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    A mini bass stack with big bass power.

    With an overall height of just over 29 inches, the Acoustic 260 Mini Stack is a pony-sized bass amp that pumps out amazing volume and tone. Perfect for small stages or big bedrooms, the Acoustic 260 bass stack provides the same legendary Acoustic tone as its bigger brethren in a compact, 100-watt, ultra-portable size.

    The 260H head puts out an impressive 100 watts of classic Acoustic tone, and the 3-band EQ lets you dial in the perfect sound for any venue. The custom design, compact 1x10" 260C speaker cabinet features a front-facing port for extended bass response, built-in casters and a "towel bar" style handle for easy transport. The Acoustic 260's cosmetic appointments will ring true with fans of legendary Acoustic designs. Modern components and construction make this bass amp perfect for today's player.

    Volume and EQ controls give you complete control over the character of your tone including very natural compression and harmonically rich, musical distortion that kick in at higher volume levels.

    Features

    • Power: 100 watt Compact Bass Head
    • EQ: 3-Band, High, Mid, Low
    • Inputs: Dual (Passive and Active), Aux/MP3
    • Speaker: 1 x 10" in a Custom-Design Ported Bass Cabinet
    • Inputs: Aux/MP3 Input
    • Outputs: Headphone
    • Head Dimensions: 12"W x 5"H x 8.5"D
    • Head Weight: 8 lb.
    • Cabinet Dimensions: 13"W x 24.4"H x 11.8"D
     
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    Acoustic260 100W 1x10 Bass Mini Stack
     
    4.8

    (based on 22 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (4)
    • Excellent sound (3)
    • Portable (3)
    • Warm / comfy (3)

    Cons

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        Most Liked Positive Review

         

        Nice Home Practice Amp

        Positive: Big amp tone I tried the 4 ohm head on my 4 ohm 406 wide (2x15) and it was pretty loud. A little hissy. The head is voiced deeper like an...Read complete review

        Positive: Big amp tone I tried the 4 ohm head on my 4 ohm 406 wide (2x15) and it was pretty loud. A little hissy. The head is voiced deeper like an Ampeg. Distortion comes in gradually and with a nice grit. I was able to run it flat out though due to the cheap construction would not suggest it. I needed all the volume at practice, but the extra low end helped me hear it. For a very loud practice it may not be enough. For the way some metal bands practice leave it at home and bring a real amp. The head uses a removable power cord Headphone output and aux input jacks, great for quiet home practice White cone on the speaker. Towel bar style handle on the back and two castors. Decent long distance projection. The bandmates likes the tone and looks. Heck its cute.

        Negative One crappy speaker. I suspect a well designed enclosure is what makes the amp work. The preamp is hissy if you run headphones and the treble up. Acoustic of China continues to show its lack of understanding of vintage Acoustic which is what a mini should look like. The blue stripe is the wrong shade with a tint of green, the head should be the same width cabinet, the logo is on the wrong side of the cab, the cab logo is more gray than white and black, there are two plastic strips on the cab in the same place the real 301 has aluminum and they could at least have been a silver color, the name is all wrong as the original 260 was a guitar amp with two vertical blue stripes and a big blue horn on the cab, the "260" was an attempt to be a small 360 - but they really emulated a 301 cab and 370 head.etc. Construction - there are some really tacky screws holding the plate with the stripe to the cab, one rear caster is bent (waiting for GC to replace the cab). This should be an 8 ohm cab with an extension jack just like the Ampeg mini. At 8 ohms the head would still be able to drive the speaker to distortion and with two cabs you are back to 4 ohms. This would solve the speaker problem while providing some serious thump. I am sure the cab would be affordable and sell. Not offering the ability to run two cabs (like the original 371) is both a technical and sales mistake that borders on stupidity!

        Suggested ModificationsGranted that not all of these are possibly cost effective but ideas regardless Fix the negatives Ability to run two cabs After making the head wider, rearrange controls and add a 5 band graphic EQ make it look like a mini 370. Have the cab handle extend like they do on luggage. One could strap the head and cords on and just roll about.
        Plugging in the Acoustic was a bit of a revelation. You are immediately hit with a very deep voiced cabinet. I dare say it actually has a similar tone to the reflex 18s. The mid range control seemed to be at the proper frequency to carve out mids or add presence. The treble control also gave the Acoustic a tone close to the Ampeg. Volume is OK but you began to get speaker farts with the volume control at 5. Adding or subtracting bass affects volume. I also noticed that the cone of the speaker was white!! That was a nice touch as that was how the vintage Acoustic was. The headphone and line inputs work well with my Tascam Bass Trainer.
        I am on my third one! It should have been 4 but I did some repairs myself. The first wobbled. The second had the head blow. The third also wobbled and the speaker cord was bad. I later found that reversing one of the casters fixed the wobble. GC replaced the speaker cord with a "Live Wire" brand piece.
        For the price it is hard to beat - if you get one that works right.

