Price paid: $ 700
Purchased from: Guitar Center
Sound — 9
The effects on this amp pretty good, the only one that seems to be lacking is the phaser. This amp has 6 different settings, clean, twang, blues, crunch, metal, and insane. There are two different type of each setting, one giving more of a thin sound, while the other give more OD. This amp suits my style wonderfully, a great metal amp. I play stuff like Guns n roses, jimi hendrix, and led zeppelin, but recently I have been only playing Megadeth and Metallica, and this amp is a perfect fit. This is amp is not muddy/noisy if you fool with the EQ a bit, a random setting will give you some unwanted noise. The distortion is weak on some channels, while insane on others, so no worries there. And I use a stratocaster with Vintage noiseless pickups(just goes to show that the amp is like 87% of your tone).
Overall Impression — 10
This amp is brilliant, and it's going to last me years. The only thing I hate is all the confusing presets. If this got stolen, I'd go buy it right again. People say this is just a Spider III with tubes shoved into it, but there wrong, Line 6 shouldn't have called it a Spider, because everyone is Biased towards Spiders. The footswitch that comes with it($100 one), is pretty sucky, but gets the job done. The volume/wah pedal sqeaks(the actual hardware).
Reliability & Durability — 10
This amp is a monster, so no problems with it getting damaged or anything(has a tube guard). I havn't had any problems with it so far, but it's only been a few months. I wouldn't worry about having a backup while gigging.
Features — 8
This is a new amp that Line 6 just put out I think a year ago(don't test me on that, that's what the guy said in the store). It is a pretty versatile amp, I was impressed with the cleans, there not Fender cleans, but there pretty good. This is a modeling/tube amp, so it pretty much has all the effects I need(which I will get into in the next category).This is amp is also loaded with a ton of presets, which are pretty cool. But to be honest, I wish there weren't any, because stuff like the master of puppets preset gets me to sound identical to hammett back in the 80s, but I don't want to sound like Metallica, I want to sound like me. The presets can get pretty confusing at times, too. But there are presets that aren't based on actual musicians, so you can definitely get your own sound out of it. There are 4 presets that you can set yourself, and alter when needed.