Hot

Acoustic Bass Guitars Taylor


Bookmark/Share This Page:

ADD TO DEL.ICIO.US ADD TO DIGG ADD TO FURL ADD TO NEWSVINE ADD TO NETSCAPE ADD TO REDDIT ADD TO STUMBLEUPON ADD TO TECHNORATI FAVORITES ADD TO SQUIDOO ADD TO WINDOWS LIVE ADD TO YAHOO MYWEB ADD TO ASK ADD TO GOOGLE ADD TO MAGNOLIA ADD TO NING ADD TO RAWSUGAR ADD TO SPURL ADD TO TAGTOOGA

Bookmark and Share

Acoustic B20 1x12 Bass Combo Amplifier: Review

Acoustic BassDuring the 1970's, Acoustic brand amps were the amplifiers of choice by bass players. Many famous bassists proudly used Acoustic Bass amps and were happy with their true sound and good price. Unfortunately for bassists, Acoustic soon stopped making bass amps, only to begin manufacturing them again in 2007. With all of the changes in technology when it comes to creating bass amps, most, including myself, were skeptical as to how good the new era Acoustic Bass amps would be. I naturally was unsure what to expect when I picked up the Acoustic B20, but quickly found it was much better than I expected.

Product Ratings for the Acoustic B20 1x12 Bass Combo Amplifier: Features: 4/5 Sound: 5/5 Price: 5/5 Overall: 4.5/5

Main Product Features

I must admit that I am a guitarist first and a bassist second. When I picked up my used bass guitar in 2007, I was looking for a decently priced bass amp that would be loud enough for small gigs and had a good sound. Someone pointed me towards an Acoustic B20, and it's a purchase I haven't regretted making.

To start things off, the Acoustic B20 features a classic design that the older, 70's model amps had. For those looking for a retro amplifier look, the B20 is a good fit with its blue power light, aluminum knobs and black grille. It's actually a pretty stylish amplifier as well, which is unlike many other amps in the price range.

But who cares about style if it doesn't sound good? Luckily, the Acoustic B20 has a nice sound. I wouldn't say it's as nice as a tube amp, but it's a lot cleaner than most would expect to get in this price range. The bass is full, rich and virtually free of annoying hum. It can be as quiet (less than 1watt) or as loud (20watt maximum) as the bass player needs. I usually keep mine dialed at 4 or 5 and that's plenty in my house.

One thing that isn't commonly found is the dual-input jacks. The B20 has two different bass input jacks, so if you have two bass guitars and want to keep them plugged into the Acoustic B20 at all times, you can do that. Since I don't have two bass guitars, I haven't really used this feature, but it's still a nice one.

Another nice feature that the Acoustic B20 has is the ability to plug in an MP3 player and jam along with songs. Since many bassists learn how to play songs by listening to them, this is a nice learning tool.

The only issue I have with the Acoustic B20-and it's a relatively minor one-is that it is such a simple amplifier. It has the standard volume, low, lo-mid, hi-mid and hi knobs, so there are really no effects or anything else built in. For bassists that like simplicity, this isn't a problem, but for those who want a little more out of their amp, it can be.

Price: $149.99 at Musician's Friend

Overall: Being the tone enthusiast I am, overall, I am quite impressed with the Acoustic B20. It delivers a nice, simple sound and is an excellent practice amp. It's not the best practice amp around, but for the price, few people will find a better amp.

By Michelle Canever - Michelle Canever is an experienced musician, IT Technician, and avid technology enthusiast who also is a writer. She has written hundreds of articles for a variety of web sites since 2006, including Demand S...  

Next page: Strat







Receive Our Free Gift


drop shipping
fouryoursucess.com
br> video lesson ipads ipad pete








Recommended Products


jamorama guitar lesson drdrum.com drum beats pianoforall.com piano lessons







Acoustic Bass News


How the Jaguar Became Fender’s New Model for 1962

The dual-circuit idea was adapted from a layout that Fender’s factory boss Forrest White had devised back in the '40s, when he built guitars as a hobby. "I saw Alvino Rey at the Paramount Theater in Akron, Ohio, and he had to keep fiddling with his ...

Read more...


New Book Sheds Light on Leo Fender, 'The Quiet Giant'

His accomplishments were also acknowledged with a Technical Grammy Award in 2009. Fender died in 1991. "When other companies made electric guitars, that is all they did," says the Rolling Stones' Keith Richards. "Leo had the whole concept in mind.

Read more...


How T.J. Friga Made His Frankenstein Fender Jazzmaster

Then he made the jump to electric guitar, his true musical love ... In advance of the show, New Times talked with Friga about his Fender Jazzmaster, his job as a teacher, and his upcoming performance. The Mastery bridge on my guitar is one of the cooler ...

Read more...


Mani from The Stone Roses is auctioning off loads of his guitars and amps

With the launch of his official Reverb Shop next week, Mani, in conjunction with Denmark Street guitars, is selling a number of instruments ... their performance at Heaton Park in Manchester. A Fender Bassman head and cab used on the recent singles ...

Read more...


New Fender Squier FSR Bullet Stratocaster Announced

We take a look at the brand new Fender Squier FSR Bullet Stratocaster Hard Tail guitars available for pre order now. A selection of new Fender limited edition Squier FSR hard Tail Stratocasters have just been revealed, providing players with budget ...

Read more...


Fender Newport Bluetooth speaker review: It's not just a nostalgia trip, this speaker sounds great

When companies such as Fender branch out into product categories they’re not known for, it always invokes an element of skepticism in the press. Guitars? Amplifiers? All cool, Fender. A Bluetooth speaker that echoes the look of a Fender guitar amp?

Read more...


After 30 Years Of Playing Fender Guitars, Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien Designed His Own

If you caught Radiohead on their most recent tour in support of 2016’s A Moon Shaped Pool, you might have seen guitarist — and fresh solo artist — Ed O’Brien road-testing his new signature EOB Sustainer Stratocaster, a design inspired by the ...

Read more...