Price paid: $ 179.99
Purchased from: Guitar Center
Sound — 10
I use a Les Paul Standard with two Alinco Humbucker pickups. This is the guitar/amp duo that I've owned since I sold my Fender back in 1971. This amplifier is clean and quiet. Plug everything in and hold the guitar right next to the amp and there is no hum or feedback (at low volumes). The volume quickly ramps up and I found no distortion or clipping as the volume increased. I have not played with the reverb yet, but the dirty channel produces a nice, clean amount of distortion. As others have mentioned, putting your own distortion pedal in the mix just racks up a nice banging sound. The amp spends no time on modeling or effects but that lets me choose what I want to add to my amp. So rather than have stuff that I paid for that goes unused once I stick a pedal in front of it, I have an amp devoted to just amplification. And it does a great job at that.
Overall Impression — 10
I play rock, new country, and alt (interesting mix) and this amp can do it all. The only thing missing from this amplifier is that they should provide the footpedal for controlling clean vs. dirty / reverbed or none. I added a modeling and effects set in front of the amplifier. When I Switch between the rock and country model, the difference is noticeable. An indicator of how sensitive the speaker is to cleanly express the different guitar models. Turn on an effect and the amp is jamming. It is a solid performer with a good 12 inch speaker that just cannot be found in this price range. Even if you are not on a low budget, you will find that the price/performance level of the Raven amplifier is unbeatable. Good job Raven.
Reliability & Durability — 10
I've only had this a week but based on the amount of weight and structure this amp should stand up to anything. It is good for a practice amp that can quickly be taken on the road as a stage amp. But then I'm a performer that prefers to not fracture the eardrums of the people that came to listen to my music.
Features — 10
The amp was made this year. It is a 2-channel amplifier that features a clean and dirty line along with reverb, effect out, effect in, external speaker out and foot control. (Not included with the base product) The product is heavy and well built.