Purchased from: J.G. Windows (Newcastle)
Sound — 6
I use a strat copy with single pickups. On the clean channel you need to turn the volume right up on both the guitar and amp to get a sound that is loud enough to play with, but then you get this crappy kind of natural distortion which ruins the clean sound, so I tend to stick to the Drive channel. The Drive channel is very nice. Fiddling around with the settings you can get some good sounds, but don't expect too much variety.
Overall Impression — 7
This is a good amp for a beginner. I only started playing about a year ago and this has served me well through that time. I'm now looking to upgrade to something better, but if you are a complete beginner I would recommend this as a first amp. If you've already got this kind of amp (a little practise amp that came in a package) I would recommend getting something a bit more expensive as this is really basic.
Reliability & Durability — 10
I've had no problems with this amp in the time I've had it. It is very sturdily built and feels like it could take a few knocks (which it has! ). Obviously you wouldn't want to use this for a gig as it's only 10w, but I would say it would be reliable enough to use without a backup if you were desperate.
Features — 6
This amp has pretty basic features: (left to right) input socket, master volume, Drive Switch (on/off), high, mid, low, head phone socket, power (on/off). You can get some good sounds but there isn't much variety. There isn't any footswitching or an effects loop or anything like that (this is just a basic 10w practise amp) but it's OK as a beginner's amp for the bedroom.