Nice Little Amp
Got one yesterday. I usually play a "boutique" hand-wired Tweed Deluxe. Have owned vintage Fenders, Dr. Z, etc., so I'm used to good tone. I wanted a solid state amp to fiddle with in the living room, and to use as a recording tool - lay down tracks quickly on my DAW and replace them later with my miked amp. I compared this to the Line 6, and preferred this. I avoid presets on these "modelers", and prefer to choose an amp model, and add the effects I want. And, I want the bare bones amp model to sound good without any effects. This little amp really nails the dry, tube amp sound. I'm impressed. I like the Tweed, and Twin presets the best. I immediately did a shootout between my 57 Tweed clone (all top end components) vs. this little amp. Wow. Yeah, you'll tell them apart, but wow. The sound overall is good enough that I don't feel tonally deprived when I use this instead of my Tweed. The onboard effects are nice enough, but not a big factor for me. I like the interface, as it's relatively simple, and lets me get what I want fairly quickly. It's a little balky, though, as in adjusting the amount of reverb requires you to push a button and turn a knob at the same time, while holding your guitar with your other hand. And, because there's no LED display, you'll have to refer to the manual to know that the effect you want is "A3" or "C2", etc.. I scrolled through the metal sounds, and will probably never use them again for how/what I play so I can't really comment on them. For someone with my requirements, which are: let me easily access a vintage Fender amp sound and allow me to easily add a couple effects, this is a heck of an amp for the money. I haven't played with the built-in gain that much yet, and so far have not gotten results that blow me away. BUT...I set the amp to the 57 Tweed model, with little or no gain, and ran my Stratocaster through my Fulltone OCD overdrive. BINGO. Very, very nice.