Submitted June 10, 2003 by a customer from aol.com
"If you need and are into solid amplification read this one!"
i'm keeping this one...would like to have another...i do have a '61 fender deluxe (it came w/ a '61 jazzmaster)...if this one burns out i would grab a 2203 reissue in a heart beat. I did buy it new as it fit the music that I was playing, it did and continues to meet my needs and goals. I read up and had used a 2203 before i bought one so i was up on it. the plastic cracking is what i least like about it!
I have owned a 2203 for years matched to an 'A' Marshall cabinet. You have total control over the low and top end ranges of tones. Sound is consistent no matter what volume you are at. I have found this amp's sound to flexible and performs whether you are playing hard rock, blues or whatever and accommodates wide ranges of different playing styles, definately fit's mine. If you are into simple but yet solid amplification w/out all of the gadgets crammed in a head this one's for you! I drive a cry baby wha pedal,lexicon digital delay and mxr EQ through it in certain circumstances and haven't ever needed anything else. I used it mostly live and have spiked it through a tascam 424mkII home studio w/ good results. I wouldn't change it!
Came w/ the 'a' slant cabinet. The master vol control is the most useful feature...ohms switch doesn't get used much. No other features missing on this head. There are other Marshall heads out there w/ the other goodies packed in if you want and need it. If you like solid amplification and marshall sound this head's for you!
While I am very careful and respect all of my gear this amp has been moved a great deal. It has taken a pounding and has been driven at 10 more often than not. It has stress cracks on the top plastic vent grill and on the handle lugs. Other than normal servicing tubes, etc,..it has been very dependable. I bought it new in '82 and other than the plastic cracking I would say this amp has held up very well and you could not guess it's age by looking at it, goes for the cabinet also. Absolutely no show of wear, breakage on this piece!
Never had to deal w/ the factory or service folks.... have never had too! only m/a servicing done through local music shop. I rate a 10 because of my experience w/ the gear and would bet that the service would be on same level..
The Wow Factor
Hey, it's been the most televised amp in history, been on more stages across the world and I have only heard an amp called out by a chick, by name and it was a marshall! I never was big on the white or red head's (marshall heads that is) but the blackish grey finish is right in there. I think the big white marshall logo has always been an eye catcher!
BIG TIME Zepplin, UFO, Heart, Floyd, Black Sabbath, Ted Nugent ROCK!!!!!!!!!!
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