I looked at the Fender Blues Junior, Peavey Classic 30, Traynor, and a few Peavey amps before settling on this amp. I wouldn't change a thing... excellent choice.
Model Year: 2000
Where Obtained: Bailey Brothers Music
This 2 channel amp has the following knobs
on Channel 1:
Drive, Punch, Level, Bite
on Channel 2:
Drive, Growl, Level, Weep
on Master :
Boost, Reverb, Low EQ, High EQ
a foot pedal that allows you to change between channels 1 & 2, turn on/off the effects loop, or turn on/off the solo boost.
I play fingerstyle jazz... this guitar works well for me in this setting. When I loaned it to a friend of mine that plays in a cover band, I noticed that it got a little lost in the overal mix of a full band.
This is not stereo, but you can add the "Powerengine 60) which is a 60 watt companion to make this amp appear to be a 2x12 instead of the 1x12 that it is.
This amp is also solid state.
I use this amp with guitars that have single coils, humbuckers and P-90 soap bar pickups. I also use several outboard effects that I loop through the effects send/receive.
This amp is good for most rock/pop/jazz and country. By itself, it does not support the metal types of heavy distortion - but most people use external pedals to achieve the right ammount of frunge anyway.
The Drive and Punch provide a combination of scooping, and other things that I always have to go back to the manual to resolve.
You can obtain the sound that you are looking for by fiddling, but how you get there can be a little counter-intuitive.
I have used this amp extinsively for the last 3 years and it has never failed me.
Jack of all trades, master of none. This amp can satisfy anyone on a budget who needs a wide range of clean and dirty sounds. I chose it over the Line 6 Spider because I felt that, while it lacks any effects besides reverb, it has a wider range of styles that it can do at a satisfactory level, all the way from Fender Clean to Marshall and Mesa Boogie overdrive.
Where Obtained: eBay
Knobs: Master section has Boost (extra volume), Reverb, Hi and Low eq. Channel 1 has Drive, Punch, Level, and Bite (on/off). Channel 2 has Drive, Growl (mid scoop), Level, and Weep (on/off). It comes with a well-designed footswitch that lets you toggle between Channel 1 and Channel 2, turn the effects loop on or off, and turn the Boost and/or Reverb off or on. Also has a SansAmp XLR direct-out (sounds like it's miked so you don't have to), effects loop, and a headphone out.
I use this with a strat-like Hamer and play a wide range of music anywhere from clean and blues to rock and metal. Basically, Channel 1 gives you a whole bunch of Fender-type tones, ranging from sparkly clean to the saturated SRV blues sound. You can even turn off Bite and get a nice mellow jazz sound. Their Fender Clean preset is full of body and may almost approach the venerable Twin Reverb sound. Turn the reverb up a bit on this channel and you'll get all sorts of amazingly rich sounds. And I've gotten comments that the blues overdrive is awful close to a tube sound. Playing either rhythm or lead on this channel, you'll find that the amp does a superb job of letting your style shine through.
Channel 2 is the "wall of amps" channel, great for all sorts of leads and the heavy sounds of Vox, Marshall, and Mesa Boogie. It sounds lame without a humbucker or a hot single-coil, but luckily I have a Seymour Duncan JB in my bridge. Don't expect this to reach the super-distorted level of Pantera or Metallica (even though they have a "Metallica" preset); you would need some serious multi-tracking to get their level of distortion. The real secrets of this channel are the Growl knob and Weep button. Growl is for mid-scooping, and lets you fly from the nasal British sound to ultra-scooped metal, and Weep is a powerful "thickening" button that is almost impossible to describe without audio aid, so I won't even try.
Since Tech 21 loves it presets, and rightly so, you're never really in the dark when it comes to getting certain popular sounds. The only real problem is Tech 21's knob and button naming scheme: someone who just picks up the amp and doesn't see the presets may wonder what "Growl" and "Punch" are, not to mention the "Bite" and "Weep" buttons. But one quick look at the manual explains it all.
This thing is built like a Chevy truck. You can toss it down a flight of stairs, bump it into anything, and whatever else you can think of. It'll just come back for more.
I guess it's pretty good for the price, but if you want a good sound, it might be worth your while to save alittle more money and buy a btter amp. Go for the real tube amps -- I haven't played a single solid state that really sounds like a tube.
Price: $510.00 (new)
This amp is pretty loud for its size, and offers two channels -- a lead and a rhythm. It also has effects loop and a boost option, both of which are pretty useful mostly because the controls are all on the same footswitch. But all that doesn't matter when you actually try to get a good sound out of it. Since the channels are not independant, you can make either your clean channel sound good or the distorted one, but not both.
While the clean sound is pretty good, getting good sounding distortion out this amp is a pain. You can get away with playing lead through it, but not rhytm... It just becomes amazingly muddy when you try, especially with my Tele. Even if you try to play using your own distortion pedal, it won't sound all that great.
This amp is very easy to use-- same as any other basic amp. The names on the knobs are a little wierd -- like growl instead of mid,, but that's not too hard to get used to.
I sold mine pretty soon after I bought it, so I really can't say for sure, but it does have a steel construction, and it's a solid state amp, so I imagine it's pretty reliable.
I think this amp is extremely good for my playing style right now, and since i like to play jazz and many other types of music, a versitile amp like this one suites my needs. the worst aspect is the fact that it's only 60 watts and later i might want to look for a louder amp.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $500.00 (new)
Where Obtained: A Sound Choice
Solid state combo, 2 channels, which comes with a footswitch. it's powerful enough for the music i play (jazz), and the knobs and different channel settings enable you to get a wide variety of tones, which is what the amp is specifically made for.
I use this amp for jazz, but with the footswitch, i can go between 2 channels, so i can use it for a song with, for example, a clean part and a distorted part. the range of tones in the amp is pretty amazing.
The amp is very easy to use, and once you get accustomed to the features, it's like 2nd nature programming it.
Since it's new, i haven't had any repairs done on it, and hopefully i wont need any. i've played with it live a number of times, and it's been steady enough those times.
Very nice amp for a player who is sure of what they want to play from day to day. NOt the best at any one thing, but it do most everything very well.
Model Year: 1998
Price: $425.00 (new)
Where Obtained: local music store
Two channels voice completely differently not just a clean and disorted channel. You can get different overdriven tones from each channel. Good spring reverb.
Can be a little noisey due to active tone controls, but if you keep them at the 12 o' clock or lower it is fairly noise free.