Price paid: $ 220
Purchased from: Guitar Center
Sound — 8
I use a Dean Razorback DB with this amp and it sounds absolutely awesome!! The triple channels are really nice. Plus, it comes with a footswitch for instant switching of the channels. There is a clean channel, which can have a deep, rich, warm tone, to a sharp, bluesy tone. There is also a distorted channel which gives you a 80's hair metal sound, at least on my guitar. The third channel sthe high gain channel. I don't even need a seperate distortion pedal this works so well, but it does sound better with one. The distortion sounds a bit muddy and grungy at low volumes, but after three or four, it's crisp and loud, but can be a bit staticish (noisy).
Overall Impression — 9
My overall impression of this amp is very good. I play metal and classic rock and the amp holds up to this style very well. The distortion is good and the clean is great. I love everything about the amp except for the DSP effects. The aren't really that special. Otherwise, there is nothing else wrong with this amp. Compared to other amps I played, this one sounded better than amps twice it's price. If it were lost or stolen, I'd be pissed and track down whoever stole it, and cram my metal down his throat. I use this with a Razorback DB, which is a metal guitar, and it holds up very well, not a lot of excess noise, except at high volumes. At this price, you can't beat it. it's an absolute steal.
Reliability & Durability — 10
This amp is extremely reliable. I've had the amp for about 6 and 1/2 months now and nothing has ever gone wrong with it. I have banged it up against walls, doors; dropped it, knocked it over, etc. It hasn't been dinged, scratched or anything and looks like it did when it came out of the box. The footswitch is made of some durable metal and hasn't been cracked or chipped at all. It is extremely well made.
Features — 8
The Crate GTD65 Guitar Amplifier combo features the FlexWave, a solid-state preamp that provides convincing tube-like tone and feel. It has 65 watts of power, three channels, a 12" speaker, CD inputs, and DSP effects. The amp itself is 13.8 in. wide, 22.8 in. in depth, 20 in. high and weighs around 36 lbs. I use this amp in my room and in the basement for band practice. It has incredible volume for 65 watts. I only need to keep it at three or four when I'm with my band and that plenty loud. The CD input is really nice because you can play along to your CD's at the same time you play. The DSP effects are Reverb, Chorus, and Delay. The Chorus and Reverb work really well but, the delay effect gives you hardly any delay at all. I recommend buying a separate delay pedal if you want it.