Purchased from: Guitar Center #821: Springfield, Nj
Sound — 10
I use many guitars with this amp. I use Strats, Teles, Les Pauls, And A ES-333. I play in a post-punk/alternative band and this definately fits my styles, however, in my spare time I play blues and this amp works great for that tone. When you have the gain on the crunch channel around 2-3, you get a great blues-y overdrive tone, where it's just breaking up abit into distortion. When I play "Muse" cover, I can get the tones of Muse almost exactly. When you turn the clean up past 8 or so, it start to break up slightly, but then again, it's loud enough you don't need to push the amp that hard.
Overall Impression — 9
This amp is great, I don't regret buying it. I own a slew of other amps, but this ones the best. I love the tight focused gain of the lead channel and the ease of use. As of yet, I've had no problems with this amp. It's great, I only wish this thing were made in a rack size, so I'd be easier to gig with. When I have people in my studio, they all want to use this amp. The other guitarist in my band loved this amp soo much, he went out and bought a cheaper version (DSL50 Head, I think).
Reliability & Durability — 9
This amp is great, I've never had any problems with it that werent my fault. A while ago, I didn't match the impedance correctly, and I blew a fuse, and ran to an electronics store, and bought a new fuse. Now, I always keep a backup fuse taped to the inside or the amp head. I gig without a backup, however, usually I gig with a road crew, who could run back to my place(I tend not to gig to far away from home) and get me another amp if I need to.
Features — 8
My amp is a 2006 Marshall JCM2000 TSL100. It has 3 channels clean, crunch, and lead. This thing rocks for anything from blues to country to punkrock. It has 2 effects loop, one for clean and one for OD channels, however when only one loop is being used, it works for all the channels. The 100w is more than enough power, I've never had it above 5 or so at a gig, and I play some moderately large gigs (300+). At home I turn on the V.P.R. switch which cuts the power in half basically, and it makes the amp operate at practical envirements for home practice. The 3 channels offer more than enough gain. It pack a tight focused gain on the lead channel, compared to Mesa/Boogie's looser gain which is all over the spectrum of frequencies.