Price paid: € 150
Purchased from: www.thomann.de
Sound — 9
The rhythm channel in this head is amazing, but the lead channel is terrible when playing with single-coil pickups, but some humbuckers will produce a basic lead sound. Nothing special though. I mostly play with my trusty LTD AX with rather good EMG pickups and there's practically no noise at all. The rhythm channel as I said before, is amazing. With the effects on, it produces the best clean sound I've heard from a cheap transistor head, and that's why I'm sticking with this amp. I eliminated the poor lead-sound problem with my Boss ME-70's overdrive pedal trough the clean channel of the amp. I mostly play 80's hard-rock and this amp with the clean channel suits my style well. It has enough power for even an outdoor gig.
Overall Impression — 8
I mostly play 80's hard-rock like Mtley Cre, GN'R, Alice Cooper and also some classic rock like Zeppelin and Motrhead. This head suits my style and music well when used with the Boss ME-70. I've played for about four years now and I really needed a louder amp to replace my old Line 6 Spider IV. I searched the website (thomann.de) for a cheap head/cabinet bundle and found this head there. It looked fine with all the features listed and a nice, cheap price label. As I got it, I was a little disappointed because of the poor lead channel, but when I plugged the head into my multipedal, I knew that this is the one for me. If it got stolen I would probably buy some else head with a proper lead channel. If you have good pedals, I strongly recommend this head but if you're not one for pedals, buy something else.
Reliability & Durability — 10
This head is really built to last. I have dropped it several times and it shows no signs of damage. I've had it for about two years now and never had any problems with it. I have always played gigs without any backup amps. I have never needed any with this tank.
Features — 7
Here we have a cheap transistor guitar head. 100 watts, solid state, 2 channels, 3-band eq, effect unit with reverb/delay/chorus and a solo boost (to use with optional footswitch). I think that the manufacturer should have concentrated better on the lead channel beacuse it is just terrible. The rhythm channel on the other hand is amazing. I rarely use the onboard effects since I have a Boss ME-70 with this amp, but if you play only with the head, the effects work well with both channels.