V-Tone GM108 review by Behringer

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  • Sound: 8
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Features: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 8.8 Superb
  • Users' score: 6.6 (79 votes)
Behringer: V-Tone GM108

Purchased from: N/A

Sound — 8
The variety in the tones that this AMP can do is large. I was able to set it up to get some sounds that closely resemble that of Malcom Young's guitar (AC/DC). And can play shot down In Flames as if it were the actual Mp3 from my computer. It plays cleanly as it can play dirty as well. I imagine if I knew more blue's riffs It would sound great on this amp, and I'm inclined to try it out sometime. The only beef I have with this amp is that it can't handle distinction between pitchs at relatively high Drive levels. It frequently distorts and blends it all together into a monotone pitch. I have to hook up a guitar effect processor to do the high distortion jobs for the amp to get a heavy metal sound with the distinction between pitches that I required. This all while playing on a rather new guitar, a G&L Legacy, Tribute series guitar. Un-modded. So I doubt it's the guitar doing it.

Overall Impression — 8
This is great choice if you're either looking to play good ol' classic rock band music and if you want it can play as clean as a whistle, good for blue's leads and take a fair amount of accidental abuse as far as I can tell. I've only been playing for 4 and a half months, but don't let my short guitar experience put you off from this review I can get quite picky when it comes to the sound of the tones coming out of my amp. I have a good ear for tone and pitch. For a beginner/traveller amp, this will be an excellent choice.

Reliability & Durability — 10
The different tones you can achive with this amp are amazing. For only a 15-watt this thing can pack a lot of punch as a starter amp. But if it isn't quite enough for you, it's speaker's design can handle up to 20-watts. So if you wanna rig it (although it voids the warrantee) you can do so, but I don't recommend it. At it's stock set up it makes it great for small gigs, but anything with groups of people larger than 100 and you'll need something bigger. This amp won't tweak easily either if you bang it here and there or accidentally unplug the guitar while it's still on, it handles the buzzing noise well so it can't easily ruin you're speaker.

Features — 9
This little practice amp surprised me at how versatile it truly can be. It's got a headphone socket if you're practicing at night, so you don't have to disturb anyone else, ideal if you're in a dorm or apartment, but you'll need a headphone cord-guitar output cord converter to plug in any headphones (if they use the standard headphone cords). You can easily change the way it works with an analog modelling panel. For customizing the sound of the amp there are plenty of features. It has an analog modelling panel that consists of 3 switches, one for the speaker's style of sound, (US, UK, or FLAT) another for the AMP's general mode, (clean playing, hi-gain, or "hot"/really distorted) and the last setting has different equalizer settings to give you drastic tone changes. (California, British, or Tweed). With all these setting's combined you can have up to 27 combinations of effects just from you're amplifier alone and that's not including all the Drive and equalizer knob settings. The equalizer knobs have the standard high and low range knobs, but they've also fit in a mid range knob. You can set it up real high to give you're playing more depth or take it away to let the low or high sound frequencies come through better. As if that wasn't enough, Behringer even fit in a CD input socket for you to listen to you're CD music on the amp to play along. To tell you the truth though, you'll be better off using your computer to play your music. To use the CD input you'll need a special converter part (of course) to fit onto the output cord of the sound source, because it doesn't use an ordinary headphone-like socket, instead they used the bulky guitar signal input socket. Which makes that feature almost meaningless to have on this amp. Never the less though, it has plenty more features for to mess with to vary you're guitar playing.

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    Silky Smooth
    It's really not that bad of an amp, if you dial it in just right you can get some pretty heavy sounds going