Quilter Launches the MicroBlock 45

This pedal-sized box can serve as headphone driver, practice amp, utility power amp, or even an emergency backup amp to keep in your gig bag.

Costa Mesa, CA (January 19, 2017) -- Inspired by the legendary Thormitron 10,000, Quilter Labs' April 1st product for 2015, the MicroBlock 45 is the real deal, offering a serious guitar-friendly power plant in a single-wide pedal casing. With 33 watts into 8 ohms and 45 watts into 4 ohms, the MB-45 can actually “deliver” in a host of applications ranging from headphone driver, to practice amp, to utility power amp, and even as an emergency backup amp you can keep in your guitar pouch. Gain, tri-Q, and master provide the same controls as the original ToneBlock 200, allowing a guitarist to dial in a full range of tones from clean to soaring overdrive. Shipped with universal voltage power supply and AC cord, it is a complete micro-amp in a small carton.

The MicroBlock 45 features:

  • High impedance input for full pickup response.
  • Gain control ranges from clean to overdrive.
  • Tri-Q control provides a range of popular voicings from mid scoop to lead boost.
  • Master control adjusts output from zero to 100 percent.
  • Smooth Quilter overdrive and harmonic voicing for authentic guitar-amp performance.
  • Aux input jack and headphone output provide added versatility.
  • Class-D power for maximum efficiency and dynamics.
  • Die cast aluminum chassis, 4.5” x 2.5” x 1.25” tall plus knobs.
  • Universal power supply works on any voltage in the world.

Quilter Labs has even commissioned a limited-edition deck of playing cards—approximately the same size as the MicroBlock. The first 250 MicroBlock 45s will include a free pack for your playing pleasure.

Limited quantities of the MicroBlock 45 will be available to ship after the NAMM show, with quantity shipments in late February/early March 2017.

“How small can we really make a usable guitar amp?” wonders chief designer Pat Quilter. “Have we gone too far? Nevertheless, this technology offers opportunities to embed amplification in all sorts of portable products, even including battery powered devices, so it seems like a worthwhile direction to explore.”

For more information:
Quilter Labs

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