5 Best Acoustic Guitar Amps for Beginners in 2022 – Beef Up Your Tone

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Best Overall – Fender Acoustasonic 15

Reviewer: Teemu Suomala

Sound
Features
Usability
Value For Money

Summary

You want an amp that can be used for both acoustic guitar and vocals, but you don’t want to spend too much?

Pros
-Bright and loud acoustic tones
-Chorus effect can add nice character into your tone
-With 3-band EQ you can control and shape your tone
-Small added Whizzer speaker adds clarity to high end
-High value for the money
-Enables you to drive both guitar and vocals through it

Cons
-Can make some guitars sound too tinny
-The tone is overall treble-heavy
-Handle is tight for large hands

This is a great option if you want simple tone controls, chorus, and balanced/clear tones.

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How Fender Acoustasonic 15 sounds:

YouTube video

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Runner-Up/Portable – Roland MOBILE Cube AC


Our Overall Rating

Summary

Pros

  • Gets about 15 hours of power from 6 AA batteries
  • Dual 4-inch speakers for miniature stereo tone
  • Chorus, Reverb, and Wide effects
  • Well balanced tone
  • Doesn’t sound tinny

Cons

  • Can’t handle multiple instruments at full volume well
  • Sound quality only OK for performances
  • Only 1 tone knob
  • Power supply sold separately

If your volume needs don’t exceed those of a noisy household and 3-band EQ is not a must for you, this amp is a great choice.

Best for Recording Yamaha THR5A

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Our Overall Rating

Summary

Pros

  • Includes Cubase AI recording software
  • USB connection for easy home studio use
  • Clean sound quality with preset mic emulations
  • Tons of effects (Reverb, chorus, dely and compressor)
  • Power supply included
  • 5 done-for-you Mic Presets

Cons

  • Low power for a high price
  • A bit treble heavy tone
  • Only about 6h battery life

Because it’s got a low power rating, short battery life, and a fairly high price, I recommend this amp to those who either are looking more into recording their acoustic or to audiophiles who truly care about the shape of their guitar’s tone.

Most PortableBlackstar FLY3 Acoustic


Our Overall Rating

Summary

Pros

  • Super small 3-watt design for easy travel
  • Built-in digital Echo effect
  • 2-band EQ and Shape switch for playing rhythm, solo, or accompaniment. Tone shaping is easy.
  • Nice balanced, clear tones
  • Extension cab available

Cons

  • You have to buy DC power supply separately
  • Works only as a practice/travel amp
  • Not loud

If you care more about a great tone than volume, plus value portability, this amp is a sweet little option. 

Premium – Fishman Loudbox Mini BT


Our Overall Rating

Summary

Pros

  • Great balanced acoustic tone driven by 60 watts of power
  • EQ on both instrument and microphone channels
  • Big voice in a small package
  • Bluetooth, XLR DI, and AUX connectivity
  • Reverb and Chorus (Mild & Heavy chorus options)
  • Great quality on tone and build

Cons

  • Expensive
  • No phones output

All things considered, the Fishman Loudbox Bluetooth Mini is one of the most versatile, most powerful, and most professional guitar amplifiers a beginner should even consider. But it’s well worth the money.

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A great acoustic guitar amp can add a ton of extra volume plus effects to your repertoire. We have gone through tons of different acoustic amps during our guitar journey…

Now we’ve sorted out the bad ones as best as is humanly possible and we have cherry-picked the best options for beginners based on our own experiences. After going through this piece, you will be ready to make your decision!

There is also a small section for a couple of runner-ups that just missed the top 5, make sure to check those out too.

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Author: Teemu Suomala

I first grabbed guitar in 2009. I started this website in January 2020 because I couldn’t do window installation anymore due to my health problems. I also noticed that most guitar websites don’t do a really good job, so I decided to just go for it! I got lucky and managed to get awesome people to help me with my website. I also got lucky because I have you visiting my website right now. Thank you. I do all this for you guys. If you have any recommendations, tips, or feedback, just leave a comment, I would love to chat with you. I have been fortunate to produce content for several large guitar websites, such as Songsterr, Musicnotes, GuitarGuitar, and Ultimate Guitar. I spend my spare time exercising and hanging out with my wife and crazy dog(I guess that went the right way…).

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Research & ExtraKnowledge Source: Tommy Tompkins

Playing guitar since 2004. Primarily an acoustic guitarist who plays and writes traditional American folk music, with a background in melodic metal and a solid foundation as a bassist. In this post, Tommy’s acoustic guitar experience and written guides were used as reference material.

