Price paid: $ 279.99
Purchased from: Guitar Center
Sound — 10
I use an Ibanez Rg something that is now broken, a Washburn Maverick with stock pickups, and a Gibson Sg and Lp (both standards). It sounds amazing with all of them, the Maverick and Lp sounds being my favorite. They're both really chunky but retain clarity. I play mostly metal and some lighter screamo stuff. It suits me great. It does get a little bit noisey at higher volumes, but I never have to use it at max or even above half so it's not a problem really. This amp can cover Pantera and As I Lay Dying sounds to The Early November, so a very wide range. And simply put, The Distortion is brutal.
Overall Impression — 10
I play metal and screamo so this is a good match for me, it has great cleans and brutal distortion. I've been playing about two years so I'm not exactly the greatest player, but I'm a real snob when it comes to how my gear sounds. I own a Washburn Maverick, an Ibanez Rg, a Gibson LP and a Vox 15 watt. The only thing I would have bought over this would have been about 50 times more expensive. I would have bought a Framus Cobra or a Soldano of some sort, but they both have less than spectacular cleans so I'm glad I got this instead. If it were stolen I would hunt the slimey down Who took it and gut him. I love the distortion and the cleans and basicly everything else about this amp. I compared it to a Crate stack, a Framus Cobra (wouldn't have gotten it anyways) and a B-52 SS half stack. I chose this originally for the low price but I quickly found that it was a great product, even if it did smell like ciggarettes from the previous owner.
Reliability & Durability — 10
I've had it for about two years now and I have never had a single problem with it. I would and have used it in a gig with no backup. And I do service it regularly so that's probably why I've never had problems with it. It's not letting me post this because it says that I didn't write in this box so I'm writing more to see if it helps. I've had it for about two years now and I have never had a single problem with it. I would and have used it in a gig with no backup. And I do service it regularly so that's probably why I've never had problems with it.
Features — 10
I believe it is the '02 model that I bought Used, though I do not know for sure. I, personally, love this amp. It has all the distortion I could ever want, and the cleans are beautiful (with a lil bit of verb that is). It has two channels, clean and hi-gain. The hi-gain channel has two subchannels called gain 1 and gain 2. Gain 1 is a classic distortion great for classic rock and blues. Gain 2 is a modern gain great for hard rock to metal and everything in between. And I mean everything. This amp is so loud I can barely turn it past 2 for the master volume before the neighbors start calling the cops and I start drowning out my drummer. Needless to say, this amp has more then enough power for me. It came with a two button footswitch, and built in stereo chorus and reverb. I only really use the reverb and I only use that on the clean channel to give it that ringy sound I like so much.