I use a L. R. Baggs Para Acoustic Preamp and a L R. Baggs Element with my Ko'olau CS Tenor.
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.
For an amplifier I use a custom Reazer's Edge cabinet and Acoustic Image Clarus amplifier head - which for sale and to be replaced with a Quilter Micro 200 *" and extension speaker cabinet.
Roland Micro Seres of Battery powered amps are a great choice for portable amplification.. I have a Micro Cube which is really great for small settings. Gerald Ross uses a selection of the Roland Micro Series of amps as a main part of of performance setup.
- Quilter Guitar Amplifiers
- Crate Taxi Series
- Carvin Acoustic Amp Series
- Roland Micro Cube Series
My Personal Recommendations
- Quilter MicroPro 200 8"
This is an amazing amplifier and really versatile.
Micro, Portable and Pocket Amps
- Carvin S400D
UkuleleUnderground forum member: ricdoug gave this amp the best review.
- Crate Taxi TX30
- Crate Limo
- Danelectro Honeytone
- Line6 Micro
- Roland Microcube RX Bass
- Roland Microcube RX
- Roland Microcube
- Roland Street Cube
- Vox DA5
- Extension Speaker Cabinets
- Guitar Amplifiers
The Crate Power Block looks interesting.
Acoustic Series : AG100D, 112AG, S400, S400D
Carvin's 100W AG100D is the perfect combo amp for acoustic performers in smaller venues. It's 3 channels support acoustic guitar, bass guitar or second acoustic guitar, and keyboard or microphone, ideal for solo or duo performers in coffee shops, small auditoriums and similar locales. Each channel has a volume, bass, treble & effect control, and channel 1 also includes mid-sweep, mid-gain, mid and hi contour switches, while channel 3 adds an XLR input for a mic. Two 24-bit effects are included, providing reverb, chorus, echo and flanging with parametic control. Lightweight for easy transporting. 112AG extension cabinet also available. Constructed from quality multi-laminate plywood with metal corners and covered in forest green vinyl.
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Los Angeles, CA 90091-0921
Phone: (323) 890-3700
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Roland AC-33 Acoustic Chorus Guitar Amplifier
Rich, deep, stereo sound to go — introducing the AC-33, the world’s first AA battery-powered amp made specifically for acoustic guitar. Portable yet powerful, the AC-33 provides true stereo sound, Guitar and Mic/Line channels, custom-tailored effects, anti-feedback, and a Phrase Looper. But this amp was made to go places no amp has gone before. Thanks to its battery-power capability, the AC-33 lets you take your act anywhere — into the backwoods, onto the streets, or wherever your imagination leads you.
- 30 watts (15W+15W) of natural, stereo acoustic sound through twin speakers
- Runs on AC power or eight AA batteries (accepts rechargeable NiMH types)
- Dual-channel configuration: Guitar and Mic/Line channel
- Reverb, chorus, and ambience effects (Ambience adds spatial, 3D-type depth to the sound)
- Phrase Looper with 40 seconds of record time
- Stereo AUX input (connect MP3/CD players, etc), headphone output
- Anti-feedback function
- Built-in tilt-back stand
- Removable battery cartridge for easy battery replacement
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United Kingdom, NN118PB
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LINE 6 — Modeling Pioneers
Most non-musicians are likely unaware that the past fifty years of guitar amplifier technology has had a more significant impact on the history of rock music than the electric guitar itself. Each individual amp and effect design was created to distort and color the guitar signal in a different way, contributing significantly to why the guitar sounds of the Beatles were so different from Jimi Hendrix or Pink Floyd. Both the subtle and overt differences between the many types (and even specific serial numbers) of amps and effects, became cherished tonal signatures that were sought after for the particular sonic mood that they might inspire.
( from listing's site ) - For over 25 years, the Fishman name has been synonymous with technical innovation in acoustic amplification. Fishman pickups and preamps, toneshaping products and amplifiers are the essential tools acoustic musicians, performers and sound technicians rely on to accurately amplify the natural tones of acoustic instruments.
Shoreline Music has a great selection of the top brands of pickup, preamps, cables and loads of great information for making an informed decision.
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