Hey....I'm thinking about installing a LR Baggs ibeam active system pick up in a Blueridge acoustic guitar. And I'm been looking at the Peavey Ecoustic E110 with 100 watts amp, and the Fishman Mini 60 watt acoustic amp.
Both amps have a channel for voice mic. I sing and play so that was a big plus for me with these amps.
Has anybody had any playing or singing time on these acoustic amps?
You do realize you posted on a Sunday and it's Mother's Day, right?
I've always been impressed with the Fishman Loudbox series but I've never used the one in question. Ditto for that model Peavey Ecoustic. I've used the original Ecoustic and it was fine for the singer/songwriter gig.
I'd bet on the Fishman if I were playing mail-order roulette.
Unless the amp is set up on a pole it will not get good sound to anyone that can not see speaker. amp sitting on stage floor will be aimed at the feet of crowd. A powered speaker on pole like EV112p or QSC K8 would get sound up to everyone and you can plug 1 mic and a instrument direct (use direct box). rule of thump with speakers is if you can not see face of speaker you will not hear the speaker. It would be better to get small mixer so you can eq for best sound.
A friend has one of these pickups in an inexpensive small body acoustic (I forget which one), and it sounds as good as anything I've encountered.
I, too, have a friend with a KK Pure Western that sounds really good. On the other hand, I have another friend that had one installed and then tore it out when he played my acoustic with a Baggs iBeam Active installed. He replaced the KK with a Baggs Anthem and loves it.
Good active acoustic guitar pickup systems don't require active DI's unless you're trying to fix a specific problem and you don't want to do it at the board or on the amp (feedback, boominess, etc...).