I got this little deal from Ameican Musical Supply (www.amercanmusical.com, check it out) for about $200.00 and free shipping. This was about a year and 4 months ago and now it costs like $150.00! I had been checking out other 50-65 watt amps like the Fender Princeton 65, a Crate 65 watt, and a Rouge, NEVER BUY A ROUGE,stuff like that. The only difference was the price, there was a 100+ dollar difference!
I like the effects and how much you can change each one's parameters, not to mention the effects are of pretty high quality for this price range. It also has a crisp clean channel that stays clean even at high levels (6 or above), which is because of the great Jensen 10"ers. I also like having the versatility with all of the I/O in the back. You can hook up a tape player/recorder and lay down some rhythm and play lead to it! It seems to be fairly well built too!
I absolutley hate the overdrive channel, i need thick, heavy distortion for jam sessions and i still have to use my Digitech Metal Master to get it! But I can live with it! I also got tired of lugging the thing (probably 40-50 lbs) to practice all the time, so I got some cheap casters and put them on it. Now it is effortless moving it around (and fun too!). The other thing I don't like is the knobs stick out to far from the edge of the amp itself, so after a year of practicing and moving it around i lost one of the effect parameter knobs! But it still works fine!
It seems to be well built. I haven't dropped it off my deck or anyhting, but i can sit on it and play and it has got knocked over once or twice at insane practices. It only has a few dents and scratches, but that makes it look more like a well-used amp! The overall construction is very well built for this price range!
If I had to go back and choose again between those 3 amps, I'd still pick this one. Not just for the price, but the durability, but for the look too. It looks like one of those Vintage Fender's that sell for 700 bucks! If you are a begginer or the next Steve Vai, this amp is definitley worth every penney. Sure, you can't play at an arena in front of 10000 people, but for practice, this make perfect!
I bought this unit from Palen Music in Columbia, Missouri. Paid $199 for it new. I was looking for an amp that would cater to a medium volume classic rock band, and a 5 piece country act I also play in.
This amp does everything I need. It has effects, amp modeling, morphing, tow channels, enough inputs and outputs to satisfy any possible combination of requirements.
It took a little while to figure out how to program the various parameters on the amp, but spending a little time with it made me know it that much better. It was plenty loud at my gig with my 5-piece band. No one could believe I only paid two hundred bucks for it.
Also, it's not as heavy as a lot of other combo amps. The 2-10's sung loud and clear when called upon, and the mixing of the "dirty" channel took a little time to get the sound I was looking for, but eventually I found the sound I needed.
The only thing I can say about this amp I didn't like would be the ability to use more than one effect at a time. It has all these great sounds that would be nice to mix them up a bit.
This isn't an amp you can just take home, plug in and start wailing. You need to spend some quality time together locked in a room to get just the sound you need out of it. It is a very sophisticated piece of equipment. And that's really not a bad thing!
The construction was tight and sturdy. I would rely on this amp to perform well anywhere.
I have seen amps going for twice as much as this one that don't even come close. I also heard they were discontinuing this amp. Probably because it is too much of a good value! If you get a chance to get one of these bad boys, do it! You cannot go wrong!
Got this from Musicians Friend for $199 because my present main amp was getting out of date ('84). Plus I was tired of lugging around a bunch of effects & this has them built in.
I like most of the effects, although some are kinda cheesy. The reverb and chorus pretty much stay on all the time. To me, they are very realistic. The fact that it has Jensen speakers was appealing also, plus it sorta has that "vintage" look to it like an old Fender. The clean channel has a nice warm sound SIMILAR to a tube amp but does not precisely nail it to a "T". But it is pretty close.
I have to agree with everyone else about the overdrive. It's not all that great but people if you would just read the description of the amp it says "clean to MILDLY DISTORTED". With that in mind, one cannot really expect it to do grunge or metal or any other high-gain sound. If you are looking for a gain machine, this is not it unless you plug in a stompbox or two.
Seems tough & well built. Most solid-state amps are pretty reliable so it should work for a long time. Two things on mine were goofed up from the factory when I got it. First, the line-in for the left channel didn't work unless I wiggled the jack back & forth. Second, the right & left speakers were switched around & everything that was supposed to come through the left side actually came through the right and vise-versa. Mind you, these two things were minor & I didn't sent it back, I just fixed them myself. Otherwise, no problems.
Overall, it's a great amp & for the money it cant be beat. Plenty of volume and real pretty clean tone. Best "bang for the buck" that I've seen yet.
I bought this as my second amp from an
A.M.S. catalog for 200.00 or so bucks!
(my first amp was 10 watts).
Plus I wanted to start experimenting with new sounds and effects, and this was the definate way to go!
What I like about this unit is that it was 200 bucks for 60 watts a pure power, cheap enough there,but with 30 or so effects each with 3 perameter dial-in knobs, it was instantly worth the money. It also seems to be a pretty sturdy amp, having 2 10" speakers and all. It also looks pretty cool too, like a vintage Fender or something.It also has a MIDI in and quite a few I/O ports for just about everything.
I don't like the crappy dirty or overdirve channel,it sounds like paper being wadded together. I have a 30 dollar distortion pedal that sounds 50 times better! Thats about the only thing that sucks about this great amp!
It is made fairly well, but I've seen and used better combo amp like it (Marshall)and can see the difference. But for an ametuer player and a limited income it does the job more than better.
If you're like me and only 6 months into the guitar, this is an amp that will last you years to come. It is even big enough to be used in small gigs or clubs!