Price paid: C$ 420
Purchased from: Long & McQuade
Sound — 7
I may be a bit biased, because given my musical style and preference, this was a very poorly chosen amp on my part. I like bright but warm clean tones, with a good response on the clean channel. I also like light Drive for heavy blues rhythm and leads. This amp provides none of those things, at least not without the aid of an external eq. On the other hand, this amp can get very very heavy, and has a reasonable range of overdrive tones. Classic crunch to heavy metal, this amp does it all. Very nice overdrive sound to satisfy most, if not all genres of music. Excellent versatility for the overdrive channel. The clean channel however is a bit disappointing. The sound is very muted, even with the treble up all the way it's not very bright. Clean channel is nowhere near as versatile as the overdrive channel. It's decent, if you don't play too much clean, bluesy stuff, like I do. Clean channel doesn't have a very responsive drive, naturally speaking, and when you Switch over to the OD, it's often too much drive. So in my experience, thumbs up for the OD, iffy on the clean.
Overall Impression — 9
For me, a horrible match, but that was just poor selection on my part, it's no fault of the amp itself, I just should've been a more wise shopper. I've been playing with this amp for nearly 3 years, never had complaints about the manufacturing, or anything like that. I do wish I had known about the unfortunate clean channel (again, just a bad choice on my part) I love the OD channel. Good for experimenting with new effects without having to buy stompboxes. Very useful for home practice. A good first or second amp, I would recommend it before trading up to a tube, as I am about to do. This amp really does have everything a new guitar player could ever really want. Overall, quite a decent amp.
Reliability & Durability — 10
I've had this amp nearly 3-4 years in my bedroom. Had a good amount of things and people falling on it, kicking it, it's taken quite a beating in the time I've had it.. Yet I've never had a single problem. Never broke down, or even glitched. It works as well as the day I first brought it home and took it out of the box. However, I've never moved it from this room, except maybe 4 or 5 times. But I've also never really taken care of it. It's been well abused, and held its own. Very durable, it's surprising, really.
Features — 9
Standard, dual channel amp. (Clean/Overdrive footswitchable channels) FDD Switch to figitally simulate the tone of a tube amp. Line Out/Headphone port. Reasonable amount of tone adjustment knobs to tweak the sound a good bit. Very useful "Contour" setting on the overdrive channel to change the colour from bright and crunchy, to thick and heavy. Overdrive channel is very versatile, Clean channel, not so much. And of course, the effects, also footswitchable, with the exception of the digital reverb. Very easy to use, good loud speaker, extremely straightforward amp.