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Trace Elliot ELF 200W Micro Bass Guitar Amp Head

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Product Price $299.94
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Weighing just 1.6 pounds, the revolutionary Trace Elliot ELF is small enough to fit in your back pocket. Its remarkable technology and size make it t...Click To Read More About This Product

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Huge sound and power from a head you can put in your pocket.

Weighing just 1.6 pounds, the revolutionary Trace Elliot ELF is small enough to fit in your back pocket. Its remarkable technology and size make it the most portable, gig-worthy bass amplifier ever made. It’s an ideal solution for any bassist who is concerned with size and weight, but isn't willing to compromise on tone or performance.

Designed in the U.K. and the U.S., the ELF produces a solid, fan-cooled 200 continuous watts RMS at 4 ohms. The switch mode power supply has thermal as well as over-current protection, and the gain knob features a bicolor LED that turns red when the preamp compressor engages. The unique input gain has three regions of operation - uncompressed, variable multiband compression, and overdrive. In terms of sonic quality, the ELF has a clean signal path with simple controls, making it easy to achieve a professional bass tone. The 3-band rotary EQ has three proprietary Trace Elliot filters: low center (80 Hz), mid center (500 Hz) and high center (4.2 KHz). Studio-quality XLR outputs, with a ground lift switch, ensure the tone the player has on stage is the same tone in the PA. There’s also a headphone output to enable quiet practice. The ELF provides all of this versatility in a unit that measures a trailblazing 1.35-in. x 6.75-in. x 4.10-in.—today the smallest bass amp in the industry.

The ELF comes with an embroidered nylon carrying case, an owner’s manual CD-ROM that includes the REAPER DAW and Peavey ReValver amp modeling software, and a Union Jack sticker that reminds of Trace Elliot’s U.K. roots.

FEATURES
  • Power: 200W
  • Single channel
  • Single input
  • Impedance: 4 ohms
  • Controls: 3-band EQ, gain, volume
  • XLR outputs with ground lift
  • Headphone output
  • Dimensions: 6.75 in. x 1.35 in. x 4.1 in.
  • Weight: 1.6 lbs.

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Trace ElliotELF 200W Micro Bass Guitar Amp Head
 
4.8

(based on 5 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Portable (5)
  • Easy to use (4)
  • Excellent sound (4)
  • Good power output (4)
  • Warm / comfy (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (4)
  • Home studio (3)
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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very impressive!

By 1st Axiom

from Central Washington

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Portable
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances

    Comments about Trace Elliot ELF 200W Micro Bass Guitar Amp Head:

    I have owned heads, cabinets, and combos over the years from Ampeg, Carvin, Eden, Fender, GK, Hartke, Peavey, SWR, and more. This amp is truly impressive. Forget the fact that it is incredibly tiny for a moment, and what you have is a powerful sounding amp with simple controls and the basic features a player needs. (I put this through the paces today with a Fender Precision with Flats, an Ibanez 6-string, and a Music Man Stingray. I am playing it through a Fender Rumble 15 cabinet and it sounds great!) The EQ is simple but can give you cutting mids with solid lows or a nice scooped slap tone. The headphone out lets you use it as a handy practice tool. There is no fan noise whatsoever, and my bass sounds solid and strong through it. I appreciate the clip light indicator because it lets you set the gain right where it should be (just under clipping). My Ampeg PF-350 had that too, but compared to this, the Ampeg sounded a bit thin. This is the ballsiest Class D amp I've heard. So, in summary this amp is a contender just on sound and features. (I don't care about effects loops or Speakon vs 1/4 inch speaker outs). NOW, add to this that it is barely bigger than my hand and I find myself very impressed. Nice job, Trace Elliot!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Extremely happy

    By Lucky

    from Outside Boston

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Portable
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about Trace Elliot ELF 200W Micro Bass Guitar Amp Head:

      I am using it with an old Sunn cabinet and a G&L L1000. I have been able to get the tone I was hoping for. I was skeptical at first because this head is incredibly small. It works great. I have also used with my Rick 4003s. I haven't quite dialed that in yet, but it has more to do with me then the head. I am happy that it is so easy to transport.

      Service and delivery comments:

      The Delivery was prompt and it was well packaged.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A Great amp!!!!!

      By RD

      from Maryland

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Trace Elliot ELF 200W Micro Bass Guitar Amp Head:

        Great for intimate gigs!! And I also use it to practice at night with headphones. This is a fantastic light weight amp. Would recommend it

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Fun piece of gear

        By Bass Dude

        from Greater Chicago Area

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Warmth
        • Portable

        Cons

        • Limited Functions

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio

        Comments about Trace Elliot ELF 200W Micro Bass Guitar Amp Head:

        I tried this at a practice session recently through a 600 watt 4 ohm front ported 2 x 10" Carvin cabinet. The amp lost the low end punchy drive when the level was brought up enough to keep up. There is also some limitation on the tone shaping capability at the mid range level. I hooked up a Sans Amp tech 21 and had a little improvement in tone, but still couldn't get the low end solid punch to stay in there when the amp was turned up to a reasonable level for rock. The amp I use at practice is a Trace Elliot RAH400SMX. And it's not about the volume, Its about how solid things sounded when comparing the two at the same level of play. We weren't playing at an ear blistering level either. The above setting description is the only reason I took a star off. This amp is awesome for small occasions and performs well at lower volume levels. I was able to put this in my guitar case for transporting, which was really cool. I didn't buy it expecting to compete with all of the other gear I have. If your looking for something to just plug in around the house/studio setting or take to a quick get together, or an emergency rig if another piece of equipment goes out on stage, this thing is an awesome backup because of what it can do for its physical size. If Trace added a pre-shape signal option and extra dynamic power like they have on some of their other products, this thing would possibly be formattable in larger settings. I don't regret buying it though. It just has limitations, as I expected.

         
        5.0

        Great little amp.

        By PS

        from Gainesville, FL

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth
        • Portable
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Performances

          Comments about Trace Elliot ELF 200W Micro Bass Guitar Amp Head:

          Paired with an Eden 4ohm EX112 or my Epifani UL110, it sounds good to me. Nice full, punchy tone. And its tiny—I love that.
          I generally don't play with super loud groups—mic'd acoustic instruments mostly and hand percussion. PA support usually. Had a GK MB200 that I liked, but sadly it died (my fault), so I got this. Cant compare directly, but I think the Elf has a little more umph. I like that the Elf has separate gain and output control. That makes it easier to use the DI, controlling the levels of the DI and bass cab separately. The simple EQ does the job. I just got it recently so haven't put it through a full test yet. It does get somewhat warm, not much airspace in the tiny enclosure. I hope it holds up as well as the little GK did.

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