Quilter 101 Mini Head Guitar Amplifier
The 101 Mini Head from Quilter is a dream come true for guitarists everywhere. The 101 Mini Head weighs in at a feathery 2lbs and boasts features that would make amps three times the price blush.
The first thing you'll notice about the 101 Mini Head is it's small footprint. This amp is perfectly comfortable sitting on your pedalboard and it'll happily fit in to most gig bags making transport a breeze. The fact it weighs in at 2lbs is just icing on the cake and unlike most Class D amplifiers, the power supply is housed in the amp so you only need a standard kettle lead to power the amp, again this makes transport even easier.
Let's get to what really matters, the tone! The 101 Mini Head controls, at first glance, may seem a little unusual but they are incredibly versatile and offer a very wide range of tonal options. The tone is shaped initially by the Voice control, where you're provided with 5 base tones to work with. Full Q is the 'root' tone of the amp with the other settings altering the fundamental tone in various ways, which you can then refine with your Tri-Q and Hi-Cut controls. Interestingly, the Surf and Jazz modes actually increase your available wattage to 100w! None of these controls are digital. There's nothing "preset" here, it's all analog control.
One of the great things about Solid State amplifiers is their ability to deliver great tones at very low volumes. This is most certainly the case with the 101 Mini Head, it can deliver the goods at bedroom levels, club levels and everything in between. Thanks to it's versatile output options you can run it with almost any speaker cabinet. I actually have mine hooked up to an oversized 4x12! There's also a headphone output for quiet practice and that also doubles as a line out.
Quilter Amps are made in the USA.
- 50 watts of “FullQ” power with up to 100 watts on the "clean" settings (Jazz and Surf)
- Gain, Tri-Q, Voicing, Hi-Cut and Master controls
- 1/4" high impedance input jack
- Effects Loop: 1/4" Send and Return jacks
- 1/8" Headphone jack for quiet practice
- Dual 1/4" speaker outputs for variable loads 16 to 4 ohms
- Standard IEC power cable (non locking)
- Universal power supply -- take it anywhere in the world without need for transformers or switches
- Ultra compact (roughly the size of a double wide effects pedal)
- 8 3/8"W x 3 1/8"H x 5 1/2"D
- 2 Pounds
- Made in the USA
- Excellent Pedal Platform for Clean SoundsReview by CMcD
I bought this a year ago from Wembley Music Centre and it is marvellous. The Tri-Q system takes a while to get used to, but if you use your ears and remember to use in conjunction with the Hi-Cut, you can dial in a lot of great sounds.
I can’t say what it is like for overdriven sounds, but for cleans it is excellent. I am playing mainly mid-60s pop, instrumentals and surf and this gives a marvellous “Shadows” ring (with an echo pedal) and a great “Brit-invasion” quack with a bit of reverb added. I have definitely heard a Vox chime too!
It takes pedals well, both in the effects loop and direct from guitar.
Volume-wise, it stands its own in small venues, but in larger venues you would be miked up anyway.
And it is so portable and light.
I’m more than happy with it for my needs, which are very narrow, and I’m sure there are so many more sounds to be tweaked out of it.
(Posted on 15/02/2018)