As the “Q” in QSC, Pat Quilter knows how
to manufacture crushing volume from a solid-state
circuit. The unbelievably compact Micropro 200
amplifier is a culmination of Quilter’s extensive
research and success building portable sound systems.
The secret here is class-D power, which reduces
typical heat losses by 80 percent, allowing designers
to pack five times more power into a chassis—
greatly reduce the size of the chassis. And there is
no denying that Quilter has made a beast of a tone
machine, and it’s lighter—and smaller—than most
I tested the Micropro 200 with a variety of Fender
Telecasters and Gibson SGs, and I also ran the amp
through Mesa-Boogie 4x12 and Fender 2x12 cabinets.
First off, the Micropro 200 is VERY LOUD. Having
been let down in the past by solid-state amps boasting
big wattage numbers, the Quilter restored my
faith in solid-state power and what it can muster.
When it comes to figuring out how the Micropro
goes about its business, it helps to think of Channel
One as the clean channel. The Gain control is inactive,
and you can’t use the onboard limiter or tremolo
on this channel, either, but you can access the reverb.
The amp’s active EQ is shared between the two channels.
Channel One brings the clean in a big way, as it
stays clean and clear without sounding harsh or clinical.
Whether I was looking for tones for funky chord
work or burnished jazz lines, Channel One delivered.
Switching over to Channel Two, you’re afforded
four modes; Mini, Tweed, Classic, and Full Q—the
Micropro’s default tone for Channel Two, as well
as Quilter’s signature distortion sound. Mini mode
yields a funky, almost lo-fi vibe, while Tweed gives
off a bit more muscle in the mids and bass. Classic
gets close to legendary British amps of yore—especially
when you run the Micropro into a 4x12 cabinet.
These modes are well-voiced, very even-sounding
approximations—not gimmicky, over-the-top-sounding
simulations—which is refreshing. Channel Two’s
footswitchable Boost presets—Hot, Loud,
Bright, Scoop—are helpful in coaxing more
tones out of the Micropro. Loud jacks your
volume up and over the band for solos, and
Hot will do the same with a bit of added attitude,
courtesy of some aggressive gain. The
Micropro 200’s front end responds like a tube
amp, cleaning up and reacting dynamically to
your touch and guitar volume manipulations.
Once I got up and running, I was very
satisfied with the Micropro’s honest, loud
tones, and its tactile responsiveness. The
only difficulty was figuring out the useful
operations of the footswitch. For example,
you can switch between Channel One and
Channel Two, but you can’t switch from,
say, Channel One to Channel Two in Classic
mode. You can, however toggle between
one of Channel Two’s three modes and Full
Q mode. Confusing. Still, the Micropro is a
boon for players who need to cart around a
loud, gig-ready amp in a taxi or bus. Thanks
to its tonal versatility and insane portability,
the Quilter Micropro 200 is equally at home
in a small restaurant, a coffeehouse, or on
a large stage.
CONTACT Quilter Amplifiers, (714) 519-
MODEL Micropro 200
PRICE $899 retail/street price N/A
CONTROLS Gain, Bass, Mid, Treble, Presence,
Volume 1, Volume 2,
Tremolo, Limiter, Five-position
Boost switch, Five-position
Mode switch, Dwell, and
POWER 200 watts at 8Ω
EXTRAS 4Ω/8Ω extension speaker
jack, DI output, six-button
footswitch (included), switchable
SPEAKER 8" custom
WEIGHT 18 lbs
KUDOS Light, loud, versatile, tiny.
Good amount of tonal options
CONCERNS Confusing front panel layout.
Audible hiss on tremolo effect.