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Fishman SA220 Solo Performance System & Acoustic Guitar Combo Amp Black 
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Powerful, professional quality sound in a lightweight, portable package.

Designed for the singer/songwriter, the SA220 Solo Performance System is a powerful, yet lightweight, system—providing exceptional sound quality and coverage in a wide variety of venues. 220 watts of clean, lightweight power drive a line array of six custom high-excursion speakers and a soft-dome tweeter. This unique combination delivers incredibly full sound, ultra-wide dispersion, and deeper sonic penetration than the common speaker cabinet. Better yet, the enhanced bass response of the custom-designed speakers means there's no need for a subwoofer.

With the SA220 system, the performer and audience hear exactly the same sound, meaning there's no need for separate wedge monitors or a combo amp backline. The SA220 is voiced for the singer/songwriter, acoustic instruments and vocals are projected with superb depth and clarity.

The ultimate in portability

The SA220 weighs only 25 lb., ships complete with a padded bag equipped with wheels, and includes a rugged speaker stand. Set up takes less than a minute, with only one trip to the car. Plus full-digital universal power means that its amplification system is ready to travel anywhere in the world (compatible with international power systems).

Features that performing musicians demand

Fishman didn't make the SA220 this portable by scaling back on features or tone. It's also equipped with two mic/instrument channels featuring high-quality preamps, each with 3-band EQ, phantom power, built-in reverb, effects loop, and feedback-fighting notch filter, and phase controls. In fact, Fishman included all of the prized elements of the Loudbox family amps and added a unique monitor feature designed to revolutionize an acoustic duo's ability to hear each other on stage.

Features
  • Solo Performance System with exceptional sound quality and coverage for a wide variety of venues
  • Fully digital (Class D) power amp And power supply
  • Universal voltage allows operation outside the U.S.
  • Ultrahigh excursion custom drivers and a servo power amp implementation eliminate the need for subwoofer support
  • Compact line-array design for ultrawide horizontal dispersion and deeper sound penetration than traditional acoustic combo amplifiers
  • 2 mic/instrument input channels with 3-band EQ, phantom power, and high-quality preamps accept a wide range of input sources—from acoustic instruments to microphones to line level sources
  • Mic/instrument channels offer independent reverb level, effect loops, plus feedback-fighting phase and notch filters
  • Drivers: 6x4" cone midrange (200W), 1" neodymium soft-dome tweeter (20W) with tweeter level control
  • Auxiliary stereo input with level control
  • 4 Digital reverb effects with master level
  • Balanced XLR D.I. outputs for both channels, plus main mix
  • Unique monitor I/O for better on-stage ensemble monitoring
  • Channel Mute with remote footswitch input
  • Tuner output
  • Includes stand and padded carry bag with wheels
Two Mic/Instrument channels:
  • Input gain with 10dB pad and clip indicator
  • 48V phantom power for each channel
  • Shelving bass and treble
  • Resonant-style midrange
  • Effects level
  • Notch filter (feedback control)
  • Phase switch (feedback control)
  • Dedicated effects loop

Get the power and performance you need for singer/songwriter gigs in a lightweight, great-sounding package.

 

SA220 Solo Performance System & Acoustic Guitar Combo Amp Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 5.6"W x 41.5"H x 6.6"D
  • Weight: 25 lb. without stand (35 lb. with stand and carry bag)
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FishmanSA220 Solo Performance System & Acoustic Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.7

(based on 56 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (48)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

77%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (21)
  • Portable (21)
  • Good power output (17)
  • Excellent sound (16)
  • Warm / comfy (13)

Cons

  • Poor sound quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Performances (18)
  • Outdoor events / games (12)
  • Home studio (6)
  • Professional recording (4)
  • Amateur recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (13), Experienced (9)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

LOVE THE FISHMAN!!!

