I have played most everything thats been available to play on for years now. I like these modeling amps because of the much wider variety of sounds you can get, they are lighter, don't suffer from humidity and heat/cold environments like the tubies do, and they are cheap and easy to maintain!! I spent as much time wrenching my old bassmans as I did playing them in the old days. I loved the sound I got from the old amps, but I usually had one breakdown every couple of months, which was never cheap. Plus being in a biker bar at 2 in the morning with a blown amp is not cool. No matter how "great" it is!! The other major factor was I could not get the wide variety of sounds I like without carrying around 2 or 3 amps, using stompboxes and dealing with the Tube Gods, which seemed to like to change my amps sound every night!! The earlier digital based amps were a nightmare when you touched a parameter during a gig. All of a sudden all your volume levels were different and they were horribly complicated. I think with a better cabinet and speaker arrangement, this little fella would be a contender right out of the box. At this price, most anybody can afford to own one of these, and will probably enjoy the variety of sounds and features which just were not available 20 years ago!! I will give a very good rating overall unless she blows out at a gig...You can bet I will report back on that one.
Model Year: 2004
Price: $299.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Musicians Friend
This amp is set up quite a bit like my old Johnson JT-50. As you dial the amp patches, the EQs change like you were using a different amp. Gain, Bass, Mid, Treble and a Channel volume are provided for each model. It has some darn good clean sounds, but it won't chunk heavy bass without a lot of flap from the Celestion speaker, which is not on a par to others I have used! At 75 watts it will soar over the drums and wake the neighbors, but the distorto models are a little fizzy and at times...ugly. The knobs are a little shaky, I don't think they will hold up to a lot of abuse. It has a tuner, plus built-in digital effects, which make it a stand-alone rig. They should have included the 4 channel pedal (75 bucks) as it is a must-have for live shows. Totally solid state inside, it can run for hours at a good clip with little change in sound due to heat! The 4 channels are easily programmable, and with the optional shortboard you get access to more saved presets.
I use an old Strat with a Hot Rail and Lace Sensors (all pretty hot!) and an old DOD chorus and a Tubescreamer round out my stompages. I play everything from old 50's Rock and Roll to 40 years of C and W, Blues, Hard Rock and Punk/Metal any given night. My demands on an amp are heavy, and so far there are some very useful amp models (with a bit of tweaking) for my type of gig! The Higher gain modes are a bit fizzy, but it's mainly due to the little 12" speaker and probably some cabinet issues. It is not very heavy at all, and appears to be glued together at points where other amps are finger joined, glued and screwed. At lower volumes it actually is a pretty savvy sounding and responding amp....At higher volumes, you must pay attention to your settings!! Mine will be paired up with some other cabs, as I think 1X12's suffer a bit no matter how you slice them. It is wired at 8 Kohms now, adding 2 10" speaks drops the ohmage to 4 where there is a bit more juice coming out of the amp. My other secret is my Marshall 4X12...It makes anything sound good!! All in all, useable sounds, not brilliant or awe inspiring, but for 300 bucks...Not bad!
Creating stored settings is as simple as holding the channel knob until it changes colors, then re-sets to it's usual red I believe. Very easy..I used to put together very long algorhythms on the first digital gear that came out. Being that it was virtual parameters, just programming your chorus could take 3 weeks due to all the options!! I like knobs...they are fast, simple, intuitive and much less frustrating than the old days!! Ease of use is top notch!! You will be saving your own patches in seconds. It takes a bit of fiddling, but some good sounds can be coaxed from the little beast, as long as you dont have to push the Master Volume too hard!! It's so easy..A drummer could use it on day one!!!
I don't have a lot of hard time in on her yet. I have been putting her through some 4-5 hour straight practice sessions, trying to soften up the Celestion a bit. She kept her cool, although I have tightened up the screws on the chassis a couple of times, which I am sure is just beginning!! Like I say earlier, the knobs are a little wobbly, and there just is not a lot of screws holding this little chiquita together. I will give you a 1 year lowdown when I get there!! I will be using another cab, so that will soften the blow to the chassis/cabinet structure.
I looked at a lot of amps before buying this. I walked in and out of sam ash empty handed a dozen times before coming away with this. I checked out the peavy amps of about the same price, several fenders, and also the Ibanez Toneblaster amp (which is a nice beginner amp!). This amp came out on top above them all. It really had more options and it's only $400. If you're looking for a decent amp but not quite a serious amp yet, maybe one to serve you for a few years, i would highly reccomend this. However, keep in mind that Carvin does make a nice SX amp for 50 dollars more, and that VOX came out with a competing amp (i don't remember the model number) about a year after this one that is better in my opinion. Oh well, poor timing i guess =). I highly reccomend the stereo version of this amp if you can afford it. If this amp was stolen i obviously woudln't buy it again because i've moved out of this stage of playing, so I'd probably buy a carvin tube and get my own set of pedals...
Price: $400.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Sam Ash
This amp comes with all the bells and whistles. It's digital with 6 amp models. They go from 3 types of clean to 3 types of distortion. Once the amp model is selected you can tweak the sound with the equalizer and drive knob, but the drive knob honestly donent' do much. After that you can add either Chorus, Flanger, or Tremelo, and then Delay and reverb. Burried beneath all this are noisegate features, boost knobs, and all sorts of other whoosits. This can all be programmed into 4 presets. Or you can spend an outrageous $250 for a pretty crappy floorboard that will give you 12 preset locations. However i just went for the $70 footswitch that goes between the 4 presets. One thing that does upset me though is that the line out cuts your speaker, so you need an extra speaker if you're running it through a PA.
