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Roland AC-33 Acoustic Chorus Combo Amp  
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Rich, deep, stereo sound to go.

The AC-33 is the world's first battery-powered amp made specifically for acoustic guitar. Portable yet powerful, the AC-33 provides true stereo sound, Guitar and Mic/Line channels, custom-tailored effects, anti-feedback, and a Phrase Looper. But this amp was made to go places no amp has gone before. Thanks to its battery-power capability, the AC-33 lets you take your act anywhere: into the backwoods, onto the streets, or wherever your
imagination leads you.

Features
  • 30W (15W + 15W) of natural, stereo acoustic sound through twin speakers
  • Runs on AC power or eight AA batteries (accepts rechargeable NiMH types)
  • Dual-channel configuration: Guitar and Mic/Line
  • Reverb, chorus and new ambience effects
  • Advanced anti-feedback function
  • Phrase looper with 40 seconds of record time
  • Stereo AUX input
  • Headphone output
  • Built-in tilt-back stand

Order today and enjoy the AC-33 for its natural sound, great effects, and play-anywhere portability.

 
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RolandAC-33 Acoustic Chorus Combo Amp
 
4.7

(based on 11 reviews)

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Pros

  • Easy to use (3)
  • Excellent sound (3)
  • Portable (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    AMAZING SMALL ACOUSTIC PA

    I have had every Roland battery amp for guitars they have made. I also used the AC 60 for my main acoustic solo amp for a few years. This one is just as nice...Read complete review

    I have had every Roland battery amp for guitars they have made. I also used the AC 60 for my main acoustic solo amp for a few years. This one is just as nice for ACOUSTIC guitar and VOCALS. Of couse it does not have the 60 watts of head room but it gets amazingly loud.
    I play places from large noisy bars to small dinner venues. A couple places I could amost do just acoustic they are that small. I no longer need to drag my big room set up out to these gigs. My guitar case weighs more than this amp.
    I have tested this amp at full volumes and it does not flub or breakup one bit. You do not need a speaker stand for this setup. Just more stuff to carry in. I set it on a chair or under my bar stool.
    Plain and simple. If you are a solo musician and picky about your sound you will not be disappointed using this little amp. Street fairs, hotel lobbys, coffee houses, you name it.
    One thing nice to keep weight down is the plastic case. Don't be weary of the small speakers. They are not cheap sounding and can handle this thing at full volumes. The input jacks are plastic something. I'm carefull plugging straight into them and removing the plugs.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Roland AC-33

    Nice features. Well made. Sound quality needs to be improved.
    Lots of features. Two channels with full eq and volume. Phantom power. Lots of input and output jacks on the...Read complete review

    Nice features. Well made. Sound quality needs to be improved.
    Lots of features. Two channels with full eq and volume. Phantom power. Lots of input and output jacks on the rear. Nice effects. Very light and portable. And it has a looper which is fun. I have a Roland AC-90 which is really great. The AC-33 is like a mini AC-90 with all the features and more, except for the sound. I hoped it would sound similar to the AC-90, just maybe not as loud. And it wasn't as loud, and I was not impressed with the sound, especially on battery. It probably would benefit from having a tweeter/high frequency speaker. The full range speakers just don't cut it. And the battery power feature is a great idea. You can use AA batteries, but again, the amp may have sounded better with a better power supply, maybe something rechargable.
    The AC-33 appears to be built well, as are most Roland products. No cheesy knobs or jacks. And everything seemed to work as it should. But the quality of the sound was not there. This was actually the 2nd AC-33 I purchased. The first one sounded pretty much the same, The sound with the AC adapter is okay, but it goes downhill with batteries. As the volume goes up, sound quality goes down. If you push it a slight bit too hard, the sound breaks up, and it appears almost that there is a limiter on the output. I find this disturbing, and I think it makes the amp less useful. If you are using it on battery and the sound clamps down, what's the point. You need to be amplified and heard. Might as well go full acoustic.
    Well, if the sound quality from the amp was much better either on AC or battery, it would be a good value, although a little over priced. And I'm always willing to pay a little more for Roland quality. But this amp just doesn't deliver.

