I love this amp for a few reasons: It's Marshall, It's big, it's loud, and it rocks!
Model Year: 2002
Where Obtained: Private Seller on eBay
This amp has 13 built-in digial effects that sound darn good. The hall and room reverbs are superb. The delay is good, though not as versatile as is capable of an onboard effects system. It has an effects loop and an auxillary line in. I plug in my keyboard and run a cool beat through it and jam with drums without the drummer! It has more power than I think I'll ever need, seeing as I don't play stadiums. It is a stereo amp, because it has two 12" speakers, which means the effects are also stereo.
This amp kicks out some serious tone! I play a guitar with two humbuckers and a double-locking tremolo, and it sounds fantastic through it. I think that's the best use of this amp, metal, classic rock, etc. It works well for blues too. Just flip the pickup selector on the geetar and it wails. This is by far the best amp I've owned, though it's only the second (lucky me!). This amp sounds great at all volume levels. Though, if it's all the way up, make sure you're not indoors. The distortion is great, but the scoop switch makes it easily drownable in jamming situations, but great for recording or just practicing.
The knobs are all self explainatory, and the footswith makes turning effects on a snap, or click, rather. It's up there with the easiest amps to use.
This is a tough S.O.B. I wouldn't try dropping it or anything, but I've bumped it on stuff and it's through some moving. The pre-amp tube doesn't need to be replaced, as far as I know. The heavy wood construction for the bottom, back and sides is about two inches thick and is covered in Marshall's trademark Tolex covering. It is closed back, so no sound is lost through the back.
I chose this amp because it had the acoustic simulator channel. If it hadn't had that, I probably
would have bought the AVT50. However, I'm really
glad I bought this one. It's everything you could want
in an amp and more.
Price: $800.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Daddy's Junky Music
This amp has 4 footswitchable channels, and 16
digital effects. The channels are clean, OD1, OD2,
and an acoustic simulator. The acoustic simulator is what sold me on this amp. The clean,
OD1 and OD2 each have separate gain & volume
controls. The level of overdrive actually overlaps
from channel to channel, making this a very flexible
There are 2 sets of bass, mid and treble tone
controls. One for the acoustic and clean channels
and one for the OD channels. There are also master
volume and presence controls. With the headphone
jack and the master volume set at zero, I can practice
The effects are almost too much. This amp has 10
different reverbs! It also has chorus, flange, delay,
modulation, and some combinations effects. To tell
you the truth, it's reverb overkill - but I like it!
On the acoustic simulator, I can flat pick a Doc
Watson tune or fingerpick a folksong and it sounds
like a mic-ed up acoustic. It sounds great with my
Strat set on the neck pickups, or with
my Ibanez archtop set on the Seymour Duncan jazz
neck humbucker. Either guitar sounds like an
The clean channel is great for jazz chord melodies,
real warm but still bright. With the gain turned up a
bit, it's real fun for Beatles riffs.
OD1 is my favourite. It's great for blues and rock.
Perfect for that Chuck Berry sound. It has plenty of
sustain yet still comes across with full round notes.
It's perfect for that chunka-chunka damped rhythm.
OD2 is really nasty. It's like a Saturn V rocket. I
barely use any gain at all on this channel.
The great thing about this amp is that it covers so
many bases. I can play rhythm on the acoustic channel, then step into an OD1 lead and it sounds
like I switched guitars.
It took me a couple of weeks of playing an hour a
night to get a feel for this amp. There are so many
adjustments available that I just had to take it slow
and try it out. This is not an easy to use amp, simply
because it offers so may options. However, once I
got used to it, I could dial in the sound I wanted pretty
I never used effects much before, and it takes a
while to develop a feel for the settings on those.
However, once I figured out a few of them, I was
This is a big heavy amp, it weighs in at 61 pounds. The
closed back cabinet ads weight and protects the
guts well. It seems durable to me, but I've only had it
a month. It does have a tube preamp, so you can't
throw it around like a solid state amp.