There's a reason Marshall has been the distorted sound of rock and roll for so long. After owning a small solid state Marshall, I wasn't in a rush to get an expensive tube version. Found mine on sale at GC and haven't looked back. Large selection of tones - sparkly cleans, crunchy rhythm, and two explosive lead settings. The independent reverbs are a good feature, as is the effects loop and half power switch. Paired with my Fender Super Sonic, I can't imagine ever needing another amp!
Really good Workhorse amp, and a perfect first gigging amp
I grabbed this head when my main band started becoming a lot more serious (I had been using a Peavey Solid state before this time) and the best thing I can say about it is that it is hard as nails.
It's been gigged with all across the UK, been thrown into vans, stomped on, punched fallen down stairs... you name it - it's probably happened to the old girl. But the thing that made it fail, was a valve blowing and a fuse shorting 4 years after I got it. Easily repairable and will be singing back to life as soon as it gets fixed up and re-valved, but it just shows a testament to how tough these amps are!
The tones are good - not where my ear is now, but perfect for a good heavy rock tone, sits really well in a mix and takes pedals well. Would recommend this as a fantastic amp if you are just getting into Valve's!
This amp can do everything from Surf, to Country, to classic Sabbath-style metal and hit it on the head! The only thing I find it doesn't do best is Thrash metal. For that you need something tighter and with more bite. But that's not a downfall, just a preference.
This Amp is almost everything that I am looking for. Ideally, I wanted a nice crunching Marshall tone with a lot of bite and overdriven with my pedals but what I am having to resort to, is cranking my OD pedal and Distortion and looking at a switcher pedal. ok so what im trying to say is... for me, who is in love with the classic gain Green channel, I would love it if I could get that tone out of the overdrive channel because im going to be honest, its very mudded out and the fact that it shares that EQ is just frustrating but this amp, if you want to use it as a dirty metal core Marshall Bring me the horizon kind of tone that sounds huge... use the green channel on classic gain and overdrive it. It sounds fantastic. If you want to quickly switch to a clean tone, either get another amp head like a fender twin reverb or a champion and do that because im telling you that this amp is fantastic for one thing but its versatility (although it has it) is not its strong suit. That green overdriven crunch channel is though. Supposedly you could use a switcher to just disable your overdrive and other effects quickly and go to your clean, reverb tone... its just that its all fed from the same channel (the green) don't even try to get clean tones out of the ultra gain channel. it aint gonna happen
I've owned one several months now, got it used in near Mint condition. Sounds great overall, nothing bad to say. I had bought it for the overdrive but now I'm in love with the clean setting. I went with this model after learning on a small marsh combo and then graduating to a Valvestate AVT. This all tube upgrade is based on the JCM 2000 series. Anyway check it out, it's killer.
P.s.- This thing is crazy loud. I believe it is the loudest amp I've ever owned, I have not gone over 5-6 on the gain channels.