Price paid: $ 400
Purchased from: Guitar Center
Sound — 9
I use a SG and a LP copy, both with HBs and they sound orgasmic. It actually sounds better with single coils. I know this because I tried it out in GC with HB and SC guitars, all in the same price range, and the SC guitars sounded the best. The amp only gives a general tube amp buzz, nothing more. The amp cannot get that brutal distortion sound very well and I wouldn't recommend it for metal (which is good, because I don't play any metal). It is well suited for 60s and 70s rock, but nothing that is too heavy on the distortion. The amp breaks up easy, so the sound is almost always distorted at high levels. Both the tremolo and reverb sound excellent and complement the sound of the amp nicely. The tremolo isn't very potent, but it can easily get a great Gimme Shelter tone. The reverb isn't as magical as Fender reverb, but it is still very usable.
Overall Impression — 9
This suits my style perfectly, because I typically play '60s-'70s rock and it gets that tone with ease. I've only been playing a few years, but I've played plenty of amps and this one in a winner. I knew everything when I bought, but nothing discouraged me, because of the amazing tone. My only complaint is that it is made in China. My favorite feature would be the tremolo, but the top boost is a close second. I've played countless other amps, even others of the same model (there could be better quality control on these amps), but it is still pretty good. For the money this is an amazing sounding low wattage tube amp. If it was stolen I would save up and buy either a standard AC30 or the alnico blues version of the AC15.
Reliability & Durability — 10
This amp has never given me any problems and I doubt it will in the future as it seems to be solid. I wouldn't gig without backup ever regardless or the reliability, because you never know what could go wrong, but I get the impression from this amp that if I had to gig without a backup I could.
Features — 7
This is a basic 112 single channel Vintage voiced British amp. The lack of a second channel and an effects loop is annoying, but it is a small 15w combo, so not much should be expected. There is tremolo and reverb, both of which are foot switchable via a two button foot Switch. Being this amp is only 15w, it is more of a bedroom amp (what I use it for) and it breaks up at lower volumes, which makes it ideal.