Firstly, just to clarify my "status" as a guitarist, if there is such a thing. I've been playing guitar - acoustic and electric - for over 30 years. Sheezus, I'm old. Anyway... Suffice to say I've played through a gamut of different amps and PA systems over the years and currently own a Marshall AS50D acoustic amplifier (I used to own an AS100D) and a Yamaha Stagepas 500 PA and I bought this little amp for my son to get him gigging.
Well, what can I say. Impressed is not the word. Well, it is, but if you could incorporate impressed and surprised into one word, that would be the word - imprised?
The tone is not really like the AS50D - in some ways it's a better tone, in different ways not. For example, it has a mid on the guitar input which the AS50D does not so you can alter the tone quite a lot there even if you have an EQ on your acoustic. Also, the AS50D just has one reverb setting while this has 2 plus a delay and a chorus. The AS50D wins on the chorus stakes though as it has a dedicated chorus function, however it's handy having a delay - I actually prefer delay over reverb if given the choice of one or the other - although the delay on the amp is not adjustable in any way other than level, it's useful all the same.
Those differences aside, if comparing them side by side I'd say that the Marshall has more of a spectrum to the sound, but the Harley Benton is somehow "clearer", more of a focused sound, especially when finger picking. In isolation they are both excellent and there's not a whole lot between them if you EQ them to sound similar and when in isolation you'd be happy with either.
I've had both the AS50D and the AC Pro 60 on a Thomann amp stand (which is also excellent) cranked up with a guitar and Shure SM58 plugged in and seated within 1.5 metres of the amp and feedback is minimal - in fact it's a lot worst on the Marshall - to the point where they have a "feedback elimination" control, but it's not needed on the Harley Benton at all!
Cranked up they are both clear and distortion free - providing you're careful to turn down the bass at high volume levels of course. I'd be totally happy gigging with this amp with no problems at all, and if my Marshall gave up the ghost I wouldn't hesitate in replacing it with one of these. All you need for a small acoustic pub gig.
Incidentally, I'm pretty sure that this is identical to the Tanglewood T6 amplifier. Certainly looks it, and that's had rave reviews, except this is a third of the price!
I was intrigued at the similarity of this amp to the tanglewood T6
Technical spec almost identical top and back plates almost identical down load both manuals and see for yourself
The only visible difference is the addition of a standby power button on the back plate and strangely a 45 W(RMS) in yellow text on the back plate even though the Harley Benton manual States 60W (RMS)???
Sound wise this is an excellent amp and in side by side tests with the tanglewood T6 It's hard to tell them apart. The on board effects are good but not outstanding Acoustic guitar and mic sound very clear and transparent. This really is an outstanding amp for the price, and the sound oozes quality and has already received lots of positive feedback from those who have heard it for themselves.Plenty of volume if needed so no more lugging a small PA just for solo gigs.
First order from Thomman excellent service 4 working days delivery to UK better than most UK companies and free. I will defiantly be using Thomman a lot more in future. I am so glad I did some research before punching an acoustic amp and found this gem at an unbelievable price of £132 seroiusly good value
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