Price paid: C$ 325
Purchased from: Axe Music
Sound — 9
I'm using a Fender Deluxe P-Bass Special with a penchant for the classic R&B sound of James Jamerson. This really does the trick. It's round plenty and has lots of punch. More expensive than others it's size, but INFINITELY better sounding. It causes some buzzing at high volumes though. Fine in studio or practice, but if you're going live or have a loud band, make sure you can plug into a PA system or larger power amp+cab on site.
Overall Impression — 10
Wicked sound for such a small piece. Ideal for a home studio or beginner who doesn't want to sacrifice nice sound and a comprehensive feature set for the affordability and small size. Wish it had adjustable front foot height to tilt it up. Would buy it again if it were lost.
Reliability & Durability — 10
I've only had this for a few months, but seems very fine and very sturdy. My biggest problem is that my cat likes to scratch the felt material around the sides. I would definitely feel comfortable gigging across the country with this, though I think it's most appropriate as a practice amp.
Features — 9
Solid state, basic sound modeling practice amp. The distortion effect isn't great by any means (as far as my use is concerned), but the compressor is fine for what it is. Ground lift button if the DI feature is causing hum. No one mentions this, but it's nice that the power cable is a standard computer-style detachable cable, which reduces likelihood of damage when you trip on it and can easily be replaced if it gets cut or anything. - -10dB pad - Bass, Lo-mid, Hi-mid, Treble controls (low/hi mid is great for limiting fretting noise without losing body) - 4 Amp Models: Clean, R&B, Rock, and Grind - Synth Bass - Full-time Opto Compressor - XLR Direct Out With Line 6's exclusive A.I.R. processing : works really well recording DI or to PA. - Pre Amp Out (send to larger on-site amp when traveling light) - 4 Programmable Model Memories - Headphone Out - Jam Along CD/MP3 1/8-inch Input - 10-inch Speaker 75 Watts - Dimensions: 24lbs, 12"L x 12"W x 12"H