I've used it with several accoustics but primarily an Ibanez JX70, a mexican stratocastor, and most recently a Carvin DC127. I really like the availability of the effects and presets. It makes it easy for going from song to song, but there's a very noticable change if you do it midsong. The effects sound decent, very close to a pedal you might buy through boss. The amp models are nice, and really give you a variety of sound from just straight up playing to hardcore screaming distortion. I personally prefer the cruch sound which has a nice vintage marshall distortion. However, unless you're using a guitar like my carvin with active electronics, you won't be satisfied with the equalizer. It really doesn't do anything, and the drive knob is just there for show, you really have no control over the distortion level. At high volumes, unlike what most people say about this amp, it does perform well for a midrange amp (especially with a good guitar). If your'e looking for a decent sounding amp (not quite beginner and not quite serious big time amp), the sound and options are excellent on this one.
Ha, uhm, i've had my amp for well over a year and am only just beginning to realize that there's a hidden noisegate feature on here...READ THE MANUAL PEOPLE, and play like crazy, it's the only way you'll figure this thing out.
This is a heavy duty amp. I can't tell you how many butts have been on here or how often people have needed a step ladder for soemthing. I personally used it as a boost into my loft at college for an entire semester. It's very soildly built. The sound is pretty decent when blasted, it's nice for medium gigs.
I was given this amp as a gift, but i love its tone, and its definitly worth the cheap price you pay...
Price: $400.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
This amp has full tonal control with gain adjustment, eq, drive, and ch volume knobs + a warm reverb. there are 4 progammable channels to swith through. the amp is good for me, i take the phones out and go direct but this amp could function well otherwise. mono, tubetone technology better than the real thing.
I use it with my les paul, playing all styles of music. the amp is very versatile, the built in effects are great, it can run up their with the mesas and the marshalls, its got great tone, no unwanted hums at high volume either...
Its fairly easy to program you channels if you read the manual. you can customize your sound to you liking.
Its quite durable and reliable, ive had no problems
I chose this amp because of the bangs per buck. It's very versatile, fun to experiment with, and looks good to boot. It makes a fairly poor player (me) sound half reasonable. For the money (in the UK) you can't go wrong. The supplier even shipped it for free.
I'd certainly buy another one.
I think to use it in anger on stage, you would need the floor board to increase the flexibility - but this comes at a price. Whether it's justifiable, I can't comment on, but don't let that stop you looking at this one - it rocks!
Model Year: 2001
Price: $319.00 UK Pounds (new)
Where Obtained: Coda Music, Stevenage, UK
Solid State, modeling amp offering six pre-set amp configurations, four pre-set 'sounds', chorus, flange, tremelo, echo x 3 and reverb. Usual gain, tone and master volume controls. Add on floor board if required.
Single 12" speaker. Headphone output.
Great practice amp, and OK for small gigs.
Quite heavy, though not too big to lug around.
Nice quality to the cabinet, controls and materials.
I've been using my Epiphone Sheraton with this amp, and it sounds fine to me. I particularly like the warm blues feel, and the 'Twang' setting is OK for some jazz numbers. The more outrageous 'Recto' and 'Insane' settings should only be used by experienced nutters! Totally over the top for most things, but fun never-the-less.
Reverb is good, as is the trememlo and chorus. Not so impressed with the equilisation, I probably need time to get used to this.
Some initial thought is needed, but I used it straight out the box and had a smile on my face, so I guess it's easy.
Excellent. feels very strong and well built. Nice materials, no problems here. Have not used enough to comment on reliability - shouldn't be an issue though.
I choose this amp because of the feature to price ratio. For 400 dollars I get an amp that sounds like 5 or 6 amps. It's a good deal in my opinion.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $399.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
This amp simulates 6 different tube amps. It also has two fx channels that can be combined together. The first fx channel has flange, chours and tremelo. The second fx channel has delay, tape echo and ping pong which uses a tap button to set delay times.
Theres a 1x12 50w mono speaker ... but it does have a headphone stereo / line out jack.
It also includes 4 memory slots you can set (pre-programmed by line6).
I have two guitars I use with this amp.
Yamaha EG 112.
Fender American Double Fat Strat.
I can get a really nice clean sound with the Yamaha and really nice dirty grunge sound with the Strat. I haven't played on many tube amps ... I can't really compare the two. Regardless this amp has a great sound to it.
This wasn't the easiest amp to figure out... since you have so many options to fiddle with. After looking over the manual and playing with the amp (~3hrs) you get a pretty good idea of what can be done and how to set everything up.
I have been playing on this amp for about 2-3 months. The amp construction seems very solid... but I don't think it would be loud enough to play a gig with.
if you're on a bit of a budget, this amp will give you everything you could ever need, without giving up major amounts of cash.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $695.00 canadian (new)
Where Obtained: long&mcquade music store
it has that many effects, i sold all my pedals.
it sounds as close as you can get to it's various models, without having to buy the real thing.
a little complicated to start with, but just read the manual and it soon becomes easy.
i'm going to guess at this because i've only had it about 2 months.