Well, I made a decision today. I am willing to accept the positive or negative consequences of my decision either way.
I am simply giving up on acoustic amps.
I've got a very good Fishman Loudbox acoustic amp. It's for sale as of today. Nothing wrong with it. I've used it for 3 years. Carted it easily around with me to inside and outside gigs.
Well . . . I just can't get the sound I want dialed in.
What is the sound I want?
I want to hear the sound my guitar makes acoustically when I plug it in to an acoustic amplifier.
Trouble is . . . I can't get it to sound like my guitar, in fact I can't get any of my 6 string guitars to sound like they do when plugged in to an acoustic amp. My Guild 12-string sounds fine . . . go figure.
To my untrained ear (emphasis on "untrained") I hear too many "effects." However, I don't hear the sound my 6-strings make, which is the reason I got them in the first place.
So . . . I guess I am moving toward getting a portable PA system. It looks like I am going to give an HK Lucas Nano 300 portable PA system a good long hard look. Grapevine Guitar Works has a couple in stock, and I'm going to take my Taylor GS Custom and my Guild F-50R over to the shop and plug them in. They are German engineered, very compact and easy to transport and set up. And, to my delight, there is only a balance knob and a volume knob to adjust on the control panel.
Wow! I can't begin to imagine set-up before a gig taking any more than 15 minutes. And pretty much all I need to adjust during a gig is the volume or tone control on the guitar itself.
Why didn't I pay attention to this sooner? Guess I secretly wanted to sound like Monte Montgomery. Only problem is, I'm not Monte Montgomery.
Don't know the full cost yet, but somewhere around $600. Take off what I can get for my Fishman on a trade or on Craig's List . . . maybe around $450 or less.
More info to come.
God's grace still amazes me . . . ><>