Price paid: $ 300
Purchased from: Guitar Center
Sound — 6
I use an Ibanez hollow body with double coil pickups. My style is mainly an Indie or pop punk style, and this achieves that style very well. It can be very noisy and has a lot of feedback, depending on what type of cable is used. It also produces a lot of background noise when the high EQ is turned up. It can produce a liquidy kind of distortion with the Rec amp model, or a more clangy sound with the British. To get the most overdriven sound, the XXX overdrive model will do the trick. The clean channel can get a little distorted at high volumes if the pre gain is turned up a lot. Overall, the amp could have done with a little less feedback.
Overall Impression — 7
Overall, this amp matches my style. I have been playing for about 3 years and I own a squire strat and an MXR Carbon Copy analog delay pedal. I wish I had known that I could update the firmware, as it is run off of software. I would have asked about a USB to MIDI cable. If this amp were lost, I would most likely buy something else, as I know what kind of sound I want now. The thing I like most about the amp is that it has so many amp models and therefore so many channels (12x2=24). The thing I hate about it is it's amount of feedback. I chose this amp as I thought I would love all the effects and always use all them. Turns out, the novelty wore off quickly. I also wish that the footswitch came with the amp, as it was 80 dollars. Still, this is a very good amp.
Reliability & Durability — 8
The amp is run off of software, so occasionally when it is started up it will freeze and must be turned on and off several times before it stops freezing. I would use it in a gig without a backup, but I hope to get a more reliable amp, probably tube, for gigs.
Features — 8
This solid state modeling amp was made in 2008. It has many effects on it and covers virtually any style. It has two channels (clean/overdriven) for the 12 amp models on it. It has stompbox effects: tubescream, analog phase, MOG, analog flange, auto wah, ring modulator, squeeze, BC chorus, fuzz, X boost, and XR wild; other effects: tremolo, chorus, envelope filter, slap back, flanger, pitch chifter, reverse, rotary speaker, phaser, octaver, and looper (Sanpera footswitch required). It also has pre gain, post gain, low, mid, high EQ, delay, reverb, and a power sponge feature. I actually don't use most of these effects, as I don't like a lot of them to begin with, such as octaver, pitch shifter, and MOG. The reverse feature seems like an effect to have fun with, as it isn't very consistent. I play the amp when I practice with my band, as we have not gotten any shows yet, so it has plenty of power for me now, However, I will eventually get a louder amp that doesn't have so many effects, as this amp made me know what I want.