just plain beautiful
I've had a Classic 50 4x10 since the year they came out. This won't replace that, but that's a little like saying a strat won't replace a paul. They're different beasts, but this little tank (and it IS built like a tank) goes from almost a hi-fi clean to GREAT break-up without the drive engaged. The drive button redistributes the voltages across the tubes to engage preamp distortion... holy cow. At the very bottom end of the gain knob, it's a little distorted, by the time you get to noon, it's in the metal-contender stage. Serious smooth shred comes after that.
1) PLAY WITH THE EQ. A LOT. It works very different with/out the drive engaged, and it is a really nice sounding EQ, if not a bit weird to dial with.
2) Redbox DI is NOT a cabinet, so don't expect it to sound just like a cabinet. It's VERY close, and even VERY usable for small venue work, if you can stand to listen to your rig through a floor wedge instead of having a cab next to you. It sounds pretty good straight into a converter then into a DAW, too. Great for latenight work, but still not as great as a good mic.
I slaved out the 4x10 on my Peavey to this little thing, and I can't make myself unplug it - it sounds that good. This isn't a thick, fat, muffled tube tone, it's a bit thinner through the mids, and exceedingly crisp if you want, but the EQ can change worlds
4.5 stars (not 5) ONLY because there's just no excuse to not include an fx loop on ANY amp at this point.