Just got this in a trade with a good buddy of mine. Swell guy. Anyway, since there's not a lot about these online yet, I figured I'd help someone else decide if this is what they need. --Aesthetics-- Right out the gate, I noticed this thing is LIGHT. Like, woah. It feels like it's empty. I love that, and so does my back! The knobs feel somewhat hefty, but definitely not heavy duty amp knobs. Good for the price range though. The speaker grill is cheap, and when the amp arrived, the Fender logo was bent. I took it off, and I'm trying to bend it back, but I'm not going to be heart broken if I can't get it straight. The jacks were all solid, not loose at all (I was expecting to have to fix this, but turns out it's solid). --Tone/Controls-- The tone isn't so revolutionary, compared to the previous generation of Fender Rumble amps. The tone is basic, nothing to write home about. The 4-band EQ allows for good tonal shaping though, and there are 4 more buttons on the amp to utilize: BRIGHT: gives the amp a little treble bump. Not bad, not amazing. Works though, I like it. CONTOUR: scoops the mids. Need I say more? VINTAGE: this one is hard to explain. It makes the amp get a little gritty around the edges, it's not as pristine. It's almost like a fake tube amp sound. Sounds ok no complaints. Hard to utilize though. OVERDRIVE: with this switch on, the GAIN and LEVEL knobs are activated. The overdrive isn't too shabby, honestly. For under $200, you're gonna be happy with the OD. --Volume-- This thing is loud, good enough for a small gig or practice, but this is where it helps to have an XLR and PHONES output. This won't cut it for a large bar, maybe a small one though. Kick ass sound though! Hey, if the other Rumble amps are this good, I may save up for the 500 combo. Good sound, and as volume increases, you don't lose the note-to-note clarity that I associate with my last Rumble (30W model from the last run). --Misc. Controls-- Let's go over these real quick: XLR: good, ran it straight from the amp into my USB port, and it sounds pretty clear. Not bad at all. It doesn't mute the amp when plugged in (for those who care). HEADPHONE: This is the nicest surprise out of the entire amplifier. When you plug in the headphones, the amp is silenced and the sound through the headphones is FANTASTIC! I didn't think I'd like it this much, but I do. Good sound, you can really get a feel for how you sound when you play. Don't think it'd be useful for recording directly from this, but to each their own. AUXILIARY: the auxiliary output is good, but there's no volume setting for it. The volume control comes from the source of the sound. I plugged my MP3 in, and the thing was LOUD... because the volume on the MP3 is loud. I would have liked an additional volume knob for the auxiliary, just to tame the sound without having to fiddle with another device, but what it does right, it just does right. Can't complain beyond that. --Overall-- I highly recommend this, and honestly, the 15 and 25W models of the v3 Rumble don't have nearly as many features as the 40W and above. Save a little extra cash and get the 40W, and go bigger if you can. I'm very happy with it, honestly. If there's one thing I could change, I would change the position of the headphone and auxiliary output from the backside to the top. Other than that, for under $200, this is a godsend. I'll be using this PLENTY for practice and small performances. Sorry, I'm not one who reviews things often, so I apologize if the reviews kinda lame. Also, forgive me for the low picture quality. My camera's dead and my phone camera makes everything look fuzzy.