Price paid: C$ 730
Purchased from: Long & McQuade
Sound — 8
I generally use this amp with humbucker-style guitars such as Les Pauls, SGs, etc. But it also works great for single coiled guitars. The amp is a great all-around amplifier for many different genres and styles of music. The amp generally has a tight self-contained sound. It does not really push the air like a tube amplifier would if turned up. It has an excellent clean channel, very clear straight-set clean tone that meshes very nicely with the digital effects if used accordingly. I prefer the OD1 channel over the OD2 channel because I generally play classic rock or jazz, so high gain is not really needed, but when playing hardcore or metal, the amp is able to push out pretty high output gain. The thing with this amp is as you turn it up on the overdrive channel, the tone tends to get more trebly, and if you really crank it on the overdrive channel it tends to sound a bit too overpowering. One thing I like to do with the clean channel is turn up the channel volume to 10, and master volume to 10, which causes the amp to naturally overdrive, and it gives this very warm yet rich really nice overdriven tone. Not too good for the ears though, this amp is loud!
Overall Impression — 8
Great amp for my playing styles. Excellent affordable half-stack for classic rock, jazz, blues, even metal/hardcore. Effects are usable, and the emulated line-out is excellent as I use it to record directly into my computer (Good for if you can't afford a microphone). For a solid-state amplifier, this is a great amp and I definitely would suggest it for people looking for a versatile amplifier.
Reliability & Durability — 9
Pretty rugged amp, don't really have to worry about tubes blowing out or anything like that since it is a solid-state amplifier. I have used this amp for every gig I have had and it hasn't disappointed!
Features — 9
Made in May 2007. Very versatile amp for most styles. Starts with two channels, the clean channel and overdrive channel. On the clean channel there are two "modes", one being the regular clean, and then crunch. The clean channel has a gain/volume, bass, middle and treble knob. On the overdrive channel there is also two "modes", OD1 and OD2(higher gain). The overdrive channel has a gain, bass, middle, treble, contour and volume knob. This amp is a full solid-state amplifier, and it features digital effects on-board including reverb, chorus/delay, chorus, delay and flanger. The amplifier comes with a foot-switch pedal, that allows you to switch between the clean and overdrive channel, and can also turn on/off the digital effects. This amp features Frequency Dependant Damping which helps "liven" up the tone and add more base and power to the tone. There is also a CD-in jack for playing music & background tracks through the amp, as well as a emulated line-out jack for listening with headphones or for recording directly into a computer. One feature that I wish this amp had is a Presence control knob for both clean and overdrive channels.