I choose this amp because of the tone I had heard from other players when I was a kid. I also liked the low wattage which gives the ability to simply scream at low volumes - which is really the best of both worlds.
Model Year: 1968
Where Obtained: E-bay
Channel 1 = 2 inputs, Volume, Bass, Treble
Channel 2 = 2 inputs, Volue, Bass, Treble, Reverb, vibrato speed, vibrato intensity (depth)
No effects loops, no channel switching. Comes with footswitch to turn on/off reverb and vibrato.
The "brown" sound. I never really knew what that definition meant, but somehow I had that sound in my head. The amp gets it right on the mark. I play a Fender strat through it, as well as a Les Paul. It is certainly loud enough for the music I play.
Lovely warm cleans and tasty juicy distortion with a healthy crunch. The amp just breathes. Sounds especially nasty with the Les Paul. If I need a little more gain or creamy distortion, I use a modded DS-1.
The caveat = no Mid EQ. This is the only bummer. As you know, Mid is the core of tone shaping. I suppliment it with an EQ pedal and Bob's my uncle. Well worth the tone I get.
Easy to use. Turn it on and go. Its a good habit to use the Standby switch before and after....other than that, no worries.
My tubes last about a year and a half with pretty regular playing. I don't chuck it in the back of the van, however. It needs a little love when being transported.