Price paid: £ 100
Sound — 9
I am using this amplifier with a Vintage SG300 (I think), normally on bridge but sometimes on neck. I have also recently taken to using the mid pickup selection, which I have discovered to be excellent with this amp. I normally play metal, and it is alright for this genre, if a little bit 'blurred' on the preset metal tones. As with all amps (from my experience), this becomes noisy quickly, and therefore is sometimes difficult to use at home. It can make a huge selection of effects, which I will list here, as I'm boring like that: Phaser, reverse, rotating speaker, octaver, pitch shifter, envelope filter (a kind of phaser), flanger, bass boost, two distortion boosts, chorus, tremolo, and more besides. The clean channel is distorted on the metal settings, as they are not expected to be used very frequently, but on most of the lower gain settings, they are very pleasant. The distortion on the high end is ridiculous, and you can have fun if you don't mind a bit of note blurring here and there.
Overall Impression — 9
For metal playing, my dream amp is a Blackstar, but as I am on a budget, and cannot afford one of those beauties, I have found this a reliable and decent gigging amp. I have been playing for 7 years now (I am 15 at the time of typing), and own two electrics (my other being a Squier Strat), two nylon string guitars (one in serious need of renovation but beautiful nevertheless). I love the way that you can change relatively seamlessly between two different 'tones', but dislike the very fine volume control. I compared it to a Line 6 30W amp, but chose this due to it's reputation in metal circles. In short, a good, usable guitar for all genres with only a couple of small niggles.
Reliability & Durability — 10
I have never experienced a problem with this amp. After dropping it down a flight of stairs accidently, I discovered it is very durable, and I would certainly use it without backup at a gig. I score it perfectly, as it is solidly built, works consistently, and is generally brilliant in this field.
Features — 7
Firstly, I don't actually know what year this was made in, so I'm very sorry. This amp is OK for all types of music, specialising in rock and blues if I had to choose specific genres. As a jazz amplifier, it is decent, but sometimes the tones are too harsh for playing it (my guitar probably doesn't help this). It has one channel, meaning that channel switching is pointless, and has a headphone jack as well as an auxiliary jack and a connection for the Sanpera pedal. I wish that it had a second channel, but for an amplifier for the price it was I wasn't expecting it to. Part of me wishes it was a valve amp, but I know that it couldn't have all the cool effects if it was.