Sound — 10
I play with an Epiphone Les Paul with the standard hummies in it. I play Indie rock/metal and the amp does a great job for both. The Indie tone more so than metal, but even the metal sounds great when I crank this baby up. There is a little hum with high gain, but nothing ridiculous at all. I have literally imitated 20 famous guitar tones flawlessly. This amp is really incredible. The clean channel stays clean even at high volumes, it is really gorgeous too, as glassy as you could ever want. The distortion is a tad lacking, but I feel that a nice pedal will quickly change that opinion. The on-board distortion is just slightly lack-luster. Still sounds very nice.
Overall Impression — 10
Very good match for any blues/indie guitarist. Been playing for two years, and I own Line 6 Spider 3, Marshall MG half-stack, and a Fender Studio 85. This amp, takes the good features of all those amps, makes them even better, and puts them in one loud godly sounding combo, I really love this amp. The only complaints I have are the cutting out issue, and the distortion lacking. I think that both problems are an easy fix, I tip to the music shop to get the amp checked out, and a nice distortion pedal. Great solid amp for intermediate players, or even advanced players on a budget.
Reliability & Durability — 7
Here is the flaw. The amp has give me problems with cutting out at random. I'll play fine for an hour and then it cuts out. Sometimes for 30 seconds, sometimes for 3 minutes. I read online that the tubes could be loose, or the head phone jack could be dirty, making the amp think headphones were plugged in, so I checked both, and no problems so far. Still, that worries me a good bit. But I really think I could go sleigh riding with this thing, it is so heavy and solid. It almost ripped my poor arm off. But it's so sturdy I would take it anwhere with the cover on.
Features — 10
The amp was made in 2003, still seem solid and very nice looking. Amazing versatility, some of the best technology out there by far. Has all the ins and outs you'd expect from a high end amp, two inputs, external cabs, headphones, effects loop, and lots of and lots of effects.