Written on: 05/06/2004 by leewebber (1 review written)
This amp has a nice clean channel, perfect for blues and light rock. When overdrive is switched on it sounds heavy! Very heavy. It has loads of bass and dosn't sound empty unlike other amps for this price.
This amp fuzzes, pings, sizzles and makes loads of other noises when turned on. It's not quite so bad on clean but with overdrive on it sounds like there's a cat scratching away at your strings. The clean channel dosn't go that loud but what do you expect for a 10 watt amp.
Don't just take this review into mind, go and try it. I prefer metal and you can't just understand the amp by reading this. As you're reading this bear one thing in mind - this is a starter amp so Kirk Hammet or Tony Iommi wouldn't use at Wembley stadium. Now to the review.
For most of you here, this will be your first amp (Especially if you buy the Squire starter package because this comes with it) so this will sound pretty good. It's incredibly easy to use. Set volume, overdrive on/off and then get a nice tone so this makes it very tempting just to walk past and start playing.
The clean channel first, sounds very good. It sounds clean, full bodied and bluesy, perfect for Chilli Pepper stuff. There is only a slight fuzz under 5 on the volume and that's loud enough for a mess around. The middle and treble are very versatile. You can get so many sounds by just twiddling with the knobs.
The overdrive, well, being polite will beat the [expletive] out of your neighbours. It is heavy. Too heavy! Fuzzing occurs the second you've selected overdrive and is almost louder than the guitar. The volume though, is easily sufficient on overdrive. I've never used it above 4! It's okay for death metal and it covers up your mistakes (so now you can play busted without the Sheer embarrassment of getting it wrong).
Overall it's a very good amp but by a cheap distortion pedal (Try www.bossus.com) to replace overdrive. However, on a 10 watt amp this will won't sound right. If you're getting it in a package go for it, but think harder if you're getting it single. If you already have an amp, save up for a Marshall, they're great. See below for alternatives and the APPROX price. Cheers.
Marshall Mg10dfx - £89.99
Marshall Mg15dfx - £109.99
Marshall Mg30dfx - £129.99
Marshall Mg30dfx - £189.99
( marshall mg50dfx - that's what I'm getting next)
Fender frontman 15g with reverb - £89.99