Price paid: $ 399
Purchased from: Guitar Center
Sound — 9
I use this amp with a Dean Playmate, and for such a cheapo bass, it sounds awesome with this amp. The lowend is totally awesome and rattles the windows. The gain can go from the slightest hint of overdrive to the heaviest possible distortion (although the distortion does suck out a bit of the lowend, just like a Big Muff or Tube Screamer would). The overdrive is great though, and responds to how hard you are playing, as does the envelope filter. The volume will go as high as you want and the clean channel stays clean. The only thing making unwanted noise is the pictures on the walls. It suits just about any style: Rock, Blues, R&B, Funk, Jazz, or Metal.
Overall Impression — 9
This amp is a good match for just about any style. I compared this to an SWR WorkingPro, a Fender Rumble, and a Fender Bassman, and they just didn't compare. This thing has an endless array of tones. If someone stole this baby I'd get it again, except maybe I'd go for the 300 watt model. Believe me though, this ones already loud enough for any small or medium gig. I've been playing for less than a year and in my opinion this is a way better second amp than the Fender Rumble 100 that everybody seems to have. This ones louder, sounds nicer, and has so many more features (ok, so it doesn't have the pretty red light, but oh well). The only thing I wish it had that it doesnt't is maybe a horn for the more trebly sound. I usually go with the earth shattering low end a la John Paul Jones, but occasionally I want the more modern feel. The larger models with the 15 inch speakers both have the horn, but apparently they couldnt find room for it in the 12 incher.
Reliability & Durability — 9
This amp is very sturdy and rugged. The cab is made of some nice hard wood, and covered with thick carpet. The speaker is protected by a metal grille, and the knobs are nice and heavy. It's just barely too big to carry with one hand, but one person can easily carryy it by themselves. It's never broken down on me, and I don't think I would need a backup for it.
Features — 10
Made in China, probably late 2006 or early 2007. Solid state amp with versatility good enough for any genre. It has 5 Amp models, a synthesizer, and 3 effects. The amp models are: Clean (bright and funky), R&B (deep and bluesy), Rock (modeled after an Ampeg head and 8X10 cab), Brit (modeled after a late '60s Marshall, with just enough overdrive), and Grind (heavy distortion). The Synth has resonance, envelope, attack, decay, cutoff, and waveform controls. The built-in effects are an Envelope filter, sub-octave, and bass chorus, which all can be dialed into varying levels of intensity. There is a 4-band EQ and gain control, as well as a built-in studio compressor. The amp has 4 channels which can be modified at any time at the push of a button. Pick your amp, EQ, gain, level of compression, and effect, then push the button and the amp saves it until you overwrite it. The amp is 150 watts and has a 12 inch speaker. It can stand up straight or be tilted back for use as a monitor. Other features include: Headphone jack, effects loop, MP3/CD input for jamming along, direct out to an extension cab, ground lift Switch, Passive/Active inputs, and a special Line 6 jack for use with a Line 6 pedalboard or Variax modeling bass.