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I have a chance of one or the other. Won't be playing any large venues just cafe type joints.
I own a Bugera and previously owned a Fishman mini loudbox. The Bugera wins hands down.
Hope all is good. We've yet to meet in 'ol Glesca toon'.
I went ahead today and bought a Fishman..it seems ok tbh. I couldn't find a Bugera for love nor money. I got it super cheap and it's in immaculate, boxed and almost new condition.
I used to own the Fishman and I thought it "colored" the sound too much. Guys who play country, blue grass or rock don't seem to mind, but I always think I can hear when somebody is using a Fishman.
+1 for the Bugera between those two choices. It's literally 90% of the way to an AER compact 60 for a fraction of the price. @V-dub has a comparison on his website too.
To mimic what others said - the Fishman is nice, but is inherently built for more traditional flattop scooped sound. Doesn't sound very good for Gypsy Jazz.
Slightly OT but… my playing partner just went out and bought one of those Fishman column amps…
We both plug into it, it makes a good monitor right between the two of us, and the balance between our two guitars is always perfect. Plus somehow it spreads the sound around omnidirectionally.
Best of all, we were unable to make it feed back even though we tried.
I’ve heard that it’s not that great if you want to plug in a bass (you need a subwoofer and we don’t have one) but for just two guitars it’s perfect, for us anyway.