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The singer-songwriter's one-stop gig solution!

Although there are many acoustic amplifiers on the market today, few of them can compete with the rich, natural tone of the compact Roland AC-60 Acoustic Chorus Combo Amp. This innovative stereo amp uses sophisticated digital signal processing to deliver a crisp sound with lush stereo/multiband chorus--including a new wide mode--plus delay/reverb and impressive Auto Anti-Feedback control. And with its 2-channel Mic/Line design and standmountable configuration, the AC-60 is clearly heads above the competition.

FEATURES
Compact stereo acoustic amplifier with pure, natural tone and excellent projection
2-channel design: Guitar input plus mic/line input with phantom power
Stereo 30W/dual 6-1/2" speakers loud enough for club gigs and small PAs
Onboard DSP delivers lush stereo/multiband chorus, newly developed wide chorus and delay/reverb with footswitch control
Built-in Auto Anti-Feedback controls allow for maximum volume without feedback
Convenient mute switch for silent tuning on stage
Stereo line out for PA and recording; subwoofer output
Built-in tilt stand offers better acoustic projection

It's fantastic sounding and wonderfully compact. Order today, you'll love it.

SPECIFICATIONS
15"W x 10-3/4"H x 10-3/4"D
22 lbs.
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RolandAC-60 Acoustic Chorus Combo Amp
 
4.8

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If you play AND sing...this is the one.

I've been through a couple acoustic amps lately including a Fishman Loudbox Mini, Crate CA-60D, and Acoustic AG-60. The Roland AC-60 is by far my favorite. It's not the loudest...Read complete review

I've been through a couple acoustic amps lately including a Fishman Loudbox Mini, Crate CA-60D, and Acoustic AG-60. The Roland AC-60 is by far my favorite. It's not the loudest of the bunch and it doesn't have the effects of some, but what it does have is a clarity of sound -especially for vocals. All the amps I mentioned are great for acoustic guitars. I couldn't really tell you which is truly the best for that. But the Roland shines if you want to sing along with a guitar. With it's smaller size and the carrying case, it's much more portable than the others. Also of note is an output for a subwoofer if you choose to extend the sound range. The bass is slightly lacking since it only has 6 1/2" speakers. I would go for the AC-90 with the 8" speakers if I could afford it. But I'm more than happy with the AC-60.

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Bad transformers, terrible warranty service

We are an acoustic duo-trio, play small venues around 3-5 times/month and have been working with two of these units for the past 6 months. They were purchased from different dealers in...Read complete review

We are an acoustic duo-trio, play small venues around 3-5 times/month and have been working with two of these units for the past 6 months. They were purchased from different dealers in No. Cal. two weeks apart. We like the sound, portability and features. The phantom power, interconnectibility to other speakers, systems, amps, subs, external fx, and phones make these very versatile and flexible. At smaller joints we tend to split-feed our unpowered mix into (usually 3 acoustic guitars, and 2 mikes), these, set them on stools behind us in opposite corners and gig away. Great sound, lightweight, quick setup, feedback resistance and self-monitoring. For us, perfect. For more punch we sometimes connect a bottom eq'd Fender Delux or similar to the AR-60 sub out. When there is house sound (always notoriously unpredictable as is the house sound guy!), we tend to take l-r feeds from the house mix into one channel of each AR-60, and pump our acoustic guitars directly into the other channel. We are known to be picky and find that most venues don't have much of a sense for clarity, eq, dynamics, and feedback of acoustic instruments. They are mostly concerned with LOUD! With this setup, WE control the clarity as well as some of the vocal projecton and these things are very pure. We focus on tight harmonies and balanced acoustic delivery. Our audiences (including the sound guy) are usually amazed at our sound because WHEN THESE THINGS WORK, THEY ARE TERRIFIC! Now for the bad stuff: We have never topped them out, fed them a hot signal, spilled beer on them, or otherwise abused them. However BOTH have suffered fried transformers. At separate times, at different locatons, NOT connected to outboard gear, when powered but idle, for no apparent reason they simply died. Kaput! Gig over! Now Roland claims no problems but we are 2 for 2 so their claim is highly suspect. Then when you send your unit in to Roland for warranty service, you wait, wait, wait, and finally when YOU call THEM the rap is that they are waiting for a new transformer to arrive from Japan---another 2-3 weeks or so!!! Bottom line: If you like these boxes, and there is a lot to like, and rely on them like we do, you should think about purchasing a spare to keep you in operation when the transformer fries. Having been through all this, we are currently doing our homework on the BOSE pal system...

