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Open up a feast of sound with the Lunchbox.

The Lunchbox Acoustic is ZT's first two-channel acoustic guitar amp, a compact masterpiece with perfect features, flexibility, and tone for the performing acoustic musician. A top-quality, dedicated microphone channel and separate instrument channel each sport the individual controls you need and the rich tonal palette you want. Complemented by 200W of clean amplifier power, anti-feedback circuitry, a pro-grade reverb, and highly flexible signal I/O, the Lunchbox Acoustic is an affordable, one-box performance solution for the home, the club, the cafe, or the recording studio.

The original ZT Lunchbox took the music world by storm, and proved that their unique amp technology can pack an amazing amount of sound into a tiny, reliable, and attractive package. Now, with the Lunchbox Acoustic, this level of performance is available for working singer-songwriters, vocalists and demanding acoustic players of all styles. The Lunchbox Acoustic is easy to carry and easy to use, but provides plenty of clear, natural, room-filling sound when you need it. Designed with logical simplicity but able to adapt to each unique environment, instrument, and individual voice, the Lunchbox Acoustic offers the features you need to get the very best out of real-world performing situations.

The Lunchbox Acoustic holds a down-to-earth visual appeal, yet remains unmistakably ZT. That little red circle on the front lets you know you're looking at a uniquely powerful compact amp. Like the original Lunchbox, unmatched in its combination of performance and portability, it is sure to become the best friend of working musicians everywhere.

FEATURES
  • Mic channel strip with 1/4" and XLR inputs
  • Instrument channel strip with 1/4" input
  • Dedicated mic gain control
  • Dedicated instrument gain control
  • Plate-style reverb with independent channel controls
  • Effects loop
  • 3-position Anti-Feedback Control with bypass
  • Anti-clip limiting circuit
  • Phantom power
  • Variable headphone/DI output
  • Custom ultrahigh performance 6-1/2" speaker, switchable
  • External speaker output
  • Aux input on 1/8" stereo jack
  • Voltage switch 115V/230V
  • System Design:
  • 200W Class A/B Power Amplifier
  • Ultra-low latency circuit for player responsiveness
  • Pure, Hi-Z analog instrument front-end
  • Low-noise balanced mic preamp with interference rejection
  • Proprietary dynamic tone shaping
  • Vintage modeled instrument tone stack
  • Class A/B output stage with unregulated linear supply
  • Anti-feedback circuit
  • Anti-clipping circuit
  • Effects loop with active send for multi-amp setups
  • Direct Power Amp In option
SPECIFICATIONS

Lunchbox 200W 1x6.5 Acoustic Combo Amp

  • Dimensions: 7-1/2"H x 10"W x 8"D
    Weight: 12 lb.
    Peak Output: 130 dB at 1 meter
    Mic controls: Gain, Bass, Treble, Reverb
    Instrument controls: Gain, Bass, Treble, Reverb
    Master controls: Volume, Anti-feedback set
    Misc. controls: Phantom power, headphone/DI output level, internal speaker mute, voltage select
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ZTLunchbox 200W 1x6.5 Acoustic Combo Amp
 
4.0

(based on 15 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

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71%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (6)
  • Portable (6)
  • Warm / comfy (6)
  • Excellent sound (5)
  • Good power output (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Outdoor events / games (4)
  • Performances (4)
  • Home studio (3)
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    • Experienced (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

It works for me !!

Thing is about the Lunchbox Acoustic and in fact all the ZT amps is this...they are 'tools'. They are not (at least to me) the Holy Grail of all...Read complete review

