Trace Elliot TA 200 4x5" 200 Watt Acoustic Guitar Amp Reviews5.0/5.0 based on 2 customer reviews
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from Southern Calif.
January 2, 2012Music Background:
Trace Elliot TA 200Incredibly sounding and versatile acoustic amp. So many great features. I pairs up nicely with my Gibson acoustic. Thanks Sweetwater for a great deal on a super piece of gear!!!
from Chicago, IL
February 22, 2011Music Background:
Cheesy folk music, you know.
Unbelievable sound and weight!!Admittedly I didn't buy this at SW (sorry guys!), but I've gotten other things here and you can't go wrong. This amp defies logic. It weighs nothing, yet projects like nothing else I've owned. The feature set is deceptively simple, as you can tell that there is a lot going on in that small space when you play through it. I use it for acoustic guitar, mandolin and believe it or not electric guitar! It sounds equally at home with all of them. I don't use it for any distortion tones, but for cleans it's absolutely brilliant! The EQ is very sensitive and I find that I don't have to do much and usually use the EQ on the acoustic guitar for fine tuning. The boost button on the footswitch boosts the volume but also adds a little compression so my acoustic solos stand out and I get some sustain (whoever thought that feature up must play live). The effects are awesome, not too involved but just what you need for acoustic. The bag that comes with it is very rugged and I'm going to buy another one just to carry stuff around! Now for a nit-pick of mine that this covered well. I almost bought another footswitch cable at the same time because every amp I've ever bought comes with a cable that is too short for actual stage use. I didn't do that this time, just on a whim. I get to the first gig and guess what, the cable is 30 feet long, more than enough for the stages I play. I know that doesn't seem like a big deal, but it was to me. GREAT JOB TRACE!!!! I'm a fan for life!
As an acoustic guitarist, once you take the stage, you're faced with an immediate problem: how to be heard. You could plug into the PA, but then you're at the mercy of the soundman. A better solution is to bring your own sound system. And if the sound system you want requires light weight, compact size, loads of power, and total sonic control then what you want is the !
But light and compact doesn't mean that you're sacrificing features. We're talking 200 watts of stereo power through four 5" Celestion speakers. There are two preamp channels (one for pickups, one for pickups or mics), Lo and Hi EQ on the pickup channel, Shape EQ on both channels, a graphic EQ with built-in feedback locating, and a phase switch - you'll get your tone, and there will be no problems with feedback.
There are built-in effects and much more - there's even a switch for turning off the front-panel lights when you're trying to set the mood. How does it sound? Great! It's easy to dial in the sound you want. Lush, sparkling, full, and rich sound that was more than loud enough - without feedback. Having lots of effects is just icing on the cake.
High power, clean sound, awesome tone shaping, excellent effects, easy foot control, extra features... the TA200 is a real winner for any acoustic-instrument player.