Instruments & Gear: New Gear

Fender Acoustic 100

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Compact acoustic amp offers great sound and clever features.

by Teja Gerken
December 21, 2017

In addition to its legendary line of electric guitar amps, Fender has offered amps designed for acoustic instruments for many years. The company has recently come out with a pair of new acoustic amps, the Acoustic 100 and the Acoustic 200, and we had a chance to check out the smaller of the two in the Peghead Nation studio.

The Acoustic 100 is a compact amp that features 100 watts of power going through an 8-inch speaker. A natural-color wooden enclosure lends an organic appearance, and two identical channels with combined ¼-inch/XLR inputs offer a set of easily navigated functions, including volume and three-band EQ. With a weight of only 17.6 pounds, the amp is easily carried with one hand. Built-in digital effects include room and hall reverbs, tape echo, delay, chorus vibratone, and combinations of delay and chorus as well as delay and reverb. Separate effects can be assigned to each channel. The Acoustic 100 includes a Bluetooth function for interfacing with audio players, and a USB port that can be used to record directly to a computer.

In this video, Peghead Nation’s Teja Gerken demonstrates the amp using a Fender Paramount PM-1 dreadnought guitar with Fishman electronics. We found it to be a great-sounding option for anyone looking for an affordable amp that’s powerful enough for small gigs or to play with a band with.

Specs: Solid-state acoustic instrument combo amp. 100 watts. 8-inch speaker with full-range Whizzer cone. Two identical channels, each with controls for volume, three-band EQ, and effects. Phase-reversal switches. ¼-inch and XLR combo inputs. DI output. Footswitch jack. 17.6 lbs. $399.99 (street).


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Comments and Discussion

Posted by Dave Bailey on
How does this handle posiible feedback problems? There doesn't seem to be a control for it.
Posted by Alex Berta on
Is it possible to play guitar and/or voice with an accompaniment base from a bluetooth device ? Thanks
Posted by Chris Lambert on
Have been viewing these Peghead Nation reviews of guitars and accessories for many years and they never fail to impress with their unbiased,no-nonsense approach. Teja and colleagues are all fine versatile musicians - in fact my only criticism would be that they make every guitar/amp sound fantastic (the Fender Paramount used in this review is a relatively low-priced budget guitar!) making the choice even tougher for us gearheads!!
Posted by Joe Blayone on
Great sounding Amp. I have an older Acoustisonic 30 that I paid a lot more for and sounds nice as well. Fender makes great amps.
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