I've been using this for 4 months now, playing solo gigs 3 - 4 times a week. I LOVE IT!!! I have the Bose tower and I was tired of lugging around...Read complete review

I've been using this for 4 months now, playing solo gigs 3 - 4 times a week. I LOVE IT!!! I have the Bose tower and I was tired of lugging around the floor piece, the speakers (which I have in a heavy hardshell case), and the subwoofer, plus the guitar, mic, and vocalist harmonizer I use. The Fishman is so lightweight, it's like the size of a golf bag. I make 2 trips now, one with the Fishman and the Taylor, the other with my 2 stands, (mic & guitar), gig bag (containing vocalist harmonizer and chords) & tip jar. That's it! I can literally have it all set up and ready to go in 10 - 15 minutes. The sound is rich, full and clean, and it carries well. I've used it in venues from 50 to 350 people and in odd shaped places, and still, the surround sound carries well to every corner. People sitting 3 feet in front of me are not blown away and people sitting the furthest away can still hear a nice clear sound. I was partial to Bose since I used that for years, but now I love the Fishman and rarely even use my Bose anymore. This is so much better!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

OK

I'm not sure what the big hoopla about this unit is. After using a friend's for a couple gigs and thinking it was decent, I took the plunge and bought one for myself for...Read complete review

I'm not sure what the big hoopla about this unit is. After using a friend's for a couple gigs and thinking it was decent, I took the plunge and bought one for myself for pub gigs, decent-sized bars, weddings, etc. The great thing about this unit is that it is very portable, and discreet when set up. However, I didn't find the sound quality to be that great at this price. The mid EQ on this unit is very odd and pretty well useless. A friend of mine rented the unit for a wedding that I was a part of, and we both agreed that the mids were awful, on several guitars. I would have thought it was the guitar used but I'm running a great Larrivée with a Fishman Matrix Infinity pickup, so quality there is not an issue. I also find the tone to be very "boxy", perhaps due to the small speakers. I didn't find that bringing the tweeter in or out of the mix did anything to help it's cause. Definitely not worth the price tag. The Bose L1 with an external mixer, or the paired Bose mixer for more money (so that you have more EQ options and reverb, delay effects) seems like it would be a better idea. I've tried the L1 and it's definitely got much more boom than the Fishman, and much more multi-directional. Usually I'm a Fishman fan, but this unit isn't a glowing example of their brand.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The best in its class.

By Brian P.

from Scottsdale Arizona

About Me Professional Musician

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Performances

    Comments about Fishman SA220 Solo Performance System & Acoustic Guitar Combo Amp:

    I bought two SA220's for my acoustic show which includes two guitars bass and percussion.
    One stopped working after the warranty was up.
    I contacted fishman for the repairs they sent me an RA to send it back. I was prepared to pay for the repair knowing it was out of warranty. To my surprise I sent it to them and within a week They sent me back a new in the box unit. The only thing I paid for is the shipping to the factory.
    This is a great sounding small PA and the icing on the cake for me is the great customer service at FIshman. I am hooked no punn intended.
    A helpfull hint if you are looking to add more bottom end as we do we hookup our QSC K-12 powered speakers to the monitor out and hook up a mixer to the monitor in the results are we can set up the full band with the PA behind us with a lot of punch and controll over the volume and tone.
    We have been using Boss GT-100's for electric guitar sounds the bass direct, and mics on the kick drum and overheads. The sound is fantastic.
    Try experimenting with these versatile Fishstics.
    It is everthing that Bose wants to be only with a warmer sound and more power.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    LOVE THE FISHMAN!!!

    By Singer Strummer Cindy

    from Pine Island, Florida

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Lightweight
    • Portable
    • Quick Set-up

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Performances

    Comments about Fishman SA220 Solo Performance System & Acoustic Guitar Combo Amp:

    I've been using this for 4 months now, playing solo gigs 3 - 4 times a week. I LOVE IT!!! I have the Bose tower and I was tired of lugging around the floor piece, the speakers (which I have in a heavy hardshell case), and the subwoofer, plus the guitar, mic, and vocalist harmonizer I use. The Fishman is so lightweight, it's like the size of a golf bag. I make 2 trips now, one with the Fishman and the Taylor, the other with my 2 stands, (mic & guitar), gig bag (containing vocalist harmonizer and chords) & tip jar. That's it! I can literally have it all set up and ready to go in 10 - 15 minutes. The sound is rich, full and clean, and it carries well. I've used it in venues from 50 to 350 people and in odd shaped places, and still, the surround sound carries well to every corner. People sitting 3 feet in front of me are not blown away and people sitting the furthest away can still hear a nice clear sound. I was partial to Bose since I used that for years, but now I love the Fishman and rarely even use my Bose anymore. This is so much better!

