Found a VHT Sig:X at a local GC, today.
Checked it out in the loud room.
Used it through several cabs.
Brought it home.
I've been wanting to play one of these since they came out.
I'm not going to gush too much over it just yet. The last time I did over a new amp, the EVH 5153, I sent it back shortly after. I didn't get on with where the mids where set on that amp. The SigX, well, put the mids where you want them. Either way, it sounds more natural to me than the EVH did.
But...a quick first impression after playing with it through my 2x12 w/ V30s, using a Les Paul:
Three great channels. The clean channel is every bit as good, and more versatile, than the Bogner Shiva clean. I'm really surprised by this. Blows the EVH away.
The rhythm channel freaking rocks. Anything from clean, to jazz, blues, classic rock, 80s rock, hard rock, metal...Awesome. I can find something similar to the Shiva dirt in there, plus a bunch of other sounds. I think anyone adept at playing EVH (not me!) could pull it off. I compared this channel to the AFD Marshall through the same Marshall TV 4x12. I was surprised by how close I could dial in the VHT to sound like the AFD. It's got some Marshall mojo in there.
The lead channel is like a modern version of the rhythm channel. They can be set up to sound very close to the same, or drastically different.
Honestly, this amp has three very great sounding channels. It is almost like having 3 separate amps. Great sound, great clarity, great dynamics.
I still have a lot of learning to do. Haven't checked out the effects loop, yet, but realize that it could be used as a volume control from just adjusting the level knob. It will take some time to really get what the switches do. I mean, I can hear the difference, but the eq is quite interactive, and the amp really responds to guitar volume changes, so I'm thinking different voicing switches might contain some surprises. At the very least, if I find my self getting bored playing the same amp, there seems to be a few different ones in here.
Sig:X users, please chime in with fav settings, how you use your amp and for what kind of music. What cabs, speakers, etc. Also, I remember seeing that there are updates for this amp. What are they, and are they worth it?