MS-2 review by Marshall

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  • Features: 10
  • Sound: 5
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Overall Impression: 5
  • Reviewer's score: 7.3 Good
  • Users' score: 6.9 (85 votes)
Marshall: MS-2
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Purchased from: JB-HI-FI

Features — 10
So this is obviously a very straight forward amplifier; it's small (tiny in fact), it has 3 knobs, and it has a belt buckle so that you can walk around and play (very practical indeed)! As you'd expect from a Marshall amplifier, it has a black casing with a gold strip where the knobs go. Also, the 3 knobs are as follows; the volume switch, the tone switch, and the off/on/overdrive switch. This is exactly what you'd expect if you were to picture a Marshall stack, but a pocket-size version, so honestly there's nothing really bad to say about this.

Sound — 5
As far as Marshall's go, to be perfectly honest, it's very average. The tone is there, although it's just not up to scratch. What you'll be expecting from this amp is a tone that is pure Marshall, just without the purity in the gain. The clean channel sounds decent enough, and is just what you'd expect from an amp of this size. The overdrive however is just pretty average. Take what your standard cheap 10 watt high-gain amplifier, and imagine it being 1 watt. That's what this amp is. Also volume-wise, crank this thing up to 10 and you'll hardly be getting any noise complaints in your household.

Reliability & Durability — 9
Now this is an interesting one. In terms of battery life, this thing seems to run through battery after battery. However its durability probably saves this amp all-together. This amp was built to be thrown around and chucked into your backpack to go and jam with your mate. My suggestion is, always bring a spare battery with you when taking this amp out, because you never know when it's going to fail. And trust me, when this thing is on low battery, it is the most distorted (not in a good way) thing you're likely to ever hear.

Overall Impression — 5
Overall, I'd have to say that I don't think this is worth buying. I personally have found much better amps within this price range, with an example being a little cigarette box-amp which cost me $30 and has much better tone and battery-life (up to 6 months). So if you're thinking on buying this just because of the brand name, be my guest, but if you're buying this for the tone and durability, there are much better amps out there. You just have to keep an eye out. So as a whole, I'd say only buy this amp if you're looking for a Marshall and you want to show off this cool-looking thing to your friends.

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