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(14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

If you play AND sing...this is the one.

By Groovy Jones

from NY

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Great For Vocals
  • Portable
  • Unmatched Clarity

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Coffee house
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Roland AC-60 Acoustic Chorus Combo Amp:

    I've been through a couple acoustic amps lately including a Fishman Loudbox Mini, Crate CA-60D, and Acoustic AG-60. The Roland AC-60 is by far my favorite. It's not the loudest of the bunch and it doesn't have the effects of some, but what it does have is a clarity of sound -especially for vocals. All the amps I mentioned are great for acoustic guitars. I couldn't really tell you which is truly the best for that. But the Roland shines if you want to sing along with a guitar. With it's smaller size and the carrying case, it's much more portable than the others. Also of note is an output for a subwoofer if you choose to extend the sound range. The bass is slightly lacking since it only has 6 1/2" speakers. I would go for the AC-90 with the 8" speakers if I could afford it. But I'm more than happy with the AC-60.

    (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A beautiful little amp with an incredible sound

    By Still rockin' at middle age

    from Mason, Ohio

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    Comments about Roland AC-60 Acoustic Chorus Combo Amp:

    I am very happy I bought this little thing!!! It is delightful to play and record with it. If I ever venture into playing in public, I will consider buying its bigger brother (AC-90). I tried that one at the store and it blew me away. I just could not justify the price difference for what I do, music speaking.
    I got my Roland AC-60 about 2 weeks ago and I was impressed with its size and the bag that it comes with. It is smaller than a boombox!! Yet the sound that comes out of it is simply divine!! I used to have a Crate (the green one with 30W) and the Roland is far superior. No buzzing, hum, etc. Just pure sound. It is also louder (2x30W vs. 1x30W), lighter and smaller. Feedback is very well controlled (a problem I had with the Crate). The effects, I am still trying to get the hang of them. I did not get the footpedal. I still do not know if I need it. I am still playing with the settings for recording since it gives you two options (mic & line-out; the line-out has also two options: stereo (XLR) and mono (1/4"); need more time to evaluate all these options). Definitely, one could create a "wall of sound" with this amp by using all options: mic, line-out and mic the guitar. Place each on separate channels, adjust the Pan & EQ for sound distribution and tone and you can sound like playing 3 or 4 different guitars. This is a great amp! Worth every penny!!
    It looks very solid built. The bag that it comes with is beautiful and very practical. I wonder if it would fit as a carry-on in a plane.
    It is a little on the expensive side; yet, it is a Roland!!! This is my third Roland amp. The other two are keyboard amps for my Yamaha. I also used them as my main PA system for my recording studio and for my Roland electronic drum set.

    (7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Bad transformers, terrible warranty service

    By Warped Heads Founding Member

    from Napa Valley, Ca.

    See all my reviews

    Comments about Roland AC-60 Acoustic Chorus Combo Amp:

