Overall Rating: This amp is in fact an amazing value. The be able to have a warm tube clean like this, with all the head room (and overdrive if you want to dial it in) at this price is unheard of. There is nothing that I do not like about this amp. I...
Overall Rating: This amp is in fact an amazing value. The be able to have a warm tube clean like this, with all the head room (and overdrive if you want to dial it in) at this price is unheard of. There is nothing that I do not like about this amp. I have used it live twice in smaller settings (full band) and it worked and sounded great. If you a going to be playing louder rock, you will need a bigger amp. But for smaller setting type gigs this is a perfect amp. Also an awesome amp at home. There is no noise floor on 1/10th watt, so when you have the volume way down at night all you hear is your guitar, not hissss. Sounds just as great when turned way down thanks to the attenuator. It takes pedals well so you can get whatever you want out of this amp.
I have been playing for 17 years and have had my fair share of gear. My main amp is a Boutique Rivera 55r, which is an awesome amp, but is too much amp for at home, or to lug around to a small jam. I play USA Fenders, Charvel, Jackson, and Yamaha guitars, all of which sound great though the V5. The music I play is a fusion of Rock and Jazz.
Can't say enough about this V5. It is a ton of amp for $150. It even looks great too.
Features: Nice list of features on these amps. Attenuator Head phone Jack Speaker out Reverb Gain, tone, master volume and reverb controls. El84 power tube and 12AX7 pre amp tube. 1 x 8 Celestion green back clone.
The attenuator is a great feature. The amp sounds good though the headphone jack. The digital reverb sounds good. Stock speaker and tubes sound good if you let them warm up.
Versatile amp, GREAT cleans to Crunch.
Sound Quality: Some guy below gave the amp all ratings at "1." I don't think that guy knows how to use an amp.
The V5 has great clean tone. The tone control works great to get you dialed in whether you are using a Strat or a guitar with humbuckers. The amp is designed to be a classic style amp. So you are not going to find that super modern high gain sound, just a pure clean with lots of head room and a sweet bit of saturation in if you dial up the gain knob.
You can get a really cool marshal tone out of it as well. You do this buy turning the volume down and the gain way up. Perfect classic rock tone.
The reverb good, not perfect, but it is good and can even get you into usable surf territory. Nice.
I can't say enough good things about the clean on this amp. It is warm, full and organic sounding. With a touch of gain you get some great overdrive when you dig in with your pick. Really nice pick sensitivity.
In short, the amp sounds very good. Does not sound boxy.
Reliability/Durability: can't say.
It feels very solid and looks the same. Nice weight and size to the amp.
Customer Support: Can't say.
Purchased From: Ebay store.
SX SPJ 62 SPJ 62
Overall Rating: 10 = fantastic value, and this is that without a doubt. I started playing bass in 1996 and guitar in 1993, it is now June 09. I have a home studio and play with friends once a week. I would probably be categorized as a very good inte...
Overall Rating: 10 = fantastic value, and this is that without a doubt.
I started playing bass in 1996 and guitar in 1993, it is now June 09. I have a home studio and play with friends once a week. I would probably be categorized as a very good intermediate to advanced player. I like blues, funk, soul, rock, jazz and classical. Stones to Stooges, Nirvana to Mars Volta. I also enjoy a lot of fusion (Satriani) and outright jazz, Coltrain is the man.
Back to the bass, ..the design is good, it feels right, and it's just a fun bass to play. I would compare this to the $400 CV Squires. It is even better then some of the $400 - $600 MIM Fenders, no doubt.
The catch with these basses seems to be that some people get bad ones. If that happens to you, then just send it back to rondo on their dime and get a new one. Also, it would be great if you know how to set a bass up, or have one of your trusted buddies set it up, use your google if all else fails. No guitar will play well if you don't set it up first.
Features: SX SPJ-62 3TS Sunburst.
P pickup, and one J style pick up in the bridge.
Solid Alder body!
Maple neck with Rosewood finger board.
Sound Quality: Nice verity of tones available with the P and J combination. The J pickup does have 60 cycle hum when you are not touching the stings as it is a single coil pick up, not a problem for me. Over all sound is pretty good, you are going to get a better sound out of a American Fender p pickup, but the stock pickups in this guitar certainly cut the mustered. I think they sound better then the stuff you find in a Squire for sure.
Reliability/Durability: The bass seems very solid, nice woods use, metal parts are not bad, not great ether. The tuners hold tune very well, the truss rod works well, I foresee this bass lasting a good long while. I take care of all my gear, so it should have a nice long life.
Have yet to look under the hood (got it about three weeks ago). I was figuring that I would need to replace the pots right off the bat, and maybe the pickups. But because everything works well, and sounds well, I have not touched anything. I imagine over time I will swap the wires and pots out, but maybe not.
Customer Support: I did email Rondo before I bought this bass and I got and email back the next day helping me with my question.
Purchased From: Rondo
Price: $119.00 USD
Jackson 2911005576 Jackson DK2M Dinky Electric Guitar (2008 Model)
Overall Rating: I've been playing for 14 years, Ibanez and a variety of Fender Stats. I've had this guitar for about three months. I really like it because of its versatility, its looks, and its feel. It's lightweight and has a very comfortable body ...
Overall Rating: I've been playing for 14 years, Ibanez and a variety of Fender Stats. I've had this guitar for about three months. I really like it because of its versatility, its looks, and its feel. It's lightweight and has a very comfortable body shape. I like the neck to, but some may not, the fret board is pretty wide, wider then any other guitar that I have played. The neck thickness is between thin and medium, and I really like the compound radius of the finger board. It is a great neck for me, and with the combination of pickups, good looks and features it is a hard guitar to beat for under $700.
Features: Features include Alder body, bolt-on maple neck, compound radius maple fingerboard, Seymour Duncan Jazz humbucking pickup in the neck and JB humbucking pickup at the bridge, Jackson low-profile double-locking tremolo and black hardware. Three way pickup switch with a tone knob and a volume knob. Mine is Snow White and looks great.
Sound Quality: This is a very, very versatile guitar, I get some really wonderful clean tones out of both pickups but especially the Jazz in the neck. I use both a Boss DS-2 distortion pedal and a old school DOD 250 Overdirve, and with the pickups I get great rock tones, from classic rock to modern, excellent blues tones, I don't do new metal so I can't speak for that though. It is a really nice sounding guitar.
Reliability/Durability: Seams like a very solid guitar.