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timberson 10/03/2006

Vester Maniac : timberson's user review

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First of all, it's an amp, not a guitar (you can tell that from the picture...).
Made in Korea.
Solid-state, 20W
1 10'' speaker
2 channels (drive and clean) with independent volume controls
1 three-band EQ
1 Dual Frequency selection control (DFSC)
1 Spring reverb.
2 inputs (high, low)
1 preamp output, 1 headphone jack
1 footswitch to switch channels

USE

The wooden finish looks very nice. It's rather sturdy with its reinforced corners, but the wooden parts have a tendency to scratch easily.
It's lightweight and easy to transport.

SOUND

Generally, speaking, its sounds are all right, but they lack some energy (in the lows).
The DFSC allows you to get warmer sounds, it's sort of an amp emulator.
The built-in overdrive is okay, but I certainly prefer to plug in my multi-effects and use the clean channel.
It has enough power for home but not for rehearsals.

OVERALL OPINION

I've had it for more than 12 years. I like its look, lightness and the DFSC.
I don't like its lack of fullness. It replaced a 100W marshall JCM800 and they are clearly different things: I wanted something more gentle for home. I looked at a Fender (the clean sounds were better but the distortion were worse) and some other low-end amps, but this one seemed like a good value for money and quite versatile.
If I were in the same situation again, I'd choose a small tube amp with less controls and more warmth.