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Fishman SA220 Amp/Pa

    By CER

    from Michigan

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Performances

      Comments about Fishman SA220 Solo Performance System & Acoustic Guitar Combo Amp:

      I can use this for 90% of my solo gigs. Way cooler than the Bose.. I love the fact that I can strap my guitar on my back, grab a mic stand, and roll this system in the soft case into the gig. All in ONE trip! Easy set up. I can start playing in less than 5 mins..

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      2.0

      Great: WHEN IT WORKS !!!

      By KatDaddy55

      from Des Moines IA

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Great When It Works
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

      • Limited Functions
      • Not That Reliable

      Best Uses

      • Performances

      Comments about Fishman SA220 Solo Performance System & Acoustic Guitar Combo Amp:

      When this works, I love it !! However, this has been back to Fishman twice since I purchased it in July of 2011. Once was covered under warranty (incurring extra costs to ship it to MA from Iowa) Post-warranty malfunction incurs MORE costs for their bench charge & return shipping (not to mention additional costs to ship the unit a second time to Fishman).I saved some money buying this online (not from MF). However, that savings has now dissapated with the shipping & repair charges. I only play out once or twice a month. My PA's have lasted far longer with no repair problems

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      You will be glad you tried this amp..

      By Musicmannn

      from Marion ILL

      About Me Experienced

      Ask me a question

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Fishman SA220 Solo Performance System & Acoustic Guitar Combo Amp:

        I think this is A great amp.for those who dont want to carry A big PA,The sound is Crisp and Clear and will carry A long way.You can use this unit for any Acoustic gig.I do think it is A good buy and I give it high rating.

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Love It. Amazing Sound.

        By Joe S-Le3cE

        from Southern Illinois

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Fishman SA220 Solo Performance System & Acoustic Guitar Combo Amp:

              Bought mine used. I love it. The sound quality and dispersion are unreal, both for vocals and guitar. Try one out sometime - it's hard to describe - pure, clean, and full.

              I play a Yairi DY62C and sing through a Sennheiser 835 using a TC Helicon Harmony GXT harmony pedal. Its really all a solo artist needs. Great connection options, and I don't see the need for an additional mixer.

              I like the reverb on the fishman and use it for the guitar.

              As other reviewers have noted, the case is a bit flimsy, (on mine one of the carrying strap connections was broken). Bottom line: This is worth every penny for it's awesome sound.

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              (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Not For Me

              By SenseDoor

              from Madison, WI

              About Me Professional Musician

              Ask me a question

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Portable

              Cons

              • Poor Sound Quality

              Best Uses

                Comments about Fishman SA220 Solo Performance System & Acoustic Guitar Combo Amp:

                I cannot recommend this unit. I've used it now on two gigs and find the sound to be substandard, especially considering the price. For acoustic guitar, there is little bass, and I agree with another reviewer concerning the problems in the mid frequencies. I had two professionals offer their opinions, one a long time musician, and one an acoustical engineer. Both thought the sound was thin, the engineer stating the it had the telephone sound effect for vocals. I will be returning it.

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                (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                OK

                By jmcfly16

                from Canada

                About Me Professional Musician

                Ask me a question

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Portable
                • Powerful

                Cons

                • "boxy" Tone
                • Bad Eq
                • Boxy

                Best Uses

                • Events
                • Performances
                • Pubs
                • Weddings

                Comments about Fishman SA220 Solo Performance System & Acoustic Guitar Combo Amp:

                I'm not sure what the big hoopla about this unit is. After using a friend's for a couple gigs and thinking it was decent, I took the plunge and bought one for myself for pub gigs, decent-sized bars, weddings, etc. The great thing about this unit is that it is very portable, and discreet when set up. However, I didn't find the sound quality to be that great at this price. The mid EQ on this unit is very odd and pretty well useless. A friend of mine rented the unit for a wedding that I was a part of, and we both agreed that the mids were awful, on several guitars. I would have thought it was the guitar used but I'm running a great Larrivée with a Fishman Matrix Infinity pickup, so quality there is not an issue. I also find the tone to be very "boxy", perhaps due to the small speakers. I didn't find that bringing the tweeter in or out of the mix did anything to help it's cause. Definitely not worth the price tag. The Bose L1 with an external mixer, or the paired Bose mixer for more money (so that you have more EQ options and reverb, delay effects) seems like it would be a better idea. I've tried the L1 and it's definitely got much more boom than the Fishman, and much more multi-directional. Usually I'm a Fishman fan, but this unit isn't a glowing example of their brand.

