Price paid: € 450
Purchased from: Second hand
Features — 9
I've got the Limited Edition "Vintage Pro" version with the Vintage 30 speaker and the red tolex. Looks great and sounds even better. It was build in 2013 or 2014 I think, somewhere overseas but it's very well put together.
I play a Epiphone G400 1966 Ltd. Ed. "TV Silver". It features a 2 piece mahogany body and neck, 22 vintage frets, Gibson scale length, '60s taper neck (not fat like a '58 LP, not thin like an Ibanez or something), rosewood fretboard, 2 Alnico 5 humbuckers with coil-split, 2 tone and 2 volume controls, a TOM bridge, Grover tuners, a nice gloss finish and the standard SG body style.
The amp came with a footswitch (channel and reverb controls) a power cable and some books and stickers.
The amp features the following:
- Artisan tolex and black paper fret
- Limited edition badge
- 40 Watt valve combo
- 2xECC83, 2xEL34
- Two footswitchable channels
- 12" Celestion Vintage 30 speaker
- Enhanced tone controls
- Patented Infinite Shape Feature (ISF)
- Clean voice switch
- Overdrive voice switch
- Master volume
- Digital reverb with dark/bright switch
- Speaker emulated output
- Effects loop
- 2-way footswitch included
- Cool vintage styling
Sound — 9
I play mostly '80s metal (Dio, Ozzy Osbourne, Ratt, Dokken, Saxon, Van Halen and so on) and blues/bluesy rock (Foghat, AC/DC, Johnny Winter, Led Zep, Buddy Guy, Rose Tattoo, ZZ Top and so on). The amp suits my playing very well, you can dial it in as a vintage American blues sound, Marshall style blues sound, British crunch, British gainy, Soldano/Peavey/Mesa style gainy and much more. The amp has a very nice bottom end, the mids are very noticeable but you can dial it down a little if you prefer that, and the highs go from fat blues tone to screaming '80s solos. It's not noisy in anyway, I really like the standby switch. It's dead silent but still keeps the tubes warm. It's such a versatile amplifier.
Reliability & Durability — 8
It's very loud! But it sounds really good even in bedroom situations because of the master volume. It will do very well in a live situation. This amp is probably gonna last you a lifetime, it's very well put together and doesn't feel flimsy in any way at all. I think you could easily tour with it, you can pick it up with just one hand and it's loud enough for most gigs (although I haven't tested it!). If you play in a band that does all kinds of different covers it's nice to have a bunch of tones within the turn of knob.
Overall Impression — 9
It's a great match for me, it does everything I want and isn't too big or clumsy to take with me. I've been playing for about 7 years but this is my first owned tube amp. I've played other tube amps before but this is the first one I personally own. There's lots of good reviews and demos online so even if you can't try it out yourself you can get a pretty good impression of how it sounds. If it got stolen I'd probably get the same amp but in a head and cab version. I love the awesome tones and master control, too bad it doesn't overdrive that easily on low volumes but hey it's good enough. I personally like the blues tones and metal tones best. In comparison to my old Roland Cube I much prefer this, sounds way better in my opinion.