Most of the worship leaders I know who play guitar own their own acoustic preamp. This allows them to dial in their exact tone regardless of venue. In terms of acoustic players who don’t lead worship, I find a relatively even split between those who prefer a preamp, amp, or just go direct. As you might expect, if the choice between an amp or a preamp was left up to your average sound tech, they would almost all opt for a preamp. The latter giving them better control over the mix front of house.
Like the amps we gathered for last month’s Acoustic Amp Roundup, the acoustic preamps featured in this article vary somewhat dramatically in terms of features and price. Noting that they all sound great, brand loyalty and feature sets are a great place to start when choosing an acoustic preamp that is right for you.