Price paid: $ 6.324
Purchased from: Nevada Music
Sound — 9
I've been playing electric guitar for 6 years, and I have a BC Rich M7, which is my second guitar. It has the standard BDSM humbuckers, which were surprisingly good quality. As I said before, I play metal, and the pre-amp gain functions on the amp are vbery good for adjusting what type of gain you want. When in band rehearsals, I can flick the Master Volume up to 7 and be easily heard above the drums, rhythm guitar, bass and vocals. Being a 2x12 all-valve amp, it's not really suited to quiet, at-home practising volumes, and when adjusted to this, the sound can become quite tinny. I would suggest (if you haven't already got one) buying a small 15 watt amp for practising at home, e.g a Fender Frontman 15G. There is a lot of variety for the styles that this amp can create. With the two Pre-Amp gain controls, and the Treble, Middle and Bass controls, you can pretty much create whatever sound you want with this amp. Like I said, you can use the volume control on your guitar to finetune your clean or distorted sound. The distortion on this amp is fine for playing Death Metal, which is usually the most distorted of the metal genre, but they could have stuck an EL34 valve in to replace one of the KT66's, just to increase that distortion.
Overall Impression — 9
I have been playing guitar for 8 years in total, and I own a BC Rich M7, a Fender Frontman 15G, and a Boss MT-2 MetalZone Distortion pedal. I am soon getting my 3rd guitar, which will be a Jackson WRMG Warrior. I did ask about my doubts to whether the amp is fine for playing metal, the guy said yes, and he was right! I think if it were to be stolen (though I think it'd be quite noticable if you saw someone carrying this down the road) I would just probably buy a head instead of a combo.
Reliability & Durability — 10
It is a very solid amp. I've driven over a speedbump at 30, resulting in the amp falling over, face down. I rushed to the boot, and turned out there wasn't a scracth on it at all. I was quite frankly amazed. The amp has never randomly stopped, or broken down, and I'm sure it wont, as long as you keep the valves serviced.
Features — 10
This is a Marshall amp new to 2007. I play mostly a wide range of metal, along with some other genres like funk and reggae. Judging by the amp being branded "Vintage Modern", and the the fact that it's equipped with 2 KT66 valves (but also 4 ECC83s), I was quite hesitant to whether the gain levels would cope with my style of music. For the 6 months I've had it, all doubts were blown away. It has to pre-amp gains, Body and Detail, body for adjusting your lower-end gain frequencies, and detail for adjusting the high-end ones. It has the usual Treble, Middle, Bass, Master Volume & Reverb controls, but also has a Presence control. It's only a one channel amp, but if you want to Switch between distortion and clean, you can use the dynamic range selector to Switch. If you want a more fine-tuned sound, you can use the volume control on your guitar to select your sound. I use this amp at gigs, and band rehearsals. If you find that there's not enough power for gigs, there's a 4-8ohms selector Switch at the back, so you can fit it to a cabinet if you like.