#1
Hi all! I'm new to this forum and I was just looking for a bit of info or some opinions on an amp I have?

The amp in question is a Trace Elliot Super tramp twin stereo quad chorus (tube). It's fitted with two silver series celestions with built in reverb. Basically I just want to know if it's any good? See I've been using this amp for as long as iv been playing guitar ( 7 years ) and it's all I've ever known. I've never really had anything to compare it with.. I knew when I first started playing that it was way more than I needed but i figured I could grow into it as it was given to me on the terms that I never sell it and give it back when it's no longer needed.
Over the years as I've improved as a musician I've found the amp to be pretty satisfying and it's always been PLENTY loud enough for any rehearsals or small gigs I've done but I can't help wondering if i should be finding a new amp now or if this should be enough for a few more years? Tonewise it's pretty good but not quite my dream tone.
Probably worth mentioning I play mostly indie/alt rock (usually rhythm) and the guitars I play are a Mexican standard Tele and an epiphone dot, both standard. Could it be that it's time for a guitar upgrade and not the amp?

I'd post a picture but it won't work for some reason.

Thanks in advance Ross.
Last edited by rosscooper46 at Sep 24, 2014,
#3
The amp you posted looks very similar to a couple of amps the studio I rehearse at has in their playing room. These guys are total trace elliot freaks. They've got some seriously good amps and I believe they don't really exist anymore so spare parts and repairs will often cost you a lot. That's the downside. The upside is that these things are tone freaks, as far as I know anyway. You should maybe get it appraised or something. If you want to expand your 'tone-horizon' just go to a guitar centre and ask if you can try a couple of amps. Explain your situation.

In any case, if you're happy with your tone, there's no real necessity to change it is there? You can always buy another amp to use alongside the Trace, but it'd be a waste to ditch it.
#4
Thank for the reply man, iv just edited my post as I didn't explain whether I liked the tone.. I do like it but it's not quite what I'd like it to be. It's got a nice organic sound to it especially with gain but can sometimes sound a little spikey and metallic. It could be my guitars that need upgrading first? And as for spare parts that's one thing I'm struggling with as I don't have the original footswitch so I have to bend down to switch channels. I'm not sure if other switches would work but I can't even find another one of these amps for sale never mind the correct switch.. I don't even know what it's worth lol
Last edited by rosscooper46 at Sep 24, 2014,
#5
i have a speedtwin 1x12"50w i never use it but its not a bad amp. nor my favorite. ****ing 88lbs or something. i wish i had a footswitch for mine. i need to build one one of these days. i got it for $200 with new groove tubes with a week old receipt for the tubes (**** re-lables).
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Thank for the reply man, iv just edited my post as I didn't explain whether I liked the tone.. I do like it but it's not quite what I'd like it to be. It's got a nice organic sound to it especially with gain but can sometimes sound a little spikey and metallic.


Try a couple of different amplifiers. No matter what your budget is, go from low-range budget stuff to the high-range area. See if you can 'spot' the Trace's tone, or perhaps differences between it and other amplifiers, at each stage. Maybe even bring the Trace to play it alongside the other amps. See what you like, and see whether or not you can get the sort of tone that you like on high-budget stuff on lower budget stuff as well. At that point you'll get some idea of where the Trace fits into this picture, as well as what other amplifiers sound good to you and what they might offer you that the Trace doesn't. It doesn't really matter how much an amp is worth as far as I'm concerned, as long as it sounds good to you.

It could be my guitars that need upgrading first? And as for spare parts that's one thing I'm struggling with as I don't have the original footswitch so I have to bend down to switch channels. I'm not sure if other switches would work but I can't even find another one of these amps for sale never mind the correct switch.. I don't even know what it's worth lol


It COULD be. Have you tried messing around with playing over your neck pickup (or if you have a 3-way or 5-way selector, bridge-neck or the other two)? Have you tried rolling back your tone knob a bit? All of these will affect your tone. Rolling back your tone knob will give you a little creamier, smoother sound (less twang from the strings), especially helpful for jazzy stuff or solos. The neck pickup will give the tone a whole different type of girth and colour.

The best way for you to get a real idea of where you'd like to go with your tone at this point would, again, just go to a guitar centre/shop (I hope there's one near you!) and ask if you can play around just to compare. Learn Stairway to Heaven and Sweet Home Alabama or something just to keep the other customers happy and the store owners quiet - but other than that, just sit down and listen.

Try approaching your amp in a different way as well. A little trick that I learned to get a 'new' tone if your old one just doesn't cut it quite right is to set all of your EQ's about 3/4 to the MAX position and then roll back all frequencies that you DON'T want. This will bring you different results as opposed to BOOSTING all the frequencies that you DO want to hear.

And yeah, spare parts are a real pain in the ass. This is a big point in favor of getting a new amp. The studio dudes at my rehearsal space are real tech nerds so they're basically able to fix anything that breaks by themselves, but people who are less able in this field are basically screwed unless they know a serious specialist, since Trace Elliot doesn't even exist anymore. They were based in England when they were making guitar amps I believe, but then they went bankrupt (I don't really know what actually happened) but they basically moved to Asia or something. All of their guitar amps have been discontinued anyway (I think they still do bass amps).
Last edited by Eryth at Sep 25, 2014,
#7
also mine (and i believe yous as well) can use 6L6 or EL34,so that may be worth trying.
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