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    5.0

    Great Amp!

    By kootnet

    from Eureka, MT

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Does It All
    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Portable
    • Powerful

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Jam sessions
    • Parties
    • Performances
    • Small gigs

    Comments about Roland AC-33 Acoustic Chorus Combo Amp:

    This amp is fantastic. You're not gonna take it to say a "Woodstock" but for the smaller venues, get togethers, bars, coffee house, parties and jam sessions it has more than enough volume! For lager venues just run the output to an AC 60 or AC 90. The sound is just fantastic! I couldn't be happier with this purchase.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great little amp

    By Mr. Charleston

    from Jacksonville, Florida

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    Ask me a question

    Pros

    • Excellent Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances

      Comments about Roland AC-33 Acoustic Chorus Combo Amp:

      Great build quality. Strong clean sound. Use it in accustical performances (Old time/Irish) to give the guitar a little lift to match the bowed instruments in volume, and also as a guitar/mic combo for solo performances in small venues. Totally fills the bill for each. A little dissapointed in Reverb/Presence quality but certainly not a deal killer. Chorus is perfect and looper comes in handy for basic stuff. I'm playing a Taylor 514 with an L.R. Baggs M1A pickup. Very happy with this great little amp.

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      (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      See Phil Keaggy Demo on YouTube!

      By KevinDean

      from Ladera Ranch, CA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Portable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Roland AC-33 Acoustic Chorus Combo Amp:

        I saw this on YouTube...a demo by Phil Keaggy! Awesome little amp!!!

        Comment on this review

        (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        alot of fun

        By michaelsongs

        from md

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Portable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practice
          • Song Writing

          Comments about Roland AC-33 Acoustic Chorus Combo Amp:

          It sounds nice for what it is and its easy to use. I bought it used - good condition and quick delivery.

          Although the looper is very limited, I'm really enjoying using it. It's been alot of fun. I wish it had the ability to cancel the last overdub and a longer recording time.

          Comment on this review

          (10 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Roland AC-33

          Comments about Roland AC-33 Acoustic Chorus Combo Amp:

          Nice features. Well made. Sound quality needs to be improved.
          Lots of features. Two channels with full eq and volume. Phantom power. Lots of input and output jacks on the rear. Nice effects. Very light and portable. And it has a looper which is fun. I have a Roland AC-90 which is really great. The AC-33 is like a mini AC-90 with all the features and more, except for the sound. I hoped it would sound similar to the AC-90, just maybe not as loud. And it wasn't as loud, and I was not impressed with the sound, especially on battery. It probably would benefit from having a tweeter/high frequency speaker. The full range speakers just don't cut it. And the battery power feature is a great idea. You can use AA batteries, but again, the amp may have sounded better with a better power supply, maybe something rechargable.
          The AC-33 appears to be built well, as are most Roland products. No cheesy knobs or jacks. And everything seemed to work as it should. But the quality of the sound was not there. This was actually the 2nd AC-33 I purchased. The first one sounded pretty much the same, The sound with the AC adapter is okay, but it goes downhill with batteries. As the volume goes up, sound quality goes down. If you push it a slight bit too hard, the sound breaks up, and it appears almost that there is a limiter on the output. I find this disturbing, and I think it makes the amp less useful. If you are using it on battery and the sound clamps down, what's the point. You need to be amplified and heard. Might as well go full acoustic.
          Well, if the sound quality from the amp was much better either on AC or battery, it would be a good value, although a little over priced. And I'm always willing to pay a little more for Roland quality. But this amp just doesn't deliver.

          Comment on this review

          (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Worth every penny.

          By Nathan Coutinho

          from Chicago

          Comments about Roland AC-33 Acoustic Chorus Combo Amp:

          This is a great little amp for any acoustic guitar player!
          Having the AC-90, I was pretty skeptical as to what this was going to sound like. This is a great little amp. You only have to use it for a couple minuted to love the sound quality. I haven't used it on batteries yet, but i'm sure I will some day.

