Trace Elliot V-Type V8

Trace Elliot V-Type V8

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V-Type V8, Bass Guitar Amp Head from Trace Elliot.

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Trace Elliot V-Type V8 tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Trace Elliot
  • Model: V-Type V8
  • Category: Bass Guitar Amp Heads
  • Added in our database on: 02/04/2003
Pre-Amp : 7x ECC83 / 12AX7
Power Amp : 8x KT88
Power Indicator : 1x EM84
Width : 615mm
Height 287mm (incl. handle and feet)
Depth : 377mm
Weight : 30kg
Passive Input : 1M Ohm
Active Input : 100k Ohm
Send Output : 100k Ohm
Return Input : 1M Ohm
Line Output : 47k Ohm
DI Output : 600 Ohm Balanced
Footswitch : 6,3mm jack, dual latching footswitch (Gain 1 / Gain 2 toggle)
Power Output    
Maximum Power Output : 400 Watt
Selectable Impedance : 2 / 4 Ohm
Selectable Power Output : Half / Full Power (200W / 400W)




Trace Elliot V-Type V8 user reviews

Average Score:5.0( 5/5 based on 2 reviews )
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GT500BASS's review"V8 - The Behemoth"

Trace Elliot V-Type V8
I played Trace Elliot amps since the early 90's and I own a few amps like the RAH600SMX, AH-300, Hexa Valve and now the V-Type V8.

Next to the Trace Elliot amps I own Ampeg SVT-CL, Hiwatt DR103, DR201, Weber MyWatt 400 and Marshall 3530, so I have something to compare. With all amps I use the Ampeg SVT-810.

But there is no comparison. The V8 is a class on itself. It looks good, it feels good and it sounds monstrous. Bright highs, great mids and very solid and beefy lows. Even when it is switched to half power (200W) it has plenty power to fill any stage completely.

The amp is quite rare, only aprox. 50-60 pieces were made and it is a rare occasion when a V8 is for sale. If you want one, be patient, keep looking and prepare for the worst... You might never find one.

I always struggle to get the right sound from my amps. I use different versions Fender Precision. But with all amps mentioned above, it always takes a few minutes to find the right sound and balance. Not with the V8. All pots at 12:00 and turn up the gain and volume. After that: no need to touch it.

I found the V8 two years ago and traveled 700km to pick it up the next day. It was in mint condition and after a short clean-up it looks brand new.

But there's also bad news about the V8. It has a design flaw in the fuse holders on the PCB. The soldering and fuse holder are not capable of handling the large filament current without heating up strongly and leaving a burned PCB and molten plastic behind.
After some investigation, I noticed that TE changed production and placed the fuse holders off the PCB, somewhere else in the chassis. I did the same with my V8 and rewired the fuse holders.

Apart from this design flaw, the V8 is built with great quality. Powder coated chassis, neatly built interior (but not as great as a vintage Hiwatt) and good quality components.

Nice gadget is the EM84 tube. This snake-eye indicator works as a power-output indicator and is visible on the right side through front plate. In dark conditions, this is a nice feature next to the wide glow of the 15 (!) valves.

I transport the V8 in a custom made flight case. Because of its sheer depth and misalignment between the holes in the cab and feet on the V8, I made a ply-wood adapter covered with foam to fit on top of the SVT-810 cab to prevent it from falling off/leaning back. The adapter has rubber feet which fit in the SVT-810 holes. The adapter has holes in which the rubber feet of the V8 fit.

Best amp ever. Buy one if you can find it and if you can afford it. However, it's not cheap and there are only a few V8's around.

Estimated price? Hard to tell. Be prepared for a EUR 2.000,- to EUR 3.000,- price tag.

Check my V-Type V8 Facebook page for more details:

dom.fourny's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Trace Elliot V-Type V8
This is an amp all lamps of 400 watts with the possibility of rduire power in half. connect the speaker jack is made by or (better) with the XLR, found on the rear panel insert an effect, one can take it offline or online setting convenient to avoid the land of the buzz n ons for example, we start with the rglages the classic bass, treble, mdium (adjustable in frquence) a deep, bright, but also a master voume to saturate the lights low volume and give a small ct slamming and fucking punch, and finally a small compressor that starts ffective be enough volume consquent.


The config is super simple, you plug and pushes you up the ass. A good amp is a: without rglages individual should sound, and he dcoiffe it no matter the style, I play hard rock but also the soul, it is perfect everywhere, and not need send the same watts low volume bard. by three against the English pages of the manual: zero
But who cares, with this kind of amp not need ...


As I 'said earlier, I play almost every style and my bass is a 5 musicman stingray I almost want to say the perfect couple. It turns the master volume? We do reggae. It gives it? you can spend hard rock and depending on the rglage critallin and make it to the funk ... That happiness. And I have on order a 5-string Rickenbacker Cheyenne and I hate to hear the sound two hambucking.


I use it now for three years and made a few ppin not too bad I am more than satisfied. I play bass for almost 35 years (the old words still have their say !!...) and amp I had and made from the Ampeg SVT I had nothing better. Okay it is not given but I do not regret a penny and if c'tait again ...

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