Price paid: C$ 550
Purchased from: Prom Music
Sound — 8
I mainly use a Jackson DKMG and play rock and metal and its definetley suited for those styles. The clean channel is alright (not bad and nothing special at the same time), you are not going to get those shimmering sounds you would from a Fender but you would not have bought this amp for that purpose any way. I have read other comments regarding the utility of the clean crunch button, but I must say I find it pretty useless (too harsh for cleans and not dirty enough for distortion). The OD 1 channel is good for AC/DC and classic rock and OD 2 is more for metal. I will now let you in on a secret... If you are not satisfied with the distortion for balls out metal, try running a BMG sonic maximizer through the effects loop (at about half). You will be amazed and likely sell your distortion pedals! I recently bought an all tube Peavey 6505 (famous metal amp) and the Marshall is not that far behind with the maximizer.
Overall Impression — 8
Again for the price (they are even less expensive now) there is nothing wrong with this amp for an amateur rock or metal player. Do not let those tube snobs tell you its junk sounding because as I mentioned, I recently convinced myself I needed a tube amp and bought a Peavey 6505 and did a side by side comparison, expecting it to blow the Marshall away and I really don't think it did. Maybe playing with a band a loud volume, a tube amp will cut through better but for bedroom practice (which is mostly all I do anyway) this amp is a beast... And I could have saved my money until I could afford a boutique amp lol!
Reliability & Durability — 3
So far my comments have been mostly positive but I must knock a few points off here. The input for the guitar cable broke and had to be replaced and the first time I turned the amp up (several years after I bought it) it shorted out after a few minutes. I later found out it was because the cooling fan wasn't working and likely never did!
Features — 8
I would assume this amp was made in the early 00's since I purchased it around 2005. It's plenty versatile enough for a rock or metal player, as most of you likely know Marshall is not a name synonymous with country and western! It's a solid state amp but with a twist, it includes FDD technology, which basically is a little button that is supposed to emulate a tube sound (makes no sense not to have it pushed in at all times). It has built in digital effects which are alright, the delay being the best of the bunch (also has flange and chorus). As others have mentioned, the footswitch could have a few more options on it (such as allowing you to switch between OD1 and OD2 etc... But hey this amp is dirt cheap after all.