Marshall AVT50

50W Combo (1 x 1")

Made by Marshall

Description Hybrid 2 channel combo with valve preamp and solid-state power amp. Includes extended bass response Celestion speaker, Accutronics reverb, serial effects loop, footswitch, speaker emulated direct out, headphone jack, and CD input.
Posted By John Ewing (14)
Directory Equipment: Amplifiers
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On 6/20/2008, Chen Kasher (358) posted:
Overall Rating:
Fine.
Model Year: 2002
Price: $400.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
Features:
Fine.
Sound Quality:
Fine.
Ease of Use:
Fine.
Durability:
Fine.
On 7/22/2006, Jason Davis (60) posted:
Overall Rating:
I looked at a lot of amps, i picked this one, cause it doesnt cost too too much, but it sounds pretty good, loud too, my favorite thing i think about this amp is that it has the effects loop. It is the best thing ever to happen to echo effects and i use it a lot. good for the price
Price: $450.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
Features:
Clean - Bass, Treble, gain, volume Dist - Bass, Mid, Treb, Gain, Volume 2 channels--footswitch--Effects Loop--reverb Tubes in the Pre-amp Solid in the Power-amp
Sound Quality:
I use it with a Fender Strat. Good overdrive for like classic stuff, ok metal sound, distortion pedal is recommended. I use a delay pedal through the effects loop(very useful for echo effects) Speaker distortion isnt very good for high volume use, can fill your house pretty good tho, people down the street say they can hear it when i practice in my basement. I may have some problems with my speaker/tubes, because the tone isnt as good as it once was, my rhythm guitarist's Marshall MG 250 DFX is much louder and more fuller sounding and i paid more for my amp than he did. and on top of that his is all solid, and i paid extra for the tubes. who knows, could be a maintenance issue.
Ease of Use:
Easy to work, tonal variety is huge. You can play anything on it, hendrix, doobie brothers, clapton, led zeppelin, ozzy, guns n roses, metallica,
Durability:
Built like a Tank, rubber casing rips pretty easily but nothing major
On 12/11/2003, Mark Erwin ii (81) posted:
Overall Rating:
This is an excellent amp for what I need it for. I play for fun, sometimes with friends, but mostly with my brother(a drummer) and it may even be a little more than I really need, BUT IT IS SURE A LOT OF FUN TO PLAY, AND MY FRIEND CANT DROWN ME OUT.
Model Year: 2003
Price: $469.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Good & Loud Music
Features:
Hybrid 2 channel combo with valve preamp and solid-state power amp. Includes extended bass response Celestion speaker, Accutronics reverb, serial effects loop, footswitch, speaker emulated direct out, headphone jack, and CD input. >The effects loop does not have a dial. So with effects peddle running through it the effects take over one channel you can't mix the effect with the natural sound of the amp; so you have clean or effects (whatever quality your effects are).
Sound Quality:
Sounds really good for a small amp. >Plus unplug the speaker(from the line out on the back) and you can power a 4x12 cab. Which sounds suprisingly good for only 50 watts.
Ease of Use:
Durability:
I've had it for about 9 months it's still in good shape and works well. That's not long for general home use but my 1 1/2 year old nephew is around alot and he has given it a beating from time to time.
On 11/12/2003, Nate O'Dell (85) posted:
Overall Rating:
I love this amp. I'd probably prefer buying the head version of it and getting a seperate cab... just cause its my preferance. My favorite aspect of this amp is that it has a great sound quality and cost less than 500 dollars. Its great live or for practice.....all around great amp for beginners and experts.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $450.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Hot Licks Guitar Shop
Features:
Clean Gain, Volume, and Tone(Bass and Treble) controls. Overdrive Gain, Volume, and Tone. a reverb control and a channel push-switch are also on the Front Panel. Two channels; Clean and Overdrive. Solid State Electronic Power amp with a vavlestate2000 pre-amp, Celestion speaker and fun reverb setting.
Sound Quality:
I use a Dean Evo and a Standard Fender Stratocaster with my ATV50. I have a wide range of sytles that i like to play. This amp is very versitile when it comes to play differnt sytles of music. Having only two channels, this amp has one great sound quality whenever you play it for whichever sytle you like to play. You can set its clean channel to have a twang to it, but on the other hand you can do a bit of knob turning and get a sort of bluesy sound. This amp's overdrive is loud. Even with the volume turned to 0, you get sound. It sounds best when loud. Its great for practice or playing shows.
Ease of Use:
The amp really only has 10 knobs that you have to worry about. So really its very easy to program. The user manual even comes with a variety of suggested settings for whichever sytle you prefer.
Durability:
I've dropped this amp on the way to and from a gig one night. The first time, i dropped it i was scared...but amazingly it held up and i played it the whole show. Then i dropped it the second time packing up, no broken pieces. Took it home, played it, sounded just like it did at the show.....loud, but how it did at the show.
On 9/20/2003, Taylor Carr (185) posted:
Overall Rating:
This is quite a deal for only $400. The distortion/overdrive is the quality kind I can almost never find even with the effects boxes and such. The clean is typical of most amps, but has more options to it. If you're looking for a well-priced Marshall with great sound, this is the one.
Price: $440.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
Features:
It can switch between clean and overdriven, volume knobs, and all the bare essentials. The simplicity could drive some away from such an amp as this, but don't be fooled, its an excellent one.
Sound Quality:
I used an Ibanez 7 string with it and was very impressed with the overdrive. It has a crunch to it that most amps don't give at such a low price. It's also got a smooth, clean sound like SRV's effect. The sound is far superior to the other amps I've used.
Ease of Use:
It's a very simple amp to operate.
Durability:
I'm not entirely sure of the maintainence, but it hasnt done me wrong yet.
On 8/13/2003, Eric Vadala (4) posted:
Overall Rating:
Some things you can't explain. MAN JUST GO OUT AND TEST DRIVE THE MARSHALLS!
Model Year: 2001
Price: $0.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Carlton Music Center
Sound Quality:
To get that hall thunder crunch sound I use my DD-5 on setting 3 though my effect loop. From there my gain is at 9, mid 1, treb 9, and rev 9. depending which guitar I use. For my guitar I use my Ibenze squire stagemasterHH (tune down whole step) and my Ibenze strat. Both have a floating tremlo that lock as well as the nut. Suggestion always guy a guitar with a floating tremlo. You will never regret it! I play almost all styles and the amp and guitar has not let me down. I have use a peavey pro studio 112. now its great by it self, but if you are using a multi-effect board its really noisy. The marshall blow it away. But again all my idols used them and they always have the best sound. Some things you can't explain. MAN JUST GO OUT AND TEST DRIVE THE MARSHALLS!
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On 9/23/2002, Todd Kelley (104) posted:
Overall Rating:
I compared Peavey, and different Marshalls; with different wattages. The AVT50 provides excellent sound, good durability and is still not too heavy. It also could easily be used for playing live, especially as an echo amp.
Model Year: 2002
Price: $375.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Centerville Music, OH
Features:
+ channel switching, + effects loop; very loud and powerful. electronics are excellent.
Sound Quality:
I play a Gibson LP studio; it is very clean; clean sounds are wonderful! Boost is great as well. I dont really use any effects as this point. Overall excellent sound.
Ease of Use:
Very easy to use for most uses. The headphone jack and CD in jack are excellent for use in quiet home. I have not tried a lot of different effects.
Durability:
I have not played this amp live at this point. Solid back provides excellent durability. It is still new, so I can't say about the frequency of repairs.
On 9/8/2002, Inactive Member posted:
Overall Rating:
What other amps did you look at, and why did you choose this one?

