Price paid: $ 419.07
Purchased from: DV247.com
Sound — 10
With this amp I use a Yamaha guitar, which is a hsh configuration, and it sounds great, my axe has never sounded so good. There is a sticker which comes on the amp which tells you, in small print, how to configure it to so the presets sound the best with your pickups, which is really useful (something that should really be in the manual). So you can make your guitar sound like anything you want. I mainly play rock, from acoustic and classic rock to some punk and metal, and this amp really does fit everything; I used to have to carry round loads of fx pedals, now I don't because the amp has it all built in, which saves a lot of time when I need to change my setup slightly. The clean channel stays clean all the way up till the last tiny bit when it becomes slightly distorted; and the distortion can be setup from a casual crunch to a nail biting level, but even at the top end of the distortion the sound is still clear enough so that you don't just hear a grinding sound. The sound clips of the Line 6 site really show how different the sounds can be, and the sounds are realistic, when I listened to them on their site I was unsure if that's how the amp would sound, but it sounds exactly like the site.
Overall Impression — 10
This amp would suit any style of playing, the amount of different amp models it comes with (12) means that there is an amp model for every song, and the presets (all 400 of them) mean that you can instantly find the sound you are looking for. The only thing which is bit on the lame side is the manual, but to be honest it's a kind of amp that doesn't need much explaining. One thing that I wished it had come with is a complete list of all the presets built in to, 'cause with 400 fo them it's very hard to find the one you are looking for with out knowing what category they are in, luckily they are listed on the Line 6 site and you can print them off, but it would of been nice if at the back of the manual there was a list of them. Even so this is a great amp, which I would definitely buy again.
Reliability & Durability — 10
This amp is an amp to depend on, is built like a brick and I mean that it wouldn't break, not that's it heavy (it seems lighter than other 75 Watt amps I have used before). It's a solid state amp, so there are no tubes to change, but the sound is still as great as a tube amp.
Features — 9
This amp is really versatile, you can go for practically any sound you are after, from a '60s type twang for songs like blackbird, to classic Marshall-esque distortion for songs like back in black. The insane amp model is perfect for metal songs, and is great for the main part of Sum 41's WWV II. This amp has 4 channels to which you can immediately switch to, it can 3 different effects running at the same time, these are chorus/phaser/tremolo, delay/tape echo/sweep echo and reverb, each of the settings for the effects are tied in with the channel setting, so one click of a button and you can change every setting on the amp. It comes with a headphones/POD style out jack, which is really great, the sound from the jack sounds exactly like that coming out the speaker, and you can also plug it straight into your computer's line in socket to record the sound from the amp. Overall the amp is great and there are no major features I wish it to have, but the one thing which is a bit tricky is the navigator, which is a bit fiddly to use, but you get used to it. The manual is also a bit on the lame side, and could be explained a lot easier. This amp is great for practising with, and yes it is the 75w version, but when you turn it down low it still sounds great, but it also has enough power in it to manage to do small gigs, and it is built so it's practically indestructible.