Sound — 7
The sound is decent and certainly good enough for practice and starting out. The sound comes coutesy of an 8 watt (RMS) Yamaha speaker which has good enough mid and high end responce but almost no bass responce exept for at above 3/4 volume. When it come to volume the Ga-10 does fairly well, but is still only 10 watts so don't even cosider gigging with it. One more thing is that, with the clean channel on and the volume above 5/6, there is a nice distortion, a bluesy 'crunch' that brings the sound score up to 7.
Overall Impression — 9
This is a practice amp and it is exeedingly good for begginners practicing. Will keep going for years so long as you aren't deliberately (and I mean really deliberatly) abusive with it. When you get good, you will need somthing with more bass responce, and gain contoll and atleast a 3 band EQ, but as a starter, the only thing to beat it is the Marshall MG-10... And that is a Marshall so what do you expect. My advice, buy the Yamaha, see if you like playing guitar, experiment with it, then, if you're still into guitar, upgrade.
Reliability & Durability — 10
I do treat the amp well, as you should with anything you expect to last but it has been spotlessly reliable for 4 years. Never once stopped working, full volume sessions for 3 hours then a 20 minute walk home again with the amp being shaken about in my bag, get home, turn it on and no problems. It it was powerful enough to gig with (which it isn't) then I would be happy to use it without a backup.
Features — 5
This amp rates low on features because, apart from a 2 band EQ and basic distortion there are none. The amp is suitible for medium rock and basic metal but without gain controlls there is little versatility. That said I am laying into the amp a little, it only costs about 50 and is a very good starter.