GT30 review by Crate

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  • Sound: 6
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reliability & Durability: 8
  • Features: 7
  • Reviewer's score: 7.3 Good
  • Users' score: 4.4 (7 votes)
Crate: GT30

Price paid: $ 175

Purchased from: The Guitar Ranch

Sound — 6
I run an Ibanez GRG170DX and AS73G through this amp with stock pickups in both. I play any type of rock. The distortion on this amp kinda sucks, so I'd suggest getting a distortion pedal. I bought a Boss DS-2 and it suits me nicely. The cleans are not bad, because there is a three-band EQ. The gain and shape controls on the distortion channel have a lot of variety, but are usually muddy, and the high gain on the amp doesn't sound the greatest even with low volume.

Overall Impression — 8
This amp is good for rock, and can be good for most any other stuff with the right pedal setup. this was my first large amp, and it makes one hell of a practice amp. I still would not suggest this amp for any large venues for the reasons stated earlier. If it were stolen, I would either buy it again, or save about $20 more and buy a Rocktron used amp for more wattage, and better tone. This is a good practice amp, and if you're ready to upgrade from a small wattage amp this is a good choice. I would not suggest this for gigging, unless it is exclusively for small venues. Overall good practice amp for the price.

Reliability & Durability — 8
I used it at gigs without a backup. But I wouldn't suggest it for gigging without micing it up first. I say this because it breaks up badly after 7 on the level dial. It loses a lot of tone, and doesn't sound good at all. But at low volumes, around 0-6 it doesn't sound bad. Also, my amp hasn't broken down. Everything is in the same condition it was when I bought it.

Features — 7
The amp has two channels: clean and distortion. It also comes with a chorus effect with a rate and depth control, and also reverb. There is one input jack, a footswitch jack, and a plug for an extension speaker. It is 30W solid state with one 8" speaker. I use this amp for practicing, and sometimes gigging. I wouldn't suggest it for larger venues.

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    good review dudey, i used one fo these and it worked good for what it was and i think ur review describes the amp perfect... and its also nice to not see everything as a 10 for once.... keep up the reviews peace
    This amp is AMAZING. The only flaw is that the overdrive is a joke, which can be a huge drawback or a small drawback. IMO, your better off, as far as solid state amps, finding an amp with killer clean tone, and then using an overdrive/distortion pedal. For this situation, the crate gt30 is amazing. Its cleans are outstanding. The reverb and chorus are nice too, but seeings i dislike both of these effects i cant really rate them. GREAT amp
    I'm selling my Crate FXT120 to get one of these just for the reason I'm going to college and need a practice amp for my dorm! I got a Marshall 50 Watt tube at my house for gigs and it cranks louder than my 120 watt, how good marshall tube's are...i love crates. they r my favorite digital amp! But I hate to downgrade to a 30watt from a 120..but duty calls