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                (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Worth every penny

                By Jennsweetie

                from Chicago Il

                About Me Experienced

                Ask me a question

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound
                • Good Clarity
                • Good Warmth
                • Portable
                • Powerful
                • Professional
                • Sleek Looking

                Cons

                • Tips Over Cause Of Wheels

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Fishman SA220 Solo Performance System & Acoustic Guitar Combo Amp:

                I previously had written a review on here stating that I had just purchased the SA220 and would check back later to really review it after using it.

                I am a female singer-songwriter and acoustic guitarist,I've been using this system for about three months now and I am extremely satisfied with it! the sleek design and excellent sound quality makes this piece of gear worth every penny!

                I had booked my first gig at a wine bar only a few days after purchasing the Fishman system and really had no time to really work with it before I played the gig, I'm happy to say it's very easy to use and although I had no time to learn it I was able to use it successfully on the night of my gig.

                The first time I walked in rolling the Fishman system behind me and set up in less than 10 mins the owner of the cellar had commented on how great it is and how perfect the size is for his place.

                I've also had several customers approach me about hiring me for their private events since I started using the Fishman system, they love the look, the sound and how easy it is to set up and take down.

                I've seen some people comment on how they have loud buzzing coming from their PA, I haven't had a problem at all with that,

                the wheels are a nice touch even though the whole thing isn't too heavy to carry (25 1bs I believe)I prefer to roll it rather than carry it since I am not the strongest lol , I do agree with what others have said about the wheels and how it tends to tip over, mine has a few times already although I don't focus too much negativity on this since it is such a great piece of equipment and I am very happy with it!

                The only problem I encountered with my system is in the very beginning I was experiencing some bad feedback I used the anti feedback controls, but I was able to resolve the problem by switching out the type of microphone I was using. I had originally been using my condenser which is when I had terrible feedback but once I switched it out to my dynamic not one problem! I still need to look into why my condenser mic was causing such bad feedback with the system since you should be able to use a condenser with it, the only reason it has a phantom power button on it so it is compatible with condenser mics but I'm not worried since I prefer my dynamic when I play live over my condenser for obvious reasons.

                One more feature I love about this system is it has a mute button, this in my opinion is priceless!
                I use this feature every time I play when I need to take a quick break or talk to the owner without everybody hearing our conversation, you can access this with a foot pedal if you have one I have not tried this yet but I rather use that "mute" button.

                Sorry this is such a long review but I know I look into reviews when I'm contemplating purchasing something rather expensive so I wanted to pay it forward to help someone who needs help deciding if they should take the leap and buy this!

                To summarize the Fishman SA220 PA System is sleek,professional and sounds great!
                the wheels and mute button make it a must buy
                the stand and speaker are heavy duty and the back of the speaker has a built in handle and at the bottom has a hand grip to make it easy to set up and take down.
                fast set up/take down
                the price is well worth it!
                This is perfect for the solo acoustic artist... WORTH EVERY PENNY

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                5.0

                Wonderful Acoustic PA

                By Folk Guy

                from Oregon

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Plastic Clamps Are Weak

                Best Uses

                • Acoustic Live Performance

                Comments about Fishman SA220 Solo Performance System & Acoustic Guitar Combo Amp:

                Part of my "daytime" job entails performing live, and I occasionally do paid performances at public venues.

                I've used the SoloAmp several times with great success. In the past I have had a lot of trouble hauling around equipment and relying on people to monitor my live sound. I no longer have to go through this stress, and best of all... I hear what the audience hears.

                The sound quality on the Amp is superb. Some people don't care for the reverb. Like many people, I prefer reverb setting #3. The other setting don't suit my ear.

                The SoloAmp gives a surprisingly BIG sound and has exceptional dispersion of sound to the audience. The biggest venue I have played was for about 80 people in a 120 seat auditorium. I've read reviews that the SoloAmp can be used for up to 200 people venues.

                Today, I played a paid performance outside. Using a 2 channel Alesis preamp- we played two guitars and two mics on the system- we plug into monitor and aux channels. The system performed great... and I was offered a paid gig on July 4th.

                Bottom line... great for solo Acoustic performers duets and can be expanded with a preamp or mini mixer to accommodate up to five inputs.

                One warning be very careful when tightening the plastic clamps. They can easily break if even moderately over tightened.

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