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Old 09-14-2012, 09:37 PM   #1
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After spending a few months GASing for this amp as well as researching the hell out of it, I finally got a Marshall Vintage Modern 2266 Head.

Now, when I first was looking to get this amp, I was looking into the combo version for the lower price and what not, but I ended up finding a head on eBay in (near) perfect condition for $950. Knowing me, I bought it along with a Marshall 1960A cabinet ($450) which will arrive on Tuesday or Wednesday. And since my dad has quite a bit of different speaker cabinets, I was able to demo it on one of his EV cabinets (not sure on particular model) until my cab came in the mail.

Enough rambling, let's get on to what the specs are:

- 2 KT66 tubes
- FX loop
- Individual Treble, Bass, Mids, and Presence controls
- Body and Detail Pre-amp controls for OD
- Mid-boost
- "High" and "Low" gain settings with footswitch option

After spending a couple hours playing this, it is the perfect amp for me. On it's "Low" gain setting, I can roll the guitar's volume back to get a nice, clean sound, or I can get that warm Marshall crunch of the 70's. With my Green Rhino to boost for leads, the "Low" gain option definitely allows me to cover a broad range of sounds from clean chordal stuff to blues-rock rhythms.

The "High" gain option is definitely the "ballsy" Marshall tone that everyone knows and it can cover anything from Guns N Roses to Iron Maiden to Paul Gilbert's recent works (obviously) as well as pulling off the sounds of many modern rock bands. After playing a few improved riffs, I believe this amp can handle some "heavy" stuff such as metalcore as well as some older metal acts.

In my honest opinion, I'm absolutely head over heels for this amp as it seems to be the "perfect" amp for the tone I want to achieve. I'd definitely recommend anyone looking into a new amp to check this one out.

PS: Sorry if I this a shit review, I'm not the best at them.
PPS: Sorry about the lack of pics, my computer is being a ball-buster.

Edit: Finally got the pics to upload on my computer.



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Old 09-14-2012, 10:02 PM   #2
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Old 09-14-2012, 10:13 PM   #3
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Old 09-14-2012, 10:21 PM   #4
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I completely agree, that's why I'm still working on trying to get some uploaded.
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Old 09-15-2012, 12:02 AM   #5
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whoa that looks awesome!

my favorite recent marshall head right there.

but you have to get the cab re-tolexed in purple to match the head!
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Old 09-15-2012, 12:11 AM   #6
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I have yet to jam out through one, but they look promising.

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Old 09-15-2012, 08:19 AM   #7
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HNAD!
I have one of these myself, awesome amps!
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Old 09-15-2012, 08:20 AM   #8
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Very nice amps, only good thing Marshall has done in a while. Enjoy!
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Old 09-15-2012, 10:39 AM   #9
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HNAD, GASing for one of those myself!
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Old 09-15-2012, 11:59 AM   #10
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I saw a band play locally recently, and the lead guitarist used one of these. Sounded AMAZING!!!

I was talking to him backstage after the gig, talking about his gear (amp, pedalboard and weird-ass guitar he was using) and he was using one of them EHX volume pedal thingymabobins to give himself a crispy clean kinda sound, and even that sounded great

Nice buy my friend. Very nice indeed
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How are the cleans? I know they won't be Fender cleans, but can it be loud and still clean up?
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Old 09-15-2012, 12:20 PM   #12
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probably the only marshall I like...

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my favorite recent marshall head right there.


I agree, I fell in love with the 2266C I played in Sam Ash. And people universally say that the head sounds better than the combo. I would be gassing hard for one if it had more usable footswitchable options.
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How are the cleans? I know they won't be Fender cleans, but can it be loud and still clean up?


The Vintage Modern is probably the most fender-esque marshall out there in terms of cleans. lovely round clean sound. Breaks up at about 6/7 on the detail and body knobs on the low dynamic range channel. To be honest, I find the cleans to work so great with pedals that I haven't had the amp overdriven on itself for months. I'm just using the amp clean and I use pedals to get my overdriven sound. Works and sounds great!
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Old 09-15-2012, 04:45 PM   #16
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I have the Marshall 2266 head and cab. Absolutely fantastic amps, aren't they? HNAD welcome to the club!
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Old 09-15-2012, 10:09 PM   #17
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Thanks, guys!
Sorry about not adding pics, I completely forgot about it.

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How are the cleans? I know they won't be Fender cleans, but can it be loud and still clean up?


I was playing it with the Master Volume on 9 and the cleans are still pretty crisp, but aren't exactly like Fender cleans. I was actually quite surprised at how well the cleans were. Honestly, it's the only Marshall (that I've heard) that can get from "Fender-ish" cleans to a high gain. I thinks it's possibly one of the most versatile amps in my opinion.


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I have the Marshall 2266 head and cab. Absolutely fantastic amps, aren't they? HNAD welcome to the club!


It's an absolutely amazing amp. I'm using one of my dad's speaker cabs until my Marshall 1960 cab to arrive in the mail.

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probably the only marshall I like...

happy NAD!


I can kind of agree with you. With Marshalls, I really enjoy the crunch and ballsy feel to it, but the majority of them haven't really sold me over. With the VM, it's a dream amp for and I think that it's much better than other Marshalls that I've heard (from Youtube, albums, etc) and I think it's possibly the best thing Marshall has made.
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Old 09-15-2012, 10:12 PM   #18
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your luigi avatar is better than mine... prick....

Happy new amp day.... prick....

Na, I had actually never heard one of these before until the other day. Definitely solid amps. Extremely versatile. Good choice on the amp
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Old 09-16-2012, 07:02 PM   #19
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I'm really hoping I can play one some day. I'll keep eyes open. $950 used huh?

Glad you are getting some great tones out of it.


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It is not just because we like pictures - it is rule. You need 2 or the 3 things listed in here:
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Old 09-16-2012, 07:36 PM   #20
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Congrats!!

I've had my VM 2266C for some time now and it's a bloody nice amp.

You made a great choice.

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