Took me by surprise!
I had purchased a 100watt 2x12 tube amp that was Chinese made recently, and the darn thing kept blowing the power tubes, at simple practice levels! So after 2 trips back to Sweetwater for repair I asked if I could just get something else that was the same price. To my surprise, they said "Absolutely! Your satisfaction is our main concern, try out something else in the price range and we will see what we can do!" I didnt want another over-seas made amp. Ive gone down that road and its filled with hit and miss quality, and let downs. This was the only USA made tube amp I could find in the same price range as the one I had got. So I pulled the trigger and said I wanted this one. They swapped me outright with NO problems! Best customer service in the music gear industry today! Now on to the amp. The clean channel is sweet as honey, with plenty of chime and depth. And the drive channel is smooth and classic. But it does get a very heavy saturation. The only downfall of this amp is also one of its strengths. Its simplicity. Without a presence, and other major tone shaping controls, the usual LOW/MID/HI controls kind of dont let this amp get past a bluesy classic rock amp. Which is fine! is does those tones with absolute flying colors. But as a studio Guitarist, I was hoping to have something that could even get into the heavy rock genre as well. My solution: I threw an MXR 10-Band EQ pedal into the effects loop. It tightened the lows, cut out the heavy mids, and sculpted the highs. The result was that it turned that heavy saturated gain onto a fine tuned heavy distortion that was PERFECT for the heavier rock styles I play. (i.e. 3 Doors Down, Creed, ect.) And the Blue Marvel speaker gets a lot of bad reviews. But I think most people dont understand it. Its the kind of speaker that needs to be seriously PUSHED to sounds its best. And I am talking at least halfway up on the volume. The muddy/mooshy sound leaves and its like the speaker opens up and comes alive! So in short, its an amp that when worked with properly it can deliver just about any style of sound you can want. Its super portable, and RIDICULOUSLY loud! The sound is on par with other high end amps I have owned or used. So if you are a blues, classic rock, and country player this amp will fill all of your needs and sound beautiful doing it. It you play those styles, but also like it on the mean and heavy side too, pair this up with an MXR 10-Band EQ in the effects loop and sculpt your tone, then sit back and be amazed! And best of all, you have the assured quality of an American made amplifier!