As a brand that has been making some of the best pre-amp systems for acoustic guitars, Fishman definitely knows what acoustic guitar players need in terms of amplification. Because of that, it is not all that surprising that their Fishman Loudbox Artist PRO-LBX-600 has reached such popularity. When it comes to mid-sized acoustic guitar amplifiers, this one is about as good as it gets in terms of bang for the buck. Let’s take a closer look and see what it has to offer.
Much like many other acoustic guitar amps, Fishman has designed the Loudbox Artist as a two channel unit. One channel is oriented more towards the instrument use while the other is geared towards vocals. Even so, both channels feature an XLR/TRS combined port, allowing you to choose what you want to use. In terms of controls, you are looking at two identical clusters placed one on top of the other.
Going left to right, we see a Pad button followed by a Gain knob, three-band EQ, Anti-Feedback knob and Effect A knob. Effects are found in a separate cluster where you can set two effects at the same time. Effect A is the standard effect channel, while Effect B is optional and can be turned on additionally.
When you strip down all of the fancy features and effects, Fishman Loudbox Artist PRO-LBX-600 is a solid 120 Watt bi-amped unit. The tone is delivered by a set of two speakers. One is an 8-inch woofer while all of the high frequencies are taken care of by a 1-inch soft dome tweeter. If that is not enough for you, there is always a D.I. balanced output in the back that can patch both channels from the amp to a mixer. Speaking of onboard effects, these are divided into two groups as we have seen before. You can choose between reverbs, two chorus effects, a flanger and two types of echoes. If you decide that these effects are not enough and that you need some standalone pedals, there is an integrated effects loop available.
Fishman took the considerations of working musicians and factored it all in when designing the Fishman Loudbox Artist PRO-LBX-600. The end result is a midsized box that is pretty powerful for an acoustic guitar amp. However, pure power won’t get you too far. They have voiced the speakers and tuned the amp in a way that gives a great balance of coloring and transparency. In some ways, you can alter both of these attributes how you see fit. Mids are pretty lush while the lows just resonate well in any size room. That small tweeter that pushes the high frequencies does a great job at giving the trebles that sparkle. Since it is bi-amped, both of the channels are pushed with equal clarity and tone quality when in use.
Those who are looking for a mid-sized, mid-range acoustic guitar amp are probably going to find the answer in this Fishman. This thing brings what is probably a perfect balance of performance and features. On top of it all, the whole package comes at a more than reasonable price. Based on pure bang for the buck value, it is harder to find a better choice than Fishman Loudbox Artist PRO-LBX-600.