Purchased from: Bonners
Sound — 10
I use a Strat (S/S/S) and this amp has great tone with it. I've played an Epiphone Les Paul through it too and that sounded great, real raw Marshall crunch. Drive can be harsh and crunchy, to warm and crunchy to really warm and smooth for lead. it's a valve amp, so the clean channel distorts at higher gain levels. This is a good thing for classic rock tones, as you get a real superlead style crunch. The best sounding amp I have ever used, other than a Marshall valve stack.
Overall Impression — 10
I play classic rock and blues, and I love Fender amp tone. Unfortunately, the great Fender amp tone that you hear is only produced if you spend over 600, their mexican hotrod series have great clean tone, but poor reliability, shit Drive tone, and not as much "valve magic" as you get from the Marshall. Plus for their 40watt, it costs about 75 more. I have been playing guitar about two years, and I have played through many amps, valve, solid state, you name it, however this is the first valve amp I have owned. All I can say is, if you use solid state and you are thinking of upgrading to valve, it's the best decision you will ever make. Fantastic amp. I would definitely buy it again if it were stolen.
Reliability & Durability — 9
Marshalls UK products are quality bits of kit. Not sure about their indian MG series, but this is quality made and feels damn solid. No rattles, buzzes, anything of the sort. Gets seriously hot after 1hr of intensive use, I have almost burned myself on the front plate, but it sounds better the hotter it gets. Stick a fan behind it if you want to be safe, but it's never given up on me, and I've never had to use one. I'll give it a 9, because it could overheat (I can't believe the put a cooling fan in a solid state MG and not in this).
Features — 9
40w all tube combo. Fairly small, I was surprised. Made in 2006, in England. Quality piece of kit. 2 channels plus boost on the Drive channel. Great Marshall crunch, if youve never owned a valve Marshall, you will be amazed. Really fills a room. Comes with a 2 button footswitch clean/drive, boost on/off with LEDs. None of the footswitch reliability issues you get with some other marshalls. Plenty of power for me, doesnt't have one of those crap deceptive volume controls that gives you all the volume between 0 and 3. I did want a TSL for it's extra features but I've come to love this amp for it's simplicity and pure great tone. Everything you need and nothing else.