After decades as a drummer I am devoting more time to guitar, intimate, wine bar, coffee house, nursing home, country club gigs doing standards: Frank, Dean, Tony, etc. I have several Fender tube amps, am ready for any rock, blues, country gig. But wanted something small that could handle a guitar and mic for these more intimate, low-key gigs. After looking at LOTS of acoustic amps and reading several reviews I pulled the plug and bought this Fishman Mini LB package from Sweetwater. (Note: first time at Sweetwater, normally I have shopped at another large music mail-order provider or GC. Was impressed at the personal service from Sweetwater. I mean, really, who calls any more to confirm the order and ask what you plan to do with the equipment? Great personal service from Zack.)
So... I believe the amp really is as good as everyone says. I don't play much acoustic, my main standards gigging axe is a white hollow body Ibanez with gold hardware and a gold Bigsby, looks really classy with my black tux. I also tried an Epiphone Sheraton, Fender Jazzmaster and an Epiphone Les Paul through the amp. They all performed flawlessly. And CLEAN. That's what I wanted...clean. If I want dirt I'll plug into my tube Princeton Reverb. What I wanted from the Fishman was good clean tones...and it delivers. The control suite is perfect, all I need and nothing I don't. And knobs! Not menus. The guitar channel reverb and chorus give a rich sound; I find myself using the chorus more than I'd anticipated, it thickens up the sound just a bit, very useable. The mic channel sounds great as well. The amp is simple, has plenty of power for the small intimate gigs I do and all the flexibility I need. Big sound from a 6" speaker. Look through the grill vents at the heat sink; that's a good sized heat sink, to me a sign of good engineering. I've even take the XLR feed out and run it to a small Kustom PA50 mini PA to disperse the sound a bit more. Works great. I tried the Sennheiser mic that came with the package. It's a good mic; I'd certainly gig with it and use it as a backup. My main mic is a Shure 55 "Elvis" mic, the visual look is good when doing those great standards, and it performs well. Everyone sells the amp for the same price, but when Sweetwater throws in a good mic, stand and cable as well, it was a deal I couldn't walk away from. If your gigging needs are like mine, and you want good sound but don't want to haul a bunch of gear, check out the Loudbox Mini.