Price paid: € 300
Purchased from: Mitros Music Belgrade
Sound — 9
It is tricky to get the sound you want if you are a begginer. It took me almost one year to understand what I need to do in order to get the sound I desire. Don't get me wrong, the sound that this little monster makes is really good. Clean sound can be used to play wide range of classics, from some blues and jazz jamming to a simple chords strumming. But the real magic starts when you press the little black 'Cin/OD' button. Oh, the warm and rich overdrive. It is amazingly loud for it's small size. You can play almost every note/chord and it will sound perfect. You can get that original garage rock sound from it. I play mostly bands such as the Doors, the Strokes, Nirvana, NOFX, the Used. So, it can produce almost the same sound as guitarists of these bands, but if you want to play something with harder sound, you better get a pedal. I use Epiphone Les Paul Standard with a Boss Distortion DS-1 and this is where the problem beggins. On DS-1 pedal you have three controls: Tone, Level and Distortion. If I crank up distortion to the max, the amp starts to be noisy which is really annoying. Same thing happens if it is close to TV. Other than that, sound is perfect.
Overall Impression — 9
This is a great first amp for any guitarist, and it makes an excellent tune-up or recording rig for those that may already have a big, bulky amplifier. And for those Who Live in an apartment, where a larger amp isn't practical, the AVT20 is the ideal compromise. This would also be a very good choice for those of you Who want to use it with a talkbox. Ideal for use in the home studio and dressing room, for Backstage warmups and low-level rehearsals. The quality of it's clean and overdrive modes will redefine your expectations of a low-powered, compact combo. It is a great match if you like the sounds of Nick Valensi, Robby Krieger, Kurt Cobain, and believe it or not, even Slash. If it was stolen, I would hunt down the person who took it from me and put him in a serious pain.
Reliability & Durability — 10
If you want a good amp that is reliable, than this is the right thing for you. I own it for almost 3 years now, it has never broke down, and it works perfectly good as the first day I bought it. Without a single doubt, this amp is worth every single euro I gave for it.
Features — 8
Features in this little amp are really amazing, and it was the first amp I bought. Controls include Gain, Volume, Bass, Middle, Treble, and Reverb. Inputs/ouputs include CD input, DI (speaker emulated direct recording output), headphone output, and extension speaker jack. Weight: 15 kg. Dimensions (mm): 480 x 465 x 270. AC powered. 20 Watt. You get a booklet in a box with an explanation how to make a sound you want. I use it mainly in my room for practice. It could be used for a gig, but I never tried it, and would not recommend it for that purpose.