Price paid: A$ 450
Purchased from: Billy Hyde
Sound — 10
I have three different guitars ranging from a Shecter with brutal pickups to a Fender Strat with Alnico IIIs. I play a wide range of music from soft bluesy Santana to Pink Floyd and am trying to get a handle on some metal stuff including some soloing. The amp if anything is biased towards Rock n Roll and Metal but it can play blues and almost anything else. For the price and value it is awesome.
Overall Impression — 10
My overall impression is that it is an awesome amp. It looks awesome and sounds awesome. I compared this amp in the store with a Marshall MA50C, which was close to double the price. I got the guy in the store to play while I listened. Both us agreed that for Metal there was no discernible difference. I feel there is a strange group of people who love to hate the Marshall MG series of amps. In most cases they are either tube snobs or people who just want to sound cool but wouldn't know tone if it bit them on the nose. Objectively speaking this is a lovely amp. Truthfully I love the my other amps better for certain things but this for others. No amp in my experience does everything, not even a Mesa Boogie but can it help you make great inspirational music and make you and others feel good. Yes it can do so very nicely. If it was stolen I am not sure if I would buy it again. I am not wedded to brands or models just to sound. I would probably compare it to what is in the store at that time and make my decision accordingly.
Reliability & Durability — 9
I have not had the amp for long enough but a Marshall is a Marshall and based on my previous experience with their amps they are built like tanks, maybe not Roland Cube tough but then nothing is.
Features — 10
This amp was made sometime in late 2011 or early 2012. It takes some getting used to but it is ultimately easy to dial in a very wide range of tones. It has four channels, a clean, a crunch, and two types of distortion. A foot switch switches between them. Bass, Mid and Treble knobs allow a wide range of tones to be dialed in. It also has a separate reverb and a delay knob. In addition there is a knob that switches between phaser, flanger and chorus, all of quite usable quality. In addition it has a means of adjusting delay time, there is a master knob and means of storing settings. There is also a tuner, mp3 in and a headphone jack as well as a volume, distortion and master volume control. Last but not least is a switch that enables damping to enable switching between classic and modern amp tones. Of course the amp is solid state but this does not work against it. I use it at home and it is super powerful. For comparison I also have a Jet City 2112RC, an Ibanez Tubescreamer amp and a Marshall MG2FX. For the price the feature list is awesome.