NAMM 2017: Trace Elliot ELF – Only 1.6lbs in weight with 200 watts of power!
Tiny bass head with lots of useful features
The brand new Trace Elliot ELF is a bass amp that could literally fit in your back pocket, coming in at 1.6lbs in weight and with 200 watts of power, this minute bass amp could be great for players on the move.
Trace Elliot has managed to squeeze 200 watts of power into a tiny package, with a three-band eq section, this fan cooled bass amp is possibly the ultimate go anywhere bass amp head. Designed in the UK and USA this clever circuit features a switch mode power supply, that has both a thermal and also an over-current protection, to stop it getting damaged from working too hard. Because the ELF has its own internal power supply this, of course, means no annoying ‘wall wart’ power supply and so you can just run it off a regular IEC cable.
The gain knob also features a bicolor LED that turns red when the preamp compressor kicks in and has three modes to choose from – uncompressed, variable multi-band compression, and overdrive. Not bad for such a dinky piece of kit!
A balanced XLR output with ground lift is joined by a headphone output for quiet practice, so the ELF is pretty versatile and can be used for recording as well as playing at home. The 3-band rotary EQ has three Trace Elliot designed filters with a low centre at 80 Hz, mid centre at 500 Hz and finally a high centre at 4.2 kHz which should be enough to dial in a decent bass tone.
You can run the ELF at either 200W continuous into 4 ohms or 130W continuous into 8 ohms and that circuit protection I mentioned earlier should mean that you won’t have any problems running it hard for extended periods of time at full pelt.
The Trace Elliot ELF also comes bundled with the Reaper DAW and also Peavey ReValver amp-modeling software as well which sweetens the deal, as both are great quality bits of software. The ELF also comes with its own handy little carry bag included in the price as well.