I really like this amp... I know its my first amp but I really love the tone i get... I'l buy new pickups, then a new guitar and if i still cant quite get the tone im looking for then i'l think about another amp. This's stay in my rig though... if purely as a rhythm amp.
Price: $150.00 Pound (UK)
Where Obtained: Friend (Second Hand)
2 Channels. Channel A : "Shape Matrix" (Distortion). Channel B : "Clean". Shape Matrix IMO is a bit crap, you can get some psuedo metal sounds out of it but has proved to be essentially useless in my time with the amp. Has: Lead, Focus, Sub, Level and Gain.
Clean channel has beautiful warm tone. A little overly bassy but i like that. Has Bass, Mid, Treble and Volume. Simple. There is also a built in reverb which isn't stong enough for my tastes but is still stronger than most solid state amps. Has a footswitch jack for changing channels and Reverb. Also has a line In and Line out Jack. There is also a choice of inputs, one is normal and one is a lower volume. Handy if your playing in your bedroom like me. Theres no effect loop unfortunately. For a 60w amp it is exceptionally loud. I cant play above somewhere around 1 without the floorboards rumbling uncontrollably.
I play a Epiphone les paul through the amp and it seems to fit nicely... The amp is quite bassy so you get a real warm tone. Fits well when you turn on your distortion pedal. Really chunky fat sound. I really like the sound on this amp, if i buy another amp it will be because i cant get the lead tones im looking for... Im gonna try some better pickups in the bridge of my les paul first though.
I had no luck getting good sounds out of the distorted channel but its still your basic twidle nobs interface... It doesnt get any simpler than that.
The guy i bought this from is a friend and he told me this amp had never been to the shop in the 4 years he gigged it playing grunge. It had to go in and get some of the dials cleaned cos they were noisy when you adgusted them but thats it.
I never want to use this thing again. I'm putting it back in the attic to forget it exists.
Model Year: 1986
Price: $350.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Mark's Guitars, Kalamazoo MI.
Mono, 2 Channels, Solid State, Footswitch, With the usual controls.
I used this head through a Marshall 4x12 with my Charvel. This was my first "real" amplifier. Well suited for absolutely nothing, except for power with outboard pre-amp and effects.
It actually is really easy to use. Just turn it on.
Would be reliable enough for live playing. If you actually like the tone. I have beaten this thing to death and it still works.