You can not build and wire a simple tube amp from scratch for the price of this product. It sounds great stock but there is a world of posibilities for those so inclined to tinker. Despite it beeing only 6w, it gets plenty loud. It couldn't hang with an agressive drummer, but in a small venue it could hold its own. Very high headroom with single coils and nice natural breakup with humbuckers or p-90s. It talkes pedals very well. Every time I think about getting a more expensive amp, i sit an play this one for a while and the G.A.S. subsides.