Quote from "The History of Marshall" by Michael Doyle "[…] Naturally there are many modern Marshalls that can come close to approximating the Bluesbreaker sound but the most surprising one is the old 5005 (Lead 12) solid-state combo so beloved by Billy F Gibbons. He recorded such guitar greats as "My Head's in Mississippi" with this amp, and I am eternally in his debt for bringing it to my attention!."more
This unit has all the profile and character that musisians can feel in a good Marshall amplifier, it is definitely not comparable to those other Marshall premium units, however, it does its own thing: "and it does what it does in an excellent way" [even better than other units of the same range / range]. This is perhaps the most remarkable element: its performance is of good quality. And if you get a good EQ set-up shurly you going to feel like a real rockstar.
I can assure you that it does not project any unique or magic sound as the units that work on a tubes base usually do, but "definitely" does have that lovely roar [apparently due to Mosfet transistors]. Y este sonido se distingue especially using it in a "Clean Crispy" [maybe Vol. 8 / Gain 5, adding "optionally" the frequency range of a smooth Mid Range overdrive stompbox].
I have put it to the test in several musical contexts and it is an excellent ally for a "Protagonic Profile" drawn with a Stratocaster [with shiny strings: Elixir type] equipped with a sort of a Jazzer setting: semi-off tone between 5 and 6, EQ "Lead 12" with medium to full range, low 1/2 and sharp 2/4, using the (ST) medium pickup as a "Principal Tone".
But it also served me with a Les Paul [with hard strings: D'Addario type] some sort of Bluesy setting: bright tone between 9 and 10, EQ “Lead 12” with low range 3/4, medium to 3/4, treble 3/4] using the (LP) Rythm's option as a "Principal Tone".
If you can give yourself the chance to get one, do not hesitate so much. The "Lead 12" is better than many beyond. I name mine "The Reliable".
The only modification that i made on this amp [without being necessary] was to change the original Celestion Speaker on it for another variant of the same brand: "Celestion Seventy 80" just because this ones are more of my personal taste.