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Great amp and not just for the price.
A very versatile amp with lots of power and volume. This thing is built like a tank and is probably in the same weight class as the aforementioned vehicle. Built in reverb and chorus/vibrato has managed to allow me to cut down the size of my effects chain as has the amount of control that this amp gives you over the EQ. An arrangement of three knobs controlling five aspects of EQ allow for a control of sound rarely seen in an amp. "Pullout" knobs also toggles "thickness" ,which is a sixth aspect of EQ, and "brightness" off or on. The first channel offers a "saturation" setting which mimics the texture of sound and the dynamics you would get from a tube driven amp and does a good job of it. It's not perfect, but will often leave you questioning if you are using a solid state amp. Finally, there is the build quality. I mentioned that it was heavy earlier, but I've had mine since 1986 and it was my Dad's a year or so prior to that. I'm writing this in 2018 and the only thing that I can tell is wrong with it is a few pots have gotten scratchy and I did have to switch the speakers out in 2000. If a few extra pounds is the price to pay for that type of longevity then I'll take it. The only bad thing I can think of is that the footswitch is a vital piece for this amp. Without it you cannot change channels or turn the effects (reverb, chorus/vibrato) off or on. Also, I do wish that the chorus and vibrato could be run independently, but with so much else going on with this amp the point is easily forgiven. There is an effects loop (2 of them actually, one for each channel) but they require TRS cables to use them and I believe that both require effects to be capable of sending and receiving 1 volt. Meaning that mostly only professional grade rack effects will work . The loop can also bypass the preamp stage by just pushing the jack into the first click so you can use your own preamp that way. Which I haven't tried, yet but plan on doing as soon as I find a proper preamp pedal. All in all? This 130 watt, stereo cabinet is a beast. With low and high gain inputs and so much range in EQ shaping it will fit to any guitar you can put in front of it. It'll be in my arsenal for the rest of my days.
The sound of Johnny Marr for $200
These amps are hidden jems, they sound nearly identical to the Roland JC-120 for half the price, and have even more headroom. A true stereo crystal clean solid state amp with a beautiful lush chorus, and a spring reverb tank, who doesn't think that's worth $200? It functions very well as a pedal platform, it's all about finding the right dirt pedal that isn't dependent on pushing tubes to sound good. I could upgrade to a Roland JC-120, but why would I? I could buy a Fender Twin one day, but honestly this is probably a more reliable and road worthy amp that I can toss around and crank up. It does what I want.
Great vintage amp, that has so much control that you can tune it to your sound.
You can make any sound/tone you want with this amp. Its super clean and shapeable. I love jazz and this amp has amazing sound detail and range, base mid and high. If you get a chance to get one, grab it. The chorus is cool and works well but I don't play with effects or pedals. If I suck I want to hear it so that I can improve. Distortion not great, but again I don't care. Some people say these amps have an 80's tone, but I don't. It is so shapeable you can get any tone you want from it. Sounds great at low volume for practice and it has more than enough power to play out. I had a red knob twin that had no low volume capabilties. Its a real spring tank reverb and its superb. Build quality is great and its made in the usa.