Good amp, but it's not a SLO100
By: Steve from Simi Valley, CA
How did the stain or paint job look?
No construction flaws that I could find.
How was the action out of the box?
Stock tubes were OK, but a little trebly. I put a tung-sol in P1, a couple of new sensor mullard reissues in P2-P3 and a couple of EH's in P4-P5. Much more balanced sound.
Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable?
Yes .... well made.
How has it stood up over time?
The amp has been 'reliable' for the month I have owned it. I have some concerns about the longevity of the power tube retainers... the springs and clips are cheesy.
Your general opinion of this product.
Overall, the amp is reasonably built, sounds good and is a good value for the $$$. The effects loop is LINE LEVEL which means that stompboxes that are intended to be operated at instrument level will sound terrible. Rack gear will work great, but your pedalboard effects may suffer if you run them through the fx loop.
Playability and Feel
How does it feel, Heavy, Fast, Chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing?
The EQ is very, very responsive. The depth mod adds a nice low-end presence. The gain control on the crunch channel allows for a bit of growl when dimed. Nice for AC/DC and classic rock tones. The overdrive channel has loads of usable gain - I find that I use less gain on this amp than on my peavey 6505+. Not sure why - but it may have to do with the harmonic content of the signal.
Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin?
The stock tubes were a bit bright for me.