only.
    Put it on the floor about a foot behind and left or right of you .There should be plenty of those in used-equipment circulation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by davismanLV View Post
    Shure SM58's are really the best and for the money you can't beat 'em! That's what i use and when I bought an amp I made sure it could handle a guitar AND the mic at the same time. I got a Fender Acoustasonic 40, which can do both. There are others like Fishman and other brands that i think do a little better job, but they cost a bit more. They're not that much and you can do a small venue with my Fender amp and amplify your guitar and voice at the same time. It's better to sing in a style and volume where you're comfortable and where you have control of your voice without straining, so do that. I can belt out a tune really strongly, but that's not my normal and comfortable place, so it's better to sing normally and let the amp do the work. Others will be along soon with more and probably better suggestions.
    This should fit the bill for my needs. Thank you! The Loudbox Mini and other mike options would be wonderful to consider if I had a bit more to spend. Thank you everyone!
    Current guitars:
    1976 Guild D25M
    2000 Seagull S6 Folk

    past guitars:
    1981 Guild D25M (miss this one
    1976 Guild F55 (miss this one even more)
    early 70s Epiphone Texan (still pining)
    1960s Yamaha acoustic (model?)
    1960s Kay parlor guitar

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