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Upon taking delivery of this amp, it took all of 5 minutes of experimenting to dial in an ~amazing~ acoustic guitar sound that was a VERY close reproduction of the way my instrument sounds unplugged. Compared to the initial experience with my last electric guitar tube amp (switching channels, experimenting with gain levels, rifling through e.q. settings, trying different pedals with different pick-ups, etc.) it was frankly a bit anti-climatic, but "boring" or not, this IS the "correct answer" in the search for accurately amplified acoustic tone. Also, when compared with other amps in the same class, the price is very much "right."
I play a Martin D-16 GT equipped with a Fishman Ellipse Matrix Blend (with a sound hole cover) into a Fishman Aura pedal for roots music, Americana, and bluegrass in one band and finger style rock music in another. My Fishman-equipped Wechter resonator and Takamine classical acoustic electric also sound very good through this unit. I use this amp both to shape my tone and as a personal guitar monitor on larger stages, and the amp sounds just as good using the mixed d.i. out as it does with a mic in front of it. Pro sound guys regularly ask me about and / or compliment me on my current rig. For smaller gigs or rehearsals in the garage, it's loud enough to cut through just about any mix, and feedback is rarely an issue. It sounds great at any volume, and fine-tuning it for different rooms and situations is fast and simple. The beauty of Fishman gear is that it insures the ~exact~ same sound and response from your instrument with minimal adjustments no matter where you happen to be playing.
My only "concern" with the Artist is that it seems lightly-built, and though (to its credit) it HAS held up perfectly for well over 25 shows and no small amount of traveling since last December, I'm still not convinced that it's built to last. The pots for the controls seem a bit flimsy, and both the 120v cord receptacle and XLR outs on the back appear to be of less than "military" grade. Also, though I could care less about the appearance of a guitar amp, the fact that the Tolex is already "dinged" in a couple spots and the grill cloth has a permanent crease due to something rubbing against it in the back of the car cause me to further doubt the amp's ruggedness and potential life span. With those so far unfounded concerns about durability set aside, this is my last acoustic guitar amp, and if / when it fails, I'll immediately get another. I highly recommend this amp.