Hey guys. Got this amp in 2000 with a Squier Strat.
Personally, I like this amp. And for all you idiots who hate it, did you think you were buying a Marshall??? Did you think you were buying a Mesa/Boogie??? Of course more expensive amps sound better, could that be the reason they cost more??? For the price I paid, this amp is pretty good, if you want to know why I think so read down
I blew a fuse in it after owning it for about 2 years. Easy fix, and it's understandable, i was playing it cranked to 10 with a, overdrive pedal in front of it (needed more volume for my band).
No problems except for the fuse mentioned above.
Seriously guys, if you expected to of the line sound, and you know even a tiny bit about gear, you're a moron. So here are a few things (equipment wise) you can do to improve your sound if you don't want to buy a new amp: a)Sell your Squier Strats, and Epiphone Les Paul Juniors (unless you have the older P-90 one) or at leats buy new (Good) pickups, and any other shitty guitars that you most definitely have, and that will take a lot of the suck factor out of your sound. b)Take a little time to adjust the controls, figure out how it works with your guitar's controls and c)if you're a beginner, please don't make quick jugdgements about gear, because when someone sounds BAD, 99% of the time either it's not set right, or it ain't the gear it's the player. (The only exception is good player who have actually started LISTENING to their sound, and pinpointing specific problems. Bottom line, learn how to play, then buy better stuff. By the way, this gets a 3 based on how cheap it is and how good it sounds with the right guitar.
I got this amp in the Strat Pack at my local guitar store for $400 CDN (along with a squier strat, video, strap, picks, tuner and gig bag). I bought it mostly because it was cheap and because i liked the strat it came with.
This is a great all around amp. It is probably one of the best choices for a starting guitarist for many reasons. For example, it's cheap, it can go loud enough to be in a band (although you'll have to push the volume to 8 or 9), it sounds just fine and it has all the features a starting guitarist needs.
All my complaints about this amp are related to wear and tear. I've had it for 1 and a half years now and the speaker is almost done. This is probably because I put it at 7-8 when I'm playing in my band and I also put a distortion pedal in front of it (which increases the volume). Now, i'f I turn the volume up to 6 or higher, the speaker sounds like it's either loose or like it's about to rip apart. Another complaint I have is that the distorted channel is messed up. When I got it this channel was as good as any other budget amp's. Now, It sounds like it's broken which is wierd because I almost never use it.
This amp is built better than most of the other budget amp's out there. It has taken it's fair share of drops and it's fallen out the back of a van a few times and it doesn't have any dents, broken bits etc. This amp will probably last between the time a beginner starts playing and then decides to get a bigger amp.
Definatly a good choice for a beginner, this amp will last "long enough" and it is one of the best sounding, best built budget amps out there.