Price paid: $ 150
Purchased from: Guitar Center
Sound — 6
I have a Squier strat, never use it but long ago I did. My main guitar is a Schecter Hellraiser CR with 81/89 EMG's. Not totally sure on which ver the EMG's are but thats what I've read. I bought this guitar because I just couldnt get good sound with the Strat, I was craving a real guitar sound, and the active EMG's help to achieve a fat sound in my opinion, the problem however is now the Amp. I cannot for the life of me get a good tone out of this amp, even with effects, I can't make the guitar scream and riff and it sounds good, however not with the onboard distortion, the built in distortion is grainy, and ugly, you can probably get the ACDC kind of sound but its really limited to that. I use a Metal Master DigiTech pedal which crunches nicely for my limited budget. I like the Clean channel on this guitar, I find it precise and with the addiction of some chorus sounds very nice. It is however quite thin, and lacks tone. The amp does not like chords, I find it increasingly hard to play chords and hear the individual sounds. I've become quite a tone junkie and I can't tweak tone out of this box. The sound is however sufficent for practicing, it does not however do gigging well, if you turn this sucker up to match your drummer its going to sound like a mess. I will however rate this generously a 7 because I've heard some Peavy's and other solid state small amps that sound absolutely horrible in comparison to mine which really says alot about theirs.
Overall Impression — 5
I play Rock, Metal, some soft stuff, I dabble with spanish music and very little folk. I've been playing about 6 years, which doesn't say much as I was in the Military and had very little time to play, but I'm an ok guitarist. I think I got what I paid for when I bought this Amp, it served its purpose well and is still running. If it was lost or stolen I would hunt down the thief(just for the damn principle) and buy a better amp. I'm going to be totally honest with you guys, if you need an amp on the cheap or are a beginner, this amp isnt bad, its loud enough to practice with, and you get Jam out with it and enjoy it. Your not going to get great tones out of it but what you think about a tone and I think are two different things. Try it out and you may love it, when I first tried it I loved it and I don't regret buying it, I'm now moving on to a Peavy Valveking 212. If possible a Mesa 212 Roadking. The only thing they screwed up on this amp was lack of volume control for the line in and crappy headphone emulation, other than that its a solid little starter amp and yes it will make your ears ring.
Reliability & Durability — 10
Its awesomely reliable, I would go kicking it around but I've had mine tossed around in my truck with my wild driving, and this thing as survived more than 4 years already. Finish hasn't worn off, and there is no difference since the day I bought it. Very durable.
Features — 6
I bought this amp around 2006? Can't really remember. The Amp is solid state, has a few effects some new guitarists may desire to play around with, which it does well. As far as onboard effects go I'd say they are meger at best but do give you the feel of reverb, chorus, flanger and delay. I use the amp to practice with and play with a drummer I'm friends with. I never really use the delay because I suppose it just doesn't appeal to me, don't like the layering. It has alot of desireable jacks for line in, headphone out, but the emulated headphone out sucks big time, doesn't sound anything like the amp does. Line in sucks too, there is no volume knob for it so you can't plug in and Jam with a song because you wont hear it, at least if you play with others.