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MA100H 100W Tube Guitar Amp Head

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Overview

Marshall has always sought to provide outstanding tone to guitarists of every budget, and with the new MA Series, all-tube Marshall tone is now more affordable than ever. The MA100H 100W tube head was carefully designed by Marshall's R&D team using the same basic principles as all Marshall amps—to deliver colorful, dynamic, unmistakable Marshall tube tone in a road-ready package.

Attractive Looks
The aesthetics of the MA100H head have been specially designed to create a look that stands apart from most other Marshall amps, while still retaining the essence of what people have become familiar with for over 45 years. Two orange LEDs illuminate the interior of the unit, highlighting the power tubes. This effect is visible through the fret cloth where the trusty white script logo is mounted onto a solid piece of transparent Perspex.

Tube Power And Tone Simply Executed
The MA100H is powered using the traditional Marshall mainstays of ECC83 double triode tubes in the preamp, and EL34 pentode tubes in the power amp. The layout and controls are kept simple, allowing you to explore unhindered the full potential of the all-tube tone within. The MA100H has separate EQ stages for both the Clean and Overdrive channels so you can optimally adjust each one without compromising the other. An extra benefit has been provided in the form of a tube-driven Boost function on the OD channel giving you, for example, a solo boost with more volume and gain. The amp also contains a spring reverb for use with all channels within the amp.

Intuitive And Practical
The MA100H was designed with the flexible control demanded by today's players in mind, but with a streamlined feature set to keep it cost effective. Whether in your own home or gigging, setting up the sounds and relative levels is very easy. The supplied footswitch assists live performance letting you toggle between settings like Clean to Overdrive, Clean to Boosted Overdrive, and Overdrive to Boosted Overdrive, ensuring maximum versatility.

Extras
Even though the MA range is designed as a no-frills, all-tube guitar amplifier, Marshall included a couple of extra features that allow for even more versatility. In addition to the all-tube preamp and power amp tone, MA amplifiers are equipped with an onboard spring reverb tank for an extra dimension to your sound. With the front-panel level control you can easily dial in how much you need for your own taste. All MA amplifiers are also equipped with a serial external effects loop for guitarists who want to add effects units into their sound. The nominal level of -10dBV is suited to stompboxes primarily, but not exclusively.

Features
  • 100W of all-tube Marshall tone
  • 2 channels
  • 3 ECC83 preamp tubes
  • 4 EL34 power tubes
  • Independent volume and 3-band EQ controls per channel
  • Gain, Crunch, and Balance controls on OD channel
  • Master Presence, Resonance, Reverb controls
  • Spring reverb
  • Serial effects loop
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You Get What You Pay For...

Well, it is what it is - an entry level Marshall tube head. There are wildly different reviews of this amp all over the web...Read complete review

Well, it is what it is - an entry level Marshall tube head. There are wildly different reviews of this amp all over the web �ۡ���� people either love it or hate it, more the latter than the former. I was persuaded into buying this head by a Guitar Center manager (�ۡ��̏It�ۡ���ll have better resale value�ۡ�ݕ�_) and by a review on musicradar.com (five stars). I could have bought a used Peavey JSM or XXX for about a third of the price, but I decided that if my heroes used Marshall�ۡ���s, so would I. Since I�ۡ���ve had this amp for over six months and have experienced the good, the bad and the ugly, I�ۡ���m as qualified as anyone to offer my two cents: Pluses: It is definitely a Marshall �ۡ���� the crunch is there, has great cleans and it�ۡ���s beasty loud. Well built and will take just about any sort of abuse (it survived unscathed through a 150 mile potholed trip in the middle of winter). Features EL-34 tubes and has an effects loop in the back that handles pedals exceedingly well. It looks stunning on stage. Minuses: The big one �ۡ���� horrible distortion, despite your best efforts at fiddling with the balance controls. I�ۡ���m embarrassed to say my Boss ME-70 delivers a better Marshall distortion tone. Want it to come alive? You need to crank it to at least half volume and have it cooking for a while �ۡ���� this is no bedroom amp. You�ۡ���ll also need a quality cabinet like the 1960 slant, not the matching MA412. The foot pedal has only two switches, requiring you to click on the second switch twice to activate the overdrive. Guess that sounds hypocritical as I don�ۡ���t use the distortion on it anymore. Speaking of the foot pedal, if the reverb is turned up too much, the tank tends to rattle through the speakers for a split second when clicking on the switches. The good news: Once I hooked it up to a decent cabinet and quality pedals, it came to life and is truly a beast of a head. I get all sorts of compliments on its incredible clarity and tone, even from soundboard guys who mike expensive boutique amps. I now plan on keeping it for a long time and trust its durability and powerful sound. I just have to keep reminding myself to ignore the distortion issue. One last note: Marshall quietly �ۡ��̏enhanced�ۡ�ݕ�_ the gain in models after May 2010 and jacked the price up by $100.00. Check the back of the head to see when it was built before you buy and definitely give it a test run. Too late for me as I bought a 2009 model and learned about the change a few months after my purchase. Ultimately, you get what you pay for (Marshall-wise that is). While it seems overpriced compared to other brands of heads in this league, hey, it�ۡ���s a Marshall. If you absolutely need that while script logo on your stack but can�ۡ���t fork out the bucks for their higher end heads (or don�ۡ���t trust buying a used one), then go for it. Just be prepared to make an investment in additional equipment to get it to roar.

