"Big tone, small amp"
This reviewer purchased this item from Same Day Music.
I give it a 10 on sound. I bought it to use primarily for recording purposes. My main "live" amp is an old JCM 800 half stack. I read this had that type of marshall vibe to it so I bought one to try. I have to say, I am pleasantly surprised that this little amp sounds this close to my Marshall. Its straight forward with no frills. Just great tube tone in a small package.Its got some volume, but I'd have a hard time keeping up with the band I play in with this. It'll clean up some, and it won't do metal without a pedal in front of it. But for pure tube tone, this little thing rocks.I've tried it thru a number of cabs and it suits my taste best thru a 2X12. I've used the JCM 800 for over 26 years so I know what a marshall sounds like. This amp has that Marshall compressed sound to it. I'm impressed with it. As most have noted, it could benefit from a good tube swap. That being said, its definatly very playable as is right out of the box with the stock tubes.
I'm giving it a 7 for features. I don't use anything else in my sound. Just a tube amp and a guitar. Its perfect for what I do, but if you use pedals, an effects loop would be a big help in keeping your tone intact.I could care less about that feature but it would be helpful for those that use pedals. Reverb would be a nice feature but again, I use this for recording and reverb is always added later so its a non issue for me. Still,it would be a nice feature for live playing. I find the basic EQ knobs to be a much bigger influence on the sound than most other amps I own. Especially the presence knob.
Ease of Use:
Gets another 10 on ease of use. I love simplicity and this amp is simple. Besides the basic mid,treble, and bass,you get a presence knob that brightens the amp up considerably. You set the gain to get the crunch you like, and then turn up(or down) the volume. No rocket science here.
Another 10 on quality. What can I say. The on/off and stand by switch are the mesa style toggles and are solid. Solid "modern" style control knobs and tight pots on each of the tone controls. Well built cabinet. Black and dark blue vinyl covered with white piping across the front. Tastefully done and reminiscent of an older marshall in a slight way. The only nit I can throw in is the plastic logo on the front. Kinda cheapy looking for my taste but everybody has a different take on cosmetics so I'm sure many find it cool lookin.
Can't rate the support. Haven't needed any.
Great value on this amp. Way under priced for an amp of this quality. I expected it to sound good, but this amp exceeded my expectations. I wouldn't classify it as being terribly versatile. Great sounding tube goodness in a solid,well built cabinet for 250 bucks. Great value in my world.
The Wow Factor:
I'm more of a utilitarian musician. I like my gear to be well kept but the cosmetics are pretty low on the priority list. Overall its a good looking piece of gear.The important thing is the tone.
Yeah I'd replace it rather quickly if it were "LOST" or stolen. Like who loses an amp. I know the newer models coming out have both reverb and an effects loop but this model works precisely the way I want it to. What do I like least about it? The cheesy looking plastic logo on the front. Not much to dislike on this amp. What do I like most? The huge tone. This amp has huge tone for such a small, inexpensive amp.