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Fishman SA220 Solo Performance System & Acoustic Guitar Combo Amp

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Designed for the singer/songwriter, the SA220 Solo Performance System is a powerful, yet lightweight, system-providing exceptional sound quality and ...Click To Read More About This Product

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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
    • 1/4" input
    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
     
    4.6

    (based on 66 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (55)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    75%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (29)
    • Portable (29)
    • Excellent sound (23)
    • Good power output (23)
    • Warm / comfy (20)

    Cons

    • Poor sound quality (3)

    Best Uses

    • Performances (25)
    • Outdoor events / games (20)
    • Home studio (10)
    • Amateur recording (6)
    • Professional recording (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Professional musician (21), Experienced (11)

    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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    (13 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Wonderful... but it is what it is

    By Roy_d

    from Santa Barbara, CA

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

    I spent years schleping big PA's for acoustic gigs and got tired of it. I do solo, duo, and trio acoustic gigs and use the Fishstick almost all of the time there isn't a system at the venue. Yes, it only has two channels so I have to use an additional board for the duo or trio. Yes, it has limited bass response so the cajon doesn't sound as big as it should. But... it weighs 28 pounds and sounds very good. It doesn't sound as good as the larger Bose systems but it is significantly easier to move and set-up and costs about 1/2 as much. You get more than 1/2 the sound.
    All in all, if you see it for what it is and don't expect it to sound like a large full range PA or a much more expensive and complicated Bose system, you should be very happy with it.
    The EQ & reverbs are passable but could be better. It has adequate power for smaller venues. The bottom end is limited. It has two channels. For a solo act it works very, very well. For something larger, you may need to add an external mixer. Bass frequencies will be attenuated.
    I've had mine for a good while (it is the earlier model called the soloamp but I think other than the name change it is exactly the same) and it is working well. I did have one clip on the bag break and as was said the bag is tricky to use. If it isn't perfectly balanced, it falls over while you pull it.
    The general design is great and it does exactly what it intends to do.
    It isn't an inexpensive piece of equipment but it is a good price for what you get.

    (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    One Year Later

    By Apocalicious

    from Athens, GA

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

    I wrote another review ("Holy Grail") about a year ago, and I wanted to check back in to report how the SA220 has been holding up. Overall, this has been a high quality piece of equipment. Recently, though, the Ch. 1 gain knob started to act squirrely. The signal would get stuck at one level no matter how you turned the gain. I contacted Fishman, and they were more than helpful, diagnosing the problem and then giving me a range of options. Ultimately, I'm going to take the front panel off and send it in for a $50 repair. I was very impressed with the intelligence and care of the customer service.Apart from the gain knob issue, the amp has been very reliable. We prefer it in nearly every instance to the house PA. We affectionately call it "Fishy." People are still amazed at the even distribution, the clarity, the monitor effect, everything.One more thing; I just discovered the other day that the amp has not two or even three, but four adjustable input channels: two in front and then the "aux" (which I knew) but also the "monitor." Since EQ is rarely necessary, these are just as good as the other channels.

    (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    FISHSTICK ROCKS

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

    I've had the Solo for 10 months. I use it for my one man band combined with a loudbox 100. I use a voicelive plus and a boss drum machine, rock and roll and ballady stuff. The Fishman is just incredible. I run the vocals thru the stick and the guitar through the loudbox, mixed with a little Mackie mixer. I'm very impressed with the absolutely clean sound, with no hum or feedback. I tried the Bose and this unit kicks it's butt! If you are serious about your audience , all your audience, hearing what you hear, the fish Stick is it!

    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Worth every penny

    By Jennsweetie

    from Chicago Il

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    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

    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best solo PA for the buck

    By Bob F.

    from New Mexico

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

    Actually this SoloAmp is being used by 2 vocalists and one keyboard synth. While all 3 inputs would work fine (2 front inputs and the rear aux input), I'm using a Behringer Xenyx 1204fx out of channel 1 instead, because I prefer the Xenyx chorus+reverb (setting #80) over any other mixer - and I've owned a lot of them.In a 160X80 church with a 35 foot ceiling this Fishman filled the area with the master volume at about 1/4, and the mixer gain slider at 0dbl. Make sure the Fishman's Low EQ knob is down to about 9 o'clock, the Mid to about 10 o'clock, and the Treble at 12. Turn the mixer's EQ up to compensate. An incredible sound! People were awed at such a big sound coming from a small PA amp. Glad I bought!

