Overall, An amazingly powerful amp for 30 watts. it is perfect for home practising and even for small gigs. you should find it quite easy to work and it is very reliable and affordable. I think I will stick with Marshall
Model Year: 2001
Where Obtained: Sounds Live (Newcastle, U.K) Ltd.
This amps clean controls are: volume, Bass and treble. The amps overdrive controls are: treble, volume, bass, contour, gain and reverb. Some useful features are: CD input, A footswitch socket, line out and a headphone socket. I think that this is one of the best practice amp's you can find and I reckon you could use it for a small concert, this beast sounds more like a 50 watt than a 30 watt! I dont know how the f**k decibels work but put it this way, my whole room vibrates when I have the volume 3/4 way round. it has a custom-voiced 10" speaker.
I dont use any effects at the moment cos I cant afford them but I will let you know how they sound. I normally play classic, brown, crunching vintage ozzy style riffs. All I use to get that crunchin sound is all the knobs on the overdrive channel fully clockwise turned apart from the gain channel which is halfway turned and the volume knob which should be adjusted to your personal "ear bleeding" tastes.
It can be quite fiddly to find a good setting to suit your tastes but once you find one you will stick with it forever!
I nearly took this amp back because I thought it was broken cos It kept cutting off, until I found out that It was the lead that was crap. since then it has been very reliable.
For money, great full sounding Amp. The celestian speaker added a fuller sound. best amp for the money expect if your looking for that traditional Fender sound from a Strat ot Tele.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $199.00 (new)
Where Obtained: George's Music
Everythiung you need for a great practice amp or small gigs. Enough power for those needs with a quality sound. I did change the speaker to a celestian silver to get ore of the Marshall sound. Foot switch should be included. Has line out, headphones, and CD input. Most everthing you need for garage playing.
Used w/ Fender Strat (w/Dimarzio Vintage P/Us's) and a 1972 Les Paul. Effects are either none ot a DOD multi-effects board. Perfect match for Les Paul. Strat sounds good, but you won't get (which I don't want) the high end cut like a Fender Amp. Very quiet no matter how close I get. Equal to a low end tube amp.
Solid made, corrosion resistant screws. Solid, should last a while.
I looked at some Crate amps, (that is what my old amp was), and I looked at some Mesa/Boogie amps. I chose this one because of the sound quality, price, and good reviews from my friends. I am careful with this baby, 'cuz it is so special, but if it was stolen, I would definitely buy a new one. This amp could be better if it came with a footswitch, and it would probably be nice if it had a built in chorus. My favorite aspect of this amp is the fact that the signal is squeaky clean. I don't think there is a worst aspect. This amp can be used for recording, due to its superior sound quality over other combos, and it is good for small to medium gigs. If you buy one, I hope you love it.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $169.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Trader (retail)
This amp is not tube, but the signal is clean as a whistle and the sound isn't "muddy" as you turn the volume up. This is the best amp I have ever heard that almost perfectly emulates the sound of a Marshall tube head. Clean channel has volume, bass and treble, but that is OK for the player who uses their Overdriven channel most of the time. The Overdrive channel has volume, bass, treble and contour (mid). The reverb is great for getting that empty room feeling. There is a button for switching, from Clean to Overdrive, and there is also a 1/4" jack for a Marshall P801 footswitch (not included). There is a line out jack for connecting to external speakers, a 1/4" headphone jack, and a CD input for playing along with songs.
I use an Ibanez RG270 with two Ibanez humbuckers, a single coil in the middle, and a Floyd Rose licensed tremolo. I play Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, AC/DC, and when I want a more modern sound, I play stuff by the Offspring (just for fun). This amp fits perfectly with everything I play, and I can crank up that gain all the way if I want to be down and dirty. The sound of this amp is 100x better than the 30 watt Crate amps that I have played. This amp doesn't have a buzz that you get from amps that don't have the craftsmanship that Marshall has. I can turn the gain up all the way and I don't get any buzz. The amp sounds better as you turn it up. My old amp began to sound like you dropped it in a swamp at around 6, but my Marshall sounds beautifully at any volume.
Unlike a lot of amps that I have played, the sound of this amp actually changes when you turn one of the knobs. When I turn the bass knob all the way down, I actually get no bass, unlike my old amp. You get good sound at any setting with this amp, but it is very flexible, so any sound you want you can get.
This amp is very consistent. The sound quality is always good, no matter what effects you are using, or whatever. It never needs to be repaired, as long as you don't drop it off of a building or anything. The construction is very heavy-duty. The amp's casing is thick, and very solid.
Would probably upgrade to a 50RCD in a few years...
Where Obtained: Retail Store
Clean Channel has only bass and treble controls
Crunch Channel has gain, Bass, Mid, High Tone controls, and master volume
Cheapo plastic push switch on front panel for channel switching, footswitch socket.
Headphone and Line Out sockets
30 watt output, OK for home practice and small gigs
Used with 'Tansen' (Indian OEM for Jackson) guitar - twin Kent Armstrong humbuckers, independent tone and volume controls.
Also with PMG (Korean) single humbucker stock model.
Also with Acoustic guitars with condensor pickups and another with a Fishman.
Electrics are passed through a Zoom 505 with some delay, reverb and noise gating only. Crunch is given by the amp.
Play a lot of Floyd, Eagles, Dire Strits... Slight crunch only, lot more dependence on reverb and smooth EQ. Heavy crunch setting sound slightly unpleasant (to my (y)ears).
Very high buzz on crunch settings, even with heavy noise gating. No effects loop so no way to cut it down...
Slight twiddling required on the crunch channel, Volume control is very linear response. Sudden changes in volume with a small turn... Push switch for channel change is pathetic
Never needed to repair it yet.