Price paid: $ 349
Purchased from: Buckdancer's Choice
Sound — 9
I use a modified Fender Stratocaster with this amp. It is H/S/S, with DImarzio pups: a Breed in the bridge, HS-2 in the middle, and Cruiser in the neck. I like to play virtuoso stuff like Vai, Petrucci, etc. The amp suits this very well. It can get noisy, particularly when piling on effects, but that's what the noise gate is for. The clean channel does not get distorted at high volumes, one of the positives of solid-state amps. The distortion can get pretty brutal: just Switch to either the Treadplate or Intense models.
Overall Impression — 10
I like to range from very clean, chorus-tinted sounds to brutal crushing metal riffs, and this amp covers all the bases and more. I've been playing for 5 years now. If this were stolen or lost, I doubt I'd get the same one at the price I got it, so I supposed I would save up for a high gain tube amp. I just love this amp. Kind of wish it was 2x12, but oh well. With the help of this amp, and the Dimarzio Breed, I've finally reached my perfect tone, and saved spending thousands on effects and amplifiers.
Reliability & Durability — 9
I could easily depend on this amp for anything I throw at it. I would gig with this without a back up: there are no tubes to blow! Only durability problem was that some screws in the back were a bit loose, causing some rattling. The amo has never broken down.
Features — 10
Not sure what year the amp was made in, because I bought it used. The amp is extremely versatile. It's a modelling amp. But unlike many versatile amps, this has a fantastic sound for everything. Honestly, it's easy to go from clean jazz to searing mid- scooped metal. There are 4 channels, which can be switched using the buttons on the amp, or using a separate board from Line 6. This thing has eveything: effects loop, 4 and 8 ohm speaker outs, headphone jack, you name it. The only feature I can think of to add would be an acoustic simulator effect. THat would be incredible! The only I features I absolutely never use are some of the weird delays. Digital is good enough for me. I use this amp in my basement, and to record. With distortion this thing could melt your face off. I've never got the master volume past halfway. With clean stuff, I could see wanting an extension cabinets for gigs or something.