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Acoustic Amps

Discussion in 'Amps, Mics & Pickups [DB]' started by JAS, Mar 23, 2006.

  1. JAS


    Jul 3, 2001
    I have one of the old Acoustic amplifiers and it has such a great sound. I only use it if I have to play a real loud gig on electric bass - it is almost worth lugging around for more stuff though.

    I am wondering if Acoustic made anything smaller for bass? Like a 1x12 that is a little more portable. Also I thought I remember hearing a couple years ago that they were re-making some of these things.

    Does anyone know anything about these?
  2. appler

    appler Guest

  3. I used Acoustic amps from '76 to mid-80's. They were good at the time but there's plenty of solid-state amps since that are better. They didn't come close to the sound I've had from Nemesis & Eden gear.
  4. mesmithnm


    Dec 10, 2005
    Layton, UT
    I used to have an Acoustic Bass combo - think it was something like Model 116, but I'm not sure. It had a very simple front-end - bass, treble, mid knobs, volume, and bright and boost switches (once again, all of this is from memory!). I used it from about 1980 till 1990 for DB gigs (an Underwood into a Fishman preamp into the amp). I remember that it sounded OK (not great, but OK) at lower volumes but if you pushed it the sound went downhill fast. I think the thing was only rated at 100W into 4ohms or something like that, so it didn't really have a lot of oomph for it's size (it had a single 15). Any of the newer designs - especially those that are designed with the double bass in mind - would be far superior in tone. However, I will say that the Acoustic never failed me on the gig and the cabinet was built like a tank - I sold it to a friend so he would have an amp to leave in his practice space and as far as I know, the thing is still going strong after 26 years.

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