Price paid: $ 274.482
Purchased from: Dawsons Music
Sound — 9
Currently I'm using a BC Rich Warlock with the standard BDSM humbucker pickups (which arn't that bad actually). The guitar has a nice deep tone to it and goes quite well with this amp. The 'insane' distortion setting is a really heavy distortion and you can change the built-in setting to whatever suits you. But I dont have the distortion knob turned all the way up because it just doesn't sound nice, so have it in between half way and 3 quarter way for a nice distortion sound. The amp suits my music style great, I play a lot of Iced Earth and it's really heavy and sounds good when muting on 'insane'. The amp is silent, which is great. But I have noticed it makes a little noise when on the 'metal' setting but I don't use that really no I'm not bothered. The clean channel is not distorted at high volumes or if it is turn the distortion down. It is only distorted a small amount if your playing power chords and hitting the strings hard. I then thought with turning the distortion down, it was too bassy, but that was just me. The distortion is very extreme, but can lack tone at high volumes, but I'm not sure whether thats just because I'm standing right next to it.
Overall Impression — 9
Overall the amp is a decent match for my music. I have been playing nearly 2 years now, havent owned that much equipment but I know whats good and whats bad. If it were stolen I think I would search for a better amp or give some other practice amps a go (such as peaveys). The thing I love about this amp is the distortion, it's nice, powerful and not too bassy. The thing I hate is when changing channels with the footswitch. It is the fact that it does not change instantly so you have to press it some milliseconds before, which is annoying. My favorite feature is the echos, I use it on every channel because personally I think it gives it more feeling to the music you are playing.
Reliability & Durability — 10
The amp is built like a tank, I would definately gig without a backup. The amp has never let me down and I'm sure it won't ever.
Features — 9
This amp is a 2005 model. The amp is pretty versatile for my style of music which is mainly heavy metal. The amp has 4 channels which are clean, crunch, metal and insane, these settings can be used for nearly all types of music I suppose. You can switch between channels but if you dont want to keep pressing the button on the amp to change the channel you will need to buy either an FBV 2 or FBV 4 pedal so that you can change without your playing being interupted. The amp does have a headphone jack, but personally I don't think it sounds as good with them in. I never use tremolo even though its still a pretty cool effect, it can get quite annoying. I think a better effect could have took its place. I use this amp just as a practice amp at home, although I have gigged with it. The amp has a lot of power and putting the volume a quarter way is more than enough for me while practising. The amp is not a tube but still has a good sound.