Price paid: $ 169
Purchased from: Musician's Friend
Sound — 8
I play an Ibanez RG350DX (the one with the pearloid pickguard) with the stock Infinity pickups. I play mainly hard rock, metal, and alternative rock though I really play most styles of music. The main downside is the humming at higher volumes/higher gain. It gets worse if the guitar is near it while you aren't playing. Also the chorus, flanger, tremolo, and vibrato effects add their own sound while you aren't playing. The reverbs however, are freaking amazing. I absolutely love the reverbs on this thing. For higher gain music I'd recommend a pedal. The distortion on this is nice and warm sounding, if you put the overdrive up all the way you can get a really fast Drive that sounds pretty similiar to Family Force 5.
Overall Impression — 9
You can play most styles of rock with this thing, save for very high gain stuff. I've never played blues or anything like that so I'm not sure if you could get a good sound for those styles of music. I think this is best fit for punk rock though, as I said, it's very versatile. I was on a rather low budget at the time and I needed a good practice amp so this is what I got. I really only compared this to a Fender Frontman and this won due to the effects and a few YouTube demonstrations I found. I wish this came with a footswitch just so I could save a few extra seconds of my life, also the vibrato could use a good deal of improvement. If this were lost/stolen/broken I'd probably buy a better amp somewhere in the 500-700 USD range. The tuner on this thing is absolutely amazing.
Reliability & Durability — 9
I've had this for about six months and it has never let me down. I can't find any cosmetic damage on it anywhere, and it still sounds like the day I got it. The only thing that concerns me is the wooden grill on the front seems a bit soft, so I've been very careful not to expose that to too much possible abuse. I've actually played in the VBS band at my church this past summer with this and it sounded great. This can handle small gigs. And take note that this was outside competing with a thousand dollar+ PA system that the church bought for the acoustics, as well as a nice Fender combo bass amp.
Features — 9
This little amp features a headphone jack, auxillary jack, master volume, 3 way EQ, switchable overdrive, and a gain control. This thing also features a chromatic tuner and sixteen effects: four reverbs, four delays, two choruses, two flangers, two tremolos, a vibrato, and a Hall+Delay. The only downside to this is you can only use one of the effects at a time, though considering this is an amp, that's completely forgivable.