Originally Posted by: anthm
The question is, Will I get away with my acoustic amp for a while with a potentially new electric guitar plugged into it?
Is there some sort of device to make it better, Pedal? Pre Amp? Or am I kidding myself?
Firstly congratulations. Very nice acoustic amp.
[br]To answer your first question, the short answer is yes, [u]expectation dependent[/u]. Your "for a while" interim expectation seems to OK that.
An amp is an amp. It'll just see the output signal from your guitar and amplify it. Of course, Blackstar's Sonnet Series was designed around reproducing tones optimal for acoustic guitar with controls relevant to that and XLR inputs for vocal performing. [br][br]Plug in your electric and it'll be fine, particularly for cleans which are ideal for learning and practice of chords, melody, scales etc. Just don't expect massive metal Marshall tones from it or lots of rock crunch. It has two inbuilt reverb settings and EQ channel shaping x2. Not having read its manual I'm unsure at this point how its High Pass Filter is integrated into it's PCB circuitary and whether it can be effectively disabled by turning its and the Brilliance controls to null?
The Sonnet Series were designed to do a specific job. Even the 60 should make plenty of noise at home at 60W. It has a 6.5" speaker plus a tweeter inside. Think of it as an ersatz half an ID Core 40 with the addition of a Tweeter but without the Crunch, Supercrunch, OD1 & OD2 channels.[br][br]Second question answer. Of course you can use pedals with it. Caveat, I very much doubt they are going to make it sound much like what what it isn't. Although it doesn't have an effects loop, pedals like Chorus, Delay, Compression or Booster should work OK through its inputs. High Gain, Distortion, Fuzz I wouldn't expect too much limited by its config & design implementation. Essentially you'll have to try them and see.
[br]If blues with a bluesy tone is what you'll be wanting primarily from electric I suspect your Sonnet will serve you well enough until you determine exactly which amp you want to go with.
All the best with it.