Price paid: $ 900
Purchased from: Online
Sound — 10
I have used everything from a Strat, Les Paul, P90's, PRS, Gretch Hollowbody through this amp, all have been excellent and quick to dial in. I play in a classic rock band, with occasional modern music. This amp covers it all. The knobs on each channel allow for decent variations and each channel has it's own Gain, Volume, Treble, Mid, Bass, Presence, Reverb knob(s). Channel Switches: 1.(Clean/Pushed) 2.(Vintage/Modern) 3.(Modern/Vintage).
Overall Impression — 10
I've been playing guitar since 1972 (long time!). I Also own 2 Fender Twins (one sliver face, one Modern Tube Series), a Vox AC100CPH (another GREAT! Head), Mesa Boogie Rect-o-verb series II, A Marshall JCM 900, Ceriatone HRM 100. If I lost the Nomad 100, yeah, I'd look for another one, I can play it in clubs at lower volumes or outdoor concerts where the volume will blow your head off! Love almost everything about it. Dislike? Hmmm 3rd channel can be a little hard to dial in, if you're not used to the amp.
Reliability & Durability — 10
I've had this amp for several years, NEVER had a problem with it. As any tube amp requires, change the tubes once in a while (when they get dull or lifeless sounding, or every few years (if you don't play it constantly). Use decent tubes (not the cheapest you can find). I've been using Winged-C's for power tubes and Ruby HG+ 12AX7's.
Features — 10
A 3 Channel head that absolutely ROCKS! (or fusion). 4x6L6's, which means channel 1 has a Twin-ish clean, even at high volumes. The 2nd channel is great for crunch or rhythm (can be heavily distorted if desired). The 3rd Channel is all the overdrive / distortion you'd ever want and more. The Solo button (on the foot switch), when you need to be out front (leads). A 5 band eq allows you to tailor your tone from classic to deep chug. I believe this is one of the most under-rated amplifiers out there. The trick?! A decent cabinet with good speakers. I've been using a Fender Birch-ply cabinet with 4x12 Celestion G12T-75's. Or a Mesa 2x12 cabinet with Vintage 30's in it.