I suppose it's not bad but hey you get what you paid for. I recently sold it and bought a AVT 150 which does sound good. Next I'll think I'll buy a mesa.
Model Year: 1998
Price: $640.00 Australian (new)
Where Obtained: Manny's
As all the others have said
I play hard rock/metal with a BC Rich warlock with two EMG 81's in it. It's sounds alright until you crank it. Equivalent to a 50 watt tube amp. I thought it sounded good until I got my new amp. The contour switch had to be turned up to get a decent sound.
Burnt out about 4 months after I got it then I took it to get repaired. They pratically had to replace nearly everything because it wasn't built right. Marshall these days just don't seem to care who makes there s--- and doesn't seem to care what quality it comes out as. After a while my footswitch stopped working.
This amp has good sound, but does require a lot of fiddling to get it. Since it is a combo, it sounds much better atop two big fat Marshall cabs!
Price: $500.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Offshore Music in Capitola
Pretty much the basics here.
Okay this thing is pretty good, but at loud volumes it gets kind of jangly. I want something that I can destroy things with, and still have it sound good.
It's pretty hard to get a good sound.
It's actually not that durable. If it thunks into something when I'm carrying it, I can hear all these sproingy things going "boing" insiode of it.
It has just about what youd expect from a $400 solid state combo as far as tone and features, but the quality could sure be improved (don't let the pretty Marshall logo and gold trim fool you). If I could go back, I'm not sure I'd purchase this amp again.
Model Year: 1999
Price: $389.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Musicians Friend
2channels, each with 2 overdrive selections OD1 and high gain OD2. Fx loop, reverb, footswitch, 80 watts to one 12" Marshall Park loudspeaker.
I play with a Lotus with EMG pickups. I play from clean blues to high gain rock. This amp is well suited for those styles at mid volume levels. When you turn this amp up it gets horribly noisy and the distortion gets muddy. Also, OD1 sacrifices the tone of your guitar on either channel at about all volumes.
Real simple and straight forward. There's some EQ and gain settings suggested in the manual.
Heres where I have a huge problem. The channel switching on the footswitch started giving me problems almost immediately after I bought it. The front of my amp also dented very easily. To top it off, the speaker blew out on me, and I never push this amp hard since it gets so noisy at high volumes. I think Marshall just built this with amp without very high quality standards. This amp, to me, has a feeling of delicacy to it. Not very rugged
I chose this head for the cost and power it has. Also the CD input, is really nice. Almost a one man band kind of thing. If you want it to be! I would buy another head like this, if it was stolen. It would be better if it was tube. But that's me.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $350.00 (new)
Where Obtained: eBay
100 Watt Marshall head for the cost conscious guitarist. The new head is loaded with a wide array of features: two independent channels, Reverb, a Parallel FX loop, two footswitchable channels (Normal & Boost), and a two-way footswitch are provided. The Normal channel, which has two mode options, Clean & Crunch, has controls for Gain, Bass, Middle & Treble. The Boost channel has two mode options, OD1 and OD2, with controls for Gain, Bass, Middle Treble, Contour and Volume. The Contour setting sweeps the mids in same the manner as Marshall's critically-acclaimed Valvestate amplifiers.
I play a Les Paul Classic through it. Use chorus/flanger and Crybaby wah. Sometimes loop the Boss ME30 processor.
Has good tone, even for a solid state Marshall. I think the solid states are getting closer to the valve sound.
Still not quite the same as tube. No unwanted sounds from it. Appears to be a very low maintenance amp.
Not programmable, but has a CD input, for playing backing tracks. Excellent practice amp. As well as a stage monster. Easy to set up the sound you want.
Typical Marshall construction, will probably last for years.
Overall I enjoy this amp and so do all my band members. For the price of this, it is a steal. 80Watts of raw power is excellent. If it were stolen I would probably get another one, but most likely get a higher end Marshall. The distortion sometimes goes crazy, but is nice sounding overall. My favorite part is the Normal Channel since it has an excellent tone to it. Their is no worst part about it, it is a wonderful amp to have. The effects loop comes in handy when you have a multi-effect pedal. The reverb and dry effect is great to have. There are hardly any flaws on this amp, so if you are deciding to buy it, go ahead, you will be pleased.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $390.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Musicians Friend
Has A Normal Channel and Boost Channel, both independent channels. Has an effects loop. A master control channel with reverb, volume, and a Dry Effects control. Normal channel has Gain, Clean/Crunch switch, Bass, Middle, & Treble controls. Boost Channel has Gain, Overdrive Select Switch between OD1 & OD2, Bass, Middle, Treble, Contour, Volume controls. Two Speaker hook-ups in back, if you want to have a stack. Also a CD-Input. Has 80Watts of power, plenty enough to shake a room. Is a mono amp.
The Amp sounds excellent on the normal channel, but the boost channel isn't the best I have heard. If your in too music with clean sounds you will be happy with this amp. The distortion is good for a straight from the amp distortion. I play heavy metal so it statifies my needs, but most of the time I use a distortion pedal to get a better sounding distortion. If you have a noise suppressor then the distortion channel will work find. The OD1 is great for classic rock songs. The OD2 is great for Heavy Metal or Hard Rock. The clean channel is good for about anything type of music. I enjoy listening to the clarity of the clean channel. At high levels of volume you will hear humming and unnesscary sounds, but like I said if you have a noise suppressor you should be find.
It is a very simple amp to understand. EQs of each channel is simple as anything. You don't need the instructional book at all, unless you need to use some settings they suggest. You might want to take the time to fiddle around with the controls to get the sound you want. Like other Marshalls it can't get any easier to figure out.
It is very sturdy and reliable. I take it everywhere I go, but sometimes 53lbs can get heavy going up and down stairs. You don't want to bump it alot. With all the weight coming down, if you carry it alot, some screws might loosen up, but nothing to get worried about. Just screw them back in. It has a sturdy casing and very tough. So no damages have taken place yet.