Price paid: $ 399
Purchased from: Guitar Center
Sound — 8
I normally play a Mexican re-issue strat with this because I love the strange distortion I get from this. This is a very quiet amp as far as hums and whatever else go. Clean channels really don't distort that much until you get to extreme volume. Like I said before, the distortion really held it's own against a Marshall JCM2000.
Overall Impression — 7
Overall this amp is good for what I play and great for what it is. The cost can't be beat for the overall pounding that it pumps out. That being said, when I can afford it, I'll go with the Marshall. This amp does NOT appear to be that sturdy, so I would avoid drops of any kind. All in all though, I'm pretty happy with the amp. If you're strapped for cash but truly need more power, this amp can really help you out.
Reliability & Durability — 6
This has been a great amp for me, but it bit me in the rear one night as I was just getting ready to rock on stage and the power gave on me. It ended up being a relay of some sort internally that had to be replaced. This was covered by the warranty, but it sure is scary.
Features — 8
I bought this head after playing it in a room full of Marshall JCM 2000s and it held it's own. This is a solid state amp with a tube pre-amp. It has (I believe) 8 different amp sounds to choose from (4 clean, 4 dirty). The dirty range from classic Vox, to Marshall, to Mesa Rectifier. The Marshall setting is easily the most crunch with my setup. A two channel footswitch is available for this amp but comes with a short cord. I use it as my main stage amp and play original rock (more towards heavy) and it's 100 w are plenty of power for all the venues I've played so far. It does have built in EFX, but I'm not impressed with most of them.