Thing is about the Lunchbox Acoustic and in fact all the ZT amps is this...they are 'tools'. They are not (at least to me) the Holy Grail of all amps...I don't know the Holy Grail of ALL amps. I picked this little amp for a number of reasons...its size of course, it's controls and the second channel. I use it most of the time at one user suggested is 'coffee house' level. Honestly if I am playing acoustic with a full band, I would use the house system and the fills...not a Lunchbox. Come on, look at the drivers, guys...you think THAT is going to beat a pair of wedges? Of course not. Let's not confuse what this product is for realistically. I also use it for one of my archtops...and I find the sound reflects both the acoustic and the electric nature of a quality archtop without sounding like the cookie cutter Polytone...and I like that. I've used it with trio (acoustic bass and drums) and at 'norma' levels it is great. And it fits in a backpack for heavens sake...then you have channel 2 !! I run a mic into it and take the direct out to a house system and use it as a monitor...and I love this about it! For a house PA with no reverb (yes, they still exist) it has saved my night more than once. It is always considered as part of my rig. Fact is I have all three ZT models, plus the ext cabinet. THey ALL are great products if you look at it for what it is. They are flexible and fine sounding small footprint tools to get a job done well. They record VERY well and fit a lot of needs. I have many other amps, some for this, some for that...the ZT products fit nicely in my arsenal of working tools...I am anxious for them to keep improving and remodeling their products - these guys are on the right path.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

False advertising, not what ZT claims

What a complete disappointment. I ordered this amp believing that it was 200 watts with a DI output, a woofer specially designed to handle large excursions for high volume applications, and a natural...Read complete review

What a complete disappointment. I ordered this amp believing that it was 200 watts with a DI output, a woofer specially designed to handle large excursions for high volume applications, and a natural acoustic sound. The amp I received had none of these. I measured the amp power at about 130 watts RMS. The output jack that is labeled DI is anything but that, not balanced not transformer isolated and not wired for a 3 conductor cable connector. The paper woofer has a pressed paper surround not even a butyl rubber surround for response linearity as the volume goes up. And the sound? It's a modeled pre-amp stage but with no user access to the modeling parameters. I hear a guitar sound that some talented software engineers created to their liking in Berkeley CA. I don't hear the sound of my guitar as it sounds unplugged or through good acoustic amps that sound transparent.

ZT is misrepresenting this product in their marketing and advertising -- not a 200 watt amp, no DI, no linear woofer response with increasing volume, and a contrived modeled sound. What surprises me most is that the professional magazine reviewers haven't picked up on any of this, except for a few who have pointed out that the amplifier is not as powerful as ZT says it is.

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(13 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

False advertising, not what ZT claims

By Brazilian Jazz

from Boston

About Me Professional Musician

Comments about ZT Lunchbox 200W 1x6.5 Acoustic Combo Amp:

What a complete disappointment. I ordered this amp believing that it was 200 watts with a DI output, a woofer specially designed to handle large excursions for high volume applications, and a natural acoustic sound. The amp I received had none of these. I measured the amp power at about 130 watts RMS. The output jack that is labeled DI is anything but that, not balanced not transformer isolated and not wired for a 3 conductor cable connector. The paper woofer has a pressed paper surround not even a butyl rubber surround for response linearity as the volume goes up. And the sound? It's a modeled pre-amp stage but with no user access to the modeling parameters. I hear a guitar sound that some talented software engineers created to their liking in Berkeley CA. I don't hear the sound of my guitar as it sounds unplugged or through good acoustic amps that sound transparent.

ZT is misrepresenting this product in their marketing and advertising -- not a 200 watt amp, no DI, no linear woofer response with increasing volume, and a contrived modeled sound. What surprises me most is that the professional magazine reviewers haven't picked up on any of this, except for a few who have pointed out that the amplifier is not as powerful as ZT says it is.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

It works for me !!

By GP-bq18H

from NYC

Comments about ZT Lunchbox 200W 1x6.5 Acoustic Combo Amp:

Thing is about the Lunchbox Acoustic and in fact all the ZT amps is this...they are 'tools'. They are not (at least to me) the Holy Grail of all amps...I don't know the Holy Grail of ALL amps. I picked this little amp for a number of reasons...its size of course, it's controls and the second channel. I use it most of the time at one user suggested is 'coffee house' level. Honestly if I am playing acoustic with a full band, I would use the house system and the fills...not a Lunchbox. Come on, look at the drivers, guys...you think THAT is going to beat a pair of wedges? Of course not. Let's not confuse what this product is for realistically. I also use it for one of my archtops...and I find the sound reflects both the acoustic and the electric nature of a quality archtop without sounding like the cookie cutter Polytone...and I like that. I've used it with trio (acoustic bass and drums) and at 'norma' levels it is great. And it fits in a backpack for heavens sake...then you have channel 2 !! I run a mic into it and take the direct out to a house system and use it as a monitor...and I love this about it! For a house PA with no reverb (yes, they still exist) it has saved my night more than once. It is always considered as part of my rig. Fact is I have all three ZT models, plus the ext cabinet. THey ALL are great products if you look at it for what it is. They are flexible and fine sounding small footprint tools to get a job done well. They record VERY well and fit a lot of needs. I have many other amps, some for this, some for that...the ZT products fit nicely in my arsenal of working tools...I am anxious for them to keep improving and remodeling their products - these guys are on the right path.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Working Lunch

