Price paid: £ 199.99
Purchased from: Gear4Music
Sound — 6
The guitar that I use with this amp is a BC Rich Warbeast Standard (AWESOME) with Rockfield Mafia pickups. I love to play 'Metal' but also play blues and country e.t.c. The amp is very loud, at my house I only need to turn the volume up to about 0.3 to get the right sorta volume and to about 4 at band practice and about 7 at gigs. The amp has 4 different channels: Clean, tweed, fuzz and Metal. Each of these has 2 different settings indicated by a blue or green light. For instance the clean channel's blue setting is a Compressed sound whereas the green is an uncompressed 'fuller' sound. Tweed and fuzz are a bit pointless to me, Tweed is basically a slightly overdriven clean channel and Fuzz is...well I have never used Fuzz. The metal channel is debatable: The sound isn't really Metal, but a sort of a heavy Vintage rock sound, it isn't a terrible sound but it is just a bit misleading to buyers (not enough distortion). I use a Boss ME-20 pedal to get my distortion, and i find that it sounds much better through the clean channel than the metal channel. That isn't a bad thing, just a bit bizarre. The amp has 2x12" speakers which sound great and creates a sound with a lot of depth, it doesn't sound tinny at all compared to my old Laney LX35R. The sound that comes from the amp is clean and there is only barely noticeable feedback at high volumes which exceeded my expectations :D
Overall Impression — 9
For metal music with this amplifier alone, I would not recommend. But if you have a great pedal, then it sounds absolutely beautiful through this amp. I didn't expect the amp to sound this good because it was cheap for what it is, but it is much better than I expected and the variety of sounds and tones you can make is fantastic. Perfect as a 'Clean' amplifier and loud enough for a gig. Not too heavy for its size and a great price, also comes with a free footswitch.
Reliability & Durability — 8
The amp seems solid enough, I would much prefer the front had a kick-proof grill instead of the metal cloth. The back has no cover which is great for storing cables and pedals e.t.c. But it exposes some wires that are soldered on securely but with enough force you could break through the wire. I doubt I would ever need a backup at a gig, this thing doesn't look or sound like it will break anytime soon (take one anyway though).
Features — 9
This amp has a variety of features. Firstly, it has all the features you'd expect from any amp Bass, Mid, Treble, Gain and level but comes with effects as well. These effects include chorus, flanger, phaser, tremolo and delay. The rate/time of these effects can be altered by pressing a button that flashes in correspondence with the rate/time of the effect. These effects are pretty decent, although i get much more control with my Boss ME-20 pedal. There are 5 slots to store 5 different settings, which is really useful. The amp has 2 12" speakers (music you play will be in stereo). There is a headphone slot on the amp, and a Line out slot and a phono connection so you can Jam with your mp3 player e.t.c. The GT212 can also use a footswitch pedal which is used to easily Switch between the 5 effect stores on the amp. (this was meant to be sold seperately, but mine came with the amp free of charge...No complaints there).