Price paid: $ 300
Purchased from: Guitar Source
Sound — 8
I'm using it with a Jackson RR3 with Duncan Designed Pups. It suits Metal very well, but its designed with versatility in mind. Not particularly noisy, it does vibrate every now and then, but its really hard to hear. I love the clean sound, its modeled after the Roland JC. I like the distortion, It gets pretty hi gain when you're on the Metal and Recto settings. The distortion on the Recto channel can be a little digital sounding. 8/10 for sound. The occasional Digital-ness bring it down.
Overall Impression — 8
Like I said, Great for Metal, with great cleans, and great classic rock sound. I've been playing for a little over a year. I play a Jackson RR3, I've played and owned several Solid State amps, this is the best out of them for this budget. If it were stolen I would just upgrade to a tube. I like the distortion, cleans, and features of this amp. If you're a beginner or looking for a practice amp for bedroom practice/ jamming. The tone isnt great, it certainly isnt bad, I would call it good. The Recto and Metal settings rock.
Reliability & Durability — 9
I have had this amp for almost a year. I've never had any problems with it breaking down or needing any maintenance or anything. I would not gig with this amp though. Its simply not suited for it. Its a 30W, Solid state, modeling amp. Its great for practice, even jamming, but I would never gig with it.
Features — 8
First off, This amp is just about the best practice amp you can buy. Cheap, versatile, and good sounding. I play Heavy Metal, but I integrate lots of cleans into my sound, this amp will do both great. 2 channels, Clean and Dirty. The Built in effects are Reverb, Delay, Chorus, Flanger, Tremelo, and Phaser. There's a Headphone jack for quieter play, plus a power squeezer (which brings the wattage down to 2.) I wish it came with a Channel changing pedal and sounded a little less bassy and digital when using the headphones. I only use the Delay, Reverb, and Chorus, the other effects are useless to me, I just don't like them. I use this amp for bedroom practice and it stays around 5. Amp models are: Acoustic (quite nice, but I prefer the clean channel), Black Panel (an incredible Fender sound, You need to roll back the gain though or it will sound harsh and like garbage), Brit Combo (I love this one, I use it for Sabbath, and Led Zep sounds) Tweed (I personally don't use it much), Classic Combo (Good for really old school metal, I don't use it), "Metal" (Its meant to imitate the Peavey XXX and I love it, my favorite setting) "Recto" (Made to sound like a Dual Rectifier, my second favorite setting, love it.) 8/10 for Great models and effects, but it is after all an SS Digital Modeller.