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        Looks great but 60 cycle hum is really annoying

        I loved the look and tone of this amp, but could not record with it or use it for acoustic performance because the 60 cycle hum from it is so intense, even with nothing...Read complete review

        I loved the look and tone of this amp, but could not record with it or use it for acoustic performance because the 60 cycle hum from it is so intense, even with nothing plugged in and all knobs at zero. I sent the head back for repair under warranty, then I had to send the cabinet back, then they sent me a new one with the same aweful hum. I guess it is inherent in the design, but what bass amp designer worth his salt would build something so annoying. I will have to pay someone local to see if they can overcome this design flaw...or stick some real bass amp like a Hartkey inside this box :)

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Cool 'Lil Stack

        By beatthatthing

        from salem, (stuck in) ohio

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth
        • Portable
        • Powerful

        Cons

        • Limited Functions

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Acoustic 260 100W 1x10 Bass Mini Stack:

        Pretty neat little amp. Pretty loud, killer tone, and cool aesthetics. Loud enough for practice and smaller outdoor shows, though I usually grab my SWR 2x10 and 200w head at smaller shows for a little thicker sound. Haven't checked out the Ampeg micro-stack but I am plenty happy with this one so I won't have to!

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        5.0

        Powerful little thing

        By Frank B

        from Huntington, NY

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        Pros

        • Easy controls
        • Easy To Use
        • Lots Of Punch

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home use

          Comments about Acoustic 260 100W 1x10 Bass Mini Stack:

          I bought this amp as a practice bass amp. I use it a room that is about 8 x 10' (kind of a small bedroom). Definitely can't crank it up more than a few notches on the volume because the room rumbles. In essence, I think this is a pretty powerful little thing but I'm not sure how it would sound in a larger setting. MF enticed me to buy it as one of their crazy deals of the day.

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          5.0

          I like it alot.

          By Benderific

          from OK

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Good Warmth
          • Portable
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Acoustic 260 100W 1x10 Bass Mini Stack:

              Not too many knobs, just the way I like it. It has a deep, rich sound, even in a pretty big room. I'm happy as a clam with mine.

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              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Own two. :nerd:

              By faceinbass

              from Midwest

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • 4ohm output
              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Good Warmth
              • Portable

              Cons

              • Cab can't handle deep low

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Acoustic 260 100W 1x10 Bass Mini Stack:

              For the price, can you really beat these amp heads? No. Try running this head through a larger cab. Thanks to the 4ohm out (good choice by acoustic), you can get all 200w to a 2x15 cab loaded with 8ohm drivers. Or a 4x10 cab, whatever. Small, Simple, Light, Loud, Sounds good.

              The cab is hit or miss and you do have to turn down the lows to accommodate the cab at higher volumes. A single 10" is going to have limitations. I have 2 of these and one cab sounds better than the other because it is less susceptible to rattle/speaker flubbing noises, aka it handles the lows better. I don't know why they are different but my point is, they aren't identical and there is variance in performance. Just take that for what it is worth.

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Cheap, loud, sounds great and catches on fire.

              By Ninjatanzen

              from Michigan

              Comments about Acoustic 260 100W 1x10 Bass Mini Stack:

              Almost a 10. The casters aren't enough to not buy this product, especially as it is light enough to carry with one hand and that it's a practice amp. It is rated at 100 watts, and unlike Ampeg's combos it actually sounds like it. The tone is pretty natural, but overall is great. It fits in small spaces, but keeps up with a guitarist or two and possibly a light drummer during practice.

              If you're looking for a bedroom or not full-blast practices, this amp is right for you.
              Not a lot of features, but why should there be on a practice amp? It's meant to be cheap, but still sound good while doing it. However, the 1x10 cab is a bit of a joke with one aspect. The wheels and tilt back handle will accomodate children, but no full grown adults. It would have been better just to make a carrying handle, which is what I do with the tilt back handle. Plus, every cab I have seen has crooked and bent wheels, so you couldn't pull it quite straight if you wanted to. This also means on a hard, flat surface the cab WILL rock slightly (it sits on the back wheels at all times, partially due to being bent).
              I would hesitate to give this anything close to a 10. The first one I plugged into shorted out and caught on fire. That was pleasant (sarcasm), but at the price you just can't go wrong (discounted or not). My current one has given me no problems for 6 months now. So I would just try it out before you buy, or make sure you can return it just in case.
              The price has been cut so drastically that it's hard to not recommend this mini-stack. It is rather loud, has pretty good tone, and is super compact and portable.

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              just bought it!

              By mackavella04

              from new orleans

              Comments about Acoustic 260 100W 1x10 Bass Mini Stack:

              I just tried this ministack at the local music store and I was totally surprised. I've been looking for a good recording amp since I also play guitar and my only bass amp is a ampeg 220watt 115 tube pre combo. Not exactly your perfect versatile recording amp. The controls on this mini stack interact with each other very uniquely. the high can be turned up with out sounding artificial (like I've heard with some horn cabs). It simply adds definition and punch.
              Now I have the perfect recording rig...acoustic 1x10ministack, and the vox actv4 head and 1x12 cab. ooo baby!

