Submitted February 13, 2015 by Tim Radle in Willoughby, OH
"The best out of the box sounds I've ever heard"
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I obsessed over what amp to buy for months. In something of a fit of frustration, I reached out to zZounds and had both email and verbal conversations with Bert. I cannot say enough about him - nor the setup I ultimately bought. The head is so rich and deep through each of the channels. The clean channel is something I would say is very consistent with Fender amps that I have had in the past, and it responds to both single coil and humbuckers nicely. The second channel is crunchy goodness and honestly sounds very nice outside of rhythm sequences. The third channel is all Eddie; for my taste, I haven't gone past about 4 o'clock after my initial testing of the amp. I've not played anything with as much gain or as much volume for that matter ever in my life. As a couple others have said - with the EQ onboard, you have enough to sculpt sound to your liking. I am something of a snob when it comes to the sound the amp makes, and I could not be happier with the purchase. I paired the amp with an Orange PPC212 and the result is amazing.
Channel 1 - bright clean, with sonic depth. It's a very clear sound, and works well across multiple styles. I play blues, rock and some expressive neo-classical stuff; I was most critical of the clean channel, and I'm very happy with the sounds there. Channel 2 - think and chunky, again with sonic depth. Channel 3 - gain insanity, but with nice flexibility if you don't necessarily need a ton of gain. I keep my mids at a quarter or less, my lows and highs always above half and almost identical. In terms of presence, Channel 2 benefits the most from higher presence in my opinion; mine is set at 8, and the other two channels are at 6. That seems to sound the best for my rig; I play 7's with standard tuning.
I am somewhat ignorant when it comes to the actual innards of the amp; the EQ is simple and straightforward, and the functionality of the back panel is what you expect from a top tier amp. I do not have a pedal array plugged in at this point - I haven't needed it yet.
Ease of Use
It takes a little fiddling to truly sculpt your sound, but it's not all-encompassing. I started with the suggestions in the manual and adjusted from there. You won't be disappointed.
It's a monster - very heavy. And, oddly, my standby switch is reversed in terms of operation (Off is on and On is off). I've not noticed any issue other than that, and it's something of a non-issue to me.
Yes - this amp is priced as it should be due to its quality.
Nope - no need though I may reach out on the standby item if I choose to worry about it.
The Wow Factor
She's gorgeous, and the way she talks is out of this world.
I've been playing guitar for over 20 years. I play to relax, but am considering starting a band.
Rock, Blues, Neo-Classical, some Heavy Metal (melodic)
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