Price paid: $ 550
Purchased from: Guitar Center
Sound — 9
I use either a Schecter C-1 Classic w/ seymour duncans or a Jackson JS1 with EMG '81s. I'll tell you what, this amp is a beast. It suits my style's perfectly (see above). But the good thing about it is you can get a balls-to-the-wall crunch out of it, but get some great classic sounds as well. The clean channels are great too, and the effects, while not the best in world, still sound pretty good. After trying some different modelling amps, this one blew the others out of the water. The one bad thing I noticed was the tendency to get too much feedback, but that is easily remedied by a Boss NS-2 Noise Suppressor (highly recommended for any set up). All in all, you can get some pretty wicked sounds outta this amps.
Overall Impression — 10
It suits my need perfectly, but since it's a modeling amp I'm sure it can be used for other purposes besides straight-up rock. I've been playing for 5 years and this is my first gig-worthy amp. No regrets so far. If it were lost or stolen, well, I'd probably destroy the person that took it and take it back. If I couldn't do that, I'd probably cry myself to sleep 'cause I can't afford another one. Anyways, like I said, this thing beats the crap out of all other modeling amps. Somewhere down the road I'd like to get a Marshall JCM half-stack, but until then this thing will do just fine. Great value (in my humble opinion). Rock on.
Reliability & Durability — 10
I just recently purchased the amp, so I can't say too much about it breaking down or anything. It looks and feels sturdy enough. I gig it without a backup, mainly cuz I don't have a backup, but I'm not too worried about it crapping out on me. It's pretty solid. Besides, Vox is pretty good about their warranties.
Features — 9
I play pretty much anything rock. Classic, modern, alternative, metal, etc. This thing fits the bill in pretty much every category. 11 amp models, an EQ, and 11 different effects. Footswitch is sold seperately, but if you want to gig you pretty much need it (just like any other amp.) The one thing I didn't like about the features was the fact that it's only got 2 channels, but it's easy to get by despite that. At 100 watts this thing has all the power anybody will ever need. That's another thing, on the back there is an adjustable wattage dial, so you can crank it to 100 watts or dial it all the way down to as low as 10 if you want. All in all, for a modeling amp it's got some great features.