          I also bought the FS-6 pedal to control the looper functions (which works awesome) but couldn't find the PCS-33 cable anywhere. Its mentioned in the AC-33's User Manual but nowhere else. So I just used a straight through TRS-TRS cable and it works just fine.

          The Chorus and Reverb functions sound fantastic. I also think its great that they added an input level for your MP3 player etc. I tried a Shure and an AKG mic through it, and it sounded great. I also plugged in my Martin OMJM which also sounds amazing. This was a great buy!
          They should have included a gig bag. That's my only complaint.

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          (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          AMAZING SMALL ACOUSTIC PA

          Comments about Roland AC-33 Acoustic Chorus Combo Amp:

          I have had every Roland battery amp for guitars they have made. I also used the AC 60 for my main acoustic solo amp for a few years. This one is just as nice for ACOUSTIC guitar and VOCALS. Of couse it does not have the 60 watts of head room but it gets amazingly loud.
          I play places from large noisy bars to small dinner venues. A couple places I could amost do just acoustic they are that small. I no longer need to drag my big room set up out to these gigs. My guitar case weighs more than this amp.
          I have tested this amp at full volumes and it does not flub or breakup one bit. You do not need a speaker stand for this setup. Just more stuff to carry in. I set it on a chair or under my bar stool.
          Plain and simple. If you are a solo musician and picky about your sound you will not be disappointed using this little amp. Street fairs, hotel lobbys, coffee houses, you name it.
          One thing nice to keep weight down is the plastic case. Don't be weary of the small speakers. They are not cheap sounding and can handle this thing at full volumes. The input jacks are plastic something. I'm carefull plugging straight into them and removing the plugs.

          Comment on this review

          (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          The Rare Perfect Product

          By Chris-JK49X

          from Dublin, Ireland

          Comments about Roland AC-33 Acoustic Chorus Combo Amp:

          Every now and then someone comes up with the perfect product....nothing missing, nothing extra...this is one of those products. Roland, who have come up with some very cool and high quality products over the years are especially to be congratulated on this one. I cannot imagine any guitarist in any style who would not want to have one of these after trying it. It sounds amazing...chorus and reverb options are perfect and versatile...2 channels....battery operated if needed...light as a feather...if you want distortion, just add a pedal. Probably more importantly, this amp makes you want to play.... The great Joe Pass once commented that in order to play or practice, he would leave a guitar lying around or on a stand...not in a case. I think this is wise and true, but in addition a great guitar sound is what makes you want to keep playing. Try keeping a guitar on a stand and plugged into this amp. One flip of a switch and the sound is amazing. In addition, there is a looper... without scrambling to hook up extra pedals, so you can lay down an accompaniment for yourself in seconds...at this price, as previously stated, I can't imagine that anyone who tries the AC-33 wouldn't want one.

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          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Roland AC 33

          By Varian128-SO389

          from NW Suburbs, MN

          Comments about Roland AC-33 Acoustic Chorus Combo Amp:

          I don't play the guitar, I play the violin, but I do know how to play the guitar. When I tested this is the store I plugged an electric guitar into it, and I knew that it was a piece of magic. I was worried that the chorus would be over the top, since it's not adjustable, but I was pleasantly surprised to find out that it really is beautiful sounding. The reverb and ambience effects are great too. The looper is top of the line and sounds great. Overall this amp is incredible sounding, very compact (smaller than I thought) and very loud (30w). Great amp, great amp, great amp.

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          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          becoming indispensable

          Comments about Roland AC-33 Acoustic Chorus Combo Amp:

          at first i thought it would have liked controls on the reverb and chorus. not any more. they've hit it right the first time with two separate settings. the looper/recorder is just plain fun. you can overdub an obscene amount of stuff. this is a QUALITY amp at a great price.

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