Price paid: £ 750
Purchased from: Bairds Sound System Belfast
Sound — 9
I'm using a Gibson BFG with all the standard pickups etc and also a PRS Santana SE2. Limited use of pedals, but I sometimes use a Boss ME-50 for mod effects like delays and flangers etc. Sounds great at bedroom volumes and at practice volume too. Suits any style I play, and I really love the clean on it along with the od sounds. Currently have it set up with clean green, crunch and od1 Orange, and od2 green. and these provide a great range of tones which work well together with smooth switching. however haven't realy fully cranked it. never needed it above 4or so.. 100watts is a lot of power.
Overall Impression — 10
Love it. Been playing over 10 years and is easily the best amp I've ever played through with the widest variety of sounds. In the shop I was also testing a messa 50:50 which I really loved, but I opted for the Marshall and don't regret it. The band love the sound and our other guitarist used my gear more than his own when we recorded our latest few tracks. I would be raging if this was stolen, but any thief wouldn't get far because it's heavy as hell. would certainly buy another one
Reliability & Durability — 8
yes I would gig it without a back up. I've had it a few months now and haven't had a single problem. I've heard there are reliability issuses, but these have improved in recent years. it's a heavy bugger and I'd say it could take a beating, the valves are well protected and are apparantly not too difficult to replace, but I've little experience of replacing valves.
Features — 10
Everybody has already outlined the features so I'll do no more than say that they exceeded my expectations. Having played a Peavey transtube for a few years I wanted to upgrade so researched Marshall amps as I realy wanted a Marshall, and having tried some in the shops I chose this one and haven't regretted it. Far as I can gather it's a 2008, maybe 07. I got it for this price as it had been bought and used for about a week by a reliable customer Who found he just didn't have a need for it. Features are fantastic and I can easily find light rock tones which suit my band and also heavier g'n'r/ Muse kind of tones for playing about in the house. silent recording feature was great for work in the recording studio. excellent