My Personal Recommendations
These are the three amplifiers that I personally have and use ALL the time. As well as direct to a PA at times such as a Mackie Reach, Fishman SA Series , or house PA.
- AER Compact 60/3 - Light weight, portable and a great sound. This and the Fishman Loudbox amps are the first amps that I use that I could dial in the sound that I was looking for really fast without much effort. This is my (Curt) personal favorite.
- Henriksen The Bud - The Bud is the without question the smallest, TRULY GIGABLE guitar amplifier on the market with unmatched tone quality! At 9x9x9 inches, 17 pounds and 120 watts of analog power, you won’t believe the volume and tone coming from either your electric or acoustic guitar, or any stringed instrument with a pickup for that matter, and with a feature set that allows you the versatility to cover almost any kind of gig. Lil' Rev and Gerald Ross use this amp all the time.
- Fishman Loudbox Series - As a dealer for Fishman products at our family music store, Funky Frets in Boyertown, we carry the full line of Fishman Loudbox amplifiers.
- Yamaha THR Series - For ukulele I have and use the THR5A, the acoustic modeling version. It sits right on my desk for quick access. Really nice to practice with in an amplified scenario like performing. Also great for ukulele meetups and jams when you are called on to take a solo.
AER Audio Electric Research
USA / Canada Distributor
325 Bouchard Blvd.
Canada H9S 1A9
Phone: +1 (866) 832-8679
Fax: +1 (800) 563-2948
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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, 8ohm (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 - even a bass. A pretty versatile amp to be able to cover all theses playing situations. Have even ran my tele through it with great success.
The Alpha defines the starting point of professional acoustic amplification at AER. Based on the success and the experience with the Compact 60 we developed an even smaller lightweight model that has no difficulties living up to the rigors of the road.
Open sounding and quick in response this amp masters different ranges and is thus not afraid of bigger instruments. 40 watts, dynamic control, 8ohm (200 mm) twin cone speaker, Single-channel, two inputs, digital reverb, 6,1 kg (13.5 lbs)
More information available on the AER Audio Electric Research's web site.
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