Price paid: $ 550
Purchased from: used
Sound — 10
I typically play hard rock and classic rock. I use the Metal Blue model with all controls set to noon. Very gritty, clear, and tight Soldano type crunch sound. No extra noise thanks to the built-in noise suppressor. I get amazingly warm and tight clean tones with the Clean Blue model. Very clear even at high volumes. The Metal and Insane models are sinister. Gain beyond mercy. Shredders and metal heads will love this very crunchy and suprising clear tone. The modulation effects are horrible though. The models are amazing though. Any tone you want is available if you spend the time to tweak it out and crank up the volume.
Overall Impression — 10
I play classic rock, hard rock, and some metal now and then. I play a Gibson Explorer and the two sound great together. I have no regrets getting this amp. it's monsterous. I would buy another in a heartbeat. My favorite feature is either the built-in noise suppressor or the built-in tuner. They are life savers! Amazing flexibility, amazing tone, and reliable. Great amp for anyone. Get it, that's all I have to say.
Reliability & Durability — 10
I bought this amp used and it still looks amazing. The entire amp is built very sturdy and looks great. The only problem is the knobs are very flimsy. Be careful. I'm looking to find some sturdier knobs that I can put on my SV to be safe. No service problems so far, it's holdin up. Just don't be an idiot with it, and you're good to go. Excellent construction. Also, it doesn't rattle.
Features — 10
I play a Gibson Explorer and I play rock, classic rock, blues, and some metal. For all of those styles this amp delivers. Any tone you want can be dialed in with the 12 amp models, 7 FX, reverb, and built in overdrive. You get 36 user presets to save your favorite tones. This amp's list of goodies includes= tube power amp, Celestion Vintage 30 speaker, built in tuner, built in overdrive, built in noise suppressor, cab outputs, direct output for recording or PA, and FX loop. I play Live with my band, and this amp rips through with ease. With the channel volume at noon and master at 4, I can get over a drummer no sweat.