Quilter MicroPro Mach 2 Combo 8 - 200W 8" Woofer Combo Modeling Guitar Amp
It's interesting how streamlined digital amps are doing well, alongside analog amps with multiple voicings - both of them going against the norm where digital amps should have more voicings while analog amps have only 1 or 2.
The Quilter MicroPro Mach 2 Combo 8 is an excellent example of multi-voiced analog modeling amps, with 6 switchable voicings: Full Q, Lead, Smooth, Surf, Brown, Tweed - and each voicing is getting good reviews.
For an amp that weighs at just 19 lbs, this combo comes packed with a powerful 200W 2-channel solid state amplifier section.
To make it more compact and portable, it is paired with a smaller 8" Celestion TF0818 speaker.
Other features include built-in reverb and tremolo, dedicated EQ controls per channel, and for a small amp, it does come with effects loop.
- 200 Watts
- 1 x 8" Celestion TF0818 Speaker
- 6 Amp Models
- Built-in Reverb and Tremolo
- 1 x 1/4" (Instrument), 1 x XLR-1/4" Combo (Mic/Line)
- 1 x XLR (DI out), 2 x 1/4" (internal/external speakers)
Balance of great tone and portability seem to be the key factor why many rate this amp very highly. Most are pleased with the sounds they are getting from each of its six voicings, and there are also many who state that the controls are intuitive enough to get good tones quickly, while also having enough depth for handling various musical styles and pedals. Speaking of pedals, many report that the MicroPro Mach 2 Combo 8 works well with pedalboard rigs, regardless of the size and complexity.
It'll be unfair to expect much bottom end from its 8" speaker, so if you want a fuller sounding amp, then you can go for its bigger brother, the Mach 2 Combo 12. Pricing is also another issue, especially when considering the size of the speaker and limited amp models.
If you're looking for a compact yet great sounding amp, with fewer but good selection of amp voicings, then do check out the Quilter MicroPro Mach 2 Combo 8.
This was previously featured on our recommended list of The Best Guitar Amps from the Top 10 Guitar Amp Brands, but was removed when its price increased to more than $1,000 making it ineligible for that guide.