    We are an acoustic duo-trio, play small venues around 3-5 times/month and have been working with two of these units for the past 6 months. They were purchased from different dealers in No. Cal. two weeks apart. We like the sound, portability and features. The phantom power, interconnectibility to other speakers, systems, amps, subs, external fx, and phones make these very versatile and flexible. At smaller joints we tend to split-feed our unpowered mix into (usually 3 acoustic guitars, and 2 mikes), these, set them on stools behind us in opposite corners and gig away. Great sound, lightweight, quick setup, feedback resistance and self-monitoring. For us, perfect. For more punch we sometimes connect a bottom eq'd Fender Delux or similar to the AR-60 sub out. When there is house sound (always notoriously unpredictable as is the house sound guy!), we tend to take l-r feeds from the house mix into one channel of each AR-60, and pump our acoustic guitars directly into the other channel. We are known to be picky and find that most venues don't have much of a sense for clarity, eq, dynamics, and feedback of acoustic instruments. They are mostly concerned with LOUD! With this setup, WE control the clarity as well as some of the vocal projecton and these things are very pure. We focus on tight harmonies and balanced acoustic delivery. Our audiences (including the sound guy) are usually amazed at our sound because WHEN THESE THINGS WORK, THEY ARE TERRIFIC! Now for the bad stuff: We have never topped them out, fed them a hot signal, spilled beer on them, or otherwise abused them. However BOTH have suffered fried transformers. At separate times, at different locatons, NOT connected to outboard gear, when powered but idle, for no apparent reason they simply died. Kaput! Gig over! Now Roland claims no problems but we are 2 for 2 so their claim is highly suspect. Then when you send your unit in to Roland for warranty service, you wait, wait, wait, and finally when YOU call THEM the rap is that they are waiting for a new transformer to arrive from Japan---another 2-3 weeks or so!!! Bottom line: If you like these boxes, and there is a lot to like, and rely on them like we do, you should think about purchasing a spare to keep you in operation when the transformer fries. Having been through all this, we are currently doing our homework on the BOSE pal system...

    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Transparent Amp

    By pickin fool

    from New hampshire

    See all my reviews

    Comments about Roland AC-60 Acoustic Chorus Combo Amp:

    I've owned and used this amp for 3yrs now. It is without a doubt best in it's class for it's size and power. The 3 different chouruses sound fantastic, just about every input and output feature you'll ever need, great feedback control,and nice reverb. This little box can get pretty loud and still maintain transparency in it's sound. it also responds very well to EQ adjustments. i use it as a moniter when running out to a board, and when using it out right for small to medium rooms I'll plug in a 150 watt Infinity powered subwoofer.I play a Gibson SJ 200 thru a Baggs DI, and the AC 60 really sends it home. Mounting it up on a speaker stand really helps it to fillout a medium size room.I have not had ANY reliability issues at all, It's light weight and came with a great carrying case. All around just a great amp in it's price range.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    It made a big difference

    By David Leinweber-KHEfk

    from Atlanta ARea

    Comments about Roland AC-60 Acoustic Chorus Combo Amp:

    I play my Martin HD-28 in a variety of professional settings and I have tried a lot of different ways to get that natural Martin sound to come out over the PA. Mics don't cut it in a loud room, or with a larger band. I didn't want to cut a hole in my Martin or alter it any other way by putting a permament pickup in there. So I now use this amp with a Seymour Duncan woody. It really, really does the trick. I run the line-out of the back to our PA so the Roland actually serves as the direct box. It has a great sound and is really easy to use. One point I would make is that I find I need some kind of extra pedal device or pre-amp that can give me some gain, or else the Seymour Duncan is pretty quiet. I use the ART tube pre-amp/direct box. Also, I've used it with a big-muff for when we do some acoustic versions of Hendrix and it sounds really good. The delay and chorus settings on the amp are great but I find I want a little bit of help from a tube pre-amp to warm-up my sound, since we play a lot of old Dead, CSNY type stuff that has a crunch feel. In short, this is a really fine amp. If you play professionally it will make a big difference in the quality of your sound, and the ease of your set-up. If you are all clean all the time, this might be all you need. If you do some different styles, it's still a great amp but you will probably want a well-selected pedal or two to help your sound.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Small Package with Great Sound

    By Billy

    from Appleton, Wisconsin

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Weak

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Mobile DJ
    • Performances

    Comments about Roland AC-60 Acoustic Chorus Combo Amp:

    I love this little guy. The sound/tone quality is amazing and I would highly recommend this unit to everyone that plays and sings in a home environment or out in small public gigs. Independent mic and instrument controls are great. On the down side, I don't recommend it for use in large or dance bar venues as it lacks in range. Maybe the AC90 would be better but I generally use a larger unit and still use the AC60 for sound effects.

    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    spend less --- get more!!!

