There are way better Marshalls then this out ... though I advise you invest in a good tube amp and pickup a distortion pedal of your choice if you are looking for true tone. Marshall is overplayed anyway. To be honest, I really expected more from this amp. Some nice effects, lot's of different channels, but I could not get past the awful tone. Sorry kids. This one is a "no-go".
Price: $800.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center, Totowa NJ
Nice range of features on this amplifier. Standard AVT (Advanced Valvestate Technology, which is sort of a combination between tube and solidstate). There are four channels; Acoustic Simulator, Clean, Overdrive 1 and 2. The two cleans (Acoustic and Clean) share the same EQ band and so do the Overdrives. The Overdrives both contain a "Scoop" button, which drops the mids and boosts the highs and low end, giving you that thrashy, early Metallica tone. The Clean has a "Bright" button, which gives your high ends more sparkle. In the same respect, the Acousti Sim. Channel has a "Body" control which allows you to range the tone from a small acoustic to dreadnaught quality in tone. The amp also has two seperate, 16 progam DFX sections; one for the two clean tones and one for the overdrives. This is all bundled up nicely with the fact that the effects as well as all the channels are footswitchable. All in all, pretty powerful for a one speaker amplifier.
Let me explain before you tear apart a metalhead for rating a Marshall so low. In fact, I have yet to be impressed with Marshalls with my rig, they just aren't what I am looking for. Anyway, when I first plugged it in I was impressed with the clean channels. The Acoustic Sim. sounds more like a Piezo pickup rather then an acoustic, but is a very nice feature (although a QUIET one! Not much volume!). Unfortunately the amp feeds back when using this channel. Not so much, but too much for a clean channel! However, I had no problems with the regular clean channel. When I started playing around with the Overdrives is when I was really let down. They both have that classic, Marshall crunch to them, but I could not get a proper balance between a lead tone and a rhythm tone. That could have easily been fixed (maybe not..) if both of the Overdrives didn't share the same EQ band. Notes higher on the register had a very thin, trebely noise to them. They even emitted this odd, warbaling noise. If I balanced out the lead tone to my liking the bottom end would start to sound like mud. It was a very unfair trade off between an "ok" lead with a muddy, inaubible rhythm, or a horrid lead with a crunchy rhythm. I also do not like the way this amp accents your pick attack, it's a little much. Can you say feedback? This amp does it a lot! It also thins out MORE at higher volume, gah...
Fairly easy. Could be subject to some tweaking, especially with all the channels. It's not exactly plug and play, but it shouldn't pose too much of a problem.
Seems very rugged but I only owned the amp for a few days.