Price paid: $ 355.5
Purchased from: Avenue Guitar
Sound — 9
I play this amp with everything. A Godin SD with a Gibson Burstbucker pickup, an Epiphone with EMG Zakk Wylde pickups and sometimes a vintage Tele. The clean channel is a real clean channel. It can be a little too clean sometimes resulting in a somewhat sterile sound. With hotter pickups though, it sounds good. The reverb can be used very slightly to create an ambience to the sound. The distortion is where this amp is. It is killer. The amps higain is really articulate and there are lots of usable sounds for punk, rock, metal, thrash and even agressive blues. The voicing control is useless, is makes the distortion mushy and over warm sounding. The contour is good because it lets you taylor the character of the sound much better than EQ alone. The chorus is actually really nice sounding, it is fairly sweet but it is definately louder than needed. Unfortunately, this amp does not cover the "overdrive" sound range, therefore, blues players shood look to get a boss BD-2 or an Ibanez tubescreamer which will give you lower gain blues.
Overall Impression — 9
This is a good amp for somebody who is gigging (it is loud) and needs a tonefull higain amp. I play almost anything through it and with the use of 1 pedal, I get every sound I need. This amp is really good live but also for recording or home practice. You get the same sound no matter what volume you play at. If somebody stole this, I would definately buy a new one (or steal it back).
Reliability & Durability — 10
This amp will last for ever. It has fallen down stairs, been kicked by a drummer (repeatedly) and shows no sighns of wear. The vinyl on the cab is thich, you could not cut through it by accident. You do not need a backup amp!
Features — 9
This is a simple and user friendly amp, despite alot of features. It boasts 2 channels (clean, distortion) two gain levels, 3 band eq on each channel, separate spring reverb controls for each channel, voicing switch and contour on the distorted channel and a clean boost. This along with the master volume, Twin level controls and stereo chorus make for a very versitile amp. There is a 5 button footswitch supplied with the amp that controls the channel, gain, reverg, clean boost and chorus. There is also the option of a series or parallel fx loop with a level control.