Freidman Small Box combo rocks
Only the price knocks this down 1/2 point in my mind. It may be a bit early for me to rate this amp, as I am still in the romance stage of the relationship, but I love this amp. The plexi/clean chanel gets plenty clean, but like another review I saw, I like the gain cranked and if I a need bit cleaner tone, I roll off my guitar volume a bit. The higher gain chanel is great too, but the plexi with a simple tube screamer in front of it works great for classic rock. I haven't tried all my other overdrive pedals yet. The effects loop works well, and this amp has all the volume I will ever need at any gig I will play. At 52 lbs, it isn't too heavy. I play bars and parties /classic rock, and i'm 55, so I've got plenty of experience with lots of gear throughout the years. Never had an amp this expensive, but I had a Boogie Mark II C plus, 68' Fender Vibrolux, Bassman's, 70's Marshall 50 watt combo (which is closest to the Friedman) etc. This Friedman is keeper, and will likely be my go to amp till death do us part. The note articulation is superb. As long as you play cleanly, it sounds great. Mistakes are amplified/stick out more too though. I record my band rehearsals, and I notice just how consistent/pure my tone is vs my other rig. You get what you pay for with this amp. When i'm on, I sound better with this amp and it motivates me to want to play. If I'm not feeling it, or sloppy, it is also apparent. Can't have too many beers at the gig!