Kustom Amps has billed its new MOD-L20 as “the world’s easiest to use modelling amplifier”. But this could also be dullest, depending on your point of view. Is this new 20-Watt modelling amplifier worth your attention? Let’s take a closer look.
I have to say that on paper the new Kustom MOD-L20 20-Watt modelling combo looks as dull as dishwater and not an attractive proposition at all. The product page for this new combo lists 24 different amplifier models, along with 24 bit digital reverbs, delays and modulated effects and EQs, cabinet simulators and something called ‘signal enhancing conditioning’. But nowhere does it mention any kind of adjustment, user presets or the ability to edit any of the onboard sounds.
As far as I can tell, there is an input for your guitar, a headphone out jack and a single Volume and Amp Select dial, for accessing any of the 24 amp/effect presets – and that is it. If this is all you get, it is functionally a very limited product. Especially in today’s world of budget modelling amps, software and pedals. Yes, you can push the Amp Select dial and it accesses a tuner, but that is about it – although that function isn’t mentioned in the user manual. I wonder why this product even exists. Wouldn’t not making this amp have been a better move?
The Kustom Mod-L20 is 20-watt practise amp you can use it in your office or at home for a quick practise. But unless they are giving it away for about £30 or £40, I cannot see the point of this product. Surely even if the 24 basic sounds are good, not being able to adjust them will become frustrating sooner or later. This product needs some killer tones for anyone to notice it in this already overcrowded marketplace.
RRP – TBC
- Kustom MOD-L 20 control panel, with literally no controls: Kustom
- Kustom MOD-L 20: Kustom