Review: Roland AC-33 Portable Acoustic Power

Pint sized combo packs it in?   26-Apr-10

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There's been a surge in acoustic amplification of late - and its actually a tricky job to get right. Fortunately, Roland have been making guitar amplifiers for quite some time, their original JC-120 - the legendary-  and somewhat weighty - Jazz Chorus combo is surely a classic, and the Cube range has brought them a deserved repuation for making compact, portable amplification.
The new and smallest of the acoustic range - the AC-33 (AC-90 and AC-60 being the bigger brothers) gives the acoustic guitarist some portable love, with 30 watts of  mains or battery powered amplification with two channels, the second with mic or line input, reverb, chorus and a looper effect to boot.

Chappers - our resident stringman gets all unplugged and er, plugs in to the little feller.

Features
  • 30 watts (15W+15W) of natural, stereo acoustic sound through twin speakers
  • Runs on AC power or eight AA batteries (accepts rechargeable NiMH types)
  • Dual-channel configuration: Guitar and Mic/Line channel
  • Reverb, chorus, and ambience effects (Ambience adds spatial, 3D-type depth to the sound)
  • Phrase Looper with 40 seconds of record time
  • Stereo AUX input (connect MP3/CD players, etc), headphone output
  • Anti-feedback function
  • Built-in tilt-back stand
  • Removable battery cartridge for easy battery replacement



Available now
 Suggested Retail Price £ 359.00 $558.50.




Alternatives:
Marshall AS50D Soloist RRP £250
50 Watts, mains only, tuneable feedback filter

 

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3 Comments...  Post a comment    original story
   Said...

Is teh power "adapter" a wallwart style or built in? Looked from teh vid as though a wallwart style?

19-May-10 08:47 AM


kurtdaniel    Said...

I've owned a couple of acoustic amps and played through a bunch more. The Roland amps sound pretty good.

http://takelessons.com/category/singing-lessons

27-Sep-10 08:47 AM


Chris Beeson    Said...

Two problems not mentioned: 1. The power awitch is too easy to knock on accidentally for a battery amp, especiallly when carrying in a soft bag; 2. The cloth front doesn't protect the speakers as it should in an amp intended to be carried around a lot. But otherwise excellent. :-)

02-Aug-13 09:49 AM


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