The Trace Elliot TA100R is a two channel acoustic guitar amplifier designed in the UK and made in the USA. Channel 1 is the HIGH Z or HIGH IMPEDANCE channel and will be the one most commonly used for plugging your instrument pick up or transducer into. Two inputs have been provided on this channel to cope with the wide variety of different types of acoustic instrument pick ups and the equally wide variation in signal level from different pick up and instrument combinations. The first of these is the PIEZO / LO-LEVEL input. This input is designed to suit any kind of pick up that does not have its own built in preamp. This includes piezo transducers and wound pick ups that are either built into the instrument or attached to it in some way. The input has an extremely high input impedance that is essential for piezo pick ups to allow them to reproduce a rich and full sound, into a lower impedance they can sound thin and tinny. This very high impedance input also gives excellent results with wound or other types of passive transducer. The second input is the ACTIVE / HI-LEVEL input. This input should be used with instruments that have inbuilt electronics with a large signal output as these could overload the input stage of the PIEZO / LO-LEVEL input. The five bands of graphic equalization offered have their centre frequencies chosen specifically to suit acoustic instruments and may be used to adjust the overall sound of the amplifier. All of this great tone runs to the 4 5″ speakers.
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If the Gibson J-45 is known as a workhorse acoustic, the SJ-200 is something else. This giant of a guitar is a thoroughbred, large of size and sound, stunning in looks, and is known by guitarists the world over as King of the Flat Tops…
All Hail King of the Flat Tops!
Although it first appeared in Gibson’s catalogue in 1938, the first SJ-200s were crafted in ‘37. So let’s throw that 80th birthday right now. After all, the J-200 is probably the most famous acoustic guitar ever built. And much of the reason for that is, like it or not, visual.
With its 17-inch-wide body, the original Super Jumbo was bigger than the biggest. Louder than the loudest. Fancier than the fanciest! With its floral pickguard, mustache bridge, and “crest” fingerboard inlays, the SJ-200 made a more flamboyant aesthetic splash than any of its competitors.