I find V4's to be dark, dirty, and at times easy to get muddy. Not all of those might be bad things. It has a nice EQ and mine sounded ten times better when I spent a good buck on nicer power and preamp tubes. It ate a set of JJ's and Ruby's in just over a year with heavy usage. Once I dropped Sylvania's in the power section and GE/RCA in the preamp, it was the absolute best it ever sounded. I know not many do the whole nos tube thing, but it made a big difference in my v4 compared to my other amps.
Not the best in amounts of headroom, but the break up and growl it gets is nice. Earlier V4's sound nicer to me. I had an early 70's and a later 70's with distortion knob and the later one just kept having issues and kept sounding weird in comparison. It eventually fried a transformer, while my earlier one never gave me issues.
Good amp. Just depends how much you get one for. I've seen prices on them be straight RIDICULOUS these last two years.
Last edited by chillerthanmost : 01-27-2014 at 11:08 PM.