Super Lead 2000 review by Marshall

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Features: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 9.5 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.1 (7 votes)
Marshall: Super Lead 2000

Price paid: £ 280

Purchased from: Trevor Durrant

Sound — 10
I use an Indie Les Paul which cost me a small price of 380 which is a bargai nfor what the guitar can do and the osund is phenomanal through the amp espceically when really start to kick out the rock and blues; the tone is amazing. the amp itself is a birlliant sound and the cab it's sitting on whihc is a 1936 2x12 projects the sound and really drives. The sound itself is very simple, clean, crunch or overdirve with gain switched which mean you can creates a almost synth noise to clean to an ac dc raring distortion and al the channels are in their own friquencys in other words the clean doesnt't distort at high vloumes, it onyl gets better!

Overall Impression — 10
I play rock and blues mostly and this amp is amazing for both, I have been playing over 4 years now and I have never found an amp that maches this. I would defffinantly buy this amp again if it got stolen or lost because it's just so sterdy and has killer sound. I sat down in theshop tried other amplifiers such as Line 6 and Mesa Boogie but this amp just broke the barrier. I don't wish for anything else on this amp, it's vontage and has a wicked sound and if I want effects, I'll buy them, that what the effects loop is for haha!

Reliability & Durability — 10
The amp has never broken on me at all and it has been knoicked about quite a bit. it's a juggernaut what can I say! it will never break and the sound stays immense! the tubes are never breaking, they have lasted longer than tubes should in my opinion and the amo overall is just the best gig worthy amp I've ever come across.

Features — 8
The marshal superleade 2000 150 watt head (now discontinued) was the most popular amplifier releasd by Marshall. With it's Vintage distortion sounds and signiature Marshall tone I can see why. I play mostly Rock, Blues and metal and I can use this amplifier to play all three. The bst thing about the sound isits versatile to play different kinds of music however, it keeps the same signiature tone that you spent 3 days trying to get and the amp is also great for creating your own signiature sound aswell as keeping the Marshall tone. The Amp has two channels, clean which has a crunch button and distortion which has a bass boost Switch along with a dostirtinboost button with 4 way eq. both the channels have sperate reverb dials but both are controlled by the same eq which can cause problems. Because of the master eq, you can't have two different settings which means that whatever your settings for playing clean, will be the settings for distortion which can be an issue if you want a really soft signiature clean tone and then a high end distortion. however in contradiction to this it does mean that your clean will be well mixed with your distortion souds and if your happy with that like I am then you have no worries. The amplifier has about 6 jack inputs/outputs on the back; 2 inputs are for the footswitch one channel for reverb and one for channels. There are three cab outputs; on for a standard 8ohm cab, a jack output for a 16ohm cab and a switchable (between 8 and 16ohms) jack for a second cab. on the back the are also two other jacks for effects loops which should be tsted first before Live playing as running a loop from the guitar to an effects unit then into the input may be better for some effects and may have a completely different sound the the effects loop input. And also the amp has two on switched, one is the master on Switch and the other is a stnadby Switch which is there so that the amp isnt actually on which is good becase the tubes need time to warm up. At the moment I use my amp inside my house and I am able to turn it up to get some serious sound out of it, and I also use it at pub gigs of which I don't even need to turn it up half way as it drives over everything already. The ampplifier uses four large tubes and 4 small tubes through a transformer to give it it's power and tone.

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    Scooped mids never sound good outside of the bedroom. 150 Watts is way too much, but I'm sure it sounds great. I much prefer a Marshall tone to a Mesa.
    bit lame that you dont have control over both channels EQ. I mean, i go for a slightly scooped mid, high treble and bass somewhere in the middle... and then presence up just below treble... but my clean is very middy and i like the presence up high... so this amp really cant do that. and an EQ pedal would mean having to switch channel and turn on the EQ pedal at the same time... Dunno... just dont think its anywhere near as good as my Dual Rectifier... for tone aswell.
    in the picture is the TSL 100. im thinking that is where he got the super lead 2000 since it is a JCM 2000. and it is 100w.
    Slash11214 wrote: wonder why they stopped selling them? they could of made a fortune.
    so that they could eventually make a reissue that costs 5 times as much as their regular production models while costing them the same to actually build them