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great for price

              Comments about Acoustic 260 100W 1x10 Bass Mini Stack:

              I got this mini stack about 5 months ago. It is fantastic. I take it to practice and it actually comes through loud enough and strong enough next to our guitarist's line 6 stack. I would like to have something a little bigger and louder for some of the gigs when i cant use another band's equipment, but for practice and house shows, it kills. -Strongly Recommend

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              (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Nice Home Practice Amp

              By Robert Ziegler

              from Central PA

              Comments about Acoustic 260 100W 1x10 Bass Mini Stack:

              Positive: Big amp tone I tried the 4 ohm head on my 4 ohm 406 wide (2x15) and it was pretty loud. A little hissy. The head is voiced deeper like an Ampeg. Distortion comes in gradually and with a nice grit. I was able to run it flat out though due to the cheap construction would not suggest it. I needed all the volume at practice, but the extra low end helped me hear it. For a very loud practice it may not be enough. For the way some metal bands practice leave it at home and bring a real amp. The head uses a removable power cord Headphone output and aux input jacks, great for quiet home practice White cone on the speaker. Towel bar style handle on the back and two castors. Decent long distance projection. The bandmates likes the tone and looks. Heck its cute.

              Negative One crappy speaker. I suspect a well designed enclosure is what makes the amp work. The preamp is hissy if you run headphones and the treble up. Acoustic of China continues to show its lack of understanding of vintage Acoustic which is what a mini should look like. The blue stripe is the wrong shade with a tint of green, the head should be the same width cabinet, the logo is on the wrong side of the cab, the cab logo is more gray than white and black, there are two plastic strips on the cab in the same place the real 301 has aluminum and they could at least have been a silver color, the name is all wrong as the original 260 was a guitar amp with two vertical blue stripes and a big blue horn on the cab, the "260" was an attempt to be a small 360 - but they really emulated a 301 cab and 370 head.etc. Construction - there are some really tacky screws holding the plate with the stripe to the cab, one rear caster is bent (waiting for GC to replace the cab). This should be an 8 ohm cab with an extension jack just like the Ampeg mini. At 8 ohms the head would still be able to drive the speaker to distortion and with two cabs you are back to 4 ohms. This would solve the speaker problem while providing some serious thump. I am sure the cab would be affordable and sell. Not offering the ability to run two cabs (like the original 371) is both a technical and sales mistake that borders on stupidity!

              Suggested ModificationsGranted that not all of these are possibly cost effective but ideas regardless Fix the negatives Ability to run two cabs After making the head wider, rearrange controls and add a 5 band graphic EQ make it look like a mini 370. Have the cab handle extend like they do on luggage. One could strap the head and cords on and just roll about.
              Plugging in the Acoustic was a bit of a revelation. You are immediately hit with a very deep voiced cabinet. I dare say it actually has a similar tone to the reflex 18s. The mid range control seemed to be at the proper frequency to carve out mids or add presence. The treble control also gave the Acoustic a tone close to the Ampeg. Volume is OK but you began to get speaker farts with the volume control at 5. Adding or subtracting bass affects volume. I also noticed that the cone of the speaker was white!! That was a nice touch as that was how the vintage Acoustic was. The headphone and line inputs work well with my Tascam Bass Trainer.
              I am on my third one! It should have been 4 but I did some repairs myself. The first wobbled. The second had the head blow. The third also wobbled and the speaker cord was bad. I later found that reversing one of the casters fixed the wobble. GC replaced the speaker cord with a "Live Wire" brand piece.
              For the price it is hard to beat - if you get one that works right.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Your Mom

              By malberts42

              from Chippewa Falls, WI

              Comments about Acoustic 260 100W 1x10 Bass Mini Stack:

              Buy this little thing IT IS SO LOUD!!!!!!! IT IS UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!!! It is the perfect bass amp, it really is. It's small enough for practice and loud enough for small gigs. This baby is a monster really do not judge this thing by its size because it hauls. You need this.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              The Good, the Bad and the Hummly

              By Jim Tedeschi

              from AZ USA

              Comments about Acoustic 260 100W 1x10 Bass Mini Stack:

              The Good:Looks: This amp is like art. I often find myself going to the music room just to look at it. It's like having a 1/16th scale 1970 Shelby convertible in my house.Structure: a severly dense speaker cabinet with an overpowered amp and simple controls, the perfect environment for 'playing' electric bass without ever having to mess with your settings.Tone: OMG you won't believe it, absolutely fabulous. If you set the tone controls all to zero you can turn the amp up to 4 or 5 and the tone is to die for. Really.
              The Bad: For what you get at this price, you really cant say anything bad.

              The Hummly: I've played four of these and they all have the same inherent 60 cycle hum by design. Even with nothing plugged in and all controls at zero, in a quiet room the hum is hard to ignore. Would be a factor to consider for recording or gigs in quiet stage settings but all things considered, I dont think you can find a better amp at this price.

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