Price paid: £ 200
Purchased from: GuitarGuitar Glasgow Store
Sound — 8
I use both a Meixcan-made Fender Stratocaster and have a Dean (seymours/dime) and BC Rich (EMG81/80). The clean sounds are very pretty, and are very tweakable with the EQ. the more hi-gain do not sound very impressive when trying to play metal, I fix this with an overdrive, this changes the amp's metal tone dramatically. So don't expect brutal tones without help from an overdrive. The amp itself is pretty quiet, even with pedals. It has a built-in noisegate that's Adjustable using the bypass/tap button, and although the effects can be confusing, adjusting does not take long to master. There's 11 effects combinations, I've used 4. (5 if you include the noisegate) They suffice.
Overall Impression — 9
This amp is a great price, It's loud, it has great variety of pretty sounding cleans, and easily tweaked effects. With an overdrive pedal this pedal can play older and more modern metal. It's so much easier with the footswitch, which I shoulda bought ages ago. I love how it's more impressive than other amps in it's price range. If it was stolen I'd be pretty annoyed indeed. I've played through it for 4 years and never needed to upgrade, A half-stack is next in line for me.
Reliability & Durability — 8
The amp has always worked and stayed faithful. my friends have sat on the input, and it's collapsed inside. I've had to unscrew it all and fix the input from the inside, which is a bit fiddly and frustratingly long, but if you keep your friends off it, there's no problem whatsoever.
Features — 9
This amp I've had for around 4 years now. It has lots of amp models, admittedly I use the metal, hi-gain channels and in the event of clean sections there are many varied sounds for clean. It has two channels, in which you can store the model and effects used, and the EQ/settings on each. It has a master volume, and a channel volume. I don't use the effects much, but I DO use the Built-In Noisegate that is very useful to me seeing as I like higher gain and my pedals. It's known as a hybrid, and it does sound rather good when compared with it's competitors in the same price range.