Better than THD
By: gtrsuite from North Attleboro
Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable?
This is a tank. Big. Like a vintage piece of gear. Being a Rivera, it probably has a bit of high quality built in, and it sounds it.
How has it stood up over time?
Iv'e had it for two weeks. I can only hope. But Made In USA, with quality parts as advertised, I'm optimistic.
Your general opinion of this product.
When I first palyed with it, I was not overly impressed, but still, I liked what I was hearing-Just wasn't sure if it was going to do what i wanted it to do, that is allow me to use my JCM 2000 DSL Marshall in rehearsal, gigs and in my studio without blowing out the windows.
But I have played aroung with it, had to adjust the Marshall's pre, master and tone stack, as well as the presence, but, I have done it! I found what I was looking for. It has enabled me to use the 1/2 stack in a very controlable way. I liked, now love this unit.
*Note: the -3db is really like a -8 db. The minus 8db is really like a -12db. Thats was a concern because when you turn on to -3db, it should be subtle, but its very noticablely attenuated. Thats why you need to really play with the sound of your amp-it might take a while, but if you buy this thing (I highly recommend), Have patience. You can and will, after tinkering with your amp, get the sound you've been hearing in your head.
Playability and Feel
How does it feel, Heavy, Fast, Chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing?
Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin?
Again, as stated above, this unit delivers real tone and the pick attack is not compromised- But, you are the one who has to "hone in" on the amp settings to create your tone. I use the -3db and -8db only. There are the higher attenuated settings that can be useful, but you may, then have to tinker with the amp settings once again. To me, the -3db and -8db do everything I need it to do. I have not tried the line out or recorded with the unit. But thats not why i bought it. (FYI: The best recorded guitar I have ever recorded-and one of the best i have ever heard, is when I recorded with my Marshall JVM 215C. Just blew my mind. I could not believe I was getting this tone form a home studio & one SM57 mic. Un-friggin' real!!!).
How did the stain or paint job look?
Looks nice. Big. Bigger than i thought as stated above. But the purple is cool. Love the color.
How was the action out of the box?