Blackstar Sonnet 60 Acoustic Amplifier, Blonde
Blackstar Sonnet 60 Acoustic Amplifier
Professional quality acoustic instrument amps with natural response
Sonnet amplifies the natural response of your acoustic instrument capturing every nuance of its tone and your performance. Each model has microphone and instrument channels, Bluetooth and player friendly controls to refine your sound making them ideal for solo performers or duos.
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Faithfully amplifies the natural response of your acoustic instrument.
Acoustic-minded High Pass Filter (HPF) and Brilliance controls to adjust the crucial body resonance and piezo high-end of acoustic instruments.
Modern performance versatility with instrument and microphone channels, MP3 / line input and Bluetooth audio playback.
Powerful, light and compact, with an adjustable tilt- back stand to project the sound for any performance.
Perfect for solo performers or duos.
Available in black and blonde versions, the professional quality outputs ensure your audience will hear the sound you want them to and enable you to capture every nuance of your performance. The optional SA-2 allows the amplifier to become a personal PA system, while the optional FS-17 footswitch enables the activation of reverb and the amp mute functions on the fly.
This amplifier has all that one would expect: an instrument channel with three band EQ and a vocal/instrument channel with two band EQ; a good reverb that can be applied at different levels to each channel, plus phase-flip switch to reduce feedback problems. The ported enclosure gives an excellent clean sound from the tweeter plus 6.5" speaker combination. Traditionally, an electric guitar would sound poor through such a full-range speaker, but I got a good clean sound from my daughter's cheap Strat copy, and even from a bass guitar! My six and twelve string electro-acoustics sound great with a bit of knob-twiddling, even though peizo pickups are usually considered to give a rather un-natural sound. With all controls set to maximum there is a bit of hiss and hum audible, but one wouldn't normally use this kind of amplifier with everything on 10, and as a solid state amp it has much lower background noise than most valve powered (electric) guitar amps. Downsides are few and not significant: the tilt back device is a central pole that can be screwed out, leaving the amplifier tilted up on three anchor points (two rear feet and the pole) which is less stable than setting it flat on all four feet; the instruction manual is a single page in "quick start" style with no more detailed manual available from Blackstar's website - I would have liked a technical details section; the footswitch (switches reverb and mutes the amp) is an optional extra at about £35 (over-priced) and I think it's stingy not to include it. I haven't yet tried the direct output, but based upon my use so far this is a quality product at a fair price. I like it very much, despite having listed a few negatives above.
Excellent amp and many useful features.