I bought a Fender 10 watt and was very unhappy with the sound and the volume control. This amp although not quite so loud, the sound is much more crisp. The controls are useful, unlike the Fender. I have mostly play without a pedal and still get a decent range effects that are easy to control from the amp. It handles the pick up switching alot better then the Fender also! Very happy with this purchase and the service I got!