So as some of you may have seen recently, I've been looking for an amp for gigging and whatnot as a graduation present..
..this is not it. I'm still looking for something for that, but no worries there will be a separate NAD when that time comes.
I was playing around in a store recently, testing out a few new guitars that I saw, plugging into some random amps. I saw this one and thought it looked kind of cool so I went to try it and was genuinely impressed by how good it sounded, then I saw they had it going for 180, which is in the perfect range for an impulse buy, and its going to make a great practice amp for plug and play while I'm at my computer. Maybe even some small gigs considering how good this sounds.
It has a really rich warm clean tone when set around 5 (of 12), which still retains a lot of note clarity with complex chords. It also has a bit of 'bounce' to it, harder to describe but it reacts very pleasantly when you dig into the notes without going into full overdrive. It does that rather pleasantly too, I've tried it up around 8 and 9 and it has a good growl to it for that early electric blues (and jazz, mind you) sound.
Going to be completely honest, when I first took it home and played my tele through it I was a little disappointed, it sounded relatively good but a bit anemic and thin. The high input helped, and volume helped but as much as I love my tele it all sounded a little 'eh'. Then I tried my strat with the cool rails in the neck and WOW, complete difference. Kind of like my ZT Lunchbox, the minimal (or non existent) tone controls mean that you can't really adjust for separate guitars, it either works or it doesn't. It sounds warm and rich and dynamic and wonderful with both my Godin 5th Avenue and Cool Rails Strat, but doesn't like my tele, I can live with that.
..then again I've never tried an amp that my cool rails strat didn't sound good with so that might just be a testament to the pickup.
Anyway, I'm running out of cheesy guitar player words for tone, and in the time it's taken me to write all this I've missed out on about 10 minutes of playing through that beauty so... ima get back to it. Its REALLY rare that I'm this excited about pieces of gear, usually I can overlook GAS or thinking about gear when I'm not playing.
(Addendum: If I end up turning this into a gigging amp, a lot of the overdrive I hear seems to be speaker overdrive, so I might invest in a higher headroom speaker to keep it cleaner at a higher volume. If I could get it to about 8 and still sound relatively clean it'd be absolutely PERFECT for some of the smaller dinner or reception gigs I do)