    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Holy Grail

    By Apocalicious

    from Athens, GA

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

    I am the unofficial sound guy for my spouse, who does keyboard/vocals solo or with a drummer/acoustic guitarist. I became enraptured with the Bose L1 system that some smaller venues provided, but the cost was prohibitive. I started looking for alternatives to the Bose brand and discovered the Fishman Solo. We took the plunge, even though it was unclear whether it would work well with keys. We've now tested it in a variety of situations, and it does a stunning job. Audiences have expressed similar amazement.It really does deliver evenly distributed sound a very long way. Outside, it throws at least 100 feet with no discernible drop-off. We just recently tested it at one of the most acoustically unfriendly venues in town, a brick box bar about 30x100' with high ceilings and noisy patrons. Incredibly, the couple sitting on the couch right in front of the stage heard exactly what the couple sitting attentively on the couch in the back heard: crisp, full, unmuddied, comfortable sound. No hum or hiss. The Fishman creates a wonderful ?listening effect.? It changes the the disposition of the crowd.I thought bass would be an issue. This amp does not deliver chest-compressing bass. It does, however, deliver a surprising low end that carries while remaining articulate. I would compare it to the bass you get with good headphones. I've read some comments that claim that this amp is optimized for acoustic guitar. That may be so, but those low piano keys really do come through. We have a powered subwoofer box from a stereo system that we could easily plug in for some thump, but so far there doesn't seem to be any reason to use it.The features are just right. A three-band EQ may not look like much to work with, but this is not a regular amp. It's basically plug-and-play with any instrument or mic. Even my old acoustic guitar with stick-on piezo pickup sounds stageworthy. The reverbs are nice and actually useful with the clarity and sonic profile of the amp. It has phantom power for condenser mics, which I would recommend. I've fooled around with the feedback fighters, and they work really well. My spouse uses a condenser mic with a large pick-up zone and the amp works fine right behind her. At first we had a little trouble with too much treble, but then we turned down the tweeter knob in back to cut down on the crispness (the amp can be VERY crisp if you want it). We use all THREE channels - yes, three. The "aux input" in the back does not have any controls except a volume attached to it, but the Fishman is so well balanced already that we just plug an acoustic guitar into it and go. I used to not plug anything in without a very good mixer. No mixer needed here.If a regular monitor is like breathing through a straw, the Fishman is wide open fresh air. The performer knows what the audience hears and can adjust accordingly, no sound guy needed. Evidence for this lies in the fact that I normally agree with the performer every step of the way through the sound check. Also, the Fishman seems to distribute well laterally. The drummer can be even with the speaker or slightly behind it and still get good monitor. My spouse keeps telling me how much of a pleasure it is to play with the Fishman. No straining ears and voices.Finally, it's easy to carry around. This is no minor detail. You can roll the case (wheel base a little narrow, granted) or carry it like a bag of golf clubs. Small people can easily lift it onto the stand. It's elegant looking. The back handle is balanced so you can carry the thing around like a briefcase. In sum, this thing rocks. The Eagle has landed. Thanks, Fishman.

    (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Acoustic Guitar Sound Revelation

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

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

    I have never been satisfied with other PA systems and acoustic/vocal combo amps (and I have owned a few of each) when it comes to replicating the sound of my 6 string Martin D35 and my 12 string Alvarez Yari. The Fishman SA220 made my dream come true. I have used the SA200 in a venue that was 80' x 120' and everyone no matter where they were sitting was impressed with the guitar and vocal quality. The SA220 offers many built in options to control feedback, etc. People are impressed when you walk in with all your equipment for a performance in one trip. I'll be rolling the Fishman in with one hand, the guitar in the other hand and my gig bag on my back. Set up is quick and easy to perform no matter what size the venue. I would, however, recommend that Fishman improve the quality of the carrying case. Mine is already showing signs of too much wear. All in All - this is a winner and for the first time in my life I am proud and satisfied with the sound reproduction from my guitars. Thank you Kelly.

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The best in its class.

    By Brian Puglisi

    from Phoenix Arizona.

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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.

      (6 of 6 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!

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Love the simplicity......

      By dgt1

      from Green Bay WI

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      Pros

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

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

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

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

      ....you've already read about the great sound and portability of the "fishstick" SA220 from most of the previous reviews....well...my SA220 delivers all that with another really nice feature.....SIMPLICITY......this unit is very simple to set up and use....I don't need all those bells and whistles to confuse me.....plug it in....make a few tone adjustments.....and you're good to go.....thanks Fishman....for keeping things simple......

