Top 6 Acoustic Amplifiers Compared

Thinking about a new acoustic amplifier or perhaps you've never owned one before. There is a huge range, we compare six amps which cover a range of sizes, prices and features. Hopefully we will give you some food for thought before your next purchase.


Fishman Loudbox Mini PRO-LBX-500 Review

Fishman is a brand that offers a whole range of products designed for acoustic guitar players. They are probably better known for their electronics, however, their amps are nothing to joke about either. On the contrary, Fishman makes some of the best acoustic amplifiers on the market. The one we are going to take a look at today, the Fishman Loudbox Mini PRO-LBX-500, definitely reinforces that point. As you are about to see, this compact combo has a lot to offer.

While it is essentially a smaller version of the PRO-LBX-600, the 500 comes with a completely different control layout. It still comes with two channels, but the controls for these are placed side by side instead of one on top of the other. Channel 1 is a dedicated instrument channel and features a 1/4 inch TRX input. It comes with a Gain knob, a three-band EQ, a Reverb and a Chorus. Channel 2 is a dedicated microphone channel and features the same controls bar the Chorus and midrange section in the EQ.

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Lastly, there is the Master volume knob. Overall, using the Fishman Loudbox Mini PRO-LBX-500 is pretty intuitive even for those who haven’t used guitar amps much in the past. The core of Fishman Loudbox Mini PRO-LBX-500 comes in form of a 60 Watt power stage that routes the output straight to the 6.5-inch woofer and a 1-inch soft dome tweeter. This type of transducer setup makes it great for both home and stage use. 60 Watts is going to be enough to saturate smaller to medium sized venues with sound. If that is not enough, you can always run the amp through a mixer thanks to a balanced XLR DI output in the back. With two channels, each dedicated to a specific role, Loudbox Mini fits the profile of a stage worthy acoustic guitar amplifier.

Combine that with its pretty awesome tone, and you have a one serious performance setup. Fishman’s Loudbox series of amplifiers are known for their outstanding transparency and quality of tone. No matter what you plug into Fishman Loudbox Mini PRO-LBX-500, you will get an accurate rendering of that guitar’s natural tone. Of course, this can be a good thing or a bad thing depending on what kind of guitar you have. However, the EQ section on the amp can help you iron out whatever imperfections you come up against. What makes this amp so popular is the fact that it packs a good amount of power in a package that is very mobile.

In other words, if you are a solo artist who gigs often, this is the type of amp you would want to have by your side. Fishman’s Loudbox PRO-LBX-600 has made a lot of ripples in the industry when it first came out. Now, we have a more compact and affordable version of that beast, which is accessible to a larger number of users. With Fishman Loudbox Mini PRO-LBX-500, you can get a large portion of LBX-600’s tone quality while still enjoying great mobility.


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We wanted to give a good cross section of acoustic amplifiers which also covered a wide range of budgets. Sometimes it’s tricky as it’s like comparing oranges with apples due to price difference. Obviously, you do get what you pay for and the more you pay, the more features and build quality you can expect to get.

Check Out The Acoustic Amplifiers “Star Rating”

Make sure that you click on the stars in each box to see the reviews for that specific product. You will see real customers actual thoughts on the acoustic amplifiers. In the end, it’s always best to go down to your local shop and play a few of these amps to get a real feel for the sound they create.

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