For those of us who started playing guitar in the 80s and were influenced by the hard rock and metal scene, Charvel is a hallowed name. That moniker is associated with kick ass superstrats. But apparently they made amps too, and here's proof of that in the Charvel Model CG1. I'm truly puzzled that I don't remember there being Charvel amps. It seems like I would have known somebody who owned one, or that I would have seen them in the music store, or that I would remember advertisements from the many guitar magazines I read during that time. When I saw this one today in a pawn shop, in almost new condition, I simply had to have it, if only for the rare/cool/nostalgia factor. As it turns out it sounds pretty damn good for a solid state amp with an 8" speaker. Many amps like this tend to sound thin, though this one has a considerable amount of "oomph." It sounds huge when turned up in a room. The plastic corners are vaguely reminiscent of another 80s amp I once owned, the Laney Pro Tube Lead 100. There's a little scratchiness in the pots, no doubt from sitting idle for a long time, though that should be an easy fix. I haven't found a lot of info online about this amp. If I had to guess I say its probably 10 watts, maybe 15. The controls are very simple. I'd interpret them like this: Gain = Preamp Master = Master "Style" setting Blues = Marshall Plexi Rock = Marshall JCM800 Metal = Mesa The short sound demo was made using the Blues/Plexi setting, which to my ears is by far the best and most natural sounding. The tone somewhat reminds me of my 1986 Marshall Master Lead Combo. I used a Gibson Les Paul and increased the amp gain setting and guitar volume knob as the demo progressed.