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Acoustic Image Coda R Amplifier

Clearly, musicians who specialize in amplified acoustic instruments feel left out in the cold by amplifiers better suited to rock, electric blues and more aggressive forms of jazz and fusion. As the legendary jazz guitarist Johnny Smith explained it to me, “In my day the typical guitar amp was more geared toward solid-body guitars, which needed help in the low and high frequencies, but for the amplified acoustic archtop I was always looking for something with more of a flat frequency response. If I was to give amp builders any advice it would be forget about the bass, forget about the treble and concentrate on the midrange.”

I’m a died-in-the-wool vacuum tube man myself, but for those amplified archtop players looking to maintain focus and coherence when adding that next extra notch of volume, solid-state designs make sense if you want to maintain the purity of that signal without adding any additional colorations or distortions. Those jazz guitarists, bassists, keyboardists and vocalists yearning in vain for a clean machine that is genuinely versatile, portable, roadworthy and musical need despair no longer, because with the new two-channel Coda R combo, Acoustic Image has answered their every need and prayer.

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