By Pitch

from Memphis, TN

Comments about ZT Lunchbox 200W 1x6.5 Acoustic Combo Amp:

I've had the original Lunchbox for about a year now, and have played gigs using a variety of electric guitars. I recently acquired a Lunchbox Acoustic to use in coffeehouse-type settings. I play an Ovation Custom Legend 12 string, and find the Acoustic to be more than enough amp for small venues. In fact, I have been asked to turn it down once or twice (because knuckleheads wanted to talk instead of enjoy my dulcet tones). With the Volume at about twelve o'clock, and Gain at the ten position, I get more than enough juice, and have not experienced any problems with distortion, or lack of volume. If I were playing in a theater I would assume that a line out to the board would do the trick, but have not had the opportunity to try it as yet. For the price, it has more than met my expectations.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good little amp...

By Alan-fJgZs

from west coast

Comments about ZT Lunchbox 200W 1x6.5 Acoustic Combo Amp:

This delivers all anyone could expect from a little box. good tone, good features, mic and instrument inputs, outputs... It's perfect for someone who doesn't want to pack around a 50# amp. Obviously, if you need ear-splitting volumes, then you'll need to plug this into PA or other larger amps...

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I recommend it

By Kansan Celts

from Manhattan, KS

About Me Experienced

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about ZT Lunchbox 200W 1x6.5 Acoustic Combo Amp:

      Bought it a couple of years ago. Very pleased with sound quality for vocals and acoustic and electric guitars. I've used it repeatedly for mid-size gigs and it's amazing how that little box can fill up a hall with sound! Incredibly flexibile too - you can plug just about anything into it. My main critique is that it's so small and portable that it is easy to drop. Within the first year of use it got bumped around so much that the speaker grill would not stay on (easily solved with a strip of masking tape) and the internal/external speaker toggle switch got busted from a fall, rendering the unit unusable. For 1/8 the cost of a new unit, the manufacturer repaired it good as new - good customer service from ZT, by the way. I'd recommend getting a padded carry-case for it if you're going to be taking it out and about much.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      GREAT POWERHOUSE OF AN AMP!

      By Robot2

      from Denver, CO.

      Comments about ZT Lunchbox 200W 1x6.5 Acoustic Combo Amp:

      I play acoustic as well as electric and this amp has it all. Light weight and loud! ZT did a great job designing this 200 watt masterpiece. 2 separate channels ( one for your instrument, the other for a XLR vocal mic ). The cool thing about the XLR jack is you can plug in your green bullet mic and your harp screams.Excellent reverb and an excellent price makes this amp a true champion. Highly recommended!

      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Nowhere close to 200W. Very disappointing.

      By Miguel

      from Hermosa Beach, CA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Good Warmth
      • Portable

      Cons

      • Weak

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio

      Comments about ZT Lunchbox 200W 1x6.5 Acoustic Combo Amp:

      A friend used the smaller version of this at a gig at a small bar just for his electric guitar and I was impressed that so much volume came from such a small package. So I bought this acoustic version, to use for my vocal mic and acoustic guitar at small gigs. There's no way this thing is 200W. I finally used it only as a monitor because it just wasn't loud enough (luckily I had another amp in the car). The quality of the sound is ok and I like that it has reverb on both channels so I don't have to use pedals. But it's just a toy to practice at home with now. In fact, it fell forward onto it's face a couple weeks ago and the speaker broke loose from the cabinet! It doesn't work at all now. It has a few nicks and scratches so I don't feel right returning it. Guess I'll have to open it up and see if I can fix it.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excellent Value! Very Satified Customer!

