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Fender Acoustasonic SFX II Acoustic Guitar Combo Amp
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The Fender Acoustasonic SFX II Acoustic Guitar Combo Amp is the top of the Acoustasonic line. It's powered by 2x80W of power driving an 8" speaker, 6...Click To Read More About This Product
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The Fender Acoustasonic SFX II Acoustic Guitar Combo Amp is the top of the Acoustasonic line. It's powered by 2x80W of power driving an 8" speaker, 6" speaker, and a piezo horn. It provides 2 channels (instrument and microphone) and features SFX (Stereo Field Expansion effect) and digital signal processing with effects select and level. Controls on the instrument channel include gain, treble, mid, bass, string dynamics, feedback notch, and phase reverse. The master section provides aux level, aux in RCA jacks, SFX level and disable switch, and master volume. Connections include a footswitch jack, ground lift, XLR balanced line out with level, right insert/line out, left insert/line out, and a tuner out jack.
2x80W of power and driving
8" speaker, 6" speaker, and a piezo horn
2 channels (instrument and microphone)
SFX (Stereo Field Expansion effect)
Digital signal processing with effects select and level
Gain, treble, mid, bass, string dynamics, feedback notch, and phase reverse on instrument channel
Master section provides aux level, aux in RCA jacks, SFX level and disable switch, and master volume
Connections include a footswitch jack, ground lift, XLR balanced line out with level, right insert/line out, left insert/line out, and a tuner out jack
23"W x 22-3/4"H x 11-1/2"D
Reviewed by 26 customers
I've owned the SFX2 for about a year and have enjoyed using this amp with my Alvarez Yairi at home, playing with a church worship team, providing dinner music at assisted-living homes, small parties, an internet caf, and a local hotel restaurant. This amp handles the variety of venues well--whether cutting through the mix of eight rocking musicians wailing away on contemporary church songs, projecting my music over the ?ambience? of the occasional coffee grinder, or floating soft music over the heads of 250 restaurant diners. And, I believe the SFX2 will enhance your voice and instruments so as to make you sound even better, a claim already made earlier by other SFX2 owners. Hearing is believing!! For now and the near future, this is the perfect amp for me. The only other amp I would consider, otherwise, is the Genz Benz Shenandoah Pro LT 200W.
This amplifier is fantastic. The sound is pure acoustic. When I play I use the hall reverb and delay which are linked together into one effect. Also a nice little trick that is very useful is to plug your guitar into a y splitter and then run through both channels at once. This will give you twice the effects and tone control. You can come up with some very unique sounds doing it this way. If you can afford it buy it. It's worth every penny.
At this point, I've owned this amp for three years and it is very proficient at duplicating a pleasant acoustic sound. The volume is very loud for individual playing, but isn't very loud if playing in a full band situation (especially with a drum set). I usually preform full-band practice through an electric amp (in doing so I sacrifice the great tone for volume) and then break this amp out for the show (because the venue can mic it properly, and turn it up a bit more than I can with this amp itself.) The effects aren't as plentiful as you may expect at this price range, but they are all top notch (you can tell the difference between cheap effects and carefully thought out effects, and these are of the latter.) The best part about this amp is the side facing speaker. It acts as an accurate monitor for live play when you place the amp directly next to you. For solo-acts that play small venues, you can play venues that don't supply a P.A. with this, by using a mic in the line two input and a guitar in the first without breaking a sweat. All-in-all a worthwhile investment.
If have gigged with this amp a great deal. It's a great piece of gear, but it needs a fan.
The first few times I used it was onstage I was playing in a trio with no drums, so it wasn't cranked. The instrument effects channel on was cutting in & out, then the amp shut down. I let it cool, and it worked okay with the effect turned off. I took it to my amp tech buddy, and it was still under warranty, so the work was covered. It turned out that these amps have a design flaw: not enough airflow over the electronics, and if pushed, will overheat. Some electronic bits were replaced, and the bill would have been about two hundred clams.
I solved the problem by installing a computer-style fan on the back of the amp, powered with it's own adaptor. I wanted to wire it into the amp's power, but the tech said that would be expensive and not under warranty. The amp should have come with a fan. According to the tech, who was a certified Fender tech, Fender discontinued the amp because of so many warranty returns, lots of fried electronics. The new Acoustic SFX Combo just came out. Hopefully, it will have a fan, or better cooling.
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I picked one of these up used during the festival season this year because it was the largest acoustic rig I could find and I was really having a hard time hearing myself in larger venues. The effects never worked but that was not a problem. I still wish it had a bit more volume and low end, but thus far it is the best acoustic amp I've found. Very little feed back, and takes abuseive handling well.
This product is a steal at this cheap price for the level of quality offered. The amp produces beautiful clarity and resonates a crystal clear tone, that in my opinion, can't be touched by any other acoustic amp manufacturer. Every slight adjustment to the gain, treble, mid, bass, string dynamics, and feedback knobs creates a noticable change in tone. To top off the total package offered by this amp, it has 16 built-in effects plus fine tuning knobs to adjust the intensity, speed, and notice ability of the effect. The possibilities are endless with this extraordinary piece of machinery. This was quite possibly the wisest musical investment that I've made thus far. A true must have for any acoustic musician.
