Price paid: $ 249.99
Purchased from: Guitar Center
Sound — 5
I use a Schecter Deluxe Hellraiser with an EMG 81/85 set. The amp sounds decent at best. The clean channel isn't all that bad, but the high gain channel is pretty bad and the overdrive channel could be better as well. At high gain levels, this amp can produce a lot of noise. If you play with gain maxed on the high gain channel it can produce some nasty unwanted feedback. None of the channels sound bad, but they're not amazing either, even for a solid state amp. The clean channel almost never distorts, and the distortion on this amp can go from light crunch to death metal. There are a few DSP effects. Three knobs: Reverb, chorus/flanger/phaser, and delay. The reverb is pretty good, but the chorus/flanger/phaser are hard to control and a bit subtle. The delay is all right, but very subtle. There is also a DSP effects bank that stores the last used effects settings for you, but you need to have the footswitch plugged in to be able to use this.
Overall Impression — 6
I play mostly metal but also other stuff. The high gain channel isn't perfect, but it does the job. I've been playing guitar for about four years. I now wish I'd gotten a different amp because it really isn't great for the price. I would definitely not buy this amp again if something happened to it. The clean channel is probably its best feature. It's very clear. The high gain channels are very noisy though, and the tuner is very unhelpful. I bought this a while ago, when I didn't really yet have an ear for good tone. I'd definitely recommend looking at other amps.
Reliability & Durability — 9
I have never had a problem with this amp, so I can't really say. The amp seems sturdy, however. I wouldn't say it's built to last for years, but it definitely looks like it could take a beating. Basically this amp is strong, but not built like a tank. It's a solid state amp so no need to worry about tubes. The amp is open-backed, so the speaker may be a bit more vulnerable, but this shouldn't be too big of a problem.
Features — 7
This amp is OK for the price. I bought this amp about two years ago. It has one 12" Crate speaker. The amp has three channels, a clean channel, an overdrive channel, and a high gain channel, switchable by using buttons on the amp or the included footswitch. There is a volume control on each channel. Each channel except the high gain channel has a 3-band EQ (the high gain channel and the overdrive channel share an EQ). There is no effects loop or a headphone jack, but there is a CD input jack (which can also be used with iPods or MP3 players) and a jack to connect a cab to the amp. The amp is pretty versatile. This amp is plenty loud with 65 solid-state watts. It has a few effects, as well as reverb. There is also a tuner at the top, but this is horrible. It is very inaccurate and it's hard to tune with it because the LEDs constantly indicate that your string is tuned to D, after which it instantly switches to G, then to A, and back to D, for example. It's just very annoying and hardly usable.