Price paid: $ 359.99
Purchased from: Musicland Express
Sound — 9
I use a Johnson (made by Axl) with "designed by emg" pickups. I know this isn't too great a guitar, but it sounds really great on the amp. I can get a kinda Stevie Ray Vaughan sound out of it on the rythym channel with bass & mid on 5 and high on 10 with full gain and the overdrive. Lots of versatality outta this amp. Turn the gain down on the amp, slap on a DigiTech MM Distortion, dial in EQ and your set with some face-scorching metal sound. I usually don't use the "lead" channel just because I'll do what I mentioned above for distortion, but it has a mediocre distortion to it. This amp gets very loud.
Overall Impression — 9
I'll play blues, metalcore, and pretty much anything in my solos (it's fun to spice solos up with licks and riffs from different genres). I've been playing for I'd say about 2 1/2 years now. If someone stole it, I'd kick their ass because I worked to buy this thing on my own. I was originally going to buy a Randall G3 series 75 watt, but decided on this thing admittedly because of the value. It has great sound (although Randall G3 had 1 I liked more) and is cheaper, plus more versatile than the Randall. I can't really think of anything else it needs, I'm pretty content with it.
Reliability & Durability — 10
I would probably depend on it for a gig, just because I sold most of my old equipment to "level down" my stuff (if that's a term). I have not owned it for more than a couple months, but I'm sure it's reliable. It's a hybrid tube pre-amp, so when the tube goes out you only replace 1 and that's hardly ever with a hybrid.
Features — 8
This is a fairly new amp I believe. It is a hybrid amp (as in solid-state power with a tube pre-amp) and usually I don't go for hybrids, but this one surprised me. She has 2 channels (lead & rythym) with seperate 3 EQ (low, mid, high), volume and gain for each. Has a volume boost and a bunch of effects like chorus, phaser, octaver, flanger, delay, auto wah, and a bunch of other stuff. Has CD In and headphone jack. It has a bunch more plugs in the back. I just don't use 'em.