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    Default Uke amplifier

    Just got a Duke 10 which came with a Schatten LP-15 pickup. Thought it might be fun to get a small, inexpensive amp (no bells and whistles) for use at home. Any suggestions?

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    You sure you need one with a Duke!

    Those things are loud out of the box, from what I've heard.

    However, I use a Micro Cube with my ukes, it's pretty inexpensive, but it does have a nice range of effects built in, might be worth your while taking a look.
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    Quote Originally Posted by noukeyet View Post
    Just got a Duke 10 which came with a Schatten LP-15 pickup. Thought it might be fun to get a small, inexpensive amp (no bells and whistles) for use at home. Any suggestions?
    What's your idea of a small and inexpensive amp? Now that I have an awesome Blackstar amp, my little Fender 10 watt amp and Boss distortion/overdrive pedal are sitting around collecting dust. Send me a message if you'd want them for $50

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    No specific suggestion, but make sure you get an amp designed for acoustic instruments if you want the best acoustic-like sound. Electric guitar amps have their own kind of sound, which you may or may not like. They are not ideal for trying to get a more realistic amplified acoustic sound though.

    You must want to play REALLY loud to amp up a banjo uke.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Croaky Keith View Post
    You sure you need one with a Duke!

    Those things are loud out of the box, from what I've heard.

    However, I use a Micro Cube with my ukes, it's pretty inexpensive, but it does have a nice range of effects built in, might be worth your while taking a look.
    Yes, the Micro Cubes are great little amps, with lots of sounds, although a good clean tone with some reverb or delay is all I've needed for ukes on it. Great thing is, you can line out the back to a PA for bigger venues.

    In fact, I played electric guitar at an outdoor event through it one time, connecting thru the PA, and got a few comments on my great tone, with a couple of guys looking to see where my amp was, and couldn't believe it was the itty bitty Cube.
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    The only justification I have for a banjo ukulele is that its SO loud that I don't NEED to amplify it. Its already too loud to practice with at home. A banjo uke with a pickup is really just for stage use and performance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anthonyg View Post
    The only justification I have for a banjo ukulele is that its SO loud that I don't NEED to amplify it. Its already too loud to practice with at home. A banjo uke with a pickup is really just for stage use and performance.
    But it "has" a pick up........like most of us that is reason enough to buy an amp and plug it in. BECAUSE YOU CAN
    Ukuleles.............yes please !!!!

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    Hate to admit it, but that was my thought process!

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    I would go to a music store and play it through a few inexpensive amps and pick the one that sounds the best. some instruments sound better through some amps than others. you might also go to a few pawn shops, they usually have lots of cheap amps, just make sure you test them first. bring a cable and your banjo. I recently got a microcube for $20 at one.
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    Honey Tone has good review
    $45 Or less in US
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