Price paid: $ 274.5
Purchased from: Dogfunk
Sound — 2
I use this with an Ibanez RG350DX, I know this isn't an amazing guitar but it's even worse when paired with this amp. I play a wide range of styles, blues to metal and this amp can handle none of them well. There is no light overdrive for dirty blues as it goes from clean to way too distorted, way too fast. It can't handle rock as this amp has no tone, and it can't handle metal because although the distortion sounds heavy, it lasts about 2 seconds and then dies, it's hard to explain and painful to hear. This amp does sound moderatly better at higher volumes, but it's then it's too loud for bedroom practice, and you just shouldn't gig with this or even use it for band practice.
Overall Impression — 3
Marshall has fallen, a long way, I nearly lost faith in them, but I bought a JCM900 and now I see what's happened, they have attempted to emulate their classic tube sound with these and failed horribly. My main problem is they continue to make them, and use Zakk wylde and Kerry King to sell them to unsuspecting budding guitarists. Don't buy this amp, buy a small Laney tube combo, they are affordable and perfect for bedroom practice.
Reliability & Durability — 9
Once again I cannot fault this as it has never let me down, even though I dearly wish it would, to the question, 'Can you depend on it? Would you use it on a gig without a backup?' I simply wouldn't gig with it, I'd rather play unplugged and jump around stage like a retard then try and look professional with an MG, it makes me sick that some ppl buy the halfstack version of this.
Features — 7
This is a 30w solid state amp with a 10 inch speaker and 2 channels, clean and overdrive. The clean has treble, bass and volume. The OD channel has treble, bass, contour, gain, and volume. It also has some FX, such as reverb, chorus, flange and phaser. Finally there is an FDD switch, which to this day I have yet to find a use for. There are plenty of features to play with, except middle, which, call me crazy, I like to be able to adjust.