Purchased from: Guitar Center
Sound — 5
For the past 6 years, I have played nothing but Fender Strats, and at the time, I had this amp, I was using it at home for practice purposes. To me the Clean channel sounded great, while the distortion took some getting used to as far as adjusting it and getting a proper tone. I thought this would be good enough for small gigs, until I was asked one night to sit in for a friend with his band. I ended up having to mike this amp because unlike the GX-65 which I now own, this amp doesn't have any puch for a live setting.
Overall Impression — 7
I play classic rock, '80s hair metal and a little blues. This amp is adept for any style of music, but like I mentioned earlier, just doesn't cut it in a live setting. This would make a good practice/recording amp though. I am still using Crate, but now I have a 1997 USA made, GX-65 which blows this model away, along with my ever so trusty 2006 Fender MIM Sunburst Strat, and my recently acquired, Danelectro Fab Flange pedal. I was really upset when I had to return this because I thought that this would be great with a band situation. Live and learn, I guess.
Reliability & Durability — 6
Crate amps are built like tanks, but this one isn't American made, and it shows. This amp would need to be miked if you're using it for a club gig or anywhere else. The tone wasn't bad, in fact it was pretty good, but what made me get rid of it was the fact that I could not hear myself in a band situation. You would figure 65 watts, more than enough right? I don't know if I was sold a defective model or not, but after 3 weeks, I was left with no choice but to return it to Guitar Center and get a used Fender Princeton 65 which sounded great until it dies out on me 6 months later. I guess I have bad luck when it comes to amps.
Features — 7
I had bought this brand new, in November of 2006 at Guitar Center for the price of $199.99. At the time, Crate had just discontinued it, so there fore the low price. Plus GC gave me a free Epiphone LP Jr in Sunburst finish just for buying it. It has 2 channels, clean and overdrive, which has 2 different types of distortion as most Crate amps do. It also came with a 3 button footswitch and the instuction manual.