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Great value for your money
on January 28, 2014
I am giving this a 4 because I really like the Footnote, but a few things left me wanting more.
I love that it is all packaged together so you can literally just bring the Footnote and your guitar and be able to play with all your effects.
There is enough power for your effects (I only have 3 plugged in at the moment) and to power the amp.
Auxiliary input allows you to jam with a backing track.
Headphone jack allows you to practice in near silence.
Comes with 8 power connectors for your pedals that are removable to avoid clutter.
Comes with Velcro to attach your pedals.
Can be powered by batteries (haven't tried this yet) for playing in the street, or when the power goes out, or for some late night Kumbaya.
Cable tester to test if your cables are junk (haven't tried this yet).
Ability to turn speaker off and on independently.
The amplifier in this leaves much to be desired and is my biggest gripe with the Footnote, and why I docked a star. The sound that comes out of this thing through the speaker or the headphones is very flat and unappealing. Plugging into a very cheap ($60) dedicated combo would sound much better than this.
I noticed that playing the Footnote at too high a volume would cause it to draw too much power from the 1000mA power supply and shut off (note that this was pretty high volume).
I noticed a bit of noise when powering my Korg AX-5G through the Footnote power supply that I wasn't getting on its own power.
There is no carrying handle (however there is a carrying case that you can buy which has bad reviews) and the size of it makes it hard to carry in one hand (because, face it, you're carrying your guitar in the other hand).
This would be a good product for the budget minded guitar player with a few effects pedals already, or who is planning on getting some. For example, if you're going to be playing in your local church band and need to carry your stuff there and back home a few times a week. I wouldn't buy this to have as your only amplifier though, as it leaves a lot to be desired in the sound department.