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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.
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.
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!
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.
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.