For: Classic tube tone. Famed string maker Dean Markley first released the CD60 in the mid-1980s, earning accolades from tone masters like Eric Clapton, Andy Summers, and Alex Lifeson. This newly reissued 60 watt combo clearly demonstrates that a great design can stand the test of time. Powered by a pair of 6L6s, the CD60 features hi and low inputs, a 12” Celestion speaker, and two footswitchable channels that share a common set of tone controls. What’s uncommon is how harmonious these two channels actually are. The CD60 excels at making the transition from silky reverb-infused clean settings to fiery, dynamic lead tones in a way that is musically intuitive and inspiring. Additional features like an effects loop with input and output level controls make this amp as relevant today is it was twenty-five years ago.
Not for: Modeling.