For some of the smallest venues, your practice amp might be able to give you a good, clean tone with enough volume to be heard. But if you want to be ready for larger spaces, you should look for an amp with a little more juice.
Within the range of 40 to 100 total watts, you’ll find plenty models to choose from with features to enhance your performances. For instance, if you are planning to plug in a microphone to sing along with your guitar playing, amps within this range typically will have everything you need. You’ll find separate channels for guitar and vocals and an XLR input for your microphone. (Some inputs identified as “combo” will accept either an XLR or ¼” jack for maximum flexibility.) On many models, each channel will have its own separate tone controls and effects so you can dial in the right sounds for each.
Some acoustic guitar amps also offer a 3.5 mm or stereo input so you can plug in a portable audio device such as an iPod or smartphone and play along with recordings or backing tracks. Whereas practice amps usually include either a single small speaker or a woofer-tweeter combination, these more powerful amps typically include dedicated woofer and tweeters to handle low and high frequencies separately. Others add midrange speakers for even more precise frequency handling.
It is important to note that the speaker size or configuration does not necessarily affect an acoustic amp’s ability to deliver good sound with decent volume. The Fishman Loudbox Mini PRO-LBX-500, for instance, uses just one 6.5-inch speaker driven by 60W of power to produce a surprising amount of volume with good fidelity.
If you want a guitar combo amplifier that exudes vintage sound and style, the Bugera V22 Infinium is worth a test drive. Loaded with three 12AX7 preamp tubes and a pair of EL84 power tubes, this handbuilt, boutique-style powerhouse is ready to bring its 22 watts of phenomenal all-tube tone onstage or to the studio.
Complete with two independent channels, selectable reverb, and a great-sounding British-engineered Turbosound speaker, the V22 Infinium delivers the tone and flexibility you demand. On top of that, Sweetwater guitarists dig Bugera’s Tube Life Multiplier technology, which ensures that the V22 Infinium guitar combo amplifier gives you reliability and consistent tone over the lifespan of your tubes.
Inside the Bugera V22 Infinium guitar combo amplifier you’ll find three 12AX7 preamp tubes, as well as two EL84 power tubes, giving you classic all-tube tone. The hand-selected 12AX7s provide you with everything from smooth harmonics to aggressive crunch, while the EL84s really drive the V22 Infinium when pushed to the max. With the V22 Infinium, you can conjure up anything from crisp chiming to classic crunch to metallic screaming.
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