Purchased from: Music Shop
Sound — 8
I use this amp with the evolution pickups that come with the Ibanez Jem 7V. I only use the humbuckers. I use the neck pickup with the acoustic simulator and clean and I use the bridge pickup with the overdrive 2. I do not like th OD1. This amp suits me very well. The clean settings are perfect. The distortion is good enough for rock music however it is not heavy enough for people Who play metal and thrash. It becomes noisy when the volume is turned up to full so it is not good enough for bigger gigs. As I said, the only problem is that the distortion is not brutal enough.
Overall Impression — 9
It is a good amp for people Who want to start jamming in a band. This amp is better than the AVT100 because it has the acoustic simlator which is really really good. It is not good enough for metal or thrash players because the distortion is not brutal enough. I have been laying guitar for 4 years and this is my second amp after a Micro Cube (2 watts only). If it were stolen or lost, I guess I would try out another amp with a more aggresive distortion. It is a greatamp and that is my only regret.
Reliability & Durability — 10
This amp is reliable. It is really strong and extremely heavy. It weighs 30 kilos so it is quite a nuisance to transport. I would gig with this amp without a backup.
Features — 10
This amp is made in England. It has a 1x12 cabinetand it is a valve amp, not a tube amp. It is an extremely versatile amp and it comes with a footswitch. It has 4 different amp settings built into one: acoustic simulator, clean, overdrive 1, overdrive 2. I use this amp with an Ibanez jem. The acoustic simulator is amazing. The tone it produces is really warm. It is perfect for strumming. The clean setting is less warm and more harsh, more appropriate for solos or lead parts than strumming. The overdrive 1 and overdrive 2 are slightly different. The first one has less punch and body than the second one. The first one is very good for blues however, I dont like it very much. OD2 is perfect for heavy rock, the music that I like playing. It is great for riffs as well as the solos. This amp is very loud, good enough for small gigs but after you turn up the volume past three quarters of the maximum, it starts to buzz and hiss alot. It has effects loops, although I prefer to plug pedals directly, i.e. amp, efects, guitar. It does come with a footswitch. The footswitch has 6 swiches on it. 4 are to change the amp settings (acoustic, clean, OD1, OD2). The other 2 turn on and off OD1/2 effects and Ac sim/clean effects. The amp comes with 15 effects: 10 reverbs and 5 effects such as chorus, flange, delay. I really like the delay. The accoustic simulator has 3 controls: simulator, volume and a body switch (it adds depth to the tone). the clean has 6 controls: gain, volume, bass, treble, middle and a bright switch which can make the tone brighter or sharper. OD1 and OD2 each have a separate volume and gain knob as well as a scoop Switch and they share middle, bass and treble controls. The amp has an overall volume and presence control. For the effects, OD1 and OD2 share one set while the simulator and clean share another seperate set. The effects sections has controls that affect depth, speed, mix.