NAMM 2013: Ashdown Introduces New Acoustic Amp Range

Published 10 years ago on January 23, 2013

By Guitar Interactive Magazine

Ashdown has announced a complete new line of acousticamplifier products for 2013. The AA-100, 100-watt Acoustic Combo,the AA-40-Cube, 40-watt Acoustic Combo, the AA-Power-Cube 40,40-watt powered extension cube and the AA Preamp Pedal.


PRESS RELEASE - Ashdown Engineering launchesthe all new Ashdown Acoustic range for 2013. Ashdown established aname forStream Image (10)itself in the world of Acoustic Guitar amps back in the 1990's andbefore that with a previous company way back in the early 80's,when Ashdown's main man Mark Gooday started the unpluggedrevolution. With over 30 years experience manufacturing Acoustic-specific amplifiers, Ashdown know what is needed to make afirst-class acoustic amp.

Introducing the All New Ashdown Acoustic Range, comprising ofthe AA-100, 100-watt Acoustic Combo, the AA-40-Cube, 40-wattAcoustic Combo, the AA-Power-Cube 40, 40-watt powered extensioncube and the AA Preamp Pedal. All amps are available made in the UKwith high-end Latvian birch ply cabinets, handmade with dove-tailjoints and finished with a natural gloss lacquer to ensuredurability and quality of finish. Finally, acoustic amplifiers thatlook as good as they sound and reproduce acoustic instruments withwarmth, depth and exceptional clarity.

The AA-100 features a custom made 10" Italian Sica driver,selected for its highly responsive mid-range with delicate highs,complimented by the tight low end and when combined with a high-endstudio-quality tweeter, produces a stunning full range tone. TheAA-100 also features a cleverly integrated, tuned top portutilizing the space available and enabling the air from within thechamber to be forced through the handle port, enhancing the low-endresponse, creating huge room-filling tones. The AA-40 uses a customdesigned Italian Sica 8" driver.

Ashdown will also be introducing more affordable versions of thenew Ashdown Acoustics in a rugged black finish made offshore. Aheavy duty, black gloss, spatter finish is applied to 12mm plywoodcabinets, giving a protective layer of paint for the giggingplayer. Using custom made AA drivers, designed to suit the dynamicsof the amps with the same configuration of the AA UK maderange.

The Ashdown Acoustic Cubes are portable (H:230mm, 9.5"; W:230mm,9.5"; D:230mm, 9.6"; 7.5kgs, 3.4lbs), powerful and sonicallyoutstanding; tuned to represent the characteristics and complexityof the acoustic guitar. Using a very simple and easy to use preampfeaturing reverb in the Cube 40 as well as a very handy notchfilter that helps tame unwanted frequencies and feedback.

The new Ashdown Power Cube is a 40-watt powered extensionmonitor that can be used in conjunction with the new AshdownAcoustic Preamp Pedal to create a stunning and easy to transportacoustic rig, or run two in stereo, enabling outstanding personalmonitoring on stage or at home.

The Ashdown Acoustic Preamp Pedal has a very simple buteffective layout utilizing many of the features of the classicAshdown Acoustic preamp. It includes a notch filter, high and lowEQ rotary controls as well as the Ashdown pre-shape feature. Thereis also a very useful balanced DI out on the back of the pedalallowing the user to run their signal straight into the PA for easeof use and will keep any sound guy happy, no need for a DI box. Amust-have for any gigging acoustic player.

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