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5 Best Amps for Classical & Flamenco Guitar (2024)

Updated: Feb 19


 

Best Amps for Classical and Flamenco Gutiar (2024)


 

As a professional flamenco and classical guitarist with over 21 years of performance experience, I have tried a LOT of amplifiers in all kinds of settings. Here are the 5 best amplifiers for acoustic, classical, and flamenco guitar for 2024.


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AER Compact 60/4 Acoustic Amplifier

REVIEW

This amp is the cleanest and most natural-sounding amp I've ever used for classical and flamenco guitar. This is true both when I've used my Neumann KM 184 condenser microphone and when plugging in. AER has been the industry leader in acoustic instrument amplification for years and after playing through this amp, there's no doubt as to why this is true. If you're looking for the best sound you can get for classical or flamenco guitar, this is undoubtedly the amp to buy.


SPECS

  • 60 Watts

  • 2 Channels: Channel 1 = 1/4" & Channel 2 = XLR

  • 48V Phantom Power for channel 2 (XLR)

  • 4 onboard effects for each channel with PAN control.

  • Independent 3/2-band E.Q. for each channel

  • Comes with a very nice padded gig bag.

  • Weight: 15.43 lbs.

  • Dimensions: 10.2"H x 12.8"W x 9.25"D






 



Fishman Loudbox Artist BT 120-Watt

REVIEW

If I close my eye's and just listened to this amp vs. the AER it's, honestly, hard to tell the difference in terms of quality. The only reason I listed the AER as my top choice is because I think the AER has a slightly more natural sound than the Fishman Aritst. But at the end of the day it's almost a toss-up between the two quiality-wise. Both are top-of-the-line amplifiers that, in my opinion, no other amp even comes close to matching.


As long as I remember, I've been a fan of AER and Fishman for classical and flamenco guitar. But in terms of power, the Fishman Loudbox Artist is the clear winner. It's quiet enough for small gigs and powerfull enough for a 500 seat theater (or crowded gig) withouth losing a bit of tone or clarity. It's a little on the heavy side (25lbs), but when I need a bit more power, this is my amp of choice.


SPECS

  • 120 Watts, bi-amped

  • 2 Channels: 1/4” or XLR for each

  • 24V Phantom Power

  • Onboard 3-bans E.Q. + Anti-feedback for each channel

  • Onboard dual effects with independent control

  • Bluetooth® 4.0 Connectivity

  • Weight: 25 lbs

  • Dimensions: 13.5"H x 15.5"D x 11.5"D





 



Bose S1 Pro+ Powered Portable Bluetooth Speaker

REVIEW

Every time I have an outdoor gig or concert and there's no power source, I use my Bose S1-Pro+. To begin with, it's super light, can be set at several different angles, and is very easy to use. The battery lasts about 11-hours (although I've never had to use it for more than 4), and the sound is suprisingly quite good for a small and portable amp. My only critique is that the sound is a tiny bit processed which makes it sound a bit less natural for classical or flamenco guitar compared to the other two amps above. Despite, that, I still love it for it's versatility. It's hard to find a portable amp this powerful that sounds as good as this one.


SPECS

  • 2 channels: 1/4” or XLR on each channel. (But no phantom power)

  • Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity (up to 30 ft)

  • 11-hour battery life

  • 5-hour battery charge time

  • E.Q. (Treble & Bass) with phone "Bose Music" app

  • Onboard Reverb.

  • Can pair via Bluetooth with a 2nd Bose amp!

  • Watts: Unlisted, but seems to me like it's more than 60.

  • Weight: 14 lbs

  • Dimensions: 13.1"D x 9.4"W x 11.0"D





 




Fishman Loudbox Mini BT-60 Watt Acoustic Combo Amp

REVIEW

Fishman has done it again with an excellent "budget" amp for professional musicians. As a classical and flamenco guitarist, it's hard to find a good amp that reproduces the sound of your guitar and despite it's small size and very reasonable price, the Fishman Loudbox Mini definintely delivers.


As with all Fishman products, this one has a very natural and clean sound that, with a 60-watt output, makes it perfect for smaller gigs. If you don't want to break the bank, but still get a high quality amp, buy the Loudbox Mini. One thing to note is that this amp does not provide Phantom power, so if you use a condenser mic, you'll either need to get the Fishman Artist or the AER amps above. For this one, you can only use a dynamic mic.


SPECS

  • 2 Channels: Channel 1 = 1/4" & Channel 2 = XLR

  • Onboard E.Q. for each channel.

  • Onboard Reverb & Chorus Effects

  • Bluetooth 4.0

  • Weight: 21 lbs

  • Dimensions: 12.0"H x 13.7"W x 9.7"D



 




Fishman Loudbox Micro 40-Watt Acoustic Combo Practice Amp

REVIEW

I know this amp looks huge in the picture, but it's actually really small and light! And despite it's size, tone is surprisingly good for such a small amp, but obviously not as good as the more expensive Fishman amps above. In my case, the amp usually stays at home for practice (when plugging in) but there's no reason you couldn't use it on a gig (albeit a gig with fairly quiet background noise). I love this amp for practice. It's small enough to tuck in a corner and when I need it for reherasals outside of my studio, it's no hassle at all to throw it (gently) in the back seat.


Yes, it's $300, but for me, qualty of sound is paramount for classical and flamenco guitar -- even when pluged in. So I think it's a good investment to get a good practice amp that at least comes close to the sound you'll hear when playing live. That said, it doesn't provide phantom power so you'll need a dynamic mic. If you use a condenser mic, you'll either need to get the Fishman Artist or the AER amp above.


PROS

  • Channel 1 = XLR (w/ onboard reverb).

  • Channel 2 = 1/4" (w/ onboard reverb and chorus)

  • Onboard E.Q. for each channel

  • Weight: 9.1 lbs.

  • Dimensions: 9.5"H x 10.4"W x 8.1"D




 

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