An all-valve Marshall is a schoolboy fantasy, and the MA50C makes it flesh. The Peavey is cleverer, the Randall costs less, and the Fender has the superior clean channel, but this is the perfect choice for firing out Zeppelin riffs and bottom-heavy blues.
The only criticism? Marshall’s claims of ‘modern metal’ aren’t quite delivered on; if you want to sound like Slipknot, you might need to try an additional overdrive pedal.
Pros: Classic Marshall gain, great value.
Cons: Distortion could be heavier.
Buy: Marshall MA50C is currently available from Andertons Music Co., Thomann, Hartnoll Guitars and PMT Online
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