So guys and girls, Lady Gaga has gone and gotten herself a new amp.
A wild package appears:
We need to go deeper:
On no, there's rape inside!
Wait, no, that was the other thing I ordered for those special parties, here's what's inside:
Get it in place and ready to rock:
I think I'll wear it as a hat.
It's a great little amp this Gigmaster 15! First impressions are good, spent a bit of time trying to see what different sounds I can tease from it, and it's pretty damn versatile. The clean channel is fantastic, really warm and breaks up nicely with the input gain turned up. The switchable power section is excellent, I switched it down to 1 watt and with the master volume down to a whisper and it still sounds decent enough, could probably play it at night when people are in bed and they wouldn't hear a thing. But even on 1 watt, this can be very, very loud! I didn't even turn the master up past half way.
It's definitely got it's own sound going on compared to the other Engl amps I've played and owned, not quite sure how I'd describe it, it's not like the Invader and not like the Fireball. It's got it's own character, and that's cool.
Now, I didn't bother getting a footswitch with it, even though it can take a 2 button one for switching channels and the mid boost. Because, in usual Engl tradition, shared controls means it's effectively a 1 channel amp. The Input Gain works across both channels, and then for the lead channel you've got a separate Lead Drive, but for a really high gain Metal sound you'll want both the Input Gain and Lead Drive turned up. That said, the way the controls interact with each other is very cool and you can really, really tweak a lot of different sounds out of it. So for a pseudo-2 channel amp, it's certainly far more versatile than the Fireball was. You can get a lot more out of the clean channel, and the mid boost really fattens things up too.
I was kinda wondering if it would take to pedals well, because the Tubescreamer didn't do much for the Fireball at all, but it works well with the Gigmaster. TS7 up front really brings out the brutals.
And of course, it's small and very portable, which was one of the main reasons I wanted this amp. Dragging the Invader over to someone's house or apartment just isn't practical, so it was always the Microcube I brought with me. It's actually a little heavier than it looks, but still pretty manageable. They say it's 13kg. Not bad.
All in all, first impressions are great and I can't wait to see how it sounds when I'm playing with my bassist friend.