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    I recently got an acoustic electric ukulele, and I want to start playing with amp, I tryed my girlfriends fender amp, and I hate how amps always have distortion, does anyone know of a amp that doesn't have allot of distortin and sounds as sweet as my uke?

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    Lots for sale new and used. Find a very highly rated acoustic amp that you can afford. may only be a few with 4 to 5 stars in your price range. Electric guitar amps don't do much for acoustic instruments...they'll work, but you won't get that nice, woody, acoustic "tone" you are looking for.

    YOur price range would be helpful in getting you appropriate recommendations.

    Here's a nice little uke amp at the low end....5 stars
    http://www.musiciansfriend.com/ampli...stic-combo-amp
    Even lower priced at 4 1/2 stars
    http://www.musiciansfriend.com/ampli...stic-combo-amp

    And yet more: http://www.musiciansfriend.com/searc...stic+amplifier

    When you set a price range, you may find great used one for half price, a used one that is much better than you thought you could afford.
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    Hey man thanks, this helped allot, I'm new to this electronic stuff haha

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    Make sure the amp you look at is for acoustic guitars, not electric!!
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    Look at the Fishman Loudbox Mini!! What a great amp for uke & mic. A mite pricy, but well worth it.
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    I have a Mustang by Fender--while it is more geared to electric guitar, it is easily customizable by computer and you can find a setting to download directly to get the effect you want. I don't think that it is possible to avoid distortion, however, because you are electrifying an audible wave and rebroadcasting it over a speaker, so that is by nature going to distort the sound. But you can adjust to get the effect you want. The Fuse software that comes with it is easy to use.

    This is the unit I have. It's pretty nice, very portable.
    Ukes: Mainland mahogany tenor, Eleuke Tenor Solid Cutaway Sunburst
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    Any good quality acoustic or keyboard amp will do fine

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    You may also find that you need or want a direct input (DI) preamp box or some sort of mixer with EQ if the amp doesn't have it. Most piezo pickups don't really sound all that great plugged straight into an amp that does not have a way to tame the sound. Personally I recommend something like the little Behringer 1202fx mixer I use. It will give you not only a way to plug in more than one instrument, but multiple microphones as well, and they are very inexpensive. I looked at several "acoustic" amps before I finally followed recommendations from acoustic guitar players to get a mixer and a simple keyboard or acoustic amp, or better yet a small PA system. Most PA's are designed to give a very clean sound. Some have a bit of EQ, some don't. I still don't have a PA, but I can take my mixer to open mics etc, if they don't have one, and it has everything I need to record at home with multiple mics and instruments and I plug it into my Pignose Hog 30 when I need a small portable amp.

    If you have an interest in open mic type things, many people find that "the house" often provides the PA, but sometimes not a good mixer or DI box. So many acoustic guitar players just carry the DI and/or mixer to give them some control over the sound before its plugged into the house PA

    Here is RaggyRagsDale talking about his mixer setup.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=690siQfrbLU&feature=plcp
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    A P.A. system and a D.I. box are a great way to get a natural sound. You don't need to spend a ton of money to accomplish this. The high impedance output of a piezoelectric pickup produces a thin, raspy sound through a P.A.. A D.I. (Direct Input box) matches the impedance to the amp to achieve a more natural sound. Here's an example of a lower priced P.A. system with surprizingly good quality sound. I own several of these that I use for quick setup in venues where space is limited, but still need enough power to punch through the ambient noise. Here's the Kustom PW50 available at Guitar Center for $99 bucks:

    http://www.guitarcenter.com/Kustom-P...1.gc?esid=pw50








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