When I first bought this, I was so excited to get it, with its very heavy distortion and variety of effects. But it was a huge disappointment to find out that the only reason there's such heavy distortion is to block out its crap tone. Since then, I've learnt to do your research before investing money into such junk.
After my terrible small boring fender amp broke after a year I was in need of a new amp. This was the one my school owned and while it was cool I was slightly skeptical considering it exploded in your ears if you put it to close to the guitar. However I figured that was because it was like sixth-hand. When I got it I was amazed by all the settings - Clean, Crunch, Metal and Insane. It also had a great Reverb and Tremolo section and had awesome phaser modes. In fact you could be rubbish but it made you sound amazing. All of that plus it was cheap. If ether's any problems I just probably wouldn't rely on the tuner, but you can get a tuner app for free anyway. In conclusion great beginners amp, definitely recommend it.
This was my first "real" amp. I sat down with it, knowing nothing about anything, and entertained myself with effects and presets until I began to experiment. This amp has a lot to offer. 9 on board effects, aux jack input, headphone output, and 4 channels ranging from "clean" to "insane". considering you can pick this guy up for $60-$100, it's a good second amp and will do you true till you absolutely need something bigger. Sometimes I'll still opt out of a bigger amp and just mic this one up instead.
This amp has 4 channels and a couple effects. The effects are nice, reverb's pretty good, tape echo's good although it is a little too clear (more like a digital delay). Then there's the effects you would sort of experiment with instead of adding to your tone (chorus flange, phaser, tremolo). This is the first pro of this amp.
The second one is that it has really nice smooth channel switching. You can save the custom tone you create on each channel with all the effects and the drive bass mid treble knobs, plus with one called "channel volume" (which really helps when changing to clean sounds from heavy overdrive), and when you switch from one channel to another it comes with the effects you have assigned, on the volume you have chosen, so that really helps a lot (This all being with a footswitch of course).
The downside is that...the Metal and Insane channels are shit. The Metal channel at least may be alright if you mess around with it a bit but the Insane channel is just shit. No audio engineer will ever let you put that tone in a recording. In fact I have the Insane channel's volume always on 0 and use it like a "mute" channel instead. The Clean and Crunch channels are good though, don't put much drive and you should be able to use anything over the clean channel. You know, I'm not saying this amp is bad or anything, it's a digital amp after all. What you want from it will probably decide how good it is.
Fantastic amp, gets nice and loud and has a wide variety of settings. It has four custom settings that come pre-loaded with some nice effects, though I prefer experimenting with my own sounds and effects to get a sound right for me. I own the 30-Watt version of this amp, and I use it all the time. A tip for anyone with this amp- on any of the distortion settings, you can hold down the TAP button and roll the DRIVE knob over past 12 o'clock to activate the amp's built-in "distortion pedal", which creates an explosive distortion sound which gets better with higher volumes. I like to keep my treble high, my mids only about a quarter of the way from the lowermost setting, and have my bass at 12 o'clock or higher depending on what I'm playing at the time.
This is a great starter amp for anyone who just started playing guitar. I don't play guitar off guitar amps when I play guitar, I play off bass amps, its always nice to have a guitar amp around though - they are fun to mess around with.