Price paid: $ 71
Purchased from: pawn shop & ebay
Sound — 6
This amp sounds tolerable at lower volumes (under 4.5). I use a 2003 lefty mex. strat with ceramic pups & a lefty O.L.P. MM-1 with SH-2 & SH-4 Seymour Duncan pups(alnico 5 magnets) w coil splitters. The clean channel sounds best. You can coax a "fairly decent" bluesy distortion with much patience from the O.D. Channel. My Chinese-made GX30M has the crappiest 12" speaker I've ever heard (& I'm 60 yrs. Old). Pure junk; a spkr. Change was necessary. Crate screwed up when they made this amp 4 ohms. They should have made it 8 ohms & had it where the ohmage would drop to 4 ohms when you use the external spkr jack. As it stands, the amp operates at 4 ohms & the internal speaker(12") cancels out when the speaker jack is used. Why cancel out a 12" speaker? This would have been 1 of the best s.s. 30 watt amps I've used to date except for the 4 ohm/speaker jack crap.
Overall Impression — 6
As I stated b4 I'm 60 yrs. old. I play with older friends that I've played music with all my life. I've been gigging for 35 + years, Mainly classic 60's-80's rock. I use this amp to work out tunes, for lessons, & to practice, only. I really don't use this amp on stage as I don't consider 30 watts enough to pull it off, even with miking. I would be absorbed & walked over by the drummer & keyboard player. It could definately be used in small venues, i.e. small bars, etc.. I own & use alot of older Crate amps (love the "U.S. Made" older GX series). I seem to get alot more bang for the buck.
Reliability & Durability — 9
I have had no service problems with this amp. This GX30M was made in China; however, I also own the same amp that was usa-made. They have the same features, but differ cosmetically. The usa amp has a seemingly better speaker in it. Crate solid state amps last a long time whentaken care of.
Features — 8
Crate 1x12" combo amp. I'm not sure of the d.o.m. This GX30M is Chinese-made. 2 channels, reverb & chorus, footswitch, head-phone, & external. Spkr. Jack are all on front on panel. Alotta neat features for a cheap 30 watt 4 ohm amp. You can Switch back & forth between the channels with the footswitch.