Before this purchase, as always, I played thru MANY acoustic amps, using my own Ovation Std Balladeer as the test guitar. After all, this would be the main guitar I'd be using with this amp (Along with my 12-string Ovation)..... I played thru a few Marshall's (which were way too expensive for what they offered), a Laney (which I liked), and a few other acoustic amps. What it came down to was not only price, but overall tone, options, and features. And, this amp came in as the winner. I felt it offered the best bang-for-the-buck, and I am very happy with it's performance thus far.
Model Year: 2004
Price: $400.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Putnam Music Center
Sound quality is very nice with this amp. Although, controling the effects could have been designed better. Not with the knob configuration, but in the digital effects themselves. You can not control the speed of the effects (flange speed, chorus speed etc etc) only the overall volume & depth of the effect. So, that was my only gripe with this amp, and I'm really nit-picking here, because I'm not one to use effects with an acoustic, other than a tiny bit of reverb or something like that. However, I must say that the "HALL" reverb setting, and a couple other settings are really nice! And those 2-3 effects are honestly good enough for my use. Otherwise, I love the amp, plan to keep it for MANY years, and the sound quality is acoustically "true", and provides a really warm & rich tone! So, even with my small gripe about the effects, I still bought it, I still think this amp is well worth the money, and I still give it a great rating.
VERY easy to use! Plug in, tweak some knobs, and you're up-n-running! And it did NOT take alot of fiddling to obtain a really nice tone.
Well, I've only owned it for around 6 months, but, it sure feels durable, I have gigged with it, and continue to gig with it, and folks (including myself) just love my sound, and tone. So, I guess that's a good thing. :)
I also hear that GB's customer support is very good. So, we'll see what happens in the future. But, with any luck, I won't need to find out!