Purchased from: Offbeat Music (Lake Zurich, IL)
Sound — 10
The guitar I'm using with the amp is a Schecter Omen 6, with I think stock pickups but then again I barely know guitar terms so I might be wrong. I play all kinds of rock, but mostly heavier bands like Rage, Powerman 5000, and SOAD, and the amp's "metal stack" setting for distortion (highest setting) delivers an awesome sound, and I have never heard the amp feed back. This amp can easily get loud, but I've never put it past three or so because I'm just playing in my room. Since it was my first amp, I wasn't worried about effects, and there are none. However, like I said before there are 4 distortion and 1 clean channels, so it can still offer a good range of sound. The clean channel has sounded perfect when I've used it, and the distortion is so good it makes me want to play whenever I hear it. Overall, awesome sound quality, especially for an amp that's barely over a hundred dollars.
Overall Impression — 10
This is definetly a good amp if you are a beginning rock guitarist, because not only does it sound very impressive but it is not very expensive at all. I've been playing with this amp for about a month with a good quality guitar, and playing guitar for almost seven months, and this is a perfect fit. There is nothing I really wish I would have asked about before buying, as this amp is simple and easy to use. If this amp ever broke or got stolen or something, I wouldn't hesitate to buy another one of these, unless I was ready to upgrade to a louder amp or one with effects. My favorite part about this amp is the awesome sound I can get out of it, and how mind-numbingly easy it is to Switch channels either by pushing a button or turning a knob. I picked this amp because Brian (the guy Who sold me the amp) told me this was the amp to get for simple practicing, and he was definetly right. The only thing I would add to it would be effects, but A) I wasn't necessarily looking for an amp with effects in the first place, and B) I can just go buy some pedals. Overall, this amp rules.
Reliability & Durability — 10
The amp has never broken down or lost a bit of it's sound, but I've only had it for a month or so, so as for long term durability I wouldn't know. I wouldn't be using this in a gig because it is such a small amp, but I wouldn't hesitate to use it if it were loud enough. I think this amp will be around for awhile.
Features — 10
This is my first amp, so I'm not sure how it really compares to other amps, but I like it. It is highly versatile for playing rock music, with 1 clean channel and 4 levels of distortion channels. The clean and distortion sides have seperate volume controls, so switching between the two is flawless. It comes with a headphone jack for when you need to but don't want to keep the noise down, and a highly convenient Auxiliary Input that allows you to hook up any audio player (CD player, cassette player, Ipod (or Iconform), or any other mP3 player) into the amp, using the amp as a speaker. There are no effects, which would have been cool, but since this is my first amp and not used for playing gigs it doesn't really matter. There are no unnessecary features, but I don't really use the 3 lighter levels of distortion, but that's really because the fourth level sounds so good. I use this amp for playing in my room, and I only have to put the volume at like 3 for it to be loud. There isn't a flaw in the features of this amp.