Price paid: $ 299
Purchased from: GC
Sound — 8
Like I mentioned above, I've been using this for my P-Bass, T-Bird, Bronco, and Tele. For my purposes, it's OK. No errant noise. Plain vanilla sound, but I don't really know what I WOULD like an amp to do at this point. The volume knob rarely makes it past half-way for my living-room practice. I did experiment with higher to full volume settings while alone one day, but there didn't seem to be the same amount of increase in the upper half of knob travel as the lower half. It got a little distorted, but not really that bad... But then again, I don't see much reason to have it that loud anyway.
Overall Impression — 9
My wife talked me into finally buying a bass, so we went to GC about 6 months ago with no real idea of what to buy. The saleman told me that the safest bet would be to buy the Squier J or P-Bass playset as I wouldn't be able to get out of the store with anything decent for less money to hedge the possibility I'd lose interest or give it up for other reasons. I believe he steered me right. If it were stolen or lost I'd probably buy a mid-sized keyboard amp for the versatility and multiple inputs. There is nothing I wish it had, nothing that really bugs me, and for $99 (currently), I wouldn't hesitate to buy another if a small practice amp is what I needed. I give it a "9" because it simply works for reasonable money.
Reliability & Durability — 9
Everything has worked on this unit from day one. The EQ knobs work fine with no static. As mentioned, the carpet covering will likely attract your cats, and the cats will win. It looks like the newer ones come with a hard shell. Like I mentioned above, I would expect an amp with less "gadgets" to be more robust for any given amount of money, so hopefully it will continue to be problem-free as it has for the last 6 months of (almost) daily use.
Features — 9
No idea when it was made. I am a beginner playing anything including country, disco, classic rock, jazz, and funk. When I plug in and turn it on, sound comes out. No static or fuzz, but it's plain vanilla sound. I play a T-Bird, P-Bass, Bronco, and a Telecaster through it and at living-room levels they're all fine. The only thing I "don't" like is the carpet covering on the cabinet which my cats "do" enjoy very much. So, feature-wise for an entry-level amp? I think it's perfectly fine; nothing comes free, so when a bunch of features like effects and such are included for cheap, quality has to be compromised somewhere else, or everywhere else. I prefer basic amps for that reason. Bear in mind, my number ratings are in reference to my satisfaction with this product, and NOT in reference the very "best" amp money could buy.