Price paid: $ 230
Purchased from: Guitar Center
Sound — 3
I used a Johnson Catalyst with it when I had mine. I pretty much just had two channels: distorted and clean. I played metal a lot when I had it. It can make all sorts of sounds and has quite a bit of variety. Here's the clincher though, the tone is pretty poor in quality. For this price, this amp is not worth it. There are many other amps that you can get for less that are way better than this one. Its high-gain distorted tone is alright if you know what to do. The clean is horrible. It often sounds buzzy and weak. It lacks much of a unique sound. It just tries to model all sorts of things, but it looses quality in the process of trying to achieve that. So yes, it has variety, but the tone is cheap and crappy. Also, this thing does not take pedals well. It has its own built-in effects and my experience with it is that it hated other effect pedals and rejected them.
Overall Impression — 4
I liked to play metal when I had it, but now I'm into great clean and low-gain tones. It was alright for metal at the time, but I would recommend some much better amps for even less money for metal. I've been playing for 3 years now. I bought this after 1 year of playing and sold it a few months later. I liked it for a little while because it could do high gain, but I grew to dislike it. It has crap tone. It doesn't take pedals well. It sounds so manufactured and fake. Nothing about it is unique or its own. If you want a decent modelling amp, go for a Roland cube and there are plenty of other, cheaper, better amps for metal than this one. This was a huge waste of money on my part. Oh well, we all make mistakes.
Reliability & Durability — 6
I never had any real problems with the actual amp. It never broke. I took good care of it so it never really broke in any way. I sold it away to pay for a Vox AC4Tv, which I currently have. I had it for a few months, but grew to dislike it pretty quickly. When I sold it it was in perfect condition. There were a few times that it made weird screeching and buzzing noises, but those seemed to fix themselves for some reason.
Features — 5
I bought this new from Guitar Center in June 2009. As far as versatility, I guess you could say that. It's a modeling amp that covers everything from classic rock n rock to modern alternative rock and metal. I bought it because it was an affordable high wattage amp that could do high gain. At the time, I was obsessed with Metallica and tried to play their songs a lot. It has a ton of channels for saving. It's like a computer. I think these modelling amps actually have computer chips in them. It has a lot of effects in it. Yes on the headphone jack. I never gigged with this amp. I wanted an amp with a lot of watts because I wanted to gig and be in a band, but that never happened, so it was a waste of my money. It's solid state, has one speaker. It does have a lot of features, but how well it does it is another question...