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I play Gibson guitars through a 100w JCM 900 Hi Gain Dual Reverb on stage. I was looking at purchasing this amp as a backup for live shows. I picked up a gibson at...Read complete review

I play Gibson guitars through a 100w JCM 900 Hi Gain Dual Reverb on stage. I was looking at purchasing this amp as a backup for live shows. I picked up a gibson at a local GC and spent an hour in the store playing this amp trying to get a respectable tone. I never found one. Whether is was clean or distorted he sound was hollow and just didn't have any teeth to it. I am a huge Marshall fan and was very disappointed that Marshall even put their name on this amp. I have played Marshall solid state amps with better tone than this.

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4.0

Don't know what the fuss about. Sounds like a Marshall.

By SCOTT JACKSON

from LA

I procrastinated on purchasing this amp because of the negative reviews on the internet. Finally after testing another amp at home, I decided to trade up and take a chance on the MA100. Now, I did play the MA100 at guitar center and like many other people was not impressed with the distortion/gain level. Sounded muddy and a little Skynyrd. It's okay if thats your preference. I lean a little more towards the metal end... Megadeth, Slayer, still love Maiden. All of the knobs were basically set at 10 at the store, so if you were looking for more gain there was no where to go. I saw a review by someone that said... start with every knob at 12 o'clock and you be able to dail in your tone. I brought the MA home plugged it in and set everything at 12-noon... low and behold within 10 minutes, I had a vintage metal tone. I couldn't put my guitar down for 4 hours. This amp sounds great for metal. If you know how to play guitar, this amp will work for you. I took one star off because the reverb knob doesn't work. It's there, but doesn't seem to have a function, lol. There is no (new)amp on earth in this range that can compete with this amp. And what can you say, it's beautiful.

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4.0

Great for the price, good overall

By Darren Compton

from Jurupa Valley, CA

I'm pretty picky about tones lately, but this Marshall MA100H has a very sweet crunch when you dial it in just right, and it's not subtle. This baby can roar if you make it, without even hitting the Boost button, I was able to come pretty close to early Metallica recordings, ala Seek & Destroy and Fight Fire With Fire, and I didn't even use my pedal board. It's crisp and crunchy. The clean sounds about as expected for a Marshall, which is pristine to my ears, however...and I know I read a review complaining before...the reverb knob doesn't seem to work. I don't know if it's just really subtle of a change that I can't hear it yet, or if it's even hooked up (probably the latter). If this is the only kink in this amp head, I still consider it a good buy for the price (599), I'll just fix it with a Reverb pedal. I don't know if it'll play doom metal, I don't care for those sounds, but if you're aiming for a classic rock and metal, this does the job. From reading some of the reviews, I am under the impression that some seem to be lemons and some seem to be great, so I recommend testing several out in stores rather than online, if you can.

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4.0

MA 100 H head

By Tom Clark

from Austin Texas

I recent traded some vintage gear for a ma100h head. They staff was great to work with and gave a fair price for my old gear. On the Marshall, the clean channel is not loud at all but has great tone if you turn the treble and mid down to 5 and the bass on 10, the crunch channel rattles the window which I would expect from the clean channel too. My only complaint is the clean channel needs more volume and will have to be miked through a PA if playing in a large auditorium or outdoors. I used to have a JCM 900 that was 100 watts but lots louder....

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By Paul Galloway

from Ohio

I play Gibson guitars through a 100w JCM 900 Hi Gain Dual Reverb on stage. I was looking at purchasing this amp as a backup for live shows. I picked up a gibson at a local GC and spent an hour in the store playing this amp trying to get a respectable tone. I never found one. Whether is was clean or distorted he sound was hollow and just didn't have any teeth to it. I am a huge Marshall fan and was very disappointed that Marshall even put their name on this amp. I have played Marshall solid state amps with better tone than this.

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4.0

Great for jazz and blues but thats it

By EMGmikey

from Eugene Or

I have played this amp before and i'm a high gain amp junkie so i thought maybe it was H.G. well its not instead its a very low boutique amp packed with vintage texas blues and jazz tone and a beautiful bright clean tone, it does use tubes but its more of solid state tone at low volume but at high its beautiful. I only have one problem with it and thats its a little too bouncy sound and i like a nice crisp punchy sound but all in all i'd buy it

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4.0

Very good!

