Price paid: $ 467.4
Purchased from: Turramurra Music
Sound — 8
I mainly used this amp with an Epiphone G-400 and a Variax 600. I mostly play metal and the red metal channel sounds awesome. It isnt noisy at all due to the noise gate, which is very useful and the tone is better than most people give credit for. All the red channels sound great, but for some odd reason the green channels are lacking. Sort of muffled. The clean sounds are good once you tweak it a little and the plexi crunch sounds great. The heavy metal kind of tone is a little digital sounding, but not that noticeable. This amp suits many different styles of music because of the wide range of sounds, although I wish it had a JCM 800 kind of amp model. I haven't really turned this amp past the halfway mark on distortion and I never needed to, so I don't know how grainy it becomes at higher volumes.
Overall Impression — 9
I play mostly metal, but also many other styles and this amp suited my style perfectly. The sheer variety of sounds is great, escpecially if you play a wide range of styles and/or are trying to find your own tone. it's a great beginners amp or an amp for a guy on a budget. This is no tube amp, far from it. But for the price, it does the job well. If it was stolen, which isnt likely because it weighs like 20kg, I would go buy a keyboard amp since I recently acquired a POD X3L.
Reliability & Durability — 10
This amp seems very reliable. I've had it for about a year and a bit and it hasn't broken down on me yet. I've taken it to a few gigs and lots of band practices and it's held its own. I would definitely depend on this at a gig without a backup, it just seems sturdy and almost indestructible.
Features — 10
This amp is loaded with features. 400 odd presets, 36 user banks to save your own presets in, 12 different amp models, noise gate, distortion boost, 7 effects (chorus/flanger, delay, phaser, tape echo, sweep echo, reverb), 4 footswitchable channels, a CD input and a Headphones out. This amp is loud, the multitude of effects on it are great and so is the range of sounds.