Howdy! I've been playing my Deering Eagle with Kavanjo pickup through my Fender guitar amp for awhile. It's time to replace it. Anyone have advice for an amp that gets heavy use/abuse playing out with a rowdy rock/country band? Feedback can be an issue with acoustic amps, so I just used the guitar amp all this time. Thanks for your suggestions!
Edited by - Texasbanjo on 05/20/2022 08:35:53
Fender amps can take a pretty good amount of abuse, esp the older ones. Problem is gettin 'em fixed when they break. Fenders are all I been using for the last 40 yrs or so. These days though I go thru the board at what ever venue we do a show at. Roland - sound better but really are not for live gigs, they are more fragile. No amp likes getting beers spilled on them.
Yes, after many fixes the Fender board is fried. It's been great despite the abuse though!
I have 2 Ultra Chorus ( Twins reverbs with chorus added) just sitting in my basement studio - you can have one for the shipping! LOL. I'd give my right nut for a '71 Twin Reverb. Had one on loan for like 8 years, all tube and it was the sweetest fiddle amp.
The Marshall AS50D Acoustic Amplifier is great little amp for practice as well as being a nice size to grab and go. It's a nice size for playing in a band setting as well and mic's up nicely if desired. I use it with my acoustic guitars and couple it with a Fishman Platinum Pro EQ. It’s a solid well built amp with good features. I’ve had several acoustic and electric amps that have come and gone, but this is my go-to.
I do not have pickups on any of my banjos so I can not address that issue but it sure is a great little amp on its own merits.
Edited by - Pick-A-Lick on 05/20/2022 07:03:35
I’d take wrench up on the offer of the Twin. I play mine through a preamp based after a Fender Twin. The guy who designed it plays pedal steel - so he knows about what I imagine would make sense for electrified banjo - clean headroom. Also, check out bass amps. My banjo sounds good through my Fender Rumble (not good through my SWR - too scooped).
Thanks guys, I ended up going with a '65 Fender Deluxe Reverb. Think it'll be a good workhorse.
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