    By shortbus

    from pacific northwest

    Comments about Roland AC-60 Acoustic Chorus Combo Amp:

    I am a previous owner of a swr strawberry blonde.. and I am very happy with my new Roland AC-60. First off, it is quiet. at any setting. chorus is great, wide setting is awsome. delay adds to the sound nicely but don't expect a separate pedal effect on this.. I have a uke with a passive pick up and thought I was going to need a pre-amp but in piezo mode it works great. plenty of volume, and I have yet to get this amp to feedback. it has more functions than anything in it's price range. with the subwoofer hooked up it will blow your mind!!! I demo'd a fender acoustisonic 30, ultrasound ag50 ds4 and cp-100, marshall as50d and this is what I bought. I could not be happier. the sound is truly amazing. carrying case included.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Roland Working Road Amp

    By PD Stoman

    from Windhoek, Namibia

    Comments about Roland AC-60 Acoustic Chorus Combo Amp:

    I bought my Roland AC-60 after searching for another Marshall AS100D (an amp which I previously owned) for extensive gigging purposes. I use it as much for vocals as for guitar.The sound out of these Rolands is better than anything else on the market (and contrary to what another reviewer had suggested, you will not emulate or exceed its sound by creating your own spit-and-paste DIY system from scratch.)The built-in sound features are a bonus and after some practice, are a useful bonus addition to my existing external effects. They have become a vital part of my sound for both guitar and vocals.It's perfect for my Takamine EG523CDXHB and Cole Clark Violap guitars... and my Fender Strat when I play Jeff Buckley tunes.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best for the money

    By Bob of the North

    from Rollinsford NH

    See all my reviews

    Comments about Roland AC-60 Acoustic Chorus Combo Amp:

    I'm very pleased with my AC-60. I play a Yamaha CPX900 into it. It's the perfect amp for guys like me who play at home and like to hear their guitars amplified. The wife and dogs think its great also. It has a great sound, good special effects and I love the fact that you can play and use headphones instead of the speakers. I can't speak for those who use this amp on a stage but for us in-home rock wannabees, its just the thing. And all for less than 500 bucks. Note: It comes with a thick, high quality carrying bag.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great amp

    By Zippy-9IfRS

    from Illinois

    See all my reviews

    Comments about Roland AC-60 Acoustic Chorus Combo Amp:

    I have had this amp for about three years. It has everything you need for acoustic guitar and doesn't waste the space and money on the things you don't need. The inputs and outputs on the back have you covered!The feature that is so very good on this amp is the Sub-Woofer out. Add a small Sub-Woofer (50-100 watts) and man does this thing ever sound great!!! With the Sub and AC-60 mounted on a stand, it is almost as good going through a PA system.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Compact Amp

    By SERGIO TORRES

    from Waterbury, VT

    Comments about Roland AC-60 Acoustic Chorus Combo Amp:

    I love this Acoustic amp. It is great sounding and it has pretty long sound range. A good mic and guitar is all a musician needs with an Amp like this. I've had this Amp for five years. Thank you Roalnd for a quality product that is well made and durable.SERGIO TORRES

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    One Hot Box

    By Lou-h3Qqg

    from Plano, Texas

    See all my reviews

    Comments about Roland AC-60 Acoustic Chorus Combo Amp:

    I traded "down" from an Acoustasonic SFX and could not be happier. The reproduction of my Takamine is so real. The chorus and reverb are right on and the stereo effect is great. It weighs 1/3 of the other amp and sounds better. What more could I need? Thanks, Roland, for one quality piece of electronics.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Just awesome

    By jack (trashcan) mann

    from Ann Arbor, Michigan

    Comments about Roland AC-60 Acoustic Chorus Combo Amp:

    I am a performing artist...I need the best sound if I'm to deliver what my audiences expect from me. After testing many different acoustic amps, I have found this amp to be the best sounding available. Its the only amp I tried with high end sparkle...the rest were tinny sounding and even brittle in some instances. My only complaint is the lack of independent reverb for each input.

