Price paid: £ 129.99
Sound — 6
I'm using an Epiphone G400 SG-style guitar with humbucker pickups (I think) and I thought the amp was well suited with my guitar at first but as I got used to it I started to think it wasn't a well match. Firstly, I don't know if it's just me but It takes forever to find the correct sound for what I'm wanting to play and the tone levels, FX etc are quite limited. The clean channel is okay for practicing but it sounds quite poor for gigging. There isn't much to change with the clean channel unless you attach an FX pedal. Volumes: The amp is just 30 Watts which is a good wattage for practicing at home (maybe even a bit too high! ) and okay for practicing in a band to some extent (I found it a bit too quiet when practicing with a drummer). Definately not loud enough to gig with (unless it was a really small gig say 20 people) but still the drummer issue would arise.
Overall Impression — 5
I'd say this amp is a good amp for practicing with alone at home but not really for in a band and definately not for gigging. If mine was stolen I would not buy it again as it's features are limited and the reliability of mine was obviously poor (I'd feel sorry for whomever stole it).
Reliability & Durability — 4
As I said at the start I bought this amp over a year ago and it has lasted me quite long but a few months ago something wnt wrong. When playing with the amp the volume becomes extremely low (even when turned up full) so I need to kick the amp a bit to get the correct volume but the need to do this is quite often so I end up kicking the amp more than playing the guitar which is quite frustrating. As a result of this I have given up using this amp and has given me doubts about Marshall products (which I have always respected as a high valued brand).
Features — 7
I got this amp well over a year ago and some of the features are quite good such as the knob to change the effects (reverb, delay, chorus and flanger) I play a range of music, rock, punk and metal and I like this amp in particular for the punk rock sound.there are only 2 channel settings (clean and overdrive) and it would be a lot better with a distortion setting or even preset sounds (like the Line 6 series have). There is also a Marshall footpedal that can be purchased seperately, I have never purchased one but I predict it would enrich ones performance whilst playing Live as you could easily Switch between channels without the need to stop playing and pressing the button.