By John

from Kennesaw, Ga

This was a very good head, and I was loving it for the eight months that it was playable. One day I was playing and the sound cut off. When we brought it in to a local guitar shop, they couldn't find what the cause was. Now we have to send it into a amp repair shop. Until the time it stopped working, it was fantastic and wouldn't have traded it for anything! Good for playing all types of music. Although, the heaviness was not enjoyed when I brought it around from place to place.

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5.0

Its a good Head

By Donald Pitt

from Fallon / Nevada

I've had this head for 2 years. It�ۡ���s a really good head for the price. The only thing I would suggest to do is to change the tubes in it. Other than that the overdrive is all right if you are going for a AC/DC tone. The head takes pedals very well so you can get just about any tone out of it. The cleans on this head are very very nice. Cleans are the heads strength. The amp need to be turned up over halfway so you can get the tubes hot. Other words this AMP is NOT for the bedroom. I purchased this Head as a back up for my rig and now use it all the time.

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4.0

You Get What You Pay For...

By scooterblue

from Bloomington. Illinois

Well, it is what it is - an entry level Marshall tube head. There are wildly different reviews of this amp all over the web �ۡ���� people either love it or hate it, more the latter than the former. I was persuaded into buying this head by a Guitar Center manager (�ۡ��̏It�ۡ���ll have better resale value�ۡ�ݕ�_) and by a review on musicradar.com (five stars). I could have bought a used Peavey JSM or XXX for about a third of the price, but I decided that if my heroes used Marshall�ۡ���s, so would I. Since I�ۡ���ve had this amp for over six months and have experienced the good, the bad and the ugly, I�ۡ���m as qualified as anyone to offer my two cents: Pluses: It is definitely a Marshall �ۡ���� the crunch is there, has great cleans and it�ۡ���s beasty loud. Well built and will take just about any sort of abuse (it survived unscathed through a 150 mile potholed trip in the middle of winter). Features EL-34 tubes and has an effects loop in the back that handles pedals exceedingly well. It looks stunning on stage. Minuses: The big one �ۡ���� horrible distortion, despite your best efforts at fiddling with the balance controls. I�ۡ���m embarrassed to say my Boss ME-70 delivers a better Marshall distortion tone. Want it to come alive? You need to crank it to at least half volume and have it cooking for a while �ۡ���� this is no bedroom amp. You�ۡ���ll also need a quality cabinet like the 1960 slant, not the matching MA412. The foot pedal has only two switches, requiring you to click on the second switch twice to activate the overdrive. Guess that sounds hypocritical as I don�ۡ���t use the distortion on it anymore. Speaking of the foot pedal, if the reverb is turned up too much, the tank tends to rattle through the speakers for a split second when clicking on the switches. The good news: Once I hooked it up to a decent cabinet and quality pedals, it came to life and is truly a beast of a head. I get all sorts of compliments on its incredible clarity and tone, even from soundboard guys who mike expensive boutique amps. I now plan on keeping it for a long time and trust its durability and powerful sound. I just have to keep reminding myself to ignore the distortion issue. One last note: Marshall quietly �ۡ��̏enhanced�ۡ�ݕ�_ the gain in models after May 2010 and jacked the price up by $100.00. Check the back of the head to see when it was built before you buy and definitely give it a test run. Too late for me as I bought a 2009 model and learned about the change a few months after my purchase. Ultimately, you get what you pay for (Marshall-wise that is). While it seems overpriced compared to other brands of heads in this league, hey, it�ۡ���s a Marshall. If you absolutely need that while script logo on your stack but can�ۡ���t fork out the bucks for their higher end heads (or don�ۡ���t trust buying a used one), then go for it. Just be prepared to make an investment in additional equipment to get it to roar.

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5.0

THIS ROCKS....

By Jimmy

from Webster MA

Don't listen to anyone but me on this matter.... Ive been playing marshall amps my entire life... I have a DSL and a TSL that dont even come close to the MA100 sound. This amp is worth every penny and I intend on buying another... Stick with a 1960 Slant cab and this rig will blow you away.

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2.0

Cheap

By David

from Kitchener, Ontario

I have ordered a H&K Duotone, and when I piked it up, the tubes were burnt and there was no technician around to repair (it was Saturday). I was hoping to use my Duotone at a concert we were having in a couple of hours. I temporary bought this amp because my VISA limit wouldn't let me purchase a Mesa. When I showed up at the concert, I plugged the amp in and no sound came out. It was a lemon. I ended up playing through a Line 6, and it was the worst sound outcome that ever occurred. Don't buy this amp, or a Line 6

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