Got home late last night so I just opened this up and plugged in. (Side note: the packing from Guitar Center was impeccable, probably the best amp packaging I’ve ever seen from them. Kudos.)
My main rig is at the rehearsal space, so I plugged into my Valvestate’s cab with the Celestion 100 watt speaker (not the best speaker at all), so this is just initial impressions with no reverb, delay, boost, and into a speaker that’s not my favorite.
First impression, the high input is BRIGHT! Especially with my Tele, but even with humbuckers. I had to back off the treble and presence to zero to get it usable. Even then I had plenty of highs. It definitely has that JCM 800 sound. The gain is maybe a bit fizzier than I remember from my 800s I’ve had, but again, I anticipate the Vintage 30 cab I have to improve everything this weekend.
Where I was really digging it for what I do is on the low input, surprisingly. I actually dimed everything with the master to taste (nearly dimed on five watt setting). Here it had that thicker Malcolm AC/DC style roar with much more dynamics and range. As of now, I’m thinking setup like this with a boost is going to be my sound.
I’ve heard these have a pretty significant volume drop when using the effects loop. Hoping not too bad. The 20 watt setting truly does just sound like a louder version of the 5 watt setting. I don’t notice any significant difference in feel or response.
I’d really like to make this work with the band, but we’ll find out for sure on Sunday.