"For a Great Sound that Won't Let You Down, get one of these!"
The sound of this amp is very smooth, warm, rich, and full. The tone, due to the tubes and the speakers, is just to die for. My Marshall JCM800 Model 2210/half stack was my main amp for 8 years. The last 8 years the 65 Twin Reissue has been my main amp. It's very reliable and always delivers. It's like the standard for guitar amps. Also much easier to schlep to gigs than a half stack! It IS heavy to carry so I always put it on a wheeled platform to move it. I use Boss pedals with this amp all the time. Compression for sustain and digital delay to get a really fat sound. And I use the Boss distortion which really has a huge amount of body thru this amp. It feels like it could just go on forever. My ear never gets tired of this amp. And it's a true workhorse.
I do wish it had a D.I. output, a half power switch and a pre-amp output. But I can have it modified if I want to. The vibrato is fantastic and adds a lot of emotion to a song. The reverb is just huge. So huge I never dial it any higher than 2. I don't ordinarily use the "normal" channel, but did the other day to give sound to an ampless guitarist. It worked fine. I think I like the midrange knob the most on this amp. You can get an amazingly fat sound out of it with that cranked up. I play Gibsons and Fenders thru this amp and they all sound great. It's a high quality amp, well made, solid as a rock. I can't think of anything bad about this amp at all beause it sounds so good.
Ease of Use:
Easy to get great sounds from this amp because it's so simple by design. Knobs do it all, and guitarists love knobs. Very direct. You turn the knob up or you turn it down. Digital button increments are maddening. The footswitch easily gets you tremelo and reverb. Easy to dial up your sound with high, mid and bass tone controls. Love that brite switch to clear things up and take the muddiness away. You really don't need consult a manual for this amp. Just plug in and play. But the manual's OK. It's a very playable amp. I always feel like this amp is an extensionn of me as opposed to some other amps that have a mind of their own.
The product is very well made. Quality control is good. Fit and finish are fine. This amp is super reliable. No worries about this amp, ever. It always more than delivers. I do think thicker plywood would be good. It "bends" a bit when moved around. I have bunged up the Tolex on the bottom schlepping it to gigs. Somethig more substantial than Tolex on the bottom would be good. This amp will last for a long long time because it's so heavy duty. You just can't kill it.
I can't rate support by Fender because I've never had a service, repair or support issues with them. It's so well made it just doesn't need anything.
I thought the price was a bit stiff, but the amp is so worth it, even if it cost more than one might want. It's a high quality amp and you have to pay for it!
The Wow Factor:
Of course, it doesn't come equipped with genitalia, so comments regarding "sex appeal" do seem odd. But, yeah, for its product, the sound, of its wood, steel, and glass, it has a whole lotta sex appeal. It has balls and the sounds it makes are always appealing. It has a very solid sound compared to the more airy sound of my Marshall half stack. I'm very glad I own one.
The sound of this amp is so substantial and appealing that I can't imagine not having it. I think variety is good for a guitarist to keep their interest piqued. I've played for 41 years now and have never played better. Having good amps like this, and good guitars makes playing music a joy. If you have crappy gear, it's hard to remain excited about playing guitar. I guess the thing I like least about it is it's weight. But the weight is probably why is sounds so good and is as reliable as it is. When I get roadies to schlep it for me, that won't be an issue. And yeah, the amp does help me reacy my music goals. Playing the blues on this thing in a bar is fantastic. Great feeling.