Price paid: $ 75
Purchased from: Furtados, India
Sound — 4
I use an entry level guitar (Yamaha Pacifica 012) with its default pick-ups. It has a HSS style of pickups. I am learning since hardly 8 months but still I can say that though guitar is quite basic, it sounds good although the amp dosen't (as I have tested the guitar with a better amp). The amp dosen't suit my style of music much (I am a lead player mostly). I also use an effects pedal (Boss DS1 Distortion). The amp on the clean channel isn't too noisy until you go beyond the 7th volume level but as soon as I turn on the distortion, the amp gets noisy. It's not the pedal's or the guitar's problem as I have tried them with higher level amps. As I said before, the amp isn't versatile at all and after just owning it for 5 months, I feel like getting another one. The overdrive channel produces a very thin, weak and almost non-existent overdrive so it's useless plus it's noisy.
Overall Impression — 3
Even if you are a complete begineer, stay away from this amp. No matter, what kind of music do you play, this amp won't cut it. Get a Roland Cube 15X or something like that by paying a few extra bucks. I have been playing since 7 months but still this amp fails to satisfy me. I wish I had got a chance to test it before buying it (this amp was actually a gift). If it were stolen or lost, I would be rather glad because then, I would be able to get a new one. One thing I like about it is it's size. It's small and therefore I can take it to school for guitar classes. I didn't get a chance to compare it with other amps in the price range and I regret it. All in all, stay far away from this crap.
Reliability & Durability — 4
I wouldn't use it for a gig as it feels like a cheap amp and any sane person won't use a 10w amp for gigs. I haven't dropped it or banged it anytime but after looking at it's construction materials, I can confidently say that it won't last long or survive a drop. It's been with me just for 5-6 months so it hasn't been neglected or broken down yet.
Features — 6
Can't say where it was made but it's probably made recently as it's a very 'nu' sounding amp. I am into hard rock/metal (almost all genres except -core and 'nu'). This amp has two channels. Clean and Overdrive. The clean channel is mediocre while the Overdrive channel is pathetic. The amp is 10w and therefore ain't too loud but does for a small room or a hasty band practice. I can't get all the tones I want from it but it makes for an okay first amp. I wish it had more tone options (like settings for mid and high range, etc) and a couple of effects.