Every one of these acoustic amps is here based on extensive research and combined 27+ years of experience of me (Teemu) and Tommy.

5 Best Acoustic Guitar Amps for Beginners in 2022

Best Overall – Fender Acoustasonic 15

To me, this Acoustasonic is more impressive than its electric guitar amp brother Fender Frontman 10G I reviewed last year. Let’s find out why this is our “best overall”-pick.

Sound

I like that the 6″ speaker manages to churn out a clear tone and especially high-end tones come out really nicely.

This amp sounds good with dreadnoughts and smaller-bodies cutaways too, but I would prefer a dreadnought. Because the clear tones of this amp add a nice punch to the overall meaty tone of a dreadnought.

Tommy (one of our acoustic amp experts) revealed that this amp can still sound a bit tinny with smaller-bodied acoustics. You can balance tinny tone by increasing the bass and decreasing treble from 3-band EQ.

But overall the tone is well balanced. And with the chorus, you can add a nice character to your playing.

Another sound demo:

YouTube video

Features

For this price, you get really nice features:

  • 2-channels (1 for microphone(vocals) and 1 for the guitar)
  • Separate Volume-knobs for both channels
  • 3-Band EQ
  • Chorus-effect
  • Output for phones

I love that this amp comes with 3-band EQ and Chorus. With EQ, you can shape tone according to your preference and with the chorus, you can add a nice atmosphere into your tone.

Usability-wise, this amp is idiot-proof(I’m the right person to claim something like that, haha). The Control panel is straightforward and using different features is easy.

Quality

This amp has really nice vintage looks and delivers great bang for the buck. The vintage-leather styled cover feels durable and the amp overall manages to feel and look better than the Fender Frontman 10G for example.

To me, the overall quality is great.

Pros

  • Bright and loud acoustic tones
  • Chorus effect can add nice character into your tone
  • With 3-band EQ you can control and shape your tone
  • Small added Whizzer speaker adds clarity to high end
  • High value for the money
  • Enables you to drive both guitar and vocals through it

Cons

  • Can make some guitars sound too tinny
  • The tone is overall treble-heavy
  • Handle is tight for large hands

This is a great option if you want simple tone controls, chorus, balanced/clear tones, and the ability to practice both guitar and vocals at home. 

It’s well made by a trusted brand and the price is still affordable. 


Runner-Up – Roland MOBILE Cube AC

Impressive portable amp with solid features and good sound. Let’s look closer at it!

Sound

This amp differentiates itself from most of its competitors by offering us a special “Wide” effect. This enables you to play with a stereo experience.

This amp also avoids sounding tinny (with and without “wide” effect) and offers surprisingly full tones with different kinds of acoustic guitars.

The loudness this amp provides is quite modest. It can increase your volume a bit from acoustic levels but’s it’s not the best busking and performance option.

But for home use, this small amp offers all-around solid tones.

Check a sound demo:

YouTube video

Features

This amp provides nice features, but also lacks 1 I really value. You get:

  • 3 channels and 4 different types of inputs (1/4″ (instrument), 1/4″ (mic), 1/8″ TRS (aux in), Dual RCA Stereo)
  • Separate volue contorls for guitar, mic, and audio
  • Stereo Reverb
  • Chorus (button)
  • 1 tone knob
  • Wide Effect (stereo-sound)

The “Wide” effect is definitely what I value the most, it’s unique and actually sounds pretty good. I also like that this amp has both Chorus (button only) and Reverb (knob). So you have 2 nice effects in your repertoire with this amp.

Only 1 tone knob is what bothers me the most. I really like to have 3-band EQ supporting my tone shaping, especially if playing with different sized acoustics. But for some players 1 tone knob can definitely be enough, it depends on “how much control you want to have”?

Quality

Even though made out of black plastic, the amp itself seems really durable and the quality is actually a bit more than I could expect. Roland has been “guilty” of this before too, I first noticed it when I reviewed Roland Micro Cube GX.

Roland promises 15 hours of battery life with 6 AA batteries. This kind of duration is really great and this Moblie beats Yamaha THR and Blackstar FLY 3 easily when it comes to battery life. But it should be noted that with high volumes, it’s likely that the battery will drain faster.

Pros

  • Gets about 15 hours of power from 6 AA batteries
  • Dual 4-inch speakers for miniature stereo tone
  • Chorus, Reverb, and Wide effects
  • Well balanced tone
  • Doesn’t sound tinny

Cons

  • Can’t handle multiple instruments at full volume well
  • Sound quality only OK for performances
  • Only 1 tone knob
  • Power supply sold separately

The Roland MOBILE-AC is a fun little amp with a surprising number of features and a tone that leaves little to be desired.

