The positive reviews of the Loudbox Artist continue with the May issue of Guitar Player magazine. After winning the coveted m.i.p.a. Award at Musikmesse in March, the newest amp in the Fishman Loudbox family has shot to the top of the list in magazine reviews across the globe.
Here's an excerpt from Guitar Player magazine Senior Editor Art Thompson's review:
"The Artist’s bi-amped power stage (which pumps 100 watts to the woofer and 20 watts to the soft-dome tweeter) provides excellent headroom, and Fishman’s attention to preamp design, EQ, output stage, cabinet, drivers, etc., enables this system to put out a lot of clear, detailed sound without the annoying midrange honkiness that is often heard from acoustic combos. I also found the Tweeter Level control to be handy for situations where less treble is desired, such as when using the amp with an electric archtop for jazz.
The Loudbox Artist’s reverbs, delays, chorusing, and flanging cover the bases for most applications, and you can also patch outboard effects into both channels via the two series loops. On the whole, the effects are quiet and have an organic quality that makes them fun to use. There’s not much to tweak either: only the duration of the delay and reverb, their mix level, and the depth of the modulation and slap-echo effects. You get six repeats max from the pristine-sounding delay, while the echo is lower-fi with fewer repeats, and slap-echo is self-explanatory. The two hall-like reverbs differ mainly in depth, the two choruses provide slower and faster rates of swirl, and the flanger has a nice swooshy character but isn’t too over-the-top for acoustic use.
All considered, the Loudbox Artist is a welcome addition to Fishman’s amplification line. It has the power and features to handle pretty much any performing situation, and would be a great choice for acoustic steeland nylon-string players, singer-songwriters, jazzers, and anyone else that needs an amp with excellent clean range and a variety of useful tonal options."
To read the complete review, please visit Guitar Player magazine's website.