Submitted December 16, 2018 by Robert N in Port Richey, FL
"Over-hyped / Major letdown"
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I've purchased a large variety of amps, and never before have I been so disappointed like I was with the MT-15. I decided to buy this amp after reading/watching all of the hype about it online, but after playing it for myself I have found that it sounds quite awful. The Good:It has a nice clean tone, but no crunch. I don't typically use the clean channel on a tube amp. It seems silly to me. I prefer old-fashioned volume knob roll off to obtain a variety of tones, which is what this amp is poor at doing. It had a solid construction. Lunchbox type. The Bad: It's a one-trick pony. And it does not sound good for anything but harsh metal tones. It's very fuzzy and heavy in the highs. It is not sweet sounding. Altering the knobs did not affect the sound a whole lot. I experimented with the MT-15 for about 2 hours. It was all for not, because I realized that the awful tone I was trying to remove... was just the voice of the amp itself. It's not a good amp for blues, and certainly not for rock. I even question it's metal capabilities... because while it does not lack gain, it just has an annoying voice. I played my Gibson Les Paul and SG through it (BB's and 57's), it was awful. I tried my PRS Baritone on it, it was worse. I tried my ESP Goldtop with Seymour Duncan Slash Alnico II's, nadda. It was very very bad. I even plugged in my pedal board (TS9, Porkloin, Fuzz Face, Delay/Reverb, Wah, Flanger, Supa-Trem) to see if maybe that would produce some warm/sweet tones, but no dice. My playstyle of rolling the volume knob to access a variety of tones between clean/dirty did not suit this amp either. The amp did not clean up well on the overdrive channel at all. Your options are super gain, or less super gain. It does not have a gentle bone in it's body. If you like amps that thrash and thud your skull until you have a migraine, this is the amp for you. Before admitting defeat, I plugged in my old Marshall DSL, Blackstar, etc, to see if perhaps it was just me. Maybe my ear was somehow off. But no, those amps sounded SO much better. There was no comparison. I normally would not have spent so much time trying to get one decent sound from an amp that I really dislike, but the hype and raving reviews for the MT-15 had me convinced that it was good, and I was just missing something. But I wasn't. It's a very poor sounding amp, and a major letdown.The MT-15 belongs to Mark Tremonti only I guess, or those who only love his sound. That's the sound he prefers... for whatever music he plays. This is not a player-friendly amp. You cannot get the sound you want out of it. It sounds like THIS only, and nothing else. I returned this amp, and went with something else, and am much happier. Lastly, regarding the negatives of construction... the feet on the bottom of the amp aren't high enough to stack it on another head, or any cabinet with a handle on it. How stupid is that.
12 Years Exp
Blues, Rock, Hard Rock
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