Anyone have experience with the Blackstar mini amp?
I'm not looking to break neighbors windows, scare dogs and cats or little old ladies in wheel chairs-
I now have an Ibanez ALT30 which isn't very acoustic - I'm also looking at getting an Alvarez soon (likely an Artist series) and wondering if the Blackstar mini amp will give a pure sound. I LOVED the sound produced by the Alavarez I played with, no amp. I'm just wondering if the Blackstar will reproduce that sound, purely.
It's only 3 watts according to the product description and the demos I've seen on you tube it sounds decent, but, when using an electric guitar it's hard to tell since electric guitars are meant to distort and amplifiers, well, amplify- but, who knows how doctored those are- the reviews I've read are positive, but, then again, aren't most reviews positive?
Appreciate any input. But, let me say up front. I'm not going to spend 100's of dollars on an amp.
Yes I have the Blackstar mini amp. Only play my Fender Stratocaster through the amp. For the price, sound quality and volume, it is a great little amp for the size, it can be plugged into the mains or batteries only, and the batteries last for ages. Not to sure about the quality when using an Acoustic guitar, as acoustic guitar amps are usually quite expensive.
thisoldman, I'm not trying to be a smart-alec here, but I gotta ask.....
Why would you want to amplify an acoustic guitar with a mini-amp?
I have a pretty strong, well projecting voice and I have a hard time competing with even my Alavarez folk acoustic, never mind the GA and the Dread. Granted, I'm a strummer and very rarely a finger-style player. Is that why? Do you play mostly finger-style?
===================================== One Alvarez in the hand is worth two Taylors and a Martin in the guitar store!
Not familiar with blackstar but 3 watts seems a little light. I have a little fishman mini loudbox which has plenty of volume. Also have a 20 watt crate tube amp, which is better yet. But the most natural, pleasing, mellow sound comes from a focusrite interface going to 80 watt monitors. All were purchased used at a reasonable price.
No worries. I record to my iPhone, for one thing, and with the mic being to the side it doesn't pick up my guitar very well. The other thing is, the Ibanez I bought is an electric acoustic and it doesn't project well. I'm not sure if that is body depth (4 1/8 in vs 4 1/2 in dreadnaught)and it's made of Sapele wood so that may have an effect as well. So, I thought, get an amp and see-
I was considering getting an Alvarez electric acoustic if I could get hold of an amp that I believed to be suited for my particular preferences, of which there are a couple. Purity of sound mainly.
No, I don't finger pick. I do the "cowboy chord" thing and call myself singing along. My family thinks it's good an old man, like myself, has seemingly from nowhere and emerged in their life- although my sons knew I played (from years ago) neither was very impressed- LOL- now though, they are. My niece had no idea and thinks I'm doing great, while her daughter (20 y/o + -) thinks I sound "adorable" (her words, not mine)- LOL
But, today, I bought an Alvarez AD60 so the amp will get put on a back burner anyway- I love the sound of the Alvarez but am a bit disappointed that the action is at 5/32 so I have a lot of sanding to do- yes, the neck is straight. I straight edged it and it is.
Back to the amp thing. Where I got the Alvarez from recommended I look at Dean. So, I will "look" and see what I can see.
Thanks for the input.
Last Edit: Jun 11, 2020 17:12:44 GMT -5 by thisoldman