Price paid: £ 130
Purchased from: eBay
Sound — 7
The amp is really versatile for what it is but I think it lacks bottom end so you end up dialling the bass up to 9 while treble and middle are on 5 (but that might be because I mainly play a Fender Jaguar through it and that's quite trebly anyway). I tend not to use the Drive channel without the "more Drive" Switch on but it gives a nice gentle overdrive sound without I guess, it's nice for slide guitar anyway. Clean channel is really bright but the Drive channel is quite muddy and buzzes like hell but sounds ok when you're actually playing something. I tend to use the clean channel with my MXR distortion pedal and that's pretty good.
Overall Impression — 8
For such a cheap amp (about $200) you aren't going to get amazing tone but this is a real bargain for the price. it's a shame the distortion is a bit muddy because that's the only thing that's wrong with it. I've been using it for about 6 months and I've had no trouble with it and it looks great on stage, like an old silverface. If it was stolen I'd walk after the guy and wait for HIM to get tired then take it back. If he got away, I'd definitely consider getting another one but maybe pay out and get a Fender Deluxe for a better Drive channel. Anyway this is easily one of the best amps for this kind of money and worth considering if you want something cheap to gig with.
Reliability & Durability — 10
Made in China or not, this thing is reliable as they come. I Gig with it regularly without a backup and throw it in a van and it always comes out fine at the other end. My friend has a Fender Super tremolo amp which cost like 4 times as much as this and is always breaking down. I've stood on it and spilled stuff on it and run vocals through it and it still works fine.
Features — 9
I have no idea when the amp was made but I think it was made in China. Pretty standard amp 2x12" speakers and 60w. It is reaaally loud though, never taken it above 6/10 volume on either channel. it's got two inputs (but you can't really use them at the same time with two guitars cos everytime one plays something new, it cuts the other one out), two channels: bass, treble, middle and volume on both channels and a Drive knob on the Drive channel and an option to add "more Drive" with a Switch on the amp or via the footswitch -- I think this came with the amp from new. The reverb is really good for a free effect, I tend to play with it on all the time and can't get used to not having reverb now. Sounds cool as hell anyway.