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|Parcel Dimensions||23.6 x 16.6 x 8 cm|
The ToneWood Amp Acoustic Electric Pre Amp/Multi-Effect Processor
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- Enhance your electro-acoustic guitar with rich effects
- NO AMP REQUIRED
- 8 effects with 10 memory locations each
- 3 programmable parameters per effect
- Programmable Volume & Gain per effect
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The ToneWoodAmp allows you to play acoustic guitar with different effects, UNPLUGGED - with the effects emanating organically from the guitar's sound hole and the body itself. Similar to the way the strings excite the top of the guitar to produce sound, ToneWoodAmp excites the back of the instrument, producing sound waves of effects such as reverb, echo, delay, tremolo and more, which interact with the natural sound of the guitar itself. The ToneWoodAmp is also a multi-effect processor which you can connect with any Amp/PA system and is also an iDevice interface allowing you to experiment with audio and MIDI apps.
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-You can definitely tell the behavior changes as the battery gradually wears down, mostly in the TouchWah setting. (You have to retweak to get that sweet spot as the battery wears down on TouchWah. )Reverb settings still work well as the battery gets closer to death.
-Installing the X-Brace is hard for guys with big hands and arms. It's doable, just will have to be methodical installing it.
-It did not come with a manual, and the one online at twamps.com is very outdated. They should include a printed one.
-It does clip quite easily if your guitar vibrates a lot. Most guitars with a matte finish or have been played for many years and are broken-in may experience more clipping. (That's treatable with lower volume and gain settings though)
Note: No, this probably isn't loud enough for real busking. It's barely loud enough if other people in the room are talking loudly. Also there is a master gain setting. Figure that out and set the master gain in your patches early on to save you a lot of frustration. Battery life from regular alkalines (3x AA) has been between 4-5 hours.
Pros: An AMAZING creative tool. I love it. I have been waiting years to own one and it's fantastic. I have been able to get lost playing for hours. I have also tried it through my acoustic amp and WOW this thing sounds absolutely huge. It's inspiring. The magnets work very well. I have been attaching/detaching it about twice a day for 2 weeks and it hasn't been an issue so far. The guitar's finish seems to be fine. I will definitely be performing with it in the near future, doing lots of solo gigs and incorporating it with my regular band gigs occasionally. It's one of the few guitar toys out there that does not get boring. The forte's are definitely in the reverbs, but they have done their best to make other settings useful. You will not get "Where The Streets Have No Name" delay without an external amp, but the delay setting is still very useful and musical. The Leslie setting is really good, but again, requires a little tweaking here and there to maximize the effect as the battery starts to wear down. Still, that setting is musical, fun, and is a pleasant break from the other sounds. The Overdrive isn't worth even mentioning. The TouchWah setting is a blast and you can get a phenomenal attack and quack out of it.
Final thoughts: It clips a little easily, and that's tough when using wood as an amplifier so we can't discredit ToneWood too much here. Also I ordered some good rechargeables, and hopefully they stay in the "above 4 volts" zone a little longer and more consistently before fading out. If this were stolen, I would absolutely get a replacement ordered up right away and would probably be having fits until it arrived, it's that good. I'm so glad someone was smart enough to come up with this because I can have a full multi-hour practice and creative session without ever leaving my couch. Also, all my friends and family are blown away by how cool this thing is! No regrets on the purchase.
Pedal costs $50 but you do have to suffer needlessly and plug it iin
I returned mine. I think Ill buy a delay pedal for $25 to celebrate my windfall and return of my self respect I wouuld pay maybe $50 for it.
I'm using it on a Martin and it's hard to believe the different effects it produces. I have used it for a few weeks with no problem at all. Looking forward to some jamming this spring to watch the reactions.
"not" plugged in, check out the Tonewood Amp! The install has complete instructions online and
it can be removed easily after playing. Please note if you are a lefty there are also a few adjustments
to make. Call the customer support for any.
An excellent exciting tool!! Check Youtube for some videos.....
• I have a Taylor 214 which has a slightly curved back and couldn't get the Tonewood to sit flat enough for the rubber transducer to fully touch the wood. Tonewood was nice enough to send me more adhesive dots so I could try different places but to no avail.
* The big problem I had was this item takes what I consider to be an advanced knowledge of audio effects, equalizing, pedals, etc. to dial in a nice sound. I am an intermediate acoustic player, my amp knowledge is very basic (Bass, treble and reverb), I have never used Garage Band. All the info I could find on how to dial in a nice sound on the forums and their YouTube tutorials did not give me a pleasant sound, I tried many combinations over a few days. That is why I gave up and returned it. No matter what I did I could not get a sound that was better than me playing without it. There were not many model combinations I could find online to match the settings.
• That said, if you know what you're doing in terms of audio effects setting then this would be a good product for you.
With acoustic guitars the most important part of the sound is the undertones produced by the guitar.
These get to be very muddy with the Tonewood Amp.
To me it sounded terrible and annoying.
I lasted with it for 15 minutes really hoping I was doing something wrong. I really hate to return stuff I buy, but I knew I would never use it again.