The new Randall RG80 is the real deal
By: Jofaboards from New Jersey (at the shore), firstname.lastname@example.org
Your general opinion of this product.
I've been through a ton of amps lately. Everything from tube combos, heads and solid state. I'm not a fan of modeling so I stayed away from those types (although there are some great tones to be had).
I saw that AMS had the RG80 reissue in stock. The price was awesome and for 80 watts and a classic like this model, I figured I would give it a try.
I can honestly say that this amp is a faithful reproduction of the original, only better. I know that the original had issues with the gain channel bleeding into the clean channel and that's not the case with this one.
The cleans are fantastic. With the bright switch off, it has a warm, full tone across the spectrum. Almost like a Mesa Mark II (but of course, not the same). With the bright switch, this is where I was thrilled. Very much like a Twin. The drive channel is amazing, Huge tones with perfect definition across all strings. I found my amp. Thanks AMS! Now I want a second one to run in stereo with my Nova System!!!
Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable?
Incredible fit and finish. Every seam is perfect and there are no rattles at high volume. The steel grille could take a slapshot and just shrug it off.
The footswitch is steel and the click is nice and tight. Knobs are cool and the potentiometers have the perfect amount of resistance.
The effects loop is serial and not parallel (which is great for pretty much all types of delays, reverbs and modulation). I've had amps with parallel loops and they messed with certain delays. Well done, Randall. Overall, the amp is heavier than my old Bandit 65. Yep, it's heavy but definitely mobile for gigs.
Playability and Feel
How does it feel, Heavy, Fast, Chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing?
Since this is an amp, I'll just comment on the feel part. There's a good feel of "bounce back" when playing the lead channel. Not sure if that's the best description but I've had that same feel with some very good tube amps I've owned. You definitely feel attached to the amp when playing.
Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin?
Tones are great. The bass boost and mid scoop switches will get you to wherever you want to go. Without them engaged, it's 80's metal with the gain high. With the gain low, it's classic rock. With the scoop and bass boost on, it's today's metal. Thick, big and powerful. (ok, I'm 44, "today's metal" probably has a name. Nu metal??
EDIT: the clean channel with an OD pedal gets you into some great blues territory. Takes pedals perfectly.
How was the action out of the box?
Action... it's an amp. Moving on.
How did the stain or paint job look?
The tolex is great. Not a bad seam and it's not shiny. Kind of an elephant type. Again, very high quality. Love the black hardware as well.
How has it stood up over time?
Just got it but I checked out the warranty. Randall gives you five years. That's a heck of a nice warranty.
Bottom line, I'm extremely happy with this amp and it's staying. Looking forward to gigging it.