AVT100 review by Marshall

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Features: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 10 Gem
  • Users' score: 7.3 (98 votes)
Marshall: AVT100

Price paid: $ 500

Purchased from: A Friend

Sound — 10
I use an Ibanez Gio, an entry level guitar, but this amp really makes up for my guitar (which isn't all that bad). This amp is perfect for classic rock and metal. It definitely lives up to Marshall standards by being so clean. This amp is silent on the clean channel and even the OD2 channel only makes a quiet hiss with the gain fairly high. The clean channel gets extremely loud without getting distorted. I've played it on the clean channel with my friend's half stack and it stayed crystal clear. The distortion channels can fit to just about any style.

Overall Impression — 10
Basically, this amp is extremely versatile being that it is a Marshall. My favorite thing about this amp is probably how defined my playing can sound through it, whether it be on the clean channel or one of the two overdrive channels. At first I wanted to buy an Marshall MG 100 because I liked it when I played it at Guitar Center, but then I got to try out this amp and got attached to it quick. I guess that if it ever broke to where it was not repairable, I would probably buy some kind of a Marshall stack when I got the money.

Reliability & Durability — 10
I've never had a problem with the amp breaking down or anything and the amp better be pretty durable considering how heavy it is for its size. Since it's partially a tube amp, it is meant to get hot so you won't ever have problems with it over heating. I play for hours at a time without having any problems what so ever.

Features — 10
This amp is perfect for any style. My friend that owned it before me played metal and loved the tone on the 2nd overdrive channel. I play a lot of classic rock and '80s metal and can get just about the perfect tone for everything that I play. It has 3 channels: clean, OD1, and OD2. The amp has 16 built-in digital effects. The amp can keep up with drums just fine although I still wish it had 2 speakers instead of 1. It's a hybrid amp which means that it's half tube and half solid state, so for people that like tube amps still get that tube sound out of this amp.

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    Lord Waltaa
    bullgarrafuerte wrote: It really sucks,I have one in my house and the distorion is so crappy, you don't undestrand what your playing
    maybe that's because you can't play the guitar at all...
    Impression: In conclusion this is a horrible horrible amp with so tone and cannot be relied on, I got it on christmas day and it was back in the box ready to return the next day, my advice to anyone even considering this particular amp do not buy this amp! Because you will regret it. // 1
    It would be good if you could have suggested something better, but maybe nothing is good enough for you...
    classicrockrule : errr matee, did you actually play through this amp or are you on of these anti marshall idiots who dosnt know that marshall make better amps than what you use, its not meant to be the most amazng amp in the world, i eman look at its price, but it manages to hold its own against the big guns marshall blows out. just take it as a middle class amp with a good selection on channels and effects and stop slating it who wants a middle class amp? no, you want a high quality all tube amp, with no effects, just reverb. ps. my arse makes a better tone than this amp
    ~Funky monk~
    the guy with loads of feedback... i don't know how he did it... i can't get feedback even when i try on mine :S ... it's makes the intro to plug in baby annoying to do
    ~Funky monk~ wrote: the guy with loads of feedback... i don't know how he did it... i can't get feedback even when i try on mine :S ... it's makes the intro to plug in baby annoying to do
    Really? I get loads of feedback when I turn gain on full, haha. This amp isn't bad though. Together with a Line 6 PODxt it sounds awesome.
    Ok, this my opinion - Vox valvetronix is the same if not better than the avt. Example listen to Silverside Up from Nickelback ( the tone not the songs ). They have a really nice "thick tone". More or less the same price as the avt etc. Check it out.
    yeah its a noisy amp, but its fairly versitile, i play a schecter blackjack tempest and it all works well. it dosent do anything ultra amazing and the od1 is probly lame as hell in comparison to a valve marshall but i got it for a 3rd of the price of a dsl401, so it was well worth it
    jem_fanatic, your review is the worst I have ever read. It can't even be considered a review. AVT100 is one of Marshall's worst amps. I bought it second handed, and I was pleased the first year, but then my ears sort of evolved. It's decent for Blue and rock, but if you play metal, stay away from this amp.
    Has anyone out there noticed that the older AVT100's tone sounded better than the newer AVT100X??? Well, I did, so I took my 100X into the shop and discovered that the lastest version comes with the cheapest, piece of crap preamp tube (12AX7 or ECC83)that my tech has ever seen. He installed a higher quality JJ ECC83 in it, the same preamp tube that Marshall puts in their higher end all tube amp models, and now my amp sings!!! $14 for the tube and what a difference. The tone is more balanced across all three channels. I get better sustain and compression as well. And that obnoxious "fizzy" sound in the overdrive is gone! The clean channel always sounded fine, but the OD1 and OD2 channels now work better as a team tonally. I think the JJ ECC83 tube almost works like an equalizer because a lot of the harsh frequencies that I couldn't stand with the original tube or just gone. Anyway, I hope this info helps those that think the AVT100X sucks tone wise. This fix works! Change the preamp tube. You will notice a difference immediately. Your tone friend, Marv