Price paid: $ 399
Purchased from: Mom's Music
Sound — 9
This amp has tons of brutal sounds, it's like 100 guitar effects in one! It has fuzz, wah, delay, vibrato, tremolo, and more! It also comes with a few different amp settings so you can set up just the way you like it! If you want to sound like the Stones, change the amp to British 2, pop on the fuzz, and play that Satisfaction! No matter what style you play, it has the sound for you. You can even make your electric guitar sound like an acoustic! You can also change what the environment sounds like! So if you're in your room and want to play in say... a large hall, it has a set for that! It has nearly every sound out there. It gives you 50 different channels to set your own sounds on. I have many different ones such as one for my standard metal like Judas Priest and Black Sabbath, I have one for Stevie Ray Vaughan, and also for Joe Satriani stuff. The amp also comes with 50 preset channels that have a range of genre styles. It's got a few for each style. Rock, Metal, Jazz, Blues, Bluegrass, Surf Rock, and even a few preset guitarists like Jimi Hendrix, Aerosmith, and Pink Floyd. You get clean enough to pick Chet Atkins, and distorted enough to shred Dethklok. That's what makes this an awesome amp to have.
Overall Impression — 8
Without this amp, I would not be as good as I am today. It has introduced me into so much. It's a great amp to learn with. I've been playing for 7 years, and this amp has most of those years really easy. When I learn a new lick, I usually get on the amp and see how many different genre's/backing tracks I can implement it on. The amp is a great way to get your rhythm down and to prepare playing with other people. I've played everything on this amp from blues and country to metal and malmsteen, this amp can and will provide the sound and quality you want. This is an amp that I recommend as a must have for those guitarist who have been playing a year or two. It's one that will help you step up your game greatly. The only thing that I dislike about it is that if you want to change sounds in the middle of a song, it's not like a pedal where you can keep playing and you kick a knob. It has a knob that you turn which surfs through your channels. That's the only real flaw I can find with it, everything else was beautifully designed. I wish it would have a speed trainer with it though. That would top the icing. A metronome that slowly goes up in tempo which allows you to slowly but surely get your licks faster and proficient. This amp to me is a one of a kind. It's like so many selections in one. If I had a kid who wanted to learn to play guitar, I would definitely buy him this.
Reliability & Durability — 8
I already rely heavilly on this amp as it's the only one I currently have. I have used it for about 2-4 years now and it's running just fine. The amp comes with a strap so that way it's easier to carry and that also lessens the worry of dropping it on accident. This is currently my main amp and I'm proud to use it. The only problem I've ever had with it was when I was playing one night during a thunderstorm, the power went out and it deleted all my saved channels I had, but then again, I can sorta blame myself for that one! Besides that, I have had 0 problems with this amp.
Features — 6
If you want an amp that's a like a band in a box, then this is the amp for you. It features tons of cool backing tracks that range from many different types of genres. You can edit to where you only hear the drums, change the tempo, and the key as well! It's great for those who want to learn to play with others, cause it's like a whole band is already with you. Although with all the neat tracks it has, all the different sounds, it does not let you create your own custom tracks. Which is sad. =( It has 5 ports: 2 input ports, a headphone port, Midi In/Out port, and an Aux In port. It also has 15 watts, an 8" speaker, a tuner, and an small LED screen. I think that they could've done better with the amp though. It seems it was made with a new generation type feel, but yet it doesn't have a USB port. This would have topped it off for me. The amp has a lot of power for small concerts. I've used it only in small buildings with crowds up to 500 people. If you are looking for more power with it though, I'd suggest buying some bigger speakers. =P