Sonic and programable brilliance
I needed a change. I perform new country, where clean and grit both have a place. I've been running Twins in the live rig for years. I used pedals from time to time to get a really driven sound and that worked since 98. There was something slightly missing, or so I thought. Turned out not to be so slightly when I added the JVM410C into the rig. I use a gcx and gcu voodoo system to control everything. Including this combo. Once I dialed it in, I could a/b the different amps in the rig and I was floored.
First, wth midi control it fit seamlessly into the gcu setup. I can control it perfectly from the front of stage and behind the stage. The supplied foot switch is no slouch, but I really like one pedal to control everything. Front end effects, inserted time based effects and the like. Seamless integration.
Next, I thought I would get the most use out of it in the crunch and od preamps. I was dead wrong. The clean side of this amp is incredible. I ran a PRS p24 trem Piezo side into it, and it translated the piezo side pretty good. So, I tried just a slight edge clean/yellow and used each switch position. I was very surprised at how silky it sounded and full of presence.
The driven channels sound really good too. I don't really have the need for Red on od1 or 2. That said, fully cranked green and yellow selections run with little hi gain hum. Red is a bit hissy on the od channels, true. But that can be conquered by creative program usage with the GCU.
It has really great sonic control using the guitars volume knob. Some amps loose part of the sound pallet when the volume knob is used. This amp plays well with a guitars volume knob backed off for light passages. Some amps loose punch and a lot of sustain. This amp looses very little.
I would choose it all over again if I had to. Don't let the small form factor fool you. This combo is a giant. This has easily been a no brainier, great selection. It's qualiy and sound make it the easiest amp I could ever recommend.