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A new Best for Fishman

      By big daddy-ShvJV

      from Colorado Mountians

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

      I play classical and fingerstyle jazz with an emphasis on melody. I dont sing so I let the guitar do the singing for me. I do 150 shows a year ,mostly small venues like weddings, art openings and private parties. The Sa220 has taken 70 pounds and ten trips to the truck from me . I cant believe how easy this has made my gigging. I am 55 and just dont want to lift all the stuff needed to produce a quality sound.With the SA220 it all right in your hand. It takes 3 minutes to set up and your playing. The sound is crystle clear and the ease of finding the best sound is so simple because the SA220 is simple. I play a Taylor NS72 and a Taylor 714 Ce with fishman on board blenders and man its tight . I even plugged my 1956 gibson es 175 d through it and smiled all the time I was playing.I miked my rameriz a-2 with a Rode nt a-1 and man all I can say wow!! Dont try and over push this unit , its not built for that . Its perfect for a two channel player that plays in front of 100-150 people or less. I use the effects loop and tie in my peddles : I use a stage tuner,a Jamman and digital delay. And it all works fine. Use the frequincy response dials when you play at higher levels .These really work and you need to explore them . They are the ticket to great sound at high levels. All in all I give the Fishman SA220 an A+. And I give Musicians Friend customer service an A + as well . They complement each other well. If your looking for a great small gig 2 channel unit that can ease your back and give you CD quality sound ,the Sa220 is it. And the price very resonable especailly once you plug in!!!

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      FISHMAN SA 220 SOLO

      By Vincent-TPfP0

      from Canada

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

      Nice Amp, good idea, compact, easy to move and set up, Reproduces vocals really well.Has an excellent number of set up options due to ins and outs connections.Well thought out and performs very well up to a point.LIMITSThe unit does not throw very far,Outdoors it does not come up to conventional systems for power at a distance, it gets lost as it were.The sound overall is a little thin, however this can be remedied with a decent acoustic amp 25 watts or so with 8 to 10 inch speaker.I put the guitar thru the acoustic amp and out to the Fishman Aux input and it dramatically improves the overall sound bottom end wise.The amp I use is an Ibanez T225 stereo with 2 10s in it.The vocals are straight into the fishman, and it does an oustanding job on that.Indoors the unit is much better and for a solo acoustic, player, singer, it is very good.However it could still use a little bottom end on the guitar. Mind you if a person was playing a guitar noted for big bottom end that bottom end might be there I dont know.It is certainly a clear and faithfull reproduction of the overall acoustic sound otherwise.The new BOSE unit with the two bass modules blows this unit away however it is very pricey and I think with the Fishman and a decent Acoustic amp the overall sound is satisfactory.The Bose is outstanding, However its not a full band type unit either, and it can suffer some in the wide open spaces as well, and its a pile of cash.I played and looked at them both and overall value for money etc etc put me to the Fishman.If you are a full time Pro OR money is not a consideration Id go with the Bose withe two bass modules and the effects mixer

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great solo performer system

      By ernieman

      from DeLand, FL

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

      I bought this mainly to replace a Fender Passport I have been lugging around for the past 6 years. The Passport weighs almost 60 Lbs, plus I need speaker stands, wire, and room to set it all up. Add 2 guitars, my gigbag and my peadal board bag and it used to take me 3 to 4 trips from the car and a good 30 minutes to set up. With the SA220 I am set up and ready to go in 15 minutes! And my back isn't killing me at the end of the night. The Passport sounds great, but this Fishman does, too. My voice and harmonies are crystal clear. The guitar is pristine. The bass is tight and solid, never boomy. Now don't expect the deep, thudding bass of a sub-woofer, but it is more than adaquate. For 99% of the gigs I do the Fender is perfect.
      For a solo performer this unit can't be beat. Great sound, lightweight, easy set-up. I have cut 15 to 20 minutes off my set-up time. It has 2 inputs with both XLR and 1/4 inch choices, separate bass, middle and high adjustments for each channel plus a master volume. To control feedback both channels have their own phase switch and sweepable notch filter. On the back there are a variety of outputs to send to a house system or connect to another SA220. You can also plug in a P3 plyer into the back for backing tracks or to play music on your breaks. Comes with it's own heavy duty stand. The power cord is nice and long, I think about 8 or so feet. The entire unit with the satnd and power cord fits neatly into the supplied gig bag.
      The sound and room filling ability of this unit is really outstanding. It seems solidly made. I read in another review a complaint about a faint buzzing when the unit is running. Mine is dead quiet. I get a little buzz when I plug in my peadal board but it's nothing that anyone notices except me. I use a Digitech Vocalist Live 4 and an RP 1000 for my guitar. I laso have a Boss delay and and RC-2 looper.

      What really surprised me is the amount of bass that comes out of those 6 little speakers! The first gig I used it on everyone, including the musician that followed me, was blown away by the quality of the sound. I plug in my ipod with my backing tracks and I am a one-man-band.
      I give it an 8 because I feel it is a little overpriced. It's a great unit, and I'm not sorry I bought it. But it is expensive.

