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    Default Great Little Amplifier For Ukes

    Just wanted to pass this on in case anyone was in search of an amp. As a guitar player, I just picked up a blackstar fly battery powered amp to sit on the desk to hash out parts here or there.

    I plugged my uke into it today just for fun and realized that the clean channel of the amp does a great job of amplifying the uke's tone w/o coloring it "too much". It is after all a guitar amp but I was pleasantly surprised.

    Not bad for $60 USD, battery powered portability, built in delay & the thing is TINY!

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    That Blackstar Fly has been mentioned a bit here on UU, and also their Fly Bass with two boxes tweaked for bass, which I use with my bass uke when performing in hospital rooms where we're not allowed to carry anything and be very compact. I added a strap and Velcroed them together.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Paulrick View Post
    Just wanted to pass this on in case anyone was in search of an amp. As a guitar player, I just picked up a blackstar fly battery powered amp to sit on the desk to hash out parts here or there.

    I plugged my uke into it today just for fun and realized that the clean channel of the amp does a great job of amplifying the uke's tone w/o coloring it "too much". It is after all a guitar amp but I was pleasantly surprised.

    Not bad for $60 USD, battery powered portability, built in delay & the thing is TINY!
    I hear that often and I wonder why an amp would be specific to a guitar?
    I don't want to live in a world that is linear.

    I just want everyone to understand that I am not a ukulele expert, even though it may look at times like I'm pretending to be.

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    I would think the reference is for an electric guitar amp as opposed to an acoustic guitar amp. While effects such as overdrive is not totally foreign with a ukulele, it is probably more of an exception even with acoustic guitars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kohanmike View Post
    That Blackstar Fly has been mentioned a bit here on UU, and also their Fly Bass with two boxes tweaked for bass, which I use with my bass uke when performing in hospital rooms where we're not allowed to carry anything and be very compact. I added a strap and Velcroed them together.
    Clever mod. Thanks for the heads-up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rllink View Post
    I hear that often and I wonder why an amp would be specific to a guitar?
    Guitar amps are "voiced" to enhance and shape the sound of what is basically not much more than a slab of wood with strings. Accoustic guitar amps are more "clean" and uncolored like a PA so you can more closely capture the natural sound of the instrument. Try playing a Fender Strat on an acoustic amp or plug one straight in to the board on a PA and you will see what I mean.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rllink View Post
    I hear that often and I wonder why an amp would be specific to a guitar?
    Generally the guitar-specific amps have some inherent distortion. My wife picked up an Orange Micro Crush (based on aesthetics) for her uke and it has entirely too much grind to it, even at low volumes. Sounds great with one of my guitars plugged into it though.

    Seriously thinking about picking up one of the Fly 3 amps and 'trading' with her. They have such a sweet clean sound, where the Orange is definitely more of a rocker.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4given View Post
    Guitar amps are "voiced" to enhance and shape the sound of what is basically not much more than a slab of wood with strings. Accoustic guitar amps are more "clean" and uncolored like a PA so you can more closely capture the natural sound of the instrument. Try playing a Fender Strat on an acoustic amp or plug one straight in to the board on a PA and you will see what I mean.
    Quote Originally Posted by LDS714 View Post
    Generally the guitar-specific amps have some inherent distortion. My wife picked up an Orange Micro Crush (based on aesthetics) for her uke and it has entirely too much grind to it, even at low volumes. Sounds great with one of my guitars plugged into it though.

    Seriously thinking about picking up one of the Fly 3 amps and 'trading' with her. They have such a sweet clean sound, where the Orange is definitely more of a rocker.
    I understand quite well the difference between an amp with affects compared to an PA amp that does not. What it is that I don't understand is why people seem to automatically assume that all ukulele players prefer to capture the natural sound of their ukulele and only guitar players want to get "dirty."
    Last edited by Rllink; 05-12-2017 at 05:47 PM.
    I don't want to live in a world that is linear.

    I just want everyone to understand that I am not a ukulele expert, even though it may look at times like I'm pretending to be.

    https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_n...tective+Agency

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rllink View Post
    I understand quite well the difference between an amp with affects compared to an PA amp that does not. What it is that I don't understand is why people seem to automatically assume that all ukulele players prefer to capture the natural sound of their ukulele and only guitar players want to get "dirty."
    A steel string uke with magnetic pickups would sound great. But a tradition ukulele is similar to a classical guitar and there are not a lot of classical guitar players out there using distortion. Even steel string acoustic guitars can't produce anything similar to a Les Paul.

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    Since playing uke myself, I've come to dislike any kind of 'crunchy' sound on a naturally acoustic instrument.

    IMHO, distortion is for 'other people' to use. I try to avoid listening to it, unless it is somehow related to music originated by Eddie Van Halen.

    Each is welcome to their own preferences.
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