Price paid: $ 99
Purchased from: Musician's Friend
Sound — 8
I'm playing an Epiphone SG Special with the stock pickups, and I play heavy metal and hard rock. Overall, this amp has a nice, clear tone to it. The rhythm channel is very clear, and the lead channel has a nice distortion. I prefer having a cleaner, more defined distortion, but it isn't too bad. The rhythm channel takes pedals very well; distortions will not lose any of the heavy bass or screaming highs, and clean effects, like phaser and chorus, sound beautiful. The amp always has a very quiet hiss, and gives off a lot of noise when on the lead channel with the gain up, but it never gets in the way of me, since I play with distortion pedals. I'm not sure if the clean channel distorts at high levels, though. Anyways, there's quite a few sounds you can get with this amp. Not as much as a digital modeling amp, but enough if you have some pedals.
Overall Impression — 9
For heavy metal and hard rock, this thing is perfect. I've been playing for about 2 1/2 years, and I use it a lot with my Zoom G1X and a few various other pedals. If something happened to this amp, I'd probably either buy this again or possibly try out a Peavy Vypyr 15. I love how it sounds for the price, but I think the tuner needs a little work. My last amp was a Line 6 Spider III 15, and this sounds much better. Honestly, there's not much else I could ask for, except maybe a different distortion.
Reliability & Durability — 10
I'd probably use this on a gig without a backup. It hasn't broken for me. I'm not a person you should ask about the durability, though; I don't play live, just at home and recording. I haven't played in a dirty bar and gotten beer in my amp, I've just played in a somewhat dusty room and sneezed nearby.
Features — 9
This amp has all the basics. There are two channels, the Lead and Rhythm channels, which are pretty much distortion and clean channels. Each channel has a volume knob, and Lead channel has a gain knob. The channels are changed with There's also a 3-band EQ, reverb/delay effects, a line in jack, a headphone jack, and a built-in chromatic tuner. I play metal and hard rock, and I love this amp. I use it at home, both for recording and just practicing, and it's powerful enough for me. I don't use the tuner much, though, since the tuner seems a bit slow and maybe a bit off. There's not much else I could ask for at this price range.