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Fender Passport Mini Review

Fender Passport Mini Review | Acoustic Guitars | Scoop.it

Fender’s Passport series is a diverse set of portable amplification systems ranging from hand-held battery operated units for tour guides and classroom presentations to small PA systems. The new Passport Mini merges these two approaches in a small unit designed for street musicians and anyone needing amplification for an instrument and a microphone without relying on AC power. With a dedicated guitar channel featuring three types of guitar modeling and four electric amp models, along with a separate vocal input, and a 1/8-inch input for CD or MP3 players, the Passport Mini offers a ton of flexibility within its diminutive 7.25-pound package. - See more at: http://www.acousticguitar.com/Gear/Reviews/Fender-Passport-Mini-Review#sthash.6sXcuy7s.dpuf

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The new Fender Passport Mini amp is a good alternative to the Roland Mobile Cube. It's a similar price and has some interesting extra features. I can't comment personally in the Roland but I made the decision to purchase the Fender Passport Mini and I'm impressed!

 

The controls are easy to get used to and are well placed on the top of the box. There are some interesting pre-programmed sounds available straight from the box, obtained by combining the range of profiles - a natural acoustic sound and various Fender amp simulations - with a range of effects.

 

But it's when you download the Fender Fuse application and connect your laptop that you start to appreciate just what is available to you. I have only had a cursory scan through it so far but very quickly was able to programme four effects into the amp.

 

The features of Fender Fuse are incredibly powerful and open up endless possibilities for setting up your amp for gigs. You can save your effects into Fuse and easily download them to your amp, making the effect easily accessible at the gig. On top of that there is a Fuse community, where you can share your own effects and try out those created by others. I am looking forward to experimenting with all of this on the dark Winter nights ahead...

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Best Acoustic Guitar Brands (Guitarsite)

Best Acoustic Guitar Brands (Guitarsite) | Acoustic Guitars | Scoop.it
Here is a collection of the some of best Acoustic Guitars.
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I would add some Yamaha guitars to the list of beginners' list. They all seem to have a good reputation and there are plenty of models to choose from. My own experience is with the APX500II electro-acoustic, which would fit in to both the beginners' and intermediate section. Being a small bodied guitar it is suitable for young players as well as being comfortable to hold for anyone, standing or sitting. They are easy to tune with the in-built tuner, stay in tune well and have a light action.

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Yamaha Acoustic Guitar Factory Tour at Hangzhou

Introduction of Yamaha's acoustic guitar factory at Hangzhou, China. Clean, Organized, Precise and Disciplined!
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I find it fascinating that Yamaha are still making their acoustic guitars largely by hand, using traditional methods rather than high volume CNC machining processes as have been adopted by Martin Guitars. I would have put money on it being the other way around! Chinese labour is cheap but there must be a lot of people involved, all requiring training in highly skilled crafts. The end result is guitars of exceptionally high and consistent quality. Some would argue that the quality level is higher in tems of consistency than Martin but I'm not going to go there...

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Yamaha APX 500II & APX700II Acoustic Guitars Demo

Lee and Chappers turn off the amps and go acoustic in this first-look review of the new Yamaha APX500II and Yamaha APX700II guitars. Yamaha APX guitars are n...
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I've been using an APX700 12 string and an APX500II for some time now and, as a Martin user, I was amazed at the sound quality. It hasn't got the depth of sound as a Martin HD28 but it is a lot better than you would expect from such a small bodied guitar. Plugged in it knocks out an amazingly clean sound and stays in tune very well. I had the 12-string first and this again is impressive; it pushes out a surprising amount of volume unplugged and sounds amazing plugged in. Both guitars are comforable to play and have good action. What really clinches the deal though is the price - they are almost throw-away but I guarantee you won't want to!

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Martin HD-28 Acoustic Guitar

http://www.nstuffmusic.com/p-420-martin-hd-28-standard-series-acoustic-guitar.aspx Specifications: MODEL HD-28 CONSTRUCTION: Mahogany Blocks/Dovetail Neck Jo...
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I have owned one of these for around 10 years and it really is beautiful instrument both for its looks and it's amazing sound. It's loud and pure and equally good with light finger picking, hard strumming or anything in between, as demonstrated here. I had a Fishman pickup installed and it sounds wonderful through a sound system.  It makes me smill every time I take it out of the case, even before I hear it! Don't worry about the squeeking in this video. It's obvious it has new strings. That will go very quickly and the sound will mellow at the same time.

By the way, I've tried various strings but have gone back to Martin 80/20 Bronze Lights. I find they retain their sound quality longer than the others. I prefer them to the more expensive Martin SPs (phosphor bronze), just because they are easier to play. The SPs are really hard material, which also makes them awkward to fit because they want to unravel themselves!

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MOBILE CUBE: Battery-Powered Stereo Amplifier

MOBILE CUBE: Battery-Powered Stereo Amplifier | Acoustic Guitars | Scoop.it
The All-Purpose Portable Amp

For the ultimate in lightweight solutions, this versatile little amp from Rolan certainly punches above its weight. Obviously it can't have the sound level or quality of the larger models but its low cost makes it the obvious choice for buskers and anyone travelling light.

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Guest Post: Maintaining Your Acoustic Guitar

Guest Post: Maintaining Your Acoustic Guitar | Acoustic Guitars | Scoop.it
Guest Post: Maintaining Your Acoustic Guitar: By Alexander Briones
Understanding the basics of acoustic guitar m...

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Martin Guitar Factory Tour part 1

This multi-part video takes an in-depth look at the Martin Guitar Factory, its history and tradition. More great videos here: http://www.musiciansfriend.com/...
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This video series is a great insight into the history, development, continuity manufactuing processes at Martin Guitars Factory. There is no doubt that Martin guitars have a unique sound. Perhaps something in these videos might help us to understand how this can be. I'm still not sure I understand; all I know is that I love the sound!

It is interesting to see how Martin have moved with the times in embracing modern CNC machining and utlilizing the improved design posibilities that these systems create. Routing the fret channels and not cutting right across the fingerboard is a good example of this. It leaves the edge of the fingerboard free of the fret edges. This would be difficult to achieve in high volume production using traditional machining processes.

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Doug Young | Acoustic Guitarist | Pickup Tests

Doug Young | Acoustic Guitarist | Pickup Tests | Acoustic Guitars | Scoop.it

This is the best set of test I have found. Click on the pickup type, the the company, then the test, then the link to the sound file - Pickup (Mono) etc.

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Roland AC-33 Acoustic Amp Demo - Nevada Music UK

http://www.nevadamusic.co.uk/Guitar-Amplifiers-and-Speakers/Acoustic-Guitar-Amps/sc1584/p8749.aspx The Roland AC-33 is the worlds first battery-powered combo...
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This seems to be the best available amp for the roaming singer songwriter. Being battery powered you can use it anywhere. The wide range of features should inspire you to want to write songs on the go as well as enhancing your performance in many situations where you have no access to mains power. 

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