If your volume needs don’t exceed those of a noisy household and 3-band EQ is not a must for you, this amp is a great choice.

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Best for Recording – Yamaha THR5A

image displays Yamaha THR5A

One of the most attractive amps when it comes to looks! But does it rely too heavily on its beauty…let’s find out!

Sound

THR5A goes beyond other amps capabilities and gives us 5 preset microphone models. These are:

  • EG CLN (Clean)
  • Nylon
  • Tube
  • Dynamic
  • Condenser

Honestly, this selection is great. These done for your presets allow you to explore every avenue of acoustic music.

The sound of this amp itself is a bit treble-heavy, but nothing too bad. But keep in mind that with small acoustics, this flaw can be more present.

But I still like the clarity this amp provides and it’s especially great for playing acoustic leads.

Features

Feature-wise, this amp gives you plenty of things to play with:

  • 5- Mic Presets
  • Delay (Tap Delay feature too) & Reverb & Hall Reverb
  • Compression & Compression/Chorus & Chorus- effects
  • Tuner
  • Aux-in
  • Then the basic instrument jack and phones output
  • Also at the back of the amp there is USB-B port. So you can plug this into computer and record

So this is packed with features. It’s lacking a 3-band EQ which ensures full tonal control but keeping the price and all the other features in my mind, I can’t really complain.

Quality

Quality-wise amp is solid and all is working great. But despite its vintage looks, the cover is made out of thin plastic. So, this is not the amp I would want to go bump against walls. But it’s a great desktop amp for sure.

The battery life is about 6h with 8 AA batteries. This is not much, but gladly amp comes with the power supply.

This amp is a cool looking, space-saving cabinet that only weighs 4 pounds.

Pros

  • Includes Cubase AI recording software
  • USB connection for easy home studio use
  • Clean sound quality with preset mic emulations
  • Tons of effects (Reverb, chorus, dely and compressor)
  • Power supply included
  • 5 done-for-you Mic Presets

Cons

  • Low power for a high price
  • A bit treble heavy tone
  • Only about 6h battery life

Because it’s got a low power rating, short battery life, and a fairly high price, I recommend this amp to those who either are looking more into recording their acoustic or to audiophiles who truly care about the shape of their guitar’s tone.

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Most Portable – Blackstar FLY3 Acoustic

Impressive little tone machine…it almost fits into my pocket!

Sound

It’s great that an amp this small doesn’t sound tinny and high-pitched. The tone is clear and balanced.

Could the sound be more articulate? Yes. Could there be more bass? Sure. But for size this small and price this low, I can’t complain.

Also, there is an extension cab available. You can buy it separately or in a bundle with the actual amp. This gives you stereo sound and a bit more low end too.

Hear how this amp sounds (video also features extension cab):

YouTube video

Features

You get solid features:

  • 2-band EQ
  • Echo
  • Aux-in
  • Extension cab output
  • The basics, phone output, cable jack and volume contorl

I like that they threw echo-effect to this little box. Without it, this amp would be a bit plain in the feature department. But now, paired with 2-band EQ and Shape-knob (gives you either a flat response or a mid-cut with some low and high boost) you have plenty of ways to spice up your playing.

With the shape feature, it’s quite easy to jump between rhythm where your tone needs to be less noticeable and leads when you need to stand out.

Quality

It’s a little slippery plastic box. Blackstar Fly 3’s are quite easy to drop, to be honest, so keep that in mind when handling these amps.

There is no high-end feel with these amps, but for the price, the quality is solid.

Blackstar promises 55-hour battery life in normal conditions, but I have not managed to get into that kind of length with Fly 3’s I have used. But it might be possible if you play with low volume. Note that the power supply is sold separatly.

Pros

  • Super small 3-watt design for easy travel
  • Built-in digital Echo effect
  • 2-band EQ and Shape switch for playing rhythm, solo, or accompaniment. Tone shaping is easy.
  • Nice balanced, clear tones
  • Extension cab available

Cons

  • You have to buy DC power supply separately
  • Works only as a practice/travel amp
  • Not loud

For the same price as the Blackstar, can you get a louder amp? Well, yeah.

But despite its low power, amps in this price range rarely sound as good as the Blackstar Fly3 Acoustic.

If you care more about a great tone than volume, plus value portability, this amp is a sweet little option. 

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Premium – Fishman Loudbox Mini BT

Here, the saying ”you get what you pay for” is true. But this is not the best option for most beginners because it’s the high price.

