Killer performing amp for large venue. Needs to be loud to really cook. I wish it had a 1/2 power switch like the newer amps have for lower volume playing.
Model Year: 1984
Price: $1650.00 (new)
Where Obtained: music store
One of the first channel switching marshall amps.
It has an effects loop.
100 watt Marshall with 400 watt cabinet is too much amp for most situations if you play loud this is your amp.
Tube amp with Groove Tubes.
strat with EMG active pickups.
Rock and alternative music.
has to be loud to sound real good.
perfect distortion and sustain.
Straight forward marshall. easy to use.
Again I think this is the perfect amp for the style of music I play. It works very well with all of my guitars and allows each guitar to have it's own voice and character. I plan on purchasing another one when I find it...they're pretty hard to find. I've owned a lot of great gear but this one just has that special something I've always been looking for...it fills that need to find that tone that has always been in my head.
Where Obtained: Univibe Music...Oakland Ca
2-Channel, nearly separte eq (the clean lacks a mid) with a shared presence. Effects loop and reverb as well as added gain are what separtes this from the 2203. I've stocked mine with Svetlana EL34's and NOS JAN Philips 12AX7's but some come with 6550's. Also has a DI but I never use it.
In my opinion for the style of music I play, crushing percussive metal a la Meshuggah, Neurosis, Skinlab, Isis etc. I need lots of tight low-end and crunchy gain, not that super smooth, muddy crap that Recto's put out that drown your guitars tone leaving you sound like everybody else. The clean isn't super clean but I just turn my guitars volume down a bit and it does just fine. Tons of power here and it only really runs at it's best like all Marshalls do...when pushed! Effects loop is a bit noisy but it not noticable at high volumes. It sounds good with my 1960A cab as well as my Mesa 2x12" and 4x10" bass cab (super low-end power there). I also think it sounds much better than the new JCM 2000's, I think Marshall tried to copy the Mesa tone a bit too much and while the amp has tons of gain it lacks personality and real strength.
Easy to set up and play...this isn't a Mesa Mark IV. However this is not the amp for the average Mr. Bungle fan that needs to switch from death metal to polka to country to jazz to pseudo sitar music within 30-seconds.
I've used it live and for recordings...it handles my cars s---ty shocks just fine and has never given me a single problem.