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GP7-SM, Bass Guitar Combo Amp from Trace Elliot.


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Trace Elliot GP7-SM tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Trace Elliot
  • Model: GP7-SM
  • Category: Bass Guitar Combo Amps
  • Added in our database on: 08/15/2002

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Trace Elliot GP7-SM user reviews

Average Score:4.7( 4.7/5 based on 3 reviews )
 2 reviews67 %
 1 user review33 %
yoTrakkz01/01/2012

yoTrakkz's review"great amp"

Trace Elliot GP7-SM
The Trace Elliot GP7 is a solid state bass guitar amplifier. Like the name states, it delivers 115 watts of power. It has two 1/4 inch inputs and also has an XLR output if you want to send a direct input signal to your audio interface or PA system. It has a ton of parameters, including knobs for level, EQ, and gain. It also has a section of sliders that is a graphic EQ.


UTILIZATION

The configuration of the Elliot GP7 bass amp is very easy to follow and I find that it is easy to zero in on the sound and tone that I am trying to achieve. The inherent sound is full and it is a good sounding overall bass amp. There is a good amount of control available, making it great for all types of bass guitars and genres. I don't have a manual for the Peavey Combo 115, but you shouldn't really need one as it is quite easy to use.


SOUNDS

The Elliot GP7 is great for all types of music, but I have really only used it for rock music. I have used it both on the stage and in the recording studio, and I am usually happy with the sounds I get with this bass. I usually use a Fender P-Bass or Jazz Bass with this amp, usually with great results. There is a good amount of tone shaping capabilities, which is what makes it a versatile amp in addition to be great sounding.


OVERALL OPINION

I've been using the Elliot GP7 bass amp for about four years for recording and live shows and have found it to be a great amp. While it is extremely heavy, it has a huge sound to go with it and works great both while recording or during live shows. The price of this amp isn't all that cheap, but it isn't expensive and is probably set right. Overall, this is a great bass amp that is versatile and sounds great.
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Plastered P12/26/2005

Plastered P's review

Trace Elliot GP7-SM
150W solid-state amp. It is powerful, there's no question about it. One instrument jack input with active/passive switch. Two big, detented knobs: gain and master. I give it a 10 because it is really reliable for its price point.

UTILIZATION

Easy-to-use-amp. 7-band EQ (50Hz 100Hz 250Hz 500Hz 1.0Khz 2.0Khz 5.0Khz). A knob allows you to modify the influence of the equalizer on the overall sound and a switch allows you to turn on or off the EQ. Two pre-EQ switches correspond to two very typical sounds: A Warwick-like slap and a round, rock 'n' roll sound.
No user manual, but it's not necessary anyway. I give it a 10 because, unlike many combos, you can cut the influence of the preamp and benefit from the real sound of the bass.

SOUNDS

It suits any style of music: Very fat lows and highs that don't sound like cardboard, like on combos from Hartke, Swr, the small Ampeg. I have tried them all in rehearsal rooms. I have a 6-string Leduc and a Chapman Stick Bass and I think that, unlike the other combos mentioned above, it is relatively transparent. When you crank up the volume (7-8 to 10), the sound loses precision in the high end even if the lows remain fine. At normal volumes for concerts in bars, it stands out easily and fits all music styles. It really blows you away. I give it a 10 because I think this small trace elliot has a warmer and more organic sound than the new combos that have come out in this same price range.

OVERALL OPINION

I've had it for 5 years: I started out with a sh**** 4-string vantage but it was only after I had my leduc and my stick that this amp really showed its value. It is perfect for concerts in bars and other closed venues. It isn't really suited for bigger stages, but it has an XLR Di output on the front panel to connect it to any PA system.
It is relatively compact, very sturdy, and I added casters to make it easier to transport!!! When I bought it, I chose due to the reliability of the brand, but I have since tested a bunch of amps and have never found this roundness on combos at the same price point. Value for money: I think it's pretty good. A great amp for beginners.
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3Dos12/01/2010

3Dos's review

Trace Elliot GP7-SM
Solid-state 130W amp
7-band graphic equalizer
1 DI output
Compressor
1 15" Celestion speaker plugged via jack into the head, which has only one 4-Ohm jack output.
1 switchable jack input for active/passive basses

UTILIZATION

I bought this amp without user's manual, so I can't say anything in that respect.

The amp is relatively easy to use, the hardest part was using the graphic EQ. The effect of the EQ can be increased or reduced with a pot. The amp also features gain and output volume controls, as well as other options, like the compressor. The interface is simple but it allows you to do lots of things! I really like it!

SOUNDS

As soon as I heard it, I fell in love ─ I simply love brilliant/twangy sounds. You can get a very round and deep sound with this amp but, if you ask me, it's a waste!

I love to play funky lines despite the fact that I play in a stoner band and this amp is absolutely incredible for twangy sounds and slap. I'm able to have a deep sound that is brilliant and twangy. I also play with an EBS compressor before, which really takes sound into another dimension (in terms of depth/clarity)

Short note: I took out the head to use it as a standalone head with a 4x10" Ashdown cabinet. The 15" speaker sounded too round, in my opinion, but that's a matter of taste. I nevertheless played a lot of concerts with the 15" as combo and it sounded pretty well.

I also play with an X-tortion for guitar (it's a real power horse but I ought to get an MXR El Grande Bass Fuzz to complete my gear) and it works fine, but I think the compressor behind it improves lots of things.


OVERALL OPINION

I've had this amp for quite some time now and I have recently modified the setup by removing the head, but I don't regret my purchase in the slightest. This amp is really worth it if you love to slap and play the strings hard!

Furthermore, it's very sturdy! I have taken it with me quite a bit without flight case. The grille is intact and the housing is in excellent condition (only the corners and handles are a bit run-down) with a bit of rust and cracks, but my combo is 15 or 20 years old and it is still really sturdy. It was made in the UK, but I don't know if it is still manufactured and if the more recent versions are as good in terms of manufacturing/finish/sturdiness.

To wrap it up, it's very, very good gear. You can go for it with your eyes closed if you find it secondhand, because the prices of new Trace Elliot gear are pretty high.
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