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Item Reviews for: Quilter MicroPro MP200-8 Guitar Combo Amplifier  -  QUI MICROPRO8 LIST

Does what it says it will do...
By: Jazzbojesus from Pittsburgh, Pa.      Submitted: 6/9/2014

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General Your general opinion of this product. I recently purchased one of these from AMS on the never-ending search for the Holy Grail of affordable, small amps that deliver big sound. Hype is one thing and reality is another, so I rolled the dice, figuring the worst that could happen is I'd send the amp back if it didn't deliver. Well, being a bit of a cynic about these kind of "this-can-make-everything-and-coffee-too" kind of advertising, I wasn't expecting this. The amp is most promising on the overdrive stage, where you can attain an amazing variety of overdrive sounds that really, honesty do feel "tube-like." I was also astonished to discover the amount of sound a small, 8-inch speaker can actually deliver. The amount of low-end response is amazing. I thought for sure I was going to blow the speaker! This amp easily has the volume of my George Benson Hot Rod Deville. The other wonderful quality about this amp is the responsiveness of the EQ, limiter and a boost function which has several kinds of emulations. Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? There are two channels, both rated at 100 watts per. The first channel is limited to basic EQ and reverb, while the second is geared toward overdrive, although you can also dial in a great clean sound on the second channel by keeping the gain low and turning up the master volume. There's an incredible amount of headroom before any actual distortion is noticeable, making this a great jazz amp as well. Again, the amount of low end is amazing for such a small amp, and very much controllable. I also was impressed how well the amp took to different types of guitars - from single-coil Fender Strats and Teles to Les Pauls, SGs and semi-hollow bodies. I was able to dial in great tones for each. That's really the secret to this amp - it's going to sound quite different with each guitar, so it makes sense to do a lot of exploring before taking it to the gig. Playability and Feel How does it feel, Heavy, Fast, Chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing? It responds very, very much like a dimed tube amp on the second channel, although you have entire control over the overall volume. You can still get that beautiful spot on a good tube amp where the speaker starts to break up and the tubes saturate. It really amazes me how an amp with no tubes can sound AND feel so "tube-like." The clean sound is one of the best I've ever heard for a non-tube amp. It doesn't sound "shiny" bright like on a good Fender tube amp, but it also doesn't sound brittle and thin - in fact, quite the opposite - warm and responsive. The notes are well-defined, and by using the EQ and limiter you can come up with a killer jazz tone. Tone Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin? The amp gives you the option of dialing in several types of emulations, from tweed to classic to a preferred setting known as "Full Q," the setting recommended. However, I preferred the "classic" setting, which, to me, sounded "Marshall-like." The amp also has an adjustable boost control, also with different settings, such as "loud," "scoop," 'hot," etc. This is a really great feature. The reverb also is adjustable and can be programmed from the front of the amp for one channel, both or none. The reverb could be the amp's weakest link, as it doesn't even begin to approach the icy feel of a Fender 'verb. Most guitarists will find it acceptable, but it's the one feature that wasn't outstanding, IMO. The amp has a programmable foot switch - another huge advantage - but I was a little disappointed I couldn't switch between the clean channel and my preferred "dirty" channel. The switch defaults to the "full Q" setting for the second channel. This is the only "con" I really found. Reliability How has it stood up over time? This thing is built like a tank, everything lights up for dark stages and is overall a really amazing feat of technology. Everything seems to have been well thought-out. This is an extraordinary amp, and at 18 pounds will astonish the buyer with its versatility, sound, volume and attention to detail about what guitar players are looking for. I plan to take it on a test run next weekend for a solo guitar jazz gig and also to practice for the blues band I'm in. Another note - NONE of the demo videos I've seen due this amp justice. You really have to hear it in person.
Tone for days… Reliability, portability…. The LITERAL ENTIRE PACKAGE!
By: Gino Matteo from Riverside, CA      Submitted: 4/15/2014

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General Your general opinion of this product. I've been a tube amp junkie my entire life. This has completely changed my point of view. The MP200 is the perfect amp for me. It's solved every single problem I've had on the gig. Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? Just like the Tone Block, BUILT LIKE A TANK! Playability and Feel How does it feel, Heavy, Fast, Chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing? I LOVE the Trem and the Limiter and the reverb is second to none… Incredible. Tone Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin? Again.. Like the tone block, VERSATILE as you can imagine… It can do literally ANYTHING. Finish How did the stain or paint job look? I LOVE the look of the MP200 Reliability How has it stood up over time? Tours, sessions, gigs… it does it all with no problem so far. :)
One Amazing Amp!
By: Christoph Wilson from Apple Valley, Ca      Submitted: 4/14/2014

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General Your general opinion of this product. This amp is amazing! Build quality is top notch....made right here in California. Go USA! Pat Quilter is a genius, and Chris Parks and all the people at Quilter Amps are top notch! They stand behind their products 100%. The ability to use this amp as a portable PA is fantastic! Throw an acoustic guitar through Channel 2 with the gain set for a clean sound, and plug a mic in Channel 1 and you're set. Lots of options for routing the Reverb. This amp is freaking LOUD! Seriously, I haven't developed the courage to get it half-way up....not even close. With my 2x12 extension cab this thing sounds wicked.... but generally I leave that unplugged because it's not really needed. It's a great, portable, and capable American made amp that will really get you excited. Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? Extremely dependable, and very well made. The handle is fantastic! The padded embroidered cover is a nice touch! Customizable two button footswitch works great (although I'm hoping to get the 6 button version soon). Some of the knobs are detented, making repeatable setup easy. Playability and Feel How does it feel, Heavy, Fast, Chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing? It feels like playing a tube amp. Cleans up nicely when playing soft and rolling back the volume, and gets real dirty when digging in. The limiter is really awesome for cleaning up the overdrive, but adds a nice sustain that you can really feel. Tone Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin? Amazing tone here! I don't believe there is anything this beast can't handle. You don't hear a whole lot of high gain sample out there on the web, but this can easily handle metal and high gain genres without any external pedals. The only pedal I actually use with this amp is a Delay in the loop, and a wah and tuner in the front. I have other pedals (compressor, custom overdrive) to play with, but don't really feel the need for them. Don't let the size fool you, the MicroPro 8 has an incredible amount of low end. In fact, I turn the Bass down 90% of the time. It really has to be heard to be believed. Finish How did the stain or paint job look? Top notch Reliability How has it stood up over time? I don't expect to have any problems with this amplifier. And if I did, I am not worried because the people at Quilter stand by their products!
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