Submitted March 6, 2017 by Josh C in olympia, WA
"Amazing Amp "
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I recently got the ac30hw, and there's still much to be explored, but I usually like to give reviews based on first impressions, and then follow up reviews if opinions change.
Quality wise, it's solid. Ridiculously heavy I will say. Knobs, switches and jacks are sturdy. Just feels expensive and of high quality.
Looks wise, stunning. The pics don't do it justice. No one will ever scoff at this amp.
Sound wise, the most important part... Cleans are epic. Neck pickup on an LP through the normal channel set to bright, almost brings tears to my eyes. It's warm, but with a crisp top and smooth mids and bottom. Sounds perfect. The top boost channel, when set clean, has spank and funk. Good chime and note clarity. Slightly crunchy, amazing dynamics and sensitivity, note clarity and richness. Gain maxed, super crunchy, still lots of clarity. Not harsh at all. This amp is loud, and likes to be loud. I'd say it sounds great at all volumes, but I keep the master at around 1/3-1/2 and adjust the individual channel to get the crunch (if any) I want. People have also said it doesn't take pedals well, and maybe some it doesn't, but I use a EHX Crayon, and it can easily take your classic crunch to modern rock (not metal however) while still retaining the clarity, non harsh top, and tight bottom. Another thing to note, the tone controls, do take some getting used to, and have a mutual effect on each other and the overall tone and gain.
It's obviously an investment, but this will most likely be an amp I keep for the rest of my life. It's not necessarily the most versatile amp in the world but for a lot of things aside from super heavy modern metal and possibly jazz (it's a tad bright id think), I think it'll do what you need. It makes sense as to why so many pros have used ac30s over the years, and pros now, are using this ac30 Hand-Wired.
Rock, electronic, pop, alternative
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