Purchased from: Guitar Center online
Sound — 8
I'm using a BC Rich Warlock with '85 EMG's, all kinds of foot pedals, and a BBE Sonic Stomp in the effects loop. Sweet tone, fat low end, snarling distortion bite(even with the factory tubes). I leave the settings on Class A power and have both dampening and presences sent at 7 o'clock for a tight, punchy sound. I like how you have so much control over the sound you get with A or B power class, 3 EQ knobs, presence and dampening, distortion and lead boosts plus an effects loop to insert post pre-amp / pre power amp. My band covers a lot of different types of songs from Black Sabbath and ZZ Top to Tenacious D and Doors Down and this amp delivers on all the sounds.
Overall Impression — 8
This amp kick ass! For either rock, metal, blues, or any style. It has the power to keep up with anyone. If it was stolen, I'd punch people until I got 2 of them. The only thing I would add to it is maybe some drink holders and a bottle opener on the side.
Reliability & Durability — 8
Never had any problem with it. Just have to be careful of moving the amp head around 'cause of the glass tubes. I've played a few gigs with it and even outside by the pool and never had any problem with it. Some amps sounds fluctuates when you use them outside. I'd use it without a backup but I don't recommend ever having just 1 amp head. Something's bound to happen sometime.
Features — 8
I'm glad I did my research. This amp is one of the best sounding amps I've played thru Marshall, Crate, Line 6 etc. I play mostly hard rock / metal and this amp's tube distortion has enough bite and then some. During practice, I never turn it up past 4 or it's too loud to hear anyone else. The amp has 2 channels, a distortion boost and a lead boost(though not loud enough for me). 3 band EQ for each channel, a master reverb knob and effects loop. I still have the original tubes shipped with the amp head so I can't say how it'll sound once I change out the tubes and put in some "matched" Groove Tubes, Svetlanas, or Electro-Harmonix high end tubes