Price paid: $ 380
Purchased from: Guitar Center
Sound — 10
I use a Squier Fat Strat with it. The clean is perfect; the distortion is highly dependant on your pickup. If you want perfect clean, use your neck cingle coil (if you have one) and if you want screaching metal use the channel overdrive and a humbucker. This amp is sweet. The distortion can sound like a classical rock sound but it can also hit those emo/punk sounds. The brutal overdrive is killer and adds a hell of a lot of punch. I can get this amp to scream but the others I've played on suck at it. I haven't heard any buzz yet, although it does pick up radio signal in certain rooms.
Overall Impression — 9
Rock on Crate, you guys make the sweetest amps. This amp blows my friend's 15 watter away and I completely cant let go. If someone stole it I'd beat the living of them. Or get a new one. I love everyhintg escept the wahwah, thats only okay. You could play this baby live. I looked at the spider ii but it didn't get loud enough and it had presets. You get to screw with the distortion on this one yourself (the coolest). I wish it had better wah wah and tremolo. It gets so loud I cant hear for a while. Make sure you get your footpedal when you buy it, don't get anything else. Just one thing, I've heard horror stories of amps blwing the day they get them: well thats 'cause their retarded idiots, you don't bring your amp home and play with it on 10 for three hours. Daily bring the volume a little higher 'till it's maxed, then it should be ok.
Reliability & Durability — 10
This thing hasn't busted. It will blow on playing for 2 hours at max volume.
Features — 9
This amp was made exclusively for Musicians Friend, so Crate doesn't have it on their website. I play rock, metal, punk, emo, all that stuff, and it kicks ass. It's got a clean channel and two distortion channels. It's all solid state and wicked. It comes with a footswitch but GC tried to sell me one without the switch but after a while they gave it to me anyway (it says on Musiciansfriend that it comes with one). Has an effects loop, and (best of all) a speaker output so you can add a cabinet and turn it not a stack. I wish it had the ability to turn the speaker off while I was using the speaker jack as a headphone one. The DSP is pretty cool, but the wah-wah is a really wacky but the delay and chorus and flange and reverb are totally sweet. It's also got an ok tuner.