Fender Cyber Delux, Fender HotRod Dellux and a Line 6 Flextone 2

Would you buy this amp again if it were lost or stolen? Yes

What's your favorite aspect of this amp? The worst aspect?

The crispness and clarity.

How could this amp be better?

The Marshall symbol is plastic and I just know it's going to catch on somthing and break some day. But that is a luxury problem.
Model Year: 2002
Price: $475.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Daddy's Junky Music Store
Features:
The AVT50's two footswitchable tube pre-amp channels deliver glistening clean tones and a roaring crunch that just oozes vintage authenticity. Crank the overdrive gain to the max and you have a high gain sound that packs an unbelievable punch, yet stays tight and focused thanks to the well-designed closed-back cab. Includes a series effects loop, CD input, headphone jack, speaker-emulated DI, and an Accutronics reverb. Like all the AVTs, its pre-amp section is based on a 12AX7 and delivers great tone. 12" speaker. 50W power.
Sound Quality:
I use a Gibson LP Studio and an Ibanez RG series guitar. I have a GNX1 for recording. I also use various stomp boxes for live sound. Right out of the box and set to the recommended settings in the manual this 50w is a monster with unrivaled clean and a great crunch and heavy distortion. I was trying to decide between the AVT50, Fender Cyber Delux, Fender HotRod Delux and a Line 6 Flextone 2. It took me two weeks and a couple trips to the store to try them all and this is by far the better amp. The HotRod is a great amp but it is not so good for metal. It really has to be heard to believe how great this amp is. The style of playing that I do is Heavy Metal some Nu-Metal, Blues and 60's Rock and this amp makes great tones for all with very little effort. It has a CD input for hooking up a boom box and playing along with your favorite music without any disruption to tone. This amp stays crisp and clear at just about any volume and the distortion can be felt deep in your soul. Man this is a great amp and with just a little tweaking it gets you where you want to be.
Ease of Use:
It can't get much easier to use 2 channels clean side has gain, Volume, Bass and Trebile. Overdriven side has gain, Volume, Bass, Middle and Treble and a Spring Reverb. It comes with a footswitch.
Durability:
The construction is heavy duty and it can fit in a cars back seat or trunk. Seems to be about 45-55 pounds.
On 6/29/2001, Leo Loucas (296) posted:
Overall Rating:
For its price this is a great choice amp. The other higher model AVT's are also excelent, so in their price range they beat this one.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $479.99 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
Features:
The amp is very good for playing light tunes through the clean channel. But once u hit the distortion it goes from a nice old style light distortion to a cranked up Metallica style crunch. The amp is very loud adn even on half volume can be heard form very far away. The effects loop is in the back and is very good. The footswitch lets u switch between clean and overdrive.
Sound Quality:
I use it with and IbanezRG470 and i use a Boss MT2 metal distortion pedal and a Boss RV 3 reverb pedal through it. I play anything from classic rock to Heavy metal and modern hard rock through this amp and it sounds sweet. the sound is very good and can be fitted to probably any type of music. At high volumes through single coil pickups the distorted channel picks up feedback, but that has happened to me through any amp. Its distortion is very good ranging from very light crunch to an all out thrash sound. The reverb is excellent sounding.
Ease of Use:
It took me about 10 minutes to get a good sound and i find it self expalantory and easy to use. There are knobs for treble and bass and volume and gain for the clean channel, and volume, gain, treble, mids, lows for distorted, and a reverb knob.
Durability:
The amp has a closed back and as far as i can tell from carrying back and forth to peoples houses it can take some damage. No realy high tech components make it very durable.