Price paid: £ 200
Purchased from: Ebay
Sound — 8
The clean channel does sound really nice, a little too much low end but thats what eq is for. I do admit there is alot of unwanted humm and buzz from the overdrive channels if you have the gain all the way up but if you turn the gain down to 12 o'clock it gets rid of the buzz but you still get a nice distortion. The Acoustic sim isnt very good and like i said before the dfx arnt very good at all and are un useable. However you can get some really nice pre amp type distortions and high gain distortions out of the overdrive channels without getting unwanted buzz and hum. You can also get a bit of pre amp distortion out of the clean channel which is pretty cool. Overall I think this is a great sounding amp and you should definatly consider one if you don't have a big budget. I also use a mg series head but I upgraded the speakers to celestian Vintage 30s. So if you have or are going to buy this amp, I recommend you buying a fairly good cab to go with it. Don't buy the Marshall MG412 cab or any other cheap cab.
Overall Impression — 7
I pretty much play anything, From jazz fusion to folk and this amp is quite adequate for most styles. I have been playing for a long time now and play a variety of guitars which are Fender strats and teles ect and these type of guitars sound great with this amp. Even Squier guitars sound great with this amp. The best thing I like about this amp is the clean channel. You obviously can't compare to the Marshall valve amps but this is far better than the Marhsall MG series. It has lots more feature and a lot more potential. If this amp were stolen I would probly buy another one unless I ahd a bigger budget, in that case I would buy an Orange amp or something. I have been completly honest in this review and am not biased. Don't be put off by the bad reviews, this is a great amp and is well worth considering. You can get these amps second hand now for about 150. Thats great value for money.
Reliability & Durability — 10
I have had this amp for a few weeks and have had no problems with it so far. It was second hand as well but the guy Who had it before me recently replaced the pre amp tube. I haven't had the amp long so I can't really comment on reliability but it seems a solid and ridged and like I said I have had no problems so far.
Features — 7
I'm not too sure of the year, probably 2002-2005. Its a valvestate amp with 1 pre amp valve. 4 channels which are Acoustic sim, clean, overdrive 1 and overdrive 2. A load of DFX. The amp says that its made in England. First of all, I can't understand why people have slated this amp so much. I think its due to that this amp is valve state and not all tube and that its at the lower end of the Marshall range, but the bottom line is that this amp is good value for money. However i don't use the Acoustic sim as I have no need to and it doesn't sound great like all Acoustic simulators. The digital effects are also very poor. I wouldn use them at all but luckily I have lots of pedals to replace them. The only thing I really don't like about the amp is that the reverb effects are really artificial and is really hard to get a good reverb out of it. It also has an effects loop.