Price paid: $ 742
Purchased from: Guitar Center
Sound — 9
Oh man. This thing can make my guitars weep, or destroy. Like I said, I play in a thrash/metal band and this will rip people's heads off, or it'll heal people's souls. No noise at all. Even on super distortion. Not even with single coils. You don't get ANY buzz or hum from it unless your right on top of it adjusting your settings.
Overall Impression — 10
I'd say this amp will fit a lot of people Who have mixed playing styles or like versatility. If you want something heavier than this, though, you'll have to get a MESA. That's the only thing that will be any heavier in distortion than this. I'm not kidding. I played a Randall and several Marshalls at guitar center, then I played this. Then I played the MESA. MESA was 1300. Vox was 400. And the MESA only sounded a little bit better than this, because obviously it's a MESA and is 1300. But anyway, this thing can be a savage meat-eating, baby-killing monster, or the complete opposite. Think of your own analogy. I love this amp.
Reliability & Durability — 9
I've done 5 full gigs at local clubs with this amp, and it's held out incredibly well. I can't say that for the cab. But that's because it fell out of my truck. It still works but looks horrible. Anyway, this amp doesn't really require any maintenence with tubes and whatnot since it's all fake tube. But it still can sound every bit lik eone.
Features — 10
This amp is absolutely amazing in terms of versatility. It has pretty much every amp style anyone would ever need, all with a tweakable EQ. 11 whole modes. Literally, EVERY style anyone would need. I play in a heavy/thras metal band, and not only can I use this amp to create classical sounding music, acoustic sounding stuff, and older reggae, but I can make people's head's explode with the Nu-Metal and Modern UK settings on it. It has an output jack for recording, and it has a nifty Watt rating knob on the back, so you can have your master volume all the way up to get the distortion you want, but keep it quiet. Oh, did I mention the effects? It has 11 effects! Flange, Chorus, Delay, ahh everything you need. And a nifty little effects volume knob, and a tap button to time the effect distance. Like speed up your delay, or slow it down to about 6 seconds. It's crazy.