      By CAS

      from Vacaville, CA

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      Pros

      • Connection For Assessory
      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • No Hissing Sounds
      • Phantom Power Is A Plus
      • Portable
      • Powerful
      • Well Made Case

      Cons

      • Case Cost Extra
      • No Mounts To Attach Stand

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about ZT Lunchbox 200W 1x6.5 Acoustic Combo Amp:

      This may be compact unit but it does not compromise when it comes to the full, rich and clean sound it produces. It is not prone to feedback, but it does have the ability to dial out the feedback if it occurs. I love the small footprint, making it convienient for travel. I also love the fact I can hook my Ipad to the assessory connection and play together with the musicl The phantom power works well, with separate controls to adjust the volume and parameters. Over all I am very satisfied with the purchase. The quality is well worth the dollars paid! I connected both an external mic using the phantom and an instrument cable to a fishman pickup. WOW! My acoustic guitar sounded so natural - a dream come true.

      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      no power

      By Slimbo

      from Texas

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      Comments about ZT Lunchbox 200W 1x6.5 Acoustic Combo Amp:

      I had heard good and bad about this little amp and decided to try it for myself sight unseen and sound unheard. I ordered it from MF and it was delivered in two days. I just got it today and was very disappointed. I really wanted this thing to work out for me due to its small size and advertised versatility. I eagerly unpacked it, read over the manual and began trying it out in the living room. First I tried it with my acoustic guitar. The sound was boxy at first but with some tweeking of the amp and the onboard guitar eq I got a barely acceptable tone. The thing had no guts though. By the time I got it to a level that would work on stage it was distorted and harsh sounding. I then plugged my fiddle into it and tried that out. The fiddle sounded great on this amp but once again when I turned it up to a usable stage level it began to distort, especially on double stops. I tried a vocal mic on it and it worked fairly well at low levels. This amp might work for someone who is playing a single act at a coffee house for 10 to 20 people but will not hold up as an acoustic amp for band use. The eq section only consist of high and low, not enough to dial in a decent tone. I'm boxing it up for return and ordering a Roland ac60.

      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Portability Plus!!!

      By Gene Tull

      from Maryland

      Comments about ZT Lunchbox 200W 1x6.5 Acoustic Combo Amp:

      If you're looking for an acoustic amp that offers the very best in portability, ease of operation, and the power to 'hold its own' in small to medium venues; then this bad boy is for you! You can get some pretty decent tones out of it with a minimum of tweaking. The ZT accepts pedals exceptionally well. Very powerful for its size! And . . . if you find that it's not hanging in there in really loud band situations, you can always 'line out' to the PA system as well. The portability 'factor' is huge though and would, most likely, entice most of us to use this amp more often vs. lugging around a 50 to 75 pound behemoth!
      Now . . . for the negatives. You've got to realize the laws of simple physics and acoustics here. This amp has a 6.5 inch 'woofer' in a tiny enclosure, okay? There's NOT gonna be a whole lot of bass response. I knew that 'up front' before I purchased this amp so I thought that I'd remedy this shortcoming by adding an extension cab with a beefier 12" speaker. Then, I'd still have a fairly portable 'rig' with great mids and highs coming out of the ZT itself, complemented with added bass coming out of the extension cab. NOT!!! Here's the catch: If you hook an extension cab to this amp, you have to activate the 'ext. cab' switch found on the back of the ZT which TURNS OFF the internal speaker in the amp itself! Bummer! Kinda defeats what I was going for.
      Very dissappointing. The ZT got returned.
      Overall, this is an great little amp that does a lot of things very well. It's extremely easy to tote around and that's certainly a BIG plus! It appears to be built very solidly and should last forever. I suggest you try it out. Different acoustics with their different, built-in electronics just may elicit a perfectly good tone for your particular instrument. Who knows? It might be perfectly fine for what you're looking for! It just wasn't for me.
      This amp is quite a 'novelty'. Amazing power from such a small package! The controls are simple and straightforward. You can dial up a pretty sweet tone fairly easily and it's very 'peddle friendly'.
      Has all the connections to make it a versatile 'workhorse' in stage, home, and recording environments.
      Very solid build! It appears as though this little monster would last forever!
      I don't know, it's probably just me . . . but I think it's a little overpriced. However, this is 'cutting edge' technology when it comes to designing an amp that's so powerful in such an extremely portable package. That's the trend these days and ZT is certainly leading the way!

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