Featuring an interesting new take on the usual three-knob EQ section, the Bass and Treble controls use traditional “tone stack” technology, yielding a familiar bright chime based on 50 years of tradition, while the active Mid control provides a more strongly voiced cut/boost function for increased versatility. Increasing the Mid control boosts the frequencies that give an aggressive “D-Style” bite to the sound, while decreasing Mid brings out that familiar clean-60’s Blackface tone.
Super little amp, really sweet tones. Very Fender-y, from the size of a cigar box. I can't imagine you would be disappointed with a purchase of this amp, it's really an astonishingly good product. I would love to see more "How to" videos on the Quilter site or YouTube on how to dial it in for different sounds / tones with different types of guitars, there are lots for the big vendors from the general public but as a smaller vendor, I think it would be a great addition to allow people to see how they can dial in a great jazz sound or classic rock sound or whatever, and showcase the different features like the Limiter etc..
Small & Light and yet, oh so powerful. Easy to dial in a great tones that draw inspiration from classic Blackface amps. Paired with the DockBlock 10, this combo has served me well for many a performance --- I venture to say my pedalboard feels like the heavier and bulkier of the two items to transport. Definitely works well as a pedal/effect platform. At home, nothing seems to be lost when using at softer volumes.
For those of us who like to find a sweet spot and settle in this is the easiest amp to use in the whole line. It's not that it isn't capable of a wide range of tones, it is that the controls are straightforward and intuitive. The reverb is simple but serviceable and the tone controls are easy to manipulate, but the limiter is where the soul of this little critter dwells. I think of the tone trio as a means to compensate for the variations among guitars, speakers, and rooms. The tweaking; the search for the perfect balance between smooth and lively, between cream and crunch, is undertaken by delving into the intricate interplay of gain, master, and limiter. Once that is happening I just let it roll on. I hear it takes pedals well, so I plug a bunch of them in from time to time. Usually I neglect to turn them on because I just kind of get ears and fingers working together and don't feel the urge. This head is small, sturdy, and attractive. It's not that much bigger than the Interblock 45 when you consider the power supply that is required by that little wonder, but the knobs are big enough for calloused fingertips to grab and twist. Quilter has engineered all sorts of versatile amps for a wide variety of situations and instruments and they are worthy tools. To plug into the 101r is liking putting on a favorite pair of broken in jeans or a fine pair of soft gloves. Sometimes, just play, man!