Marshall VS265R

65W Combo (2 x 2")

Made by Marshall

Description Hybrid with 12AX7 tube pre-amp and solid state amplification. 65 watts, 2X12 speaker
Posted By Tim Bowling (44)
Directory Equipment: Amplifiers
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Overall Rating: 4.6 (of 5)
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On 12/6/2001, THOMAS HARRISON (7) posted:
Overall Rating:
LIKE THE STEREO CHORUS!! DON'T LIKE THE EFFECTS LOOP ...SUCKS TONE AND KIND OF NOISY ...SO I NEVER USE. CLOSE THE BACK AND THIS WOULD HELP.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $350.00
Where Obtained: GUITARCENTRE
Features:
GOOD GENERAL AMP..CLEAN CHANNEL SOUNDS GREAT WITH THE STEREO CHORUS BUT NOT QUITE ENOUGH VOLUME. THE TWO OVERDRIVE CHANNELS ARE NICE.WISH IT WAS A CLOSED BACK UNIT FOR MORE PROJECTION. FOOTSWITCH IS OK.
Sound Quality:
GIBSON SG AND GIBSON LES PAUL WITH COMPRESSION AND A WAH. NOT TOO GOOD FOR COUNTRY LICKS. NOT TOO NOISY AT ALL BUT THE CLEAN CHANNEL IS A LITTLE BUZZY AT HIGH VOLUME.
Ease of Use:
REAL EASY.
Durability:
VERY RELIABLE..NEVER LET ME DOWN. PRETTY RUGGED CONSTRUCTION.
On 8/9/2001, Richard Holding (76) posted:
Overall Rating:
If all amps were made like this there wouldnt be a problem. There would be nobody with an awful sound. If you havent tried this amp yet get down to the music shop and set the amp to OD2 full gain and contour half bass full treble, 0 - middle and if you dont get the shivers on how unbeleivable this sound is then you dont know anything about a good tone
Model Year: 1996
Where Obtained: Rimmers music leyland
Features:
This amp is the business, buttons, buttons, who's got the buttons. The amp has pots, buttons a pedal. 2 stereo 65 watt speakers, damn it, this amp is the biz. 2 types of distortion. OD2 is the best sound ive ever heard when the contour is changed to max, oohhhhhhhh
Sound Quality:
I use a slash sig epiphone that compliments the amp well, as this is a strong guitar. all styles fit this amp cos if you cant achieve the right sound with the guitar the amp will do it for you. The control of the dials is phenomenal. i have never had to turn this amp up much over half way, and this was a packed bar i tell ya, its response is excellent. I have however come to damage my amp, God knows how, but this is down to my utter carelessness being a university student an all. This amp can take quite a hammering i can tell ya.
Ease of Use:
Damn it this amp is perfect in this department
Durability:
See above i got carried away and answered this already the durability of this amp would be a 10 if the truth be known, i have literally kicked the s@$ out of it and it still goes.
On 3/25/2001, Brendan Clark (537) posted:
Overall Rating:
I previously had a Fender Frontman, but I needed something bigger that sounded better, and I wanted the most bang for my buck. This was a great choice. I looked at some Peaveys, but I've heard bad things about them, and some Fenders as well, but the gain was realy muddy. They seemes best suited for blues. This amp was a great deal. If it were stolen or lost, I would probably buy it again, or get a tube Marshall or a Mesa-Boogie. I love the features and the sound of this amp. The only thing I wish they had added was a stereo effects loop. Seems pointless to use the stereo capabilities with the chorus only. Other than that its great, small enough for the bedroom, big enough for modest sized gigs. You can even buy a special 2X12 stereo extension to make a wicked half-stack of raw Marshall power. Mwahahaha!!
Model Year: 2000
Price: $499.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Musician's Friend
Features:
Alright, lets get down to the good stuff. I bought this amp because of its features combined with the price. It is a solid state with a tube pre-amp, with two 12-inch Celestion speakers. It has three channels, clean, Overdrive 1, which is like a classic, arena rock distortion, and Overdrive 2, which is a darker, seething distortion. There are seperate volume controls for all three channels, seperate gain controls for the overdrive channels, and two three-band equalizers, one for clean and one for overdrive. Overdrive 2 also has a Contour control which changes the sound of the distortion from compressed, softer gain to slashing metal gain. Also, there is an effects loop with a mix control, though its only mono. Stereo would have been nicer, since its a stereo amp. There are seperate spring reverb contols for clean and overdrive, and chorus with controls for speed and depth that is assignable to either or both channels. Also, there is Tone Shift switch that boosts mids for the clean channel, and a Power Dimension switch that makes the amp perform better at lower volumes. Lastly, there is a headphone jack and left and right filtered outputs in the back. Oh, it comes with a footswitch as well, one button to toggle between clean and overdrive, one to change from OD-1 to OD-2, and one to switch the chorus on and off.
Sound Quality:
I use a Squier Strat through a Boss Metal Zone to the amp, though a Crybaby Wah will soon be added. However, since getting the amp, I haven't touched my distortion pedal. I play everything from the Beatles to Linkin Park, and I can get a good sound to fit basically any style. It blows my little Fender amp away in sound quality. The amp makes a strange, loud buzzing sound when my hands are off the guitar, but that doesn't happen often enough to bother me. The amp performs well at low volumes thanks to the power dimension switch. Frankly, I'm not sure how it will sound at high volumes. I haven't gotten past 3.5 on Clean or 2 on Overdrive yet. The manual says that on clean, a bluesy crunch will creep into the sound after you go past 5 on the volume.
Ease of Use:
The sheer number of switches and knobs will leave you confused for awhile, especially if the amp you had before had less than five. But, playing around with the settings is half the fun. It seems a lot easier to get a good sound because the amp sounds so much better than the one I am used to.
Durability:
The amp is very well built. It seems more than sturdy enough to use live, not to mention loud enough. I've had it for a month and its worked fine so far. The only thing that bothers me is that the entire back of the thing is open execpt for a three-inch strip of support stuff across the middle. After thinking about it though, its not bad. Its heavy enough, over 55 pounds. I bought the stylish cover just to be safe anyway.
On 9/2/2000, Tim Bowling (44) posted:
Overall Rating:
This is a good amp. Big enough for club playing and small enough for practicing, especially with the headphone jack. Although it is a valvestate, the tube pre-amp gives it tube tone and you have the durability of solid state electronics as
Model Year: 1998
Price: $700.00 (new)
Features:
Clean channel with equalizer, 2 Overdrive channels, one with equalizer, chorus. Foot switch with clean, overdrive 1 or 2 and chorus. Effects loop and 2 extension speaker jacks, headphone jack and 2 DI outp
Sound Quality:
Very good tone in all channels. Good for a club gig and you can use it also a practice amp since it has a headphone jack. It weighs 60 lbs so you have to put casters on it or risk injury to yours
Ease of Use:
Easy to use due to the three position floor switch. The knobs are tilted at a 45 degree angle making them easy to re
Durability: