Hello there friends and local readers! Mitchel Fulcer here with an extra sweet gear special on a set of solid state amplifiers that I have only just heard of a few weeks ago. Quilter is the name, and mastery of solid state tone is their game! They have released a handful of different models, but I have a trio in particular that I have heard blow me away in person.
At a recent gig, I was approached by the guitarist and vocalist of the local death metal heavy weights Micawber, Leighton Thompson. He asked me if I had heard anything about Quilter amplifiers. At that point in time I had not, and he eagerly walked me over to his pedal board. A pretty basic setup as far as your average pedal board set up goes, but with a few staples he pulled an above average tone.
Naturally it’s always a good idea to back up your amp with a good overdrive pedal. In this case Leighton has chosen the EVH 5150 Overdrive. Equipped with a built in gate, boost, and a fat iconic metal tone, this pedal is by far one of the best overdrive pedals on the market.
This BBE Sonic Stomp Maximizer pedal is a great addition that comes in a mini pedal design, which I was regrettably unaware of. This little beast, meant to replicate their sonic maximizer usually found in full rack mounts, has an amazing ability to keep unmatched clarity with tight, rich lows, and bright, pronounced highs.
Just to ensure he can mute on a dime with no unwanted feedback, Leighton adds an ISP noise reducer. I have yet to try one of these, but they are one of the most recommended pedals I have come across.
Another fun piece in his tone is the Electro Harmonix “Oceans 11” Reverb pedal. With 11 different effect options, and an additional tone knob, this pedal can get almost any reverb tone you need.
Finally, we get to the Quilter! The Overdrive 200 is equipped with a tone block powersection, and a “tone stack” e.q. section to get your tone dialed in just right, and crank loud as hell!! Along with multiple overdrive, and clean tones, it has an effects loop! That really surprised me honestly. And the coolest part is it’s on the face of the amp, just like my peavey, which although may look awkward at times, I’ve found to be very convenient. All small enough to potentially fit right on your pedal board. Insane!
At that same gig, I also got a hold some info on the Micawber bassist Marvin Charge’s Quilter Bass Block 800.
This mind blowing 800 watt beast of an amp has all the balls you would ever need. To add to all the heavy lifting, this compact box has passive, and active channels to compliment the best of any bass plugging into it. Although the e.q. is minimal, it doesn’t take a lot to get the job done. These guys really did their digging to pull out the most versatility possible.
To get that gnarly boost this particular Bass Block is looking for, Marve pushes it with an Electro-Harmonix Bass Soul Food Overdrive pedal. An amazing choice in my opinion. This o.d. has a customized signal path to fit bass specifically to give the best tone without additional distortion with more volume. Buffed with clean boost, and hot rails, this gem also gives extended
To ensure tight versatility we run into another example of BBE’s abilities to pack amazing compression in pedal form.
As a majority of professional string players require, a tuner pedal is included in this tight knit chain.
The third and final Quilter amplifier I wanted to focus on are pushed to their limits by two amazing guitarists from the band Wrath. Scott Nyquist, and Rob Noon have decided to grip the Quilter name for the sake of touring above all. Usually you would see these guys sporting Marshall with pride, but with the compact nature and a low end that could contend to that of their beloved Marshall, there is no reason not to carry them for full national tours. As a Marshall lover myself I cannot deny the truth!
Both of these matters of thrash use the Quilter 101 reverb amp. Although you get a little lower wattage than the 200, it provides just as much tone without losing any of the volume, and is an even better price than the already impossibly cheap Overdrive 200!! Without a doubt, especially in this case, a simple e.q. can go a long way. Also just like the O.D. 200 this edition is featured with an effect loop right on its face for easy access on or off of a pedal board.
Their rhythm guitarist Rob uses one of the most iconic, and sought after Overdrive pedals; the Ibanez Tube Screamer. With a little more grit, and a great classic boost, you could really get a feel for what the Quilter could make of a near cult classic.
In order to get his lead tone above the rest of the band, Rob uses a Mooer pure boost mini pedal. I personally have never used one of these, however with 3 e.q. dials and an additional gain boost, what’s not to love? To my experience, it definitely does the trick for him very well!!
Compression is a must have for a lot of guitarists these days to keep a wild tone tight and tame. Both Rob, and Wrath’s lead guitarist Scott, prefer the Mooer mini “Yellow Comp” pedal to get the job done. Hooked up with three nob customization. Volume, compression, and EQ.
Just as Leighton does, both Rob and Scott use the ISP, “Decimator Noise Reducer” to keep a strong gate in front of any feedback.
Finally, a less interesting, yet one of the most important pedals in a guitarist’s arsenal is a tuner pedal. Both Rob, and Scott trust Poly Tuner.
As you may have noticed, Wrath’s lead guitarist, Scott Nyquist, has a very similar setup with only a few brand preferences, and a couple additions.
To push his 101, Scott runs through a Maxon OD808 pedal. A classic overdrive similar to the Tube Screamer.
Scott also uses a boost pedal to get those solos to crawl right over the top of the rest of the band. He chose my personal favorite, the Spark mini boost pedal. With only one dial it gets you just the right amount of mid push, with no additional grit.
The last two pedals are the two previously referred additional pieces of Scott’s tone puzzle. Both by TC Electronics, he uses their Corona Mini Chorus, and their Flashback delay and looper. Adding a couple modulation effects is always a great easy way to spice up your tone, as well as widen it out to fill in a little more potential empty space.
Although these pedal training s are all class A examples, my focus is the versatility of these Quilter amps. Never before have I seen something, not only solid state, but small enough to fit on a pedal board, that packs a big enough punch to share the stage with the best tube amps on the market. There is an increasing number of musicians in Wisconsin making the change, including myself. I implore you to look into them, and give them a fair test. They are definitely worth it.
Thanks for checking out these great musicians’ gear with me, and keep an eye out for my next review. Who knows what I’ll find next! Until then, be safe, and thrash fast!
Edited by Samantha Crocker