I bought a Fender Acoustasonic SFX II Acoustic Guitar Combo Amp last month. I do everything from little gigs to big concert hall performances. I play my Takamine EG334SC and when you plug it into this amp... AMAZING! I've played through quite a lot of amps, but none like this one! This amp some how manages to carry the different tones that each guitar has. With most acoustic guitar amps, no matter what guitar you plug in, the guitars all sound the same. They might sound good, but they all sound the same! It's not like that with this amp. Fender did a good job!
The fact that I can plug in and sing on the same amp without a PA is awesome. The tonal range from this amp is something all together different from anything else. Thanks Fender.
This is a great amp. It has all the features and tone I was looking for when shopping for an acoustic amp. I sing and having the two separate effects processors was a requirement. This was the fist amp I found that fit my needs. I highly recommend it.
Good power, nice effects, good sound. XLR out is a good feature to run to a mixer for PA or recording. Needa a headphone jack for monitoring and silent practice. Good value including the footswitch.
I bought this amp about three years ago for my Taylor acoustic. After selling my guitars one by one I decided to sell this amp on ebay too. I plugged in my Korg CX3 organ only to make sure all was in working order before listing the amp and all of a sudden WOW. I spent most of the night tweeking and playing with the organ and amp combo and I was astounded how clean and punchy the CX3 sounded at moderate to louder volume levels. Not to mention I could run the CX3 in a kind of virtual stereo mode with both amp channels with seperate FX on each channel. DONT rule the thing out for organ and piano keyboards because of the sonic range of pianos/organs are close to that of guitars, but be aware that the wide dynamic sonic range of a synth is a little harder to achieve since the amp is really voiced for guitars. Synths are a little better in front of a Roland KC350 or 550 keyboard amp instead. Needless to say that I will not be selling this amp now. If it's in your price range for guitars or organs ..trust me this is the bomb.
It is by far the best acoustic amp I have ever played through. The sound is superb. I love the versatility of the different effects. Even the channel for a mic gives one the impression that is compatable to a very nice PA system. I recomend it very highly. Especially the musician who has an ear for great sound.
I played on every acoustic amp in Nashville and couldn't find what I wanted until one of these popped up at a local music store. This amp is simply the best value on an acoustic amp that I found.
Just picked this Amp up early this after noon with only a few hours to spare before show time. I was really pleased the way it preforned. I used my Fender 250 PD PA system to incrase coverage for a large venue, however I believe I could have done without the PA, it just added more fullness to the concert. My Taylor 315ce never souned so good through any amp, although the Fender PA did an excellent job. Now I have the whole package.
I bought this amp 2 1/2 years ago. Hands down there is no other acoustic guitar amp that comes close to this amp. I have taken the amp to parties where I played my acoustic and sang through it. With the field expansion effect it is very simular to hearing a bose wave unit. The sound is thrown all over the place. The first week I had it my keyboard player walked into my music room while I was singing and playing through it. He started lookintg around the room to see if any of the PA equipment was on. Great Amp, every once in a while you get what you are looking for and then some.
Wow!!!! This amp really makes my guitar sound better than ever. It delivers a super clear sound and the effects it has are just great. If you are loooking for a super amp to make your acoustic-electric guitar sound beautiful and unique, you just have to try this one and you are gonna fall in love with it. Seriously, the best amp ever!!! I highly recommend it!!!
This amp convinced met that you can get that electric acoustic sound you hear on your favorite CDs. Incredible out of the box and plugged in. If your play those 60s and 70s songs with this amp. You will be very pleased indeed. Fender got it right with this amp.
This is the best acoustic amp that I have ever played through. All of the features on it are perfect; I wouldn't trade it for the world. Fender did an absolutely great job on building this amp, and I enjoy playing through it.
This is a great amp. I was at first a little disappointed that in my small room at home I couldn't get great volume out of it without feedback. I love the less obvious feature such as the isolated aux channel for a cassette player. Now I can monitor my recordings & it sounds awesome. The isolated guitar tuner / mute section channel is very cool. It has a XRL line out with its own volume control to go into a PA. At a recent open mic we didn't have a PA head so we used this amp into the PA mixer for voice, guitar, keyboards & it was fantastic how well it performed. We were able to have FX effects for voice as well as instruments. Very solid amp. I do not regret buying it.
I picked up this amp today and I could not be more pleased. This amp has incredible tone quality. It makes my Taylor guitar sound better than any amp I have ever played it through. It can be cranked up loud without the feedback I have experienced with other amps. The amount of effects (chorus etc.) can be adjusted and be turned off completely with the footswitch. I can't wait to gig with it! It does not have a 1/4" line out, but it does have a line out for a mic cord. I would think you would want to plug this into your PA.If you are looking at purchasing this amp for your acoustic electric guitar, I don't think you will find a better one!