Price paid: C$ 2600
Purchased from: L. A. Music
Sound — 10
I play this amp with a Jackson SLSMG Soloist with Duncan 59s, Ibanez Rg 150R w/ Duncan 59s, and Ibanez RG1570 Prestige w/ Duncan 59 in the bridge and stock in the neck. The Music style I play ranges a lot, I play Jazz in a band, and thrash metal in another and this amp ranges very well for both of those, I barely have to use pedals, well mainly because I prefer not to, but because also I don't need to, this amp has a dream Marshall tone. The cleans are prestine clear, and with some eqing can range from mid cutting sharp high tones to warm jazz low tones, with a boost of the gain (or cut the gain on the crunch channel) you can also get a nice blues tone easily, the cleans are THAT good. For the crunch, let me say the overall distortion on this amp is amazing, the bottom end is there which most Marhsall amps, or any amps for that matter, are missing. This amp has a big bottom end kick, but with some eqing you can take that out as well. Back to the crunch, this channel isn't to heavy, personally I would only use it for a slightly overdrive blues tone, or a classic rock tone, but the lead channel is where it's at, it has a lot of gain, especially for a Marshall, over course you cannot compare it to a Splawn, or an Engl, or a Krank, etc, because those amps are designed specifically for ultra gain, but this amp handles gain well, in my band we play Megadeth, Metallica, Dream Theater, etc. It does them all really well, but when you get into those really heavy metal bands, you will probably need a good distortion pedal to get those ultra-brutal tones, but this amp handles the normal heavy brutal tones. Let me just note that the lead tone is amazing, truly tonal heavy from a lead guitarists perspective, and very versatile.
Overall Impression — 10
I use this for Jazz, Thrash metal, 80s metal, rock, and classic rock, it fits perfect and is very versatile for them all, I would definitely recommend it. I've been playing for 8 years and this amp is one of the best I've owned, other then a Diezel I owned a couple years back, I don't regret buying this amp at all, I love it, if it was stolen or lost I would most likely replace it, but that all depends on my budget, If I had more money I would go with a more expensive amp most likely. I love it because of it's great tone and versatility, that's where the amp shines, especially the lead and the cleans. This amp is perfect as it is, except, this is a minor thing, a separate EQ for the crunch and the lead.
Reliability & Durability — 9
I don't need a back up with this amp, it's built solid, I've owned it for quite a bit of months, and I've never had a single problem with it yet and I'm happy about that, I've never even had any minor problems, except for the odd bad interference or fuzz, but that's a problem in my pedal chain, or crappy cables, etc. I have not gone through the stock tubes yet.
Features — 9
This amp is all tube, three channels which are Clean, Crunch, and Lead, all switchable on the 5 button foot Switch, which all features reverb and fx loob toggles, it also includes emulated line out, and an fx mix control. For tubes, this amp comes with 4 ECC83s in the preamp, and 2 EL34s in the power amp. I use this amp to gig and for bedroom practice, although it is very loud, you can get a decent distortion without having to go to loud, but of course the cranked distortion is a lot better. For gigs this amp has more then enough power, without a P A system, I don't even go past 7-8, so it works fine, and that is even to loud. The only thing it's missing is a separate EQ between lead and crunch, but you will probably only end up using the lead the most anyways.