I am a former working guitarist from the 90's (gigs/teaching/endorsement/ product specialst) who now is a very serious hobbyist. I'm a rock guy, with Eric Johnson, Bonamass and Allan Hinds as my grail tones. After a short courtship with a Vibro Champ XD, I was in love with the portability and versatility of the sounds and amp voicings. I started noticing via You Tube that the XD had the Blackface Channel 1, as well as the amazing voicings as the VCXD. I was sold.. However, the XD has been discontinued so I took a drive to my local music retailer, and tried the X2. My thought after about an 1 hour of various noodling and tinkering. I didn't like it. Why? - The tap tempo is clumsy. I couldn't get it to get the timing down (mind you I've got a EHX Memory Man with Hazarai and a Flashback, so setting tap tempo isn't really a challenge. Just couldn't lock in with it. - The voicings (namely #3 ) were weak, even compared to the 5 watt Vibro Champ I just prefered that compressed grit. The X2 didn't give it to me at all. (#7 Deluxe 65) was a disapointment, I was expecting a bit more honk on that voicing. (14 and 15 the metal voicings were just mud.) - The effects were almost digital sounding to my ears. I wonder if the FUSE integration effected that.. - No Middle selection switch was added to the X2. - The FUSE intergration is not the full capacity as the G-Dec and Mustang. You can create presets to load onto the amp but the amp presets won't appear in what would normally be the preset window. Why? If you are going to do it, do it right. - Doesn't come with a USB cable. Mustang does. - Retail price of $349. A bit too much for a 'Vintage Modified Amp' in my opinion and to me, the value just isn't there. I thought it was the guitars at the shop, so I actually came back with my Gibson Les Paul and my Squier Strat the next day to try and debunk my experience. I just had to admit to myseld, I don't love the X2. Now, it's not all bad.. - The front Channel 1 is alone a reason to buy the amp. It's not 100% a Blackface sound, but it's a reasonable close tone for a quarter of the price. - From what I understand with tweaking in FUSE you can get the voicings and F/X from the XD. - The Marshall amp voicing are pretty awesome. Straight up.. awesome. So I labored over this, actually have bought a car in shorter time, and decided to pass on the X2 and try and find an XD. Found a used XD at a retailer for a good price, plugged it in and was impressed immediately. The thing that does worry me is I hear that there are some reliability issues with the XD but for now that's on the side. I'm totally loving the XD. Got a decent Eric Johnson-y overdriven tone on voicing #3 with Delay that is a lot of fun. I really wanted the X2 to kick my ass, it just didn't. Feel free to ask any questions. Happy to help with any insight or info in the decision process.