#1
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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Last edited by aerosmithfan95 at Sep 16, 2012,
#3
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#4
Quote by Offworld92


I completely agree, that's why I'm still working on trying to get some uploaded.
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#5
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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#6
I have yet to jam out through one, but they look promising.

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#7
HNAD!
I have one of these myself, awesome amps!
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Last edited by constructbot at Sep 15, 2012,
#9
HNAD, GASing for one of those myself!
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#10
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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#11
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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#12
probably the only marshall I like...

happy NAD!
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#13
Quote by gregs1020

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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My band:
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(For fans of Death/Groove/Prog Metal)

Ibanez RGA42E
Ibanez S420
LTD H-301
Ibanez RG520
Peavey Predator USA
Douglas Grendel 725
Line 6 Pod HD500X
#14
Quote by Most_Triumphant
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!
Marshall 50 Watt Vintage Modern
Marshall 1960AV
Fender Custom Shop Strat
Ibanez Prestige RG3120
Squier Classic Vibe Telecaster
Strymon Mobius
TC Polytune
TC Flashback
Mad Professor LGW
Fulltone OCD
JOYO Vintage OD
Behringer EQ700
#16
I have the Marshall 2266 head and cab. Absolutely fantastic amps, aren't they? HNAD welcome to the club!
#17
Thanks, guys!
Sorry about not adding pics, I completely forgot about it.

Quote by Most_Triumphant
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.


Quote by WholeLottaIzzy
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.

Quote by rocknroll93
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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#18
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
#19
HNVMD


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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#20
Congrats!!

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

You made a great choice.

Enjoy.
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#21
Why is it black? When I bought mine, I specifically asked for a black one but apparently they didn't exist in black at the time. I'm sure they did though. Anyway, I ended up with the purple one which I didn't like. But now, it is easily nicer I think haha
#23
^^Only making an amp in purple is kind of ridiculous. Maybe you paved the way for others with the same requirements.

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#24
Very cool! It looks... vintage modern!!!!

I would love to own one of these for a time.... as comparrison to my 2203. I heared the VM would be a great competitor!!
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#25
Yeah, I'm kind of surprised that it's black with no sign of purple. I guess it's a newer version that is black instead of purple.
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