GFX15 review by Crate

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  • Sound: 8
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Features: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 9 Superb
  • Users' score: 6.2 (22 votes)
Crate: GFX15
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Price paid: $ 199.99

Purchased from: Music Plaza Tampines Mall

Sound — 8
I'm using a Yamaha ERG-121, stock pickups. The guitar is pretty versatile. The amp can get pretty noisy esp. with the gain set to full. But i guess this is mostly due to my pickup. It can handle anything like I said. The EQ is very versatile. But scooped mids tend to sound a little too sharp. What i did is to set the mids at 4 with a little cut and it provided a strong rock/metal crunch with strong bass. The mids of the amp is what really shines here. The mids can also act as a compressor with notes really singing and sustaining for a long time. Great for solos and use it with a neck humbucker and you're in tone heaven!! The clean setting ain't that versatile due to the absence of the gain knob and the clean sounds crack up so i had too cut a little treble off the EQ.Is the distortion hard, Don't even ask....I can get almost any metal tone except for Pantera's Live tone which is ultra heavy....the distortion is really strong and when set up right, the bass is real strong, and can sound like its coming out from a sub-woofer.

Overall Impression — 10
I played for 4 years. I don't own any other gear but i'm thinking of getting a new guitar soon. If it were stolen or lost. I'll probably get the GFX-30 the same model but different features. Its a lot of amp for not a lot of money. The tone is great. I don't particularly dislike anything about it. I compared it with a Marshall MG-15 but the Mg-15 is nowhere near it. I chose it because it was on sale, the presence of DSP and its tone. But yeah, its a good buy for the practicing musician on a budget.

Reliability & Durability — 10
Yes, i can depend on it. It pretty solid. Unlike tube amps, where once you drop it the tubes start cracking. Like most solid states, its quite sturdy. The amp have not broken down before. And as its made in the USA, it should have a certain level of quality.

Features — 8
Yeah, the amp is made in the USA, i got it at a sale so its pretty cheap 250 Singapore Dollars. Solid state circuitry but can sound like a tube amp on certain settings. The amp is pretty versatile and has many sweet spots. I play mostly metal,rock blues, funk and some jazz. Mostly everything. It has 2 channels, 30 watts, clean and overdrive. With Independent volume control. A gain knob on the Overdrive channel and shared EQ. And no, it does not have any effects loops. It does however have 2 outputs, one for speaker and earphones. The speaker output is real loud, and you're gonna go deaf if you plug any headphones in. It also have DSP on it. Which has Delay, Flange, Chorus and reverb. The effects ain't very strong so you can't get any tom morello stuff unfortunately. What lacks here is that you can't control the amount of Effect. But this control is available with the GFX-30 50 watt. I use it mostly for practice so its okay. For a gig, it should be passable.

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