Purchased from: Sam Ash
Sound — 10
I'm using a Squire Strat and it does give an annoying hum when using just one pickup, but that's the guitar's fault. Using two pickups gets rid of the hissing sound though. The distortion on this beast is insane! And the clean setting is pure glass. I'm honestly scared to turn this amp up past about 6 with heavy distortion because I may cause permanent damage to my house! This amp also has a noise gate built in, so if you're gonna have it up loud for a gig, just flip that thing on and it'll kill the hiss from the distortion. Now let's talk distortion for a minute: this amp has 2 clean amp models, 2 for twang, 2 for blues, 2 for crunch, 2 for metal, and 2 for insane. Plus you can give it a distortion boost, so you can throw out those tasty lead licks or those marrow-melting rhythm riffs.
Overall Impression — 9
I play mostly classic rock and metal, and this amp is prefect for me! It will play most anything from Stairway to Heaven to Master of Puppets. As a matter of fact, some of the song presets go back to the 50's! If you play a wide variety of music, then this amp is all you! I've been playing for two years and I own a Zoom GFX-5 effects pedal. I prefer the distortion on the amp, however I still use the pedal for wah and also for some effects that the amp doesn't have built in. If it were stolen I would probably get it again, or if I had the money I would grab the 150watt half stack version, but only cause it's got four 12 inch speakers instead of the two tens. I searched the internet over before I found this amp, and I love it to death. I would say that for 400 bucks, you can't top this amp. it's amazing!
Reliability & Durability — 10
I would definitely use this at a gig without a backup. It's never broken down, however i haven't had it too long. A solid state amp doesn't have tubes or anything like that, so that shouldn't be a problem. This amp is not resistant to flame, water, shark attacks, fat chicks, or lava. Also, despite it's loudness, it cannot be heard in the vacuum of space and is not designed for space travel.
Features — 10
This amp is new for 2006. It is a 120 watt solid state amp with two 10" speakers, and with 12 different amp models, reverb, and 6 built in effects, it is probably one of the most versatile amps out there. There's no effects loop, but there is a headphone jack, and also a direct out ethernet cable hook up, so the amp can be pluged into a Line 6 pedal to change effects, distortion, etc. This model is very similar to the Spider II 210, only that this amp has 250 artist-created presets, 150 song-based presets, and also 36 user programmable presets; including artists such as Slipknot and Lacuna Coil, and songs such as Enter Sandman, Crazy Train, Back In Black, Bark At The Moon, and Master of Puppets. I'm stepping up from a 15 watt Fender amp to this 120 watt amp. I'm in a metal band, and our other guitarist has a 100 watt Marshall half-stack, but it takes a while to get used to having to turn down!