If you can get this for under $30, buy it. If not, pass on it.
Where Obtained: E-bay
Not bad if you buy it used! A little restrictive, but the patches sound quite good. I use it in my shop on my workbench. It's very good for testing guitars. I really don't think I would play out with it.
Like I said, sound quality is good. Is it as good as my Line 6 stuff? God, no. But, it has a decent clean, a fair British sound, and actually a respectable rectified sound. The delays and mods are a little over the top, and I'm not sure how to save patch alterations.
Speaking of saving patches... conspicuous abscense of a save button. I have to download a manual to figure that out. However, changing effect parameters on the fly is very easy and actually more comprehensive that a Pod.
Plastic. I'd be unsure about playing out with it. However, the footswitch is really nice, pretty heavy-duty. Comes in a nice case, too
The only problem I've had with this is that sometimes-albeit rarely, it freezes up. Yep, just like a computer gets stuck in the processing, this guy does too, I guess. Simply turing it off and on fixes the problem, but during a show it's not so pleasant to say the least. Still, it's only happened to me 3 times (2x in one show!) in over a year, and I've used it probably 3x a week for 3 hours a time. You can kind of start to tell when you're pushing it too hard, so you can predict when it might freeze.
All in all, it's darn good. I'd still like to step up to a Line6 PODxt or Lexicon GPX, but again for the price, this thing is really pretty great.
Model Year: 2003
Price: $139.99 (new)
Where Obtained: Sam Ash
The tuner leaves a lot to be desired-I ended up simply buying a Boss TU-2 and bypassing the V-AMP's tuner altogether. I suppose it's accurate enough if you're playing by yourself or maybe with just a percussionist, but I'd say that's it.
No tubes here, but it is stereo, has a S/PDIF out (I've not used it), and both front and rear inputs. I control my with Behringer MIDI foot pedal live-which I would not recommend for it's wah or volume effects (I've noticed some degradation of the signal in there - MIDI should not be used for wah efx), but simply switching tones it does fine.
For the price, this is a pretty killer effects unit. I had previously used a Digitech RP-2000, and those sounds for me didn't cut it. This amp modeler does well with American & British amps, but leaves a little to be desired in terms of the "high gain" amp modeling. Those are just fine-it'll get the job done and that's about it.
I run mine through my Fender Hot Rod Deville 410, with very good results. I've also recorded direct with very good results.
The programming is quite easy-it's preset with efx, and when you move a knob, a light flashes letting you know that the effect has been changed. If you wish to save that setting you simply hold down the button with the flashing light, and presto it's saved. That's a great feature-no menus to scroll through & easy to keep great tones.
I did just break a knob off yesterday, but that was due to my negligence! It didn't seem to do too well with me stepping on it.
Excellent piece of equipment. Behringer's first shot in the modelling market is a success. The Line6 people should be looking over their shoulders, the V-Amp is hot on it's trail.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $129.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Mars Music - Atlanta
Amp Models: Fender Bassman, Matchless Chieftain, Fender Twin, Roland Jazz Chorus, Marshall JTM45, Vox AC30, '59 Marshall Plexi, Marshall JCM800, Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier, Mesa Boogie Mark III, Soldano and some Behringer hybrids based on the amps already listed.
Cabinet Emulations: Almost any speaker and cab configuration you could want.
Effects: echo, delay, phaser, flanger, chorus, compressor, reverb, wah, noise gate, tremolo and leslie.
It comes with a footswitch and is Midi programmable.
I play a Strat and a Tele through a 160watt Crate stage amp, a Fender Deluxe Reverb and direct into a Tascam 4-track.
The amp models and the cab emulation are really accurate. I have to admit, I was surprised. This unit delivers.
Very easy to program. I had a personal tone dialed in after about 5 minutes. An intuitive face allows you to begin right away. One thing you want to be aware of and is my only complaint, so far. Most everything is editable on the face of the unit except cabinet emulation. Which means, if you walk up to one of these in the store and dial up an amp without editing the cab configuration, you'll be very dissapointed. It never occurred to me how the amp/cab combination could make or break a tone.
I haven't had it long enough to make a call so, I'm giving Behringer the benefit of being a respected manfacturer of top notch studio equipment.