Price paid: $ 325
Purchased from: Guitar Center
Sound — 6
I use a Shecter XXX with stock seymour duncan pickups and I play alot of blues, rock, punk, and metal. The rythm channel is good for Ac/Dc and Black Sabbath tones, while the solo channel is better for trash, and nu-metal. The clean channel is sounds great and is very versatile. After you reach 3/4 volume all the channels become very distorted and starts cracking. Overall both distortions are a bit noisy, but they get the job done.
Overall Impression — 6
For punk and classic rock this amp is a good choice, but for nu-metal, and metal I didnt find it to my liking. It's noisy so all your fast runs get meshed together. If it were lost/stolen I probably wouldnt buy this amp again because I need someting bigger. I really like the clean channel, but I feel most of the effects go to waste because I don't use them often.
Reliability & Durability — 8
I have never gigged with it because it doesn't have enough power, but for practice use this thing works perfect, apart from having troubles with the jack, it hasn't given me any problems.
Features — 8
The Crate GLX65 features 65 watts, 1 12" speaker, 3 footswitchable channels (footswitch included), an independent effects loop, built in tuner and mute button for quit tuning. The channels include clean, rhythm, and solo. The clean has its own Eq, but the rhythm and solo share. The solo channel features a gain, shape, and volume knob. The effects include, 4 reverbs, 3 delays, 2 flangers, rotating speaker, octave divider, touch wah, inverse wah, doubler and a few combos like flange and reverb, tremelo chorus and reverb, and flange reverb and delay. Its a pain you can run only 1 effect at a time, and it would be nice if the solo channel had its own eq.