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Hands On Review: Trace Elliot TA200

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 Trace Elliot TA200!

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.

Mitch Gallagher

About Mitch Gallagher

Sweetwater Editorial Director, Mitch Gallagher, is one of the leading music/pro audio/audio recording authorities in the world. The former senior technical editor of Keyboard magazine and former editor-in-chief of EQ magazine, Gallagher has published thousands of articles, is the author of seven books and one instructional DVD, and appears in well over 500 videos on YouTube. He teaches audio recording and music business at Purdue University/Indiana University, and has appeared at festivals, conventions, and conferences around the world.
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