Price paid: $ 768.6
Purchased from: Local music shop (2nd hand)
Sound — 10
I use an Epiphone SG G400 at current with stock pickups, it's a suprisingly good guitar but it does suffer the typical SG neck heavyness. Yes it can be fairly noisy on the lead channel but most decent amps can be, I'm sure you'll all be aware that nearly everyone will Switch back to clean when they aren't playing. The cleans are superior to everything I have come across so natural and sparkly really wonderful! The crunch is very circa 1980-90 if you get the right setup a great channel, and most importantly has it's own volume and gain controls but shares an eq with the lead channel, if you want to use both crunch and lead a lot you do have to find an eq setting that's good for both. Lead is where it's at with this amp, with the gain knob just half way you can be hitting all the heavy riffs you want, lay the distortion on thicker and the tone and warmth stay, unlike most it doesn't get over saturated at any point, it really is superb I highly recomend this to anyone out there considering one
Overall Impression — 10
Fantastic, i would recomend this to anyone from blues to heavy metal, yes If I had this stolen I would get another or maybe a tsl 100, It's a great amp the only problem is the slight dealy you may get on the foot pedal. This is the best amp I have used and would like to keep using for a very long time.
Reliability & Durability — 10
I have this second hand so customer support from Marshall I don't know much about never dealt with them, however my local music shop will take this for me and check problems for me, they are good to me! I have Faith in this amp and yes I will be gigging without a backup, if I could afford backup yes I would take back up but I can't cause I just spent all my free cash on this beast! I can't complain at all so I have to give it 10.
Features — 9
I think the amp was made in 2002 or it was definately produced around that period of time, I have checked all the codes I could find on everything that looked as if it may give me a clue to try and work out when it was made. I'm quite a versatile player but I generally rather rhythmic but play solo's as well. the music I like to belt out ranges from Guns N Roses to My Chemical Romance, to A7x, but play acoustic parts and lead parts to a variety of different stuff, the stuff my band plays obviously is important in the type of amp I need, I need nice crisp clean tones. I have complete Faith in this amp for any genre I feel that is a very important statement in my review. It's a 3 channel amp with bucket loads of tone, the foot pedal that comes with it is great spot on for what you want but you have got to be aware of the slight lag between the channel switching using the foot pedal, but if you take it into account everything is fine on that front, it's an insignificant floor in the amp that yes really is important to be rectified from Marshalls point of view but if your aware of the floor. It's a complete tube amp modern design amplifier. with your 3 channels clean, crunch and lead