GX30M review by Crate

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  • Sound: 8
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Features: 7
  • Reviewer's score: 8.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 6.1 (9 votes)
Crate: GX30M
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Price paid: $ 65

Purchased from: Pawn Shop

Sound — 8
I'm playing a custom three humbucker tele, pics in profile. SH-4, mainly. this amp sounds "Soul-less" at levels 3 or lower. Over level about 7, solid state distortion. But the middle levels are nice for clean sounds. it may be a little heavy on bass, but it's got an O.K. EQ range, so it can be dialed in. Good clean, Unuseable distortion. Seriously. I play Gun's n' Roses to ZZ top, to Metallica to Slayer. This amp has a tendancy to "Fart" with heavy bass and deep-tuned guitars. It gets really bad at higher levels of volume. I use a Damage Control Distortion pedal, running 2 12AX7's, and it sounds great from that.

Overall Impression — 8
Nice amp for mid-level (Bedroom-light jamming) and practice volumes. Really nice Clean channel. Unuseable Overdrive. OK built in effects. Basicly, pretty nice beginner's amp for the price. I got it as my first amp. I think this is one of the earlyer amps, it seems like it's taken a lot, but held up really well. As far as being versitile, not really. It has a really nice clean tone, once EQ'd correctly. The overdrive channel is aweful. just, it is horridly noisy, almost no bass, Very similar to AM radio, really. The reverb seems quite weak in mine, bearly noticeable turned to 10. sounds nice for what it is, though. The chorus is horrible on all but one setting. Speed-4, Depth-4. this makes quite a fluid, sweeping chorus. depth or speed higher, and it's almost a tremello effect.

Reliability & Durability — 10
This thing can take anything. it's insane. It seems like it can run through anything. I think this is one of the earlyer amps, it seems like it's taken a lot, but held up really well. As far as being versitile, not really. It has a really nice clean tone, once EQ'd correctly. the overdrive channel is aweful. Just, it is horridly noisy, almost no bass, Very similar to AM radio, really. The reverb seems quite weak in mine, bearly noticeable turned to 10. sounds nice for what it is, though. The chorus is horrible on all but one setting. Speed-4, Depth-4. this makes quite a fluid, sweeping chorus. depth or speed higher, and it's almost a tremello effect.

Features — 7
I think this is one of the earlyer amps, it seems like it's taken a lot, but held up really well. As far as being versitile, not really. It has a really nice clean tone, once EQ'd correctly. The overdrive channel is aweful. just, it is horridly noisy, almost no bass, Very similar to AM radio, really. The reverb seems quite weak in mine, bearly noticeable turned to 10. Sounds nice for what it is, though. The chorus is horrible on all but one setting. Speed-4, Depth-4. this makes quite a fluid, sweeping chorus. Depth or speed higher, and it's almost a tremello effect.

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