    (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    not that impressed

    By wanting to buy a Taylor

    from St. Petersburg, fl

    See all my reviews

    Comments about Roland AC-60 Acoustic Chorus Combo Amp:

    So what's all the fuss about? This thing ain't that great. Firstly it's not as loud as everyone said and secondly it took a lot of adjustments to make it sound right. Sure it's better than the crate models because the sound is more authentic (sort of) but they are more powerful across the board. I can tell you I'd rather have a behringer acx 1000. I'd a bought one but they have durability issues. Their sound was better , I think. Ok the Roland is nice and small, but a part from that, it's just OK. Maybe it's really hard to make a amp duplicate real acoustic sounds but with todays technology I would have thought someone could have done a better job.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    MAKES YOU SOUND LIKE YOU FEEL

    By Tom Leftwich

    from Rosamond, Ca.

    Comments about Roland AC-60 Acoustic Chorus Combo Amp:

    Any guitar player/singer like myself could not say enough good things about the AC-60, the output sound coming back to you is a pure pleasure to listen to , even when you're tired of playing the same ol'songs. That acoustic Martin of mine never sounded better. I've already sold a number of other musicians on this unit. My L-9 is now just a big watt driver for the AC-60.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Clean,clean clean

    By stephenlnoe

    from Chicago

    Comments about Roland AC-60 Acoustic Chorus Combo Amp:

    I think the AC-60 is an instant classic. I have not heard any acoustic amp come close to it's clean sound. The amp is literally silent until you pick your first string or say your first word into a mic. The reproduction is so true that it's hard to believe. I am so pleased with it. I use it with a Cordoba RCWE and Sennheiser mic. As others have written, the effects are very top quality and the mic preamp is the highest quality.Grab this one folks (even if you're a casual musician), you will not regret it.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Roland AC60 Test

    By Taylor-Made-SWnP5

    from Erie, PA

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    Comments about Roland AC-60 Acoustic Chorus Combo Amp:

    You really have to work with the bass, mid & treble controls to center in the right EQ, but once set, it sounds as good as any PA speaker I've used (EV Sx100, EV Sx300, JBL EON 10); granted I only have vocals and guitar, and I process my signals through two ART Tube Channels (the best product since sliced bread). I'm thinking a bass might push this little guy over the edge (but who knows). Fabulous value and highly recommended!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Awesome Little Machine

    By Livin3ly

    from Discovery Bay, Hong Kong

    See all my reviews

    Comments about Roland AC-60 Acoustic Chorus Combo Amp:

    I own it and I love it. It's so small and compact and comes with a nice bag for you to carry it around. Don't be fooled by the size of the machine, it has clear sound on each of its channel and the projection is surprising big. I use it inside my bedroom with my Rainsong Jumbo and Taylor T5. As an AC Amp it performs also quite competent my my electric axes. I sometimes take it to the livin' room and uses AB switches to hook up with my Megsa F30 and it works quite well. All in all, a bit pricy machine (you expected it from Roland), build like a tank and unbeatable dollar for value. Go get one.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Versatile

    By Humble Servant

    from Ukraine

    See all my reviews

    Comments about Roland AC-60 Acoustic Chorus Combo Amp:

    I have had this amp for about a year. I had to pick one amp to bring to Ukraine with me. This is it. I use it for street ministry and other things. I can carry anywhere and the voice channel combined with guitar channel is exactly what I need. I also use it around our flat for listening to music CD's and sound for DVD's through the aux input. It's not Bose sound, but sounds great in a coffee shop environment. It is loud enough for street use with a guitar and vocals, but falls off a bit when the volume is cranked up. Fishman loud box(?) has the best acoustic sound, but no vocal channel. Fender Acoustisonic is too big and not that impressive in the sound department. Two Roland AC-60's running together sounds awesome!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent Purchase

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Roland AC-60 Acoustic Chorus Combo Amp:

    I originally went out looking for a Fender Acoustasonic SFX II and convinced myself that the SFX was the amp that I wanted. Just for fun, after playing the SFX, I tried out all of the other amps in the store. I though the Roland was going to sound small, because it is physically small... But it produced a sound that was better than the SFX. The amp produces absolutely no background hiss or hum. The chorus is amazing.

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