Quilter Amplification has launched a new combo amp that mimics the sound of famous Fender amplifiers, giving three different flavours of classic Fender amp tone. If you’re looking for a combo with a bit more versatility that doesn’t cost the earth, we think this amp is worth a sedcond look.
Quilter Amplification Aviator Cub
The architecture of the Aviator Club is that of a single-channel amp. But the designers have spec’d in three individual inputs, each accessing a specific style of vintage Fender amplifier. That means you have a ’60 Tweed, a ’62 Blonde and ’65 Blackface mode available, all through the same amp. The Aviator Cub contains a specially designed 12″ Eminence speaker housed in a lightweight cabinet. That makes for a handy solution for players that require those classic amp tones.
’60 Tweed, a ’62 Blonde and ’65 Blackface
The controls are all easily accessible on the top of the unit, along with access to the effects loop. There’s also a few signal routing options on offer, too, with Line and Headphone outputs sharing a separate level knob. The rest of the controls are: Speaker Volume (master), Reverb, an active 3-band EQ and Gain. There’s also a Limiter control, too.
The active EQ has quite a strong action. For example, the bass control boosts or cuts frequencies below the 500Hz range, and is acts more forcefully on frequencies under 200Hz. That sounds like it should be ideal for quickly fattening up your tone if needed, or removing any unwanted low end muffle from overly dark-sounding guitars. Then you have that limiter, which is an unusual inclusion on a combo, but certainly a welcome one. Quilter states it offers a “soft ceiling” to keep your overdrive tones under control without having a negative affect on your sustain.
The 50 Watt power rating means this little combo should be all you need for most band situations. With those three classic amp tones on tap, it could be a great little companion for friends of Fender amp tones. Sure, it’s not a valve amp and if you are a purist then you may want to look elsewhere.
Take a few minutes to check out the demo video below. I think it sounds pretty close to the three Fender amps it is attempting to mimic. Now factor in the active EQ and limiter, plus all modern features like an effects loop and reverb onboard, and suddenly this little 50 Watt combo makes a lot of sense.
The price point on this amp is attractive, given what’s on offer. If you want those classic ’60 Tweed, a ’62 Blonde and ’65 Blackface tones on one amp, but don’t have a good few thousand spare, this should be on your radar.