Price paid: $ 429.99
Purchased from: American Music Supply
Sound — 9
I have played many guitars with different pick-ups through it, and aside from each one having different pickups and wood, the constant is that there is some buzz on the overdrive channel, this is also dictated by the pickups you use(the cheaper the pickup the more buzz I have noticed). The clean channel seems to be noise free, the headphone jack sound great but when outed into recording equipment is very noisy.
Overall Impression — 10
I play mainly heavy metal and jazz material and this amp provides the tone and effects I see fit to play it. I have been playing for a little over three years now and usually play either a RR3 Rhodes Jackson, an ESP LTD Kirk Hammett, or my custom made Retro-V through it with out any other pedals or effects except my Weeping Demon Wah. When it comes down to it if this amp was stolen or destroied I would probably buy a high level Marshall, but for the price paid and features I believe it was a great deal. My favorite feature about this amp is the included foot switch and how smoothly it changes channels, my least favorite feature about this amp would have to be the fact you can only choose one effect from the Switch at a time(however the reverb has its own switch)or the feedback buzz.
Reliability & Durability — 10
This head does NOT feature tubes, however it seems to still hold up fine at high volumes and has a built-in fan to regulate the temp. I have used it on a small gig and would say that thus far it has been completly reliable. It has not broken down or given me any trobule in the six months I have owned it. The version I own has a distinct silver finish that has held up so far.
Features — 9
This amp was constructed in 2009, and I would say will acomadate to anyone's style of playing, weither its jazz, blues, rick,or heavy metal. It boasts three channels, built in effects, effects loop, headphone out/emulated line out, CD/MP3 player input, and included a channel footswitch(the foot switch only changes from the channels you have selected on the head and turns the effects on/off). The purchase also included a 4x12 Marshall cap with celestion speakers in it.