I looked at Marshalls and didn't like the Drive channel. I also looked at Peavey amps, Roland, and other Fenders, and found this one to be the best in it's price range. If it were lost or stolen, I would want the halfstack model just to compare.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $712.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Gadsby's Music in Salinas, Ca
The clean channel is just Vol and Three-band EQ.
The Drive Channel has Gain, Vol, More Drive Switch (for solos) Three-band EQ, and a mid contour switch for getting a High Gain classic sound or Modern Distortion.
It does have an Fx loop. I use it for practice and performance. (it's that good) It's a Solid State amp.
it has Digital Signal Processing(digital effcts built in)
I have an Ibanez Roadstar 2 Steve Lukather model that I use. (don't try to find one, they're not made anymore) I typically play Rock and some Jazz and it works wonders for both. it's versatility makes it great for other styles. It does have some noise in the More Drive mode, but what amp isn't noisy when it's boosted?
I ussually don't hav the Vol past 3, but it still works wonderfully .
Sadly, you cannot set presets. Basically, you can sit for a few minutes and get a terrific sound. It took longer for me because I did not yet have a EQ setting i liked.
This Amp is easy to use compared to some Valvestate Marshalls, and it sounds better too.
I've had for over a year and have not needed repairs. I did put casters (wheels) on the bottom. For small clubs this amp is fantastic.