Members guitarman3001 Posted February 11, 2010 Members Share Posted February 11, 2010 Kudos to M123. They gave me a better price than list, shipped it the same day, and had it to my door within 3 days. My usual thumbs down to GC for refusing to match the price M123 gave me. Anyway, first impressions, cosmetically it's a badass looking amp. Has that classy vintage look to it. Tone - well, it's as good as I remember it being at the store. It's voiced very well. Using the gain channel and the normal input, it's easy to get some nice ZZ top tones with it. It's hard to describe but the distortion has this kickass "hair" to it. Switch over to the bright input and it's starts to get vox-ish. Hit the boost button and it become even more voxlike, imo. The clean channel is also awesome. Very clear, nice range with the tone controls. The presence knob is a nice addition. Really adds some top end sparkle without making it too piercing like turning up a regular treble knob can do. Reverb is usable but nothing stellar. Triode/pentode is interesting. I haven't been able to crank the volume because of my neighbors so I can't say how big of a difference it'll have in clean headroom from 22 watts to 13 watts but I do notice a difference in tone especially on the gain channel. Triode mode is spongier and almost.........fuzzier.......... more of a classic vintage feel to it. Pentode mode tightens it up and it's hard to describe but maybe makes it slightly punchier or harsher, but not harsh in a bad way. Gives it a slightly more modern sound, imo. Can't say which mode I'll prefer yet until I get a chance to crank it at gig levels. As usual, my complaint as with most amps with a boost function is that the boost isn't footswitchable. Aside from that, so far so good. Looks like it'll make a nice addition to my growing stable of 1x12 combos. Hopefully it'll be good enough to replace my C30. And for three bones, it's a no brainer, imo. Tomorrow during the day when the neighbors aren't home I'll plug in my M13 and see how it gets along with it and my other pedals. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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