Acoustic amplification advice

bobblehatbobblehat Frets: 198
My son has been asked to play an instrumental acoustic piece at his friends wedding.
I am looking for some advice on whats best for amplification. I was thinking a small acoustic amp may do the trick or a small powered monitor/speaker. He doesn't mind spending a a couple of quid but not too much as this will be a one off and wont have any use for the equipment after.
The space is a fairly small church.

Any advice much appreciated.
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  • TheBigDipperTheBigDipper Frets: 1047
    edited February 23
    Rent? Borrow? Ask the guests to STFU and play unamplified? Churches (if a traditional, old building) tend to help the instrument if the audience don't chatter. I've attended a few classical guitar recitals (unamplified) in small old churches and they sounded great. 
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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 34001
    A small acoustic amp will be better, it will have better EQ, anti-feedback and reverb - although depending on the type of church you may not need reverb! A powered monitor will need a guitar with an onboard preamp. (Although most do have.)

    A powered monitor probably has more uses afterwards if he doesn't normally play acoustic guitar, so it may not be totally wasted.

    If it's just for a one-off and he doesn't want to spend a lot, an electric guitar amp will work well enough if he has one, especially if the guitar has an onboard preamp. Use a clean sound, cut mids, boost bass and especially treble and you'll get a passable sound, though not ideal.
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  • maltingsaudiomaltingsaudio Frets: 970
    edited February 24
    Hire a pro quality acoustic amp such as AER or FishMan or Shertler, anything else would be a compromise if you have no further use for it and he would always feel he could have done it better
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  • bobblehatbobblehat Frets: 198
    Thank for the replies .
    Have been looking at the 15W Fender acoustasonic . Would 15w be enough?

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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 34001
    bobblehat said:

    Have been looking at the 15W Fender acoustasonic . Would 15w be enough?
    In outright volume terms, probably - for a quiet church where people are listening properly. But it doesn’t look like a very good choice from a sound quality point of view - it looks exactly like an old 15W solid state electric guitar practice amp with a mic input and chorus added.

    I suspect you would get a better sound from a larger electric guitar amp set clean, even.
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  • bobblehatbobblehat Frets: 198
    Thanks , thats what I had suspected .
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  • BigMonkaBigMonka Frets: 1517
    I've been impressed with the sound out of my cheap SubZero one (Gear4music own brand) in a variety of situations: https://www.gear4music.com/Guitar-and-Bass/SubZero-25W-Acoustic-Guitar-Amp-with-Chorus/NE6
    Down sides are the chorus is horrible and doesn't have anything like a notch filter for anti-feedback. It'll go to a decent volume if just guitar, but struggles at volume if you're also trying to put vocals through it on the other channel.
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  • bobblehatbobblehat Frets: 198
    BigMonka said:
    I've been impressed with the sound out of my cheap SubZero one (Gear4music own brand) in a variety of situations: https://www.gear4music.com/Guitar-and-Bass/SubZero-25W-Acoustic-Guitar-Amp-with-Chorus/NE6
    Down sides are the chorus is horrible and doesn't have anything like a notch filter for anti-feedback. It'll go to a decent volume if just guitar, but struggles at volume if you're also trying to put vocals through it on the other channel.
    thanks , its just for guitar so may do the job. 
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