Purchased from: Charley's Guitar SHop
Sound — 10
I use this amp with my G&L Tribute which is basically a Fender Stratocaster. With the standard 3 Strat pickups. This amp puts out this classic Fender sound, which I love and is perfect for my blues/classic rock style. It can get really loud but it doesn't have to be to retain it's tone. It plays great live in small to medium gigs, nothing like an arena, but great for pretty big bar. I use it at the Hard Rock Cafe in Dallas, which is pretty large. Good for outdoors as well. There is a large difference between clean and Drive, you can tweak the sound a lot by just altering the settings. I don't this much because I like to stick with one sound; it isn't the best variety of sounds but it is very good. The clean channel is pure cleanliness and the Drive channel doesn't have insane distortion but it's really crunchy in a blues sort of way. I rate it a 10 for my style of playing.
Overall Impression — 9
This is a great match for my style, which is blues and classic rock. I have been playing nearly 2 years, and I'm on a budget so I only own a guitar besides this amp, a G&L Tribute (it's very good). If I had to get a new amp for some reason and I had a limited amount of money, I would definitely buy it again. Fender is a brand that I trust and I want to stick with it.
Reliability & Durability — 9
I know I can depend on this amp and I would definitely use it without a backup; it was built to last and I hope I will have it for many more years to come. It has never broken down on me; I take great care of it as I do with any amp. So with proper care, I'm sure this amp won't easily break. It has a very durable cover as well.
Features — 9
This amp was made in 1997. It has 5 tubes; 2 Fender 6L6 Groove tubes and 3 Fender 12AX7 Groove Tubes. It outputs 60 watts into 4 or 7 ohms. Also, it has 4-10" Special Design Eminence 8 ohm, 30 watt Speakers Very versatile, three channels: clean, Drive, and more Drive. I play a lot of blues and classic rock and it is great for both. However I don't recommend it for heavy metal, shred metal, speed metal, or anything of that nature. It comes with a footswitch pedal for changing the channel while playing, which I use a lot. No headphone jack but it does have an effects loop, however I do not use many effects. It has everything that I need; it had two input jacks, a power amp in jack for effects pedals, and a preamp in for hooking up auxiliary amps. This amp is great for practice and gigs. When I practice both my guitar and amp are at 2 or 3, so it is very loud. All the knobs go up to 12(it's one better than Spinal Tap's amps). It has a clean volume knob, a master volume knob, Drive knob, bass, treble, and middle knobs, reverb and presence knobs.