Superb little 60s style amp
At this point, I've put the amp through multiple rehearsals and two gigs (both gigs were indoors at a medium sized club). The speakers have broken in, and the amp is still all stock. If you're looking for pristine cleans at good stage volume, you should probably look elsewhere, as the headroom simply isn't there for that, especially with humbuckers. On the other hand, if you want a nice breakup to medium/heavy crunch amp, you'll be hard pressed to find a nicer looking or sounding amp, ESPECIALLY for the price. The reverb is nice and wet, and while it's not as 3-D as a Fender Deluxe Reverb RI, it is perfect for live gigs. The Vaporizer mode is great (removes volume and tone controls from the circuit), and I find myself leaving it in Vaporizer mode and just rolling off my guitar's volume control to clean up the sound a bit. Initially, I used the amp's volume and tone controls to get my rhythm tone, then kicked in the Vaporizer mode for leads, but that didn't generate quite enough distortion in rhythm mode (I play with a lot of power amp distortion most of the time). I'm going to experiment with new JJ tubes (though I've been very impressed with the stock Ruby tubes), and I'm going to change out the speakers here in a bit, and I will supplement this review with a second once I've had an opportunity to see how that affects the overall tone. Cranked up, or in Vaporizer mode, this baby has no trouble keeping up with a moderately loud rock drummer. The sound is pretty bright, but has surprising low-end girth. The weight is not all that bad, especially for an amp of this size. It is, of course, way cool looking with the bowtie grill, trapezoidal cabinet, and 60s tolex colors. For the money, a great little amp.