Price paid: $ 900
Purchased from: Ebay
Sound — 9
I use a Fender American Deluxe H/S/S strat, and with the bridge I can get metal to classic rock to blues just by switching around the gain. The Lead channel is very very good, but it barely has enough gain for some metal, probably because the JJ's, but it's good enough. If I turn the gain to about 6, I can get the Vintage Marshall tones. The clean channel is very good. Through my strat I can get hendrix really good. It is kinda bluesy, so some people might not like it. The only channel I dont like is the crunch. It feels like a washed down version of the Lead, and is nowhere near as sharp, but I can get clapton tones with it through my strat. Overall, the amp is alittle noisy, but I dont have a problem with it. The thing is that this amp is kind of good at every genre, but is not a master of any. Also, the reverb rocks.
Overall Impression — 9
This amp is a really balanced amp. It can handle all the tones you want really well, but if you really are just going for brutal distortion, look somewhere else. If you want the 'actual' Vintage Marshall roar, get a Vintage amp. Just remember that this amp compromises versatility for quality.
Reliability & Durability — 10
As for reliability, it never broke on me. I would gig without a backup because it is reliable.
Features — 9
I think this amp was made around 2001, but was still in great shape except for the tubes when I got it. This amp is very versitile. It can handle most genres with its 3 channels. I think it has 2 effects loops. I use the lead and clean channel the most, because the crunch isn't really that great. I don't know how this amp sounds with stock svetlanas, because I have JJ E34l's and JJ E83303 I think in there. Anyways this amp is loud! Don't underestimate 60 watts of tube power.