Price paid: £ 1200
Purchased from: Sounds Live
Sound — 8
I use this with my 2010 Gibson LP Standard and it sounds amazing. The #34 mode is a bit less gain and a bit thin for me so I use the AFD mode most of the time. It has more gain on tap and is much fuller sounding live. Even at high gain the amp keeps it's clarity very well but like every Marshall I have ever owned it can be a bit trebbly at times. I gig with a Blackstar 4x12 cab and it sounds great. It cleans up well on the neck pick up with the volume rolled back. Flick to the bridge with the volume full and it blows you away. A slight draw back is that it feeds back a fair bit at higher volume. This amp is not only good for the Appetite Slash tones though, you can AC/DC, Free, Aerosmith and any other old school rock tones with a bit of tweaking. The effects loop takes time based effects really well too and thrives on a good Wah pedal up front. All in all everything you ever dreamed of in a Marshall 100w head.
Overall Impression — 9
I have been playing for many years in regular bands and owned almost every Marshall amp there is. I have played the "Ever searching for the ultimate tone game" for a long time and as far as Classic Rock tone goes this amp delivers in spades. Couldn't be happier (for the time being).
Reliability & Durability — 10
I have only owned the amp for a few months, no problems so far (touch wood). It seems completelty reliable but I have never ever gigged a live situation without a back up amp and I, m not gonna start now.
Features — 9
2011 Model. I play mostly classic rock and this amp does it all. This is a limited eddition with only 2300 made world wide so not easy to get hold of. It's a one channel amp with two modes, the #34 mode based on Slashes Silver Jubilee post Appetite days and the AFD mode recreated to the sound of the famous borrowed 100w modified Plexi amp used to record the album. Usual B, M, T & Pres knobs with an effects loop. One of the best features is the power scaling knob, this allows you to crank the power tube volume and then turn it down by reducing the output power but you don't loose that cranked tube sound at all. 100W head with a high and low input and a cool self bias Switch if you want to change the valves. Just hold down a Switch when you power up and it biases the valves in about 90 seconds. The bias voltage is set using an external trim pot on the back.