A new one of these amps must be incredible, mine is used and pretty beat-up but it still sounds very very very good. Great Tone, VERY LOUD, great WARM Overdrive.
Where Obtained: Second Hand
All Tube, 100W... once again this thing is loud!
I use a Epi LP 100,
Play Blues and Rock. For blues it gives a great warm tone, while for rock, on a high volume, it has a great overdriven sound which is responsive to how hard or soft your playing.
No Noise. Is it Clean At High Volumes? Very, actaully it's even cleaner at high volumes.... well actually i haven't tried the highest volumes cause I'd probably blow my brains out but, it's clean. The overdriven sound is very warm and responsive to your playing.
I've played it live on many gigs using a set of mediocre valves, I haven't had any problems with it yet.
The amp is very tough but it's also very heavy so be cautious.... mostly with the knobs.
Damn good. i don't want another amp, ever. if this amp was stolen i would get the head version and buy a cab, a little thin with out the 4x12's but that is ok. oh yeah it is a beastly tank
Where Obtained: McKenzie River Music
It has 4 eq controls:low, mid, high, pressence 2 gain controls, 2 volume controls, and 2 reverb controls. back of it has FX loop with signal gain, direct out and recording line out and normal amp stuff.
channel switching with switching for the reverbs. 100 watts of all tube power, can't beat that. 2x12 combo.
I use a kh503 loaded with emgs then a dime sign. wah then a ibanez dual chorus and a tubesreamer. this is a metal or rock amp. with the tubescreamer it screams. clean is pretty good i like it. at higher volumes you need to lay down on the gain for the clean or it gets overdriven. no noise, silent. awesome distortion with the tubesreamer.
It has knobs and not many can't be to hard
This thing is a damn tank. it is has seen it's share of bar use and other abusive situations but screams give it to me harder.
Well I've been playing for about 17 years I beleive. Basically I've been aruond. Marshall was the choice 4 me.I would replace it if it was stolen or lost.The only way this amp could be better if it was bigger! The worst thing is my house does'nt have the right sound "headroom"It Kicks my a-- DAILY!
Price: $1100.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Apple music Port. Or
AXG1 Hyperperformace processer sfx Jackson dnk. 2 duncan driven,24 frets Ibeneze rg 24 frets w/v6,v7,v8 pickups,
I am very happy with the sound and workability of this amp would like to place a mesa boogie right next to it!
Model Year: 1999
Price: $848.00 (new)
Where Obtained: MARS
Excellent gain qualities. Strong overdrive qualities.Channel switching between clean and dirty is seamless and immediate.
The guitars I use are a early eighties B C Rich w/neck thru body and EMG/BARTOLINI pickups. 2000 LesPaul standard. Acoustic 2000 TACOMA single cutaway.Effects processor BOSS GT-5.
Some tweaking required between guitars occassionally.
Reliability as far as the head is concerned seems to be fine. this is the first all tube i have owned it does seem to me to go through tubes a little quick.
Marshall built one helluva amp when they built this one, the bells and whistles that it has, though they are few, will best suit the really heavy player who wants to be deaf by the time he's 30.
Model Year: 1996
Price: $450.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Music Connection
This amp has your standard High, Low, and Mid EQs, but the the one that has biggest impact on your sound is the presence knob. This is about a 3-4khz boost/cut of about 20db either way. The infamous 11-20 gain knob on this amp only adjusts how hot the signal is before the preamp tube distorts it. It can make up for weak pickups, but other than that this is a useless device and can only result in alot of mud for Les Paul users. It should be mentioned that this amp has no effects at all, but does provide a second Master Volume channel so you can switch between two overall loudnesses. An effects loop in the back is really the best way to go as this is after the preamp section to capture those sweet tube tones.
Like most Marshalls, this amp sounds best up really loud so those EL-34s can really take over. I use the effects loop for my gain and everything else, and that makes for an earthshaking sound. On the back there is a high-low power switch. This switches the amp from its original 50 watt triode configuration to a 100 watt pentode configuration. Overall low power sounds better but the extra 5db or so comes in handy when I feel destructive.
I haven't moved more than one knob on this amp in 2 years, if that tells you anything. Once you find your sound, keep it. You may never get it back. Also, this head weighs more than I did when I was 10 years old.
The EL-34s that came with this amp took about 10 hours to burn in good, and their sound hasn't changed in 3 years through over 1000 hours of really loud jamming with my band. I must say though that the bridge in this amp,(changes AC to DC) was really cheaped out on. It blew after about 700 hours.