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Yamaha AG-Stomp Acoustic Guitar Preamplifier

Could it be that the designer of the AG-Stomp’s metal encasement was a guitarist, just as frustrated as any other in trying to coax a realistic sound out of the dry, tone-sucking transducer pickup in an acoustic/electric, and upon hearing the sound of the prototype knew the casing had to be finished in gold, to reflect its tone? Could be.

Right now you might be thinking: “Bollocks! There is no substitute for a pair of carefully placed condenser mikes to capture the true sound of an acoustic guitar, you digital-age heretic!” And yeah, you’re right. Miking is and always will be the best way to get the truest tone, but some situations don’t allow such luxury and most of us don’t have the scratch for the big-gun capsules capable of such demands. But with the AG-Stomp, the determined domes at Yamaha have created a far-better-than-average alternative to miking.

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