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      SA220 Fulfills The Promise

      By Brian McGraw

      from New Rockford, ND

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

      This unit has changed my life. It is overall the best single unit performance system I have ever used, and the portability and reliability of the unit are fantastic. I am a working singer/songwriter and solo performer, with about 100 shows a year. The SA220 works in a wide variety of venues - large and small - and with a wide variety of instruments and microphones without fail.

      If you are a solo artist, you owe it to yourself to play the SA220.
      The SA220 is a feature rich, full performance system. I love the built-in reverb, and for an acoustic guitar player the feedback control can't be beat. The variety of inputs make it flexible and versatile, and the line array speakers fill virtually any size room with no problem.
      The quality of the unit, the stand, and the bag are all top notch. The wheeled bag is a dream, though you wouldn't need it since the entire unit comes in at around 50 lbs. I have logged more than 300 hours on mine, and it still sounds as clear and crisp as the day it arrived. I have had no issues with bass response, volume, or any other problems that are sometimes experienced with single unit performance systems.

      I use a variety of mics with it, mostly Shure, and a number of guitars as well. Both my Dean Performer series and my Fender Hellcat sound great through the SA220, but I have to say that there is a certain edge with the Hellcat, as it has Fishman electronics that just match well with the SA220.
      It seems like a lot of money, and it was a hard pill to swallow on a solo artist's pay, but it has paid for itself over and over again. The small size means I can tuck the unit, along with my other gear, into the trunk of a car and go... no need for a truck or van to haul speakers, mixers, stands, and more. I save on gas driving a smaller vehicle as well.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Love It. Amazing Sound.

      By Hokie Joe

      from Southern Illinois

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      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.

      (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      OK

      By jmcfly16

      from Canada

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      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.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Fish-stick rocks the boat

      By TSmith

      from Mts. of N.C.

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

      After months of reviews of the Fishman Soloamp and Bose L1 Compact, I finally went with the Fishman. Both have comparable weight and set-up time (you know, 3 minutes and 25 lbs. save your back, yadda, yadda). The only reason I went with Fishman was the Phantom power. My wife and I both sing so Channel 1 gets a Condensor mike and Channel 2 gets the guitar. Great sound for the coffee shop. Feedback control lets me crank it up enough to pick both of our vocals without a squeal. Great sound with only drawback being the rolling bag. The bag has plenty of storage and space, however, it is starting to fall apart, piece by piece. Overall, I would buy the unit again and again unless Bose adds Phantom power or an extra channel to its next compact system.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great product

      By Louie McNeal

      from Northern most Southern Mordor

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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:

        This product has been indespensible for me and my duo partner. When compared to the Bose system of equal quality, I chose the Fishman because it was nearly twice as powerful for the same price (at th time). For the past three and a half years, I have used this system four times a week and always get compliments on how clear it sounds and how much square footage it covers. I have actually convinced about four people that I know of to buy one (with no commission btw). The only major negatives I have with it is the case it comes with. It has wheels but the wheel base is so narrow that it is nearly impossible to manuvure so I end having to carry it by its shoulder strap. One of the wheels has come off and the zipper tab has long broken off. Again, I put it through its paces and have done hundreds of shows with it. My duo partner has bought one just like it and we now run them together to get an even wider spread. It is kind of limited when it comes to effects (reverb with four settings) but I run some outboard gear to get any needed sound modifications, so it's no biggie. To be clear, this is mainly for acoustic guitars and vocals since it has no real bass response to speak of. We add a sub for more dynamics, but that is to taste. It has been a godsend for me since my back surgery. It's relatively light and other than the case, I really have nothing but praise of it.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        You will be glad you tried this amp..

        By Musicmannn

        from Marion ILL

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        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.

          (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Awful sound for way too much money.

          By Thom

          from Albuquerque, NM

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Portable

          Cons

          • Overpriced
          • Poor Sound Quality

          Best Uses

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

            I'm a singer-songwriter who plays guitar, keys and other stuff. Hate hauling a ton of gear to a solo gig so....

            The Fishman SA220 gets five stars and rave reviews so I bought one.

            The SA220 sounds awful. I plug my Yamaha keyboard into the auxiliary channel and hate the sound. Voice, guitars, program music, whatever. Shrill on top and dead on the bottom. No warmth. Just a harsh, unpleasant sound.

            If I had paid 10% of what the SA220 cost, I would try swapping out the speakers, but at this price, the sound should be wonderful stock.

            I've been thinking of adding another cabinet with a 10 or 12 to fill out the sound but that defeats the purpose.

            Looks like I will be returning the 220 and getting something else.

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