Price paid: C$ 230
Purchased from: Long & McQuade
Sound — 9
The tone quality of this unit is surprisingly good. Put your effects pedals ahead of it, especially an equalizer pedal to get a little more tweaking on high/mid/low tones, and you're good to go. The clean sounds great and very clear at low to mid volumes. When pushed at higher volumes, it starts to get a little crunchier. The Drive channel is solid, and the Drive gain knob changes the character of the channel quite well. It'll give you a more Vintage and full overdrive kind of tone, with good chewy breakup. Tack on a distortion pedal ahead of this pedal, and you're all set.
Overall Impression — 9
Play anything from classic rock to modern alt rock. The convenience factor of this thing is incredible, without sacrificing tone. I would definitely replace it if stolen or lost. I'd like to see them do the same with a 40w output if possible. I'm not aware of anything else on the market comparable to this in terms of quality and features. Definitely check out the Guitar World magazine demo video with Paul Riaro.
Reliability & Durability — 9
Too early to tell as just got it recently. But so far so good, and Traynor quality has been excellent with all my other gear, and they have a great warranty. Its a solid state pedal, so no tweaking required at this point. I'll hope to see this puppy last a long long time.
Features — 9
All new product made in 2011. This is NOT a stompbox, as the Traynor website makes a point of stating. But, it has the complete ease of use and versatility, and portability, of a stompbox. It's basically a 25W 2 channel amp, in a stompbox format, that is good for small gigs, or even as a back up to carry in your gig bag. Plenty of power at 25W! 3 pedal switches allow you to either change channels - clean and overdrive, bypass reverb, or bypass effects - tremolo or tape echo. The reverb and effects also have controls to micro adjust them. There are also knobs for master control, Drive gain, Drive treble, Drive volume, and clean volume. There's also a 1/8 inch input for a headphone jack to practice at home or on the road in a hotel room.