Price paid: £ 75
Purchased from: Ebay
Sound — 9
I use this amp with two guitars: a les paul and a warlock. I usually play hard rock and metal, sometimes a little blues and jazz. Even if the amp is not a full tube amp, you can still hear the preamp tube and it really sounds and feels a lot like a full tube amp. Gear4music calls this amp their 'premium line' and there is a reason for this! The distortion is brutal, however not enough for the real heavy styles! The rhythm channel gets a little distorted at a higher gain, however nowhere near rock/metal distortion. The amp is 60W however this one overpowered a 100W solidstate with ease, this amp gets LOUD!
Overall Impression — 9
Overall this is a lovely amp, and recommended for everyone who is wanting to buy a great quality amp for under a thousand dollars, for those who are looking for a full tube version, this one has a bigger 100WATT brother, which is at the edge of the thousand dollar budget and is a full stack. If this amp was ever stolen I would most definatly buy it again or even concider upgrading to the big brother (if my budget would allow)
Reliability & Durability — 10
The amp is real solid, it has a nice warranty and enough handels to carry it aroudn easily, you even have the option to screw in wheels underneath. I gig with this baby without any backup, and I don't think shes ever going to fail me.
Features — 8
The amp was made in 2010, The amp is versatile but not to all my playing styles, if I want a nice different metal tone I always use my pedal. The amp has two channels, rhythm and lead, per channel it has: gain, volume, bass and treble, the lead channel also has a middle control. Furthermore there is a reverb effect a CD input (1/4") a headphone out (1/4") an effects loop and a foot control. This amp is a valvestate, it has a preamp tube but a solid state end amplifier. I use this amp for small club live gigging and some bedroom practice (at loud levels nonetheless). The distortion gets nice and crunchy (more on that later) However I would have loved to see the preamp more accesible, when I want to change the tube, I have to take the whole amp appart!