After that being said…if you just want the best-sounding acoustic guitar amp out there, the Fishman Loudbox Mini is a great option.

Sound

To be honest, this amp provides a sound that is ridiculously clean, clear, and balanced. It’s hard for me to find any cons from this when it comes to sound. But I can still talk about the sound a little bit.

You get nice control over both mic and guitar channels. You can dial some reverb into the mix, shape your tone a lot, and play with the chorus (mild & thick chorus choices).

Also, you get gain controls for both channels and master volume, so you can make the volume levels to be just right.

To me, this is THE acoustic guitar amp.

Plus with 60W of power, this amp can get loud.

Check sound demo:

YouTube video

Features

Here are the features:

  • Dual Action Chorus (mild & heavy options)
  • Reverb
  • Bluethooth
  • Gain for both channels
  • Master Volume
  • 3 band EQ for instrument & 2 band EQ for Microphone
  • XLR, 1/4 cable jack, 1/4 & 1/8 AUX inputs
  • XLR output

So you get an abundance of features. For this price, this should be expected, and it’s great that Loudbox Mini delivers on this department too.

The only thing missing is phones output, this is a small con for some players.

Quality

Personally, I can’t find any cons when it comes to quality. Amp is well built and looks stunning. I also didn’t find any long-time users complaining about the quality of the amp falling apart for no reason. Again, for this price, great quality should be expected.

Pros

  • Great balanced acoustic tone driven by 60 watts of power
  • EQ on both instrument and microphone channels
  • Big voice in a small package
  • Bluetooth, XLR DI, and AUX connectivity
  • Reverb and Chorus (Mild & Heavy chorus options)
  • Great quality on tone and build

Cons

  • Expensive
  • No phones output

All things considered, the Fishman Loudbox Bluetooth Mini is one of the most versatile, most powerful, and most professional guitar amplifiers a beginner should even consider.

It costs quite a lot for a small guitar amp, but its big, clear voice and connection capabilities give it the value of much larger amps at a similar price point.

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Runner-Ups That Just Missed The Top 5

If you would like to see more options to choose from, check our other acoustic guitar amp guides:


Buyer’s Guide

What Makes A Great Acoustic Guitar Amp for Beginners?

I would stay away from the cheapest acoustics amp you can sometimes see selling for $15-30. But if your only goal is to make your acoustic louder, you can get ok amps starting from around $50.

A great beginner acoustic guitar amp should offer solid sound quality, give 1 or 2 effects, offer the ability to shape your tone a bit, and give you great value for the money.

In general, I would look at amps from the $50-$150 price range.

If you have specific needs such as recording, you want lots of features, or you just want an amp that will serve you for years and years without needing to buy a new one, only then I would look for more expensive amps.

Or maybe you have disposable income and you can afford the more expensive ones. And it’s true that you should buy the best amp you can afford.

Let’s now look at how you can choose the best amp for your situation.

How to Choose The Right Amp for You?

It’s all about asking some questions and knowing what you want. Here are some questions that will lead you in the right direction:

  • Do you just want to increase loudness of your acoustic a little bit or are you aiming to perform in noisy places? Wattage affects your loudness, but it’s not the same thing as loudness.
  • Are you going to travel with the amp? If yes, get a one that is portable.
  • Do you want effects? If yes, how many? In general, acoustic guitar amp that is paired with either Reverb or Chorus is a great option for beginners. But if you want more, get an amp that offers you plenty of features.
  • Do you wan’t to run your vocals through your amp? If yes, get an amp that has XLR input.
  • Do you wan’t to shape your tone a lot? Do you wan’t to shape all 3 main frequency options separetely (Bass, Middle, Treble)? With acoustic amps, tonal controls usually range from 1 to 3 separate tone knobs. If you wan’t to shape your tone a lot, get an amp with 3 band EQ.
  • Do you wan’t to record with your amp? If yes, Yamaha THR5A is a great option. It’s also a good option if you want an amp that can model your acoustic to sound like a differernt type of acoustic.
  • Do you wan’t an amp that is battery powered? Keep eye on the battery durations. Also decide whether you wan’t an amp that comes wiht power supply or do you wan’t the buy supply separately(if you even want to buy one).
  • If you are going to buy an amp that is battery powered, rechargable batteries are the cheapest and the most enviromental friendly choice in the long run.

With these questions, you can definitely make the right choice!

Conclusion

All these amps are really solid options that boost up acoustic guitars volume and add effects to your repertoire. Hopefully you are now ready to decide which one to get!

If you have any questions, just go to my Youtube channel, and ask in the comments!

I wish you all the best. Keep reading and rocking!