Amplifiers for Acoustic Guitars
As with electric, there are two main configurations for you to choose from when it comes to acoustic guitar amplifiers: either a combo amp or an amplifier head and speaker cabinet. Each setup has its own advantages. For a combo amp, the benefit is portability. These amplifiers pack all of their components into one box, making your pre-show setup as easy as setting the amp onstage and plugging it in. The two-part setup, on the other hand, is good for high-power use and adaptability. An amplifier head can plug in not only to a speaker cabinet, but also to a mixer or directly to a venue's own loudspeakers—and while combo amps are powerful enough for most stages, if an outdoor show or a huge venue demands truly awesome volume, a beefy cabinet paired to an amplifier head will deliver.
The bottom line is this: when you need to make yourself heard, an amplifier for your acoustic guitar will get the job done. Decide whether you need a combo amp or a two-piece head and cabinet system, pick out a model with the power level and effects selection that fit your usual venues and styles, and take home the amp that's right for you.