G80RCD review by Marshall

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  • Sound: 8
  • Overall Impression: 7
  • Reliability & Durability: 7
  • Features: 7
  • Reviewer's score: 7.3 Good
  • Users' score: 7.9 (44 votes)
Marshall: G80RCD

Sound — 8
It gives a nice responsive sound, and every guitar I've played through it sounds great in any style, apart from metal. The distortion on the OD channel anything past 12 oclcok sounds absolutly godawful, so you might want a distortion pedal for the job. Suprisingly, the reverb on this amp is pretty sweet sounding to my ears. The amp is very quiet in operation with little or no mains hum, just a very quiet hissing sound. This amp is great for recording with it's 1 x 12" driver. The EQ actually effects the sound, and contour knob which acts like a parametric EQ in a way. The sound is very thick and bluesy compared to a lot of thin transitor amps. I have a feeling they recieved a few complaints about the valvestate sounding so piss poor (in my opinion). It's practically the same amp, just without a valve preamp.

Overall Impression — 7
Good little amp. One of the best marshalls I've heard. Plays clean sounds excellent. Very jazzy. I'd reccomend this amp completley if your looking for a clean transistor amp sound. I have about another 15 various amps kicking around the place, this is one of the better ones for sure. Don't let the name put you off, as really, I'm sure it uses the same components as the MG series (they're pretty bad amps). This little 80 watt is great if your looking for a semi loud practise/recording/small gigging amp. Great for those cleaner 60's jangly tones. Doesn't nessesary drive like a valve amp though.

Reliability & Durability — 7
Now, this amp will probably go wrong, like it did in the first place. Turned out there was a dry joint on the input which isnt a problem. The amp has a well thought out heat sink on the poweramp, it gets quite hot when working, I'm tempted to put a small computer fan in there just to get the air flowing round. it's a tough little amp.

Features — 7
First of all, this amp is amazing as I was given it due to it having a fault. The Amp was made around 1999/2000. It's in excellent condition. It uses the same layout as the 80v amp having 2 channels and a boost on each channel, effectvly 4 channels, with effects loop, reverb and line out and CD in. Very handy little amp. Also a foot switch! It comes with a Marshall goldback 12" driver, which as far as I can gather is just a rebranded celestion. An added bonus to this amp is it dosent have daft built in digital effects.

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    I bought one of these brand new back in 2001, and getting rid of it was one of the biggest mistakes I have ever made. This is a 80 watt monster which is much better than the MG series pieces of shit that Marshall has out now. If you ever come across one, nab it!
    G80RCD I am not a musician but an engineer. I have to say that this like many other Marshalls is poorly made, nasty to repair, difficult to get parts for and in comparison to Fender, HiWatt or Peavey amps is really pretty poor. Dealing with these sort of amps on a regular basis you get to see the difference between OK and poor. This model drops its emitter resistors off the circuit board when its pushed hard for a couple of hours. The lack of any sort of backing on the cabinet means that heavy-handed users will blow the speaker within 6 months. The reverb is the sort of tank you fit in a baby practice amp. The controls, being those cheap miniature ones from Taiwan last at best 10 months and are not generally available spares in my neck of the woods and thus incur a considerable cost disadvantage when doing a repair. The chassis itself is a pain in the bum to get in and out the spring clips for the bolts lasting three or four removals. The PCB tucked into the chassis is not only poorly made but is not easy to remove from the front panel especially if the holes were not de-burred properly during manufacture as is the case with all the ones I have dealt with. The PCB layout comes from the design by computer and dont worry about the outcome. Power amp is therefore less than conditionally stable as I have found when monitoring the output! A better layout for this one is all thats required and it would then run cooler and wouldnt drop components off the board either! Finally the PSU whilst having a reasonably good bridge has capacitors I wouldnt fit in a 20 watt amp let alone one thats supposed to give 80 watts. Made to a price not a quality. If all your interested in is having the Marshall name then its probably going to be okay. If you want a good amp that will last and be repairable 5 years down the line go elsewhere.