GX60D review by Crate

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  • Sound: 8
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Features: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 8.8 Superb
  • Users' score: 5.9 (7 votes)
Crate: GX60D

Price paid: $ 158

Purchased from: Used

Sound — 8
I'm playing this amp with a Godin Freeway Floyd. Usually I'm playing with the bridge humbucker but all of my pickups get used. First played clean, the amp provides a really rich tone. With a humbucker, the bass in particular(if you have it turned up) comes out great with a very satisfying boom accompanied by your floor shaking. The highs are clear and crisp and there is very little to no feedback noise. In single coil mode, the tone is less contrasted and rich as expected. Feedback is still minimal, although more present. In general though, the clean channel is very warm and has a huge variety of sound depending how you set it up. I'm too scared to turn up the clean past about 40% of it's volume, but even then, there is no hint of distortion.The distortion channel shares the same great sound, but after you start turning the gain past about 12 the position, the amp gets fairly noisy (although you can cut some of this out playing around with the shape and low/high controls). The disortion itself is great though, cranking both the gain and shape gives you a really thick, deep distortion that is better then most distortion pedals. From there, you can get varying levels of distortion all the way down to none. Turning off the shape control gives you a whole additional slew of sounds to play with. Right from the in-your-face gritty tones to deep basy distortion to Vintage style there is a ton of variety. The strength of this amp defenetly lies in it's crystal clear clean channel, and it's wicked sounding distortion, and of course the sheer amount variey that can be found. Having said this, the noise with the distortion can (I find) detract from the clarity of the sound, so this is reflected in the rating.

Overall Impression — 9
In terms of the variety of stuff I play, this amp is really flexible to my needs. If you do get this amp, make sure you try to find a manual to come with it though, finding what "27" on the DSP knob is kinda hard on your own. There are a few online copies still kicking around on the internet. There's plenty of features on this amp to keep you busy, lots of variety, the clean channel sounds super rich, and the distortion channel sounds excellent. All in all, there really is not much to complain about. If it were stolen or lost, I'd probably have a tough time finding another one but I would probably buy another Crate amp. This amp strikes an excellent balence between variety, features and it's sound. Don't hesistate to buy one.

Reliability & Durability — 9
This thing is a beast. It weighs in at nearly fifty pounds and feels solid as a rock. I have never had a problem with it and would have no problem depending on it. One thing that might be better though, is a shielding for the back of the amp as the speakers and wiring are exposed within the cabinet.

Features — 9
This amp is a little bit strange, I belive it's an early 90s model, but it's been out of production for some time. I'm playing mostly rock, but branching out into most generes, blues, heavy rock, metal and everything in between occasionaly. The GX60D has two speakers, each putting out a solid 30 watts. This is really just a bedroom amp for me, and it's probably overkill as a slight twich on the volume will start shaking the house. This amp is really loud! It packs lots of punch, and is quite heavy. The amp has two main channels, one is set up for distortion (but can be clean if neccesairy) and the other is a clean channel. The distortion channel has a few switches, gain, shape (sorta like a frequency enhancer, it modifies the distortion noise), a switch to turn the shape off, and the low, high and master volumes. The clean channel it's standard with the low, high and master volume, but also includes a mid volume control that is nice for fine tuning. You also get quite a nice bult in chorus available (although not quite as nice sounding as a good chorus pedal) you get depth and rate control for the chorus, so again lots of fine tuning possible. There's also no less then 31 built in effects (dsp) although most of them are just different types of reverb, echo, slapback delay and some other stuff (including an infinite delay so you can make those cool sounds that you love from your 1970s style physics movies you watched in high school). What's kinda neat is that the amp will remember which settings you had with the DSP in a particular channel, and you can program up to 4 effects in the distortion channel, and 2 in the clean channel. You also get footswitch with three switches that will let you Switch channels, toggle the shape control and toggel the chorus. There's a headphone jack as well which is always good, and a stereo effects loop jack (send and return) and external speaker outputs. I haven't been playing for that long so I don't really use any of the DSP stuff but I'm sure some do. It would also be nice if it was a little bit easier to use, perhaps a seperate reverb dial rather then it being stuck in with the DSP.

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