I use a L. R. Baggs Para Acoustic DI-Preamp and a L R. Baggs Element with my Ko'olau CS Tenor. Very interested in their new Venue with all the features of the Para Acoustic Preamp-DI and a built-in chromatic tuner and boost switch.
A few manufactures have pickups installed on their productions models. Most custom builder's have a preference for the system to use on their ukulele but can install whatever system you would like.
The preamp & pickup system on my Ko'olau is passive, I use a L. R. Baggs Para Acoustic Preamp.
I'm currently using a Fishman Loudbox amplifier series of amplifiers for live performance and actually practicing. One should actually always practice with the performance setup. Something I don't do enough. These are great amp - so much so after buying a few my self at retail our family store, Funky Frets are a Fishman dealer.
These are the amplifiers that I personally have and use ALL the time.
Light weight, portable and a great sound. This and the Fishman Loudbox amps are the first amps that I sue that I could dial in the sound that I was looking for really fast without much effort.
As a dealer for Fishman products at our family music store, Funky Frets in Boyertown, we carry the full line of Fishman Loudbox amplifiers.
For ukulele I have and use the THR5A, the acoustic modeling version. It sits right on my desk for quick access.
325 Bouchard Blvd.
Canada H9S 1A9
Phone: +1 (866) 832-8679
Fax: +1 (800) 563-2948
from the AER Audio Electric Research web site
Hand-built in Germany, AER amps are widely considered to be the hallmark of acoustic amplification.
Since 1992, our company has used high-quality components, sophisticated circuit technology, and precision craftsmanship to convert their designs into melodious sound.
At AER, electronics still means a great deal of manual work. Measuring and simulation do not suffice. In the end, every single amp is played and checked for sound and function. A small, dedicated and extremely talented team of just over 20 employees are kept busy checking, equipping, documenting, installing, assembling, and checking all over again!
The Compact 60 has proven that there is an all-round, small, powerful and yet simple to use complete solution for stage, stu- dio and home use that works up to the highest demands and standards of acoustic players.
It has found many friends around the world with it‘s size – smiled at in the beginning – being it‘s second strongest side. It has be- come the standard equipment – „…the amp of choice“ – for those musicians who value sound, simplicity and independence. It has qualified for nearly all instruments and applications. 60 watts, dynamic control, 8” (200 mm) twin cone speaker, Twin-channel, 3 and 2 band EQ, digital effects, 6,5 kg (14.3 lbs)
I use the AER Compact 60/3 for my ukulele, acoustic guitar, classical guitar as well as my seven string archtop guitar. A pretty versatile amp to be able to cover all theses playing situations.
340-D Fordham Road
Wilmington, MA 01887
978-988-9199 | fax 978-988-0770
Our family store, Funky Frets is an authorized dealer and carries the Fishman Transducers, Inc. brand.
from the Fishman Transducers, Inc. web site
Fishman is dedicated to helping acoustic musicians achieve the truest sound possible whenever they plug in.
Our ongoing commitment and wide range of innovative products has helped our company grow to become the industry standard for acoustic amplification. From the largest arena to your own living room, wherever you hear an acoustic instrument, you can bet you’ll hear a Fishman. Fishman users are passionate about their brand of choice, for one simple reason: we put the needs of the acoustic musician first. With exciting new products in development and the ongoing growth of Aura Acoustic Imaging technology, Fishman continues to lead the way in acoustic amplification.
YAMAHA MUSIC (USA):
Yamaha Corporation of America
6600 Orangethorpe Ave.
Buena Park, CA 90620
from the Yamaha Guitars web site
Yamaha Corporation (ヤマハ株式会社 Yamaha Kabushiki Gaisha?) (TYO: 7951) is a Japanese multinational corporation and conglomerate based in Japan with a very wide range of products and services, predominantly musical instruments, electronics, motorcycles and power sports equipment.
THR is designed to fit where, when, and how you play when you’re not on stage. With big amp response, incredible effects, and hi-fi stereo sound in a package that’s built to meet all of your off-stage needs, you’re about to begin a new chapter in your playing.
THR5A is optimized for use with electric-acoustic and Silent Guitars. Utilising advanced modeling technologies developed by Yamaha, THR5A offers simulations of classic tube condenser and dynamic mics combined with studio-grade effects to create recording..
Quilter Labs, LLC.
1700 Sunflower, Suite A
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Phone: (714) 519-6114
Fax: (714) 242-6900
eMail: [email protected]
from the Quilter Guitar Amplifiers web site
The days of lugging around big, heavy amps are over! The MicroPro’s light and efficient design and high-power single speaker slashes size and weight but the sound is anything but small. When it’s time to crank it up, the MicroPro 200 will stand and deliver with a punchy, full sound that can hold its own against anything else on stage.
“Every musician has a golden sound in their head. It’s nice to get the sound I like on my lap steel, but my heart truly soars when a skilled musician plugs into a Quilter amp and immediately awakens the full range of tone and response that makes the electric guitar the greatest instrument of the last half century.” -Patrick Quilter
Our unique tone comes from of years of collecting and studying the best guitar amps. Advanced class D switchmode power technology behaves like a tube amp, delivers all the warmth and feel of classic amps along with amazing power output and reliability.
With an extremely wide frequency response and low noise floor, the MicroPro 200 projects the sound of your guitar like you’ve never heard it before.
12340 World Trade Drive
San Diego, CA 92128-3742
Phone: (800) 854-2235
Phone: (858) 487-1600
Fax: (858) 487-8160
from the Carvin web site
Carvin offers two ideal soultions for the acoustic performer. The AG100D Acoustic Series amp has 3 channels capable of supporting guitar, bass, keyboard & vocals, with on-board 24-bit digital effects. It’s constructed from quality multi-laminate plywood with metal grille and corners, and covered in forest green tolex. The S400 StageMate™ portable PA has 4 channels, and can be run on AC or battery power. It’s also available with digital effects. Both the AG100D and the StageMate have an available extension speaker to maximize your sound. Perfect for DJ/karaoke applications, as well as coffee shops, small clubs and other venues where a full PA isn’t required.
Roland Corporation U.S.
5100 S. Eastern Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90040-2938 P.O. Box 910921
Los Angeles, CA 90091-0921
Phone: (323) 890-3700
Fax: (323) 890-3701
from the Roland web site
Roland Corporation is a leading manufacturer and distributor of electronic musical instruments, including keyboards and synthesizers, guitar products, electronic percussion, digital recording equipment, amplifiers, and audio processing devices. With over 40 years of innovation that continues to shape the sound of modern music, Roland sets the standards in music technology for the world to follow.
9 Newmarket Court
UK Technical Support Tel: 01908 857130
Fax: 01908 857199
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