When I first started playing my acoustic-electric guitar, I took a lengthy quest with the sole aim of finding the best amplifier out there. I knew perfectly well that for my beginner needs I would not need anything too fancy, so I was searching for something small for home practice. I was ambitious enough to think that sooner or later I would need my amplifier for smaller gigs as well. I looked through a lot of brands and models and just when I was about to spend a lot of money, I discovered Peavey Ecoustic E20. This affordable amplifier offers simplicity and strength in a small, portable package. And of course it has the quality one would expect from such a renowned brand. Let’s get started and find out, what is it that this baby has under (or above) its shell.
As I have already mentioned, Peavey Ecoustic E20 is designed to be extremely easy to use. For this reason, it does not have any bells and whistles and over-complicated features, that you would not probably need for a home practice. The brand has paid more attention to the quality rather than quantity. Ecoustic E20 comes in a durable, road-worthy chassis, allowing you to take your favorite amp anywhere. It has extremely tough black covering, heavy-duty corners and sturdy metal grille that protect the insides of the device. This way you can just shove it in the back of your van and do not get heart attack every time you hear a bump. Apart from being portable, Ecoustic E20 can produce its sound with 20 watts of power and a single 8” heavy-duty speaker. Do not let the wattage fool you, though, this bad boy can get quite loud. It has two channels with individual inputs that allow you to use two different instruments simultaneously and make your performance even more interesting. Not to mention the separate EQs on both channels, so that your tone is always in perfect shape. Ecoustic E20 has two ¼” inputs for your acoustic instruments, a single headphone input for silent practicing, as well as IEC mains connector for supplying the amp with power.
The control panel does not have anything you would not see on other amplifiers. Everything is quite standard here. This also means that if you are a more experienced player, it will take you just a glance to figure out what it what. And even if you are a beginner, you will not have to fuss around either. You will have to read the functionalities of each knob and you will immediately get the idea of what is going on. Let me explain everything in depth and help you in this process.
The control panel features two sections, dedicated to each channel. Both of them have similar knobs with same functionalities, making everything even easier. Level modifies the volume of the channel’s output and evens out your sound, Low boosts or cuts down the bottom-end and allows you to create the punchy bass tones, while the High attenuates or emphasizes the high-end frequencies and adds sparkle to your sound. That’s it. All you need to do is tweak these couple of knobs on each channel and you will be good to go. How you decide to set these controls is completely up to you and depends on what you are going for. One thing is clear, no matter what settings you choose, you will receive wonderful results.
Peavey Ecoustic E20 does not offer any on-board effects, meaning that the sound of it is a bit straight-forward. However, this is not necessarily a bad thing. For those who want to perfect their tone and work on their playing techniques, this amplifier will do the job excellently. It creates the cleans that do not have any hiss or hum and are audible enough to discern all the mistakes you make. They have warmth and depth that suits acoustic instruments so well. Additionally, Ecoustic E20 allows you to get creative with your bass tones and add some dimension to your overall sound. If you are not into too much bass, you could always cut down on lower frequencies and enhance the treble response. One way or another, this amplifier is quite flexible and everything it produces, screams quality. Again, Ecoustic E20 is a perfect practice tool that can also be utilized as a gigging device in small venues.
To sum up everything said above, Ecoustic E20 is an affordable, yet quality amplifier that will suit your everyday needs perfectly. It has enough power to fill up your room and disturb a neighbor or two, but it is not too crazy. It has the features that do not overpower your sound, but rather help you understand how things should be in your music. And when it comes to the acoustic electric guitars, that is all you need. As you grow professionally, you might need different things, but for the beginner level, Ecoustic E20 will be just fine. The main thing is that it has an awesome sound, which is the most important factor when judging the amplifiers. Just go online, search for some demos and you will quickly figure out what I am talking about. Good luck!