Here’s a surprise package – a solid state amp that sounds really good – great actually.
Back in the 70s I remember being enchanted by a USA made Acoustic brand 100 watt solid state guitar amp. I loved the story they pitched about clean sound, no distortion and reliability. So I saved up my hard-earned, ordered the beast and waited for an eternity before the gleaming prize arrived. But after 6 months of battling, I finally realised that I couldn’t get anything like the sound I wanted from this damn thing. How was I to know – I was 18.
What I needed to know was that tubes and the way they behaved were the essential ingredients required for the sound of Clapton, Hendrix, Townsend etc. And there were no tubes in that Acoustic 100.
Throughout the 70s many brands worked hard to recreate that valve sound using solid state circuitry, and none of them actually accomplished it. There were hybrids (Music Man & others) that were good, but nothing 100% valve free that really worked – until now.
Pat Quilter made a name for himself in amplification many years ago via his respected QSC amps used primarily in large AV installations and concert PA systems. Some years ago he took on the challenge of applying his extensive design experience to the goal of creating a great sounding guitar amp, without valves. This amp is the result of that quest – the top of the line Quilter MicroPro Mach 2 12 Inch Heavy Duty Combo Amp
Solid state – 200 watt, will run on all international power voltages (self adjusting) and has fantastic valve-like tones with headroom to burn. The amp is American made in California.
Amp voices – it is not digital modelling, but has a variety of selectable gain stages & classic amp voices that include Fender Blackface, Tweed, Marshall and Mesa that are truly authentic and warm.
Weight – it is compact for a powerful loud amp and has a special 300 watt Celestion neo speaker that can handle a variety of genres and playing venues. Amazingly, this amp weighs only 21lbs (lees than 10 kg) which must be the lightest gig-worthy combo out there.
Excellent tremolo and reverb on board. And a separate channel with mic or guitar input.
We know that for the clean, warm sounds the Quilters are tremendous, and because they are solid state they are super quiet. For those who play at home, the Quilters provide a really nice tone at whisper level volumes. We all love valve amps, but unless they are running close to the sweet spot they don’t deliver their best tones, and those volume levels are often prohibitive in apartment living.
From Quilter – “The Quilter 12 inch Mach 2 HD combo is the ultimate amp when you need serious power in a small package. Featuring a powerful Neodymium speaker, (Celestion BN12-300s) it sports 300 watts of power handling and a searing clean responsiveness with no speaker breakup or cone cry. A sealed enclosure calibrated to deliver a very balanced and beautiful tone, combined with the powerful and up front characteristics of the speaker are perfect for the jazz player or anyone who loves an EVM-12L type speaker response. It comes with big big bottom end and crystalline highs. Great for electric and especially hollow body instruments, the 12 inch HD combo packs a serious punch for players who love the sound of a 12 inch speaker, and want something powerful enough to handle a full band but portable enough to go anywhere. Combine this with our 12 inch extension cabinet for staggering power that will easily handle outdoor gigs without a PA system. Weighing in at 21 pounds, it is easy to carry and small enough to go anywhere.
- Powerful: 100 watts per channel. 200 watts total when using channel 1 and 2
- Toneful: Patented next generation analog technology.
- Portable: Take it on board the plane and put in the overhead bin.
- Reliable: Stop fussing with 70 year old unreliable technology and play more!
- Ultra-Light – far lighter than any serious 12 inch combo you’ve ever played.
- Flexible: Works with nearly any impedance, or even with the speaker unplugged.
- Consistent: Our power supply auto-adapts regardless of the voltage the wall is dishing out. Your tone never suffers, even from “nightclub voltage.”
- Foot controllers are optional, so be sure to choose from one of the three options.
Road tested with major artists like Vernon Reid, Iration, Justin Moore, Billy Nobel (Tim McGraw), Gary Hooker (Brad Paisley), Gino Matteo, and many others, the MicroPro Mach 2 has proven it’s mettle.”
Since 2011 Quilter amps have been favoured by archtop / jazz players who have been using similar rigs like Polytones, Henriksen and Roland JC amps, but this one trumps them all.
But it seriously works for more than jazz. The clever overdrive circuitry and voicings actually work extremely well. We have tested it side by side with Fender, Marshall & Carr amps, and you’d (almost) need a blindfold test to tell the difference.
This is the gigging musician’s replacement for the Fender Twin. Many professional players who have never owned anything but a Fender, Marshall or other tube amps have purchased this amp and they simply rave about it. This is a most impressive amp with serious tone, power, versatility, and super light weight – only 21 pounds.
It is in absolutely brand new condition – no marks anywhere, and ready to roll at a significant discount.
Comes with not only its Quilter nylon slip cover, but also the Quilter deluxe lightweight amp case (cost $150) with zippered pocket, special power lead, owner’s manual and original paperwork plus a shoulder carry strap for the amp case.
RRP $2099 & $150 for lightweight amp case = $2249. Our price $1695
Check this excellent video demo – https://youtu.be/1mG5OT5kPTc
And this too – https://youtu.be/GB30KQd-iQY