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    I have a Chet Atkins CE, a Larrivee OM-9, and a Kirk Sand nylon that I inherited when my son passed away last year. I know nothing about acoustic or nylon instruments. What kind/size of strings should I put on the Larrivee and what should I put on the two nylons?



    Also, I understand I can't just plug these into my Fender Deluxe Reverb. I guess it won't hurt it but the sound won't be right. The amp has regular and hi-gain plugs. Which should I use?



    If I have to buy an acoustic amp can you give me some recommendations for a reasonable one for just sitting at home and "noodling"? I won't be giving stage concerts I am 78 and a novice but want to try these great guitars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rickyc View Post
    I have a Chet Atkins CE, a Larrivee OM-9, and a Kirk Sand nylon that I inherited when my son passed away last year. I know nothing about acoustic or nylon instruments. What kind/size of strings should I put on the Larrivee and what should I put on the two nylons?



    Also, I understand I can't just plug these into my Fender Deluxe Reverb. I guess it won't hurt it but the sound won't be right. The amp has regular and hi-gain plugs. Which should I use?




    If I have to buy an acoustic amp can you give me some recommendations for a reasonable one for just sitting at home and "noodling"? I won't be giving stage concerts I am 78 and a novice but want to try these great guitars.

    Hey, Ricky- Sorry for your loss.

    Welcome to Fender Talk! I've had pretty good results plugging my acoustic into an "electric" amp. You'd want to use the regular input. I don't think you can hurt anything. Just plug in and try playing. Dial the treble/bass/mids to different positions. I'll bet you'll find one that's good enough to prevent you from having to buy another amp. Especially if you're not going on stage. I don't know why you'd make a determination like that, though. LOL....

    BTW... are all three nylon stringed? If so, I don't know anything about them. Ernie Ball makes a pretty light gauge steel/bronze set if you can use them.


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    I like Martin, Eric Clapton, strings for acoustic. Try those on the Larivee. ...and actually, an electro acoustic doesn't sound too bad though a Deluxe Reverb.

    Check out the Fishman Loudbox Mini for a dedicated acoustic amp for home use.
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    Yeah I'm really sorry for your loss, that's gotta keep on hurtin'. I've never been much for spending a lot on strings, I just burn through them anyway, so I usually use cheapies. Electric guitar amps don't work great for acoustics because they are not designed like hi-fidelity amps, they are built to impart a personality on the tone. Acoustic amps are more hi-fi, they attempt to reproduce the actual sound of the acoustic guitar. Of course, some do that better than others. Personally, I like the SWR Strawberry Blonde amps for acoustic amplification.
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