Price paid: $ 225
Purchased from: House Of Guitars
Sound — 10
I play with a Highway One HSS Strat, mainly using the Single Coil pickups for clean playing, and the humbucker for distorted playing. It's not noisy unless turned up real loud. I will list all the different amp models and sounds that come out of the lead channel. The Acoustic setting isn't bad for getting a decent acoustic sound out of your amp. The only problems with this setting are that it's really quiet, and you went get the same volume as the other amp models unless you turn the volume way up, and it has a lot of bass. So when you use this, remember to turn down the bass a little to get a better Acoustic sound! Black Panel is good for an RHCP kind of sound with the Gain at 12 o'clock. I use this channel mainly for cleans. British Combo, you can get an old rock kind of sound out of this channel, like Chuck Berry and some of the Beatles. Tweed, I rarely use this channel, but it has a good clean sound similar to the one in Black Panel, but with a little more kick. Classic Stack is good for bands like AC/DC and other Classic Rock bands. Metal, surprisingly, is more suited for hard rock IMO rather than metal. I find this good for bands like Van Halen. R-Fier is the heavy metal setting on the amp. I use this for all the metal that I play. It has great sustain, immense distortion, and is overall a great reason to purchase this amp for all you metal heads out there. Dyna Amp, I never use this amp because it has never suited me well, but it's "supposed" to sense when you pick hard and soft so it can change the amount of distortion depending on how you pick. Anyway, give it a shot, but I don't particular enjoy this one.
Overall Impression — 10
Overall, this amp is great for it's price, and great for starters of the Electric Guitar. This amp will last you a long time, providing you with soft cleans and brutal distortion. I play everything from Chuck Berry to Pink Floyd to AC/DC and to Metallica, and it can cover them all great. If this amp was stolen, I'd buy the same amp or a similar one. If you are new to guitar, get this, the Cube 20X, or the Micro Cube if your on a budget.
Reliability & Durability — 10
This is a very dependable amp. This thing is like a rock, and it's built to be very durable. The amp has never broken down and it has been very reliable to me.
Features — 10
This 30W solid state amp is very versatile and easy to use when it comes to music. It can very easily go from metal to rock, rock to blues, blues to country, or basically whatever music you want to play! This amp is a killer for it's price, and it's the best model of solid state amps I've ever played. It has 2 channels, one for JC Clean, and another channel called "Lead". There are two volume knobs for each of these channels and a gain knob for lead. There are the standard Treble, Mid, and Bass knobs as well. There is a unique button of this amp called "Power Squeezer," which makes the output sound much more quiet for night-time playing. This is the only amp I have right now, but it's great for inside the house and to bring to places! It's a great practice amp and could even be used for small gigs. The amp comes with built in Chorus, Flanger, Phaser, Tremelo, and Delay effects, as well as the standard reverb. Along with all the features I listed, the amp also has a built in tuner, which is useful when you forgot one or need a quick tune up.