Marshall MA100H 100W Tube Guitar Amp Head Black 886830319228

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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... Click To Read More About This Product

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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
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
5 year parts/ 3 year labor warranty.


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3.9

(based on 37 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

71%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (6)
  • Good power output (6)
  • Warm / comfy (6)
  • Excellent sound (5)
  • Portable (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (7)
  • Outdoor events / games (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (4), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not what I expected!

OK here goes...When I first purchased the MA 100H I was excited to see an affordable Marshall stack. I got it home, plugged it in with my effects board and it sounded...Read complete review

OK here goes...When I first purchased the MA 100H I was excited to see an affordable Marshall stack. I got it home, plugged it in with my effects board and it sounded great through the MA 412 cabinet with 4 Eminence 75 watt speakers. I was able to dial in a nice tube tone and response. I usually do like the warmer sound of a reverb tank but since I don't use much reverb, I wasn't aware at first that it was not working at all. Then I read some reviews and others said the reverb was out on theirs. I needed an amp so I called MF who were great! I bought yet another MA 100h and received a return shipping label for the first. A week later I received it and once again, NO REVERB! It also came to my attention that the interior yellow LED's were out. SO I GAVE UP! I sent them both back and got the Marshall DSL 100H instead...judging from the reviews, this should be a great improvement...I hope.

I guess my gripe is that Marshall should have much better quality control and even for the discounted cost of these amplifiers, they should not have so many defects! Come on Marshall!

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1.0

who designed that error ??? Marshall Ma serie

By mad

from belgium

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Easy To Use

Cons

  • crapy tone
  • impossible to set the tone
  • ineffective effect loop
  • Limited Functions
  • mistake in design
  • Poor Sound Quality
  • Weak

Best Uses

  • none

i have completely mod that stuff... now, there is at last one Marshall MA whith a good sound !

 
5.0

Outstanding amp!

By Frugone

from Los Angeles, CA.

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Powerful
  • Really Loud

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    One of the best powerful amps you can get at this range price. Around $1200

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Awesome amp for the price! Legit!

    By Stanley Roche

    from East Cupcake, Peru

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Portable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Performances

      I do not know what the folks who gave this beast a bad review were looking for! but this thing exceeded my expectations and I own a JCM800 & JCM900! I put it through its paces!The one thing I would say is the output is more like a 50 watt head does not put the power out that My JCM900 does however unless you are playing a huge venue this is better, easier to overdrive the dirty channel! I picked this up on a deal on store return on a Awesome deal!

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      The Real Deal!!!

      By DRS

      from Rosamond, CA

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

      • heavy

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      After playing for 38 years I finally took the tube plunge. I am never looking back. Can't understand why I didn't do this sooner. My Digitech RP350 will become a closet Queen.

      I am using an original cry baby with it. I may add an analog delay and a chorus. But whatever I do will be old school, not digital.

      This has rekindled my fire to play.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      MA100H 100W Tube Guitar Amp Head

      By Strongarm

      from Dothan, AL

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

      • Poor Sound Quality

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Performances

      So I have played this a little (enough to break in the tubes and speakers on the cabinet, I think), and it still has my McCarty sounding like tin. I have taken the treble completely out and it is still way bright. Also when you switch channels it works fine but if you step on the boost switch the sound "blinks." It IS pretty loud, however. Hoping it will wear in a little more and sound better...

       
      1.0

      Not what I expected!

      By Frankie Lee

      from Jersey Shore

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Warmth
      • Powerful

      Cons

      • Difficult To Use
      • Limited Functions
      • Weak

      Best Uses

      • Performances

      OK here goes...When I first purchased the MA 100H I was excited to see an affordable Marshall stack. I got it home, plugged it in with my effects board and it sounded great through the MA 412 cabinet with 4 Eminence 75 watt speakers. I was able to dial in a nice tube tone and response. I usually do like the warmer sound of a reverb tank but since I don't use much reverb, I wasn't aware at first that it was not working at all. Then I read some reviews and others said the reverb was out on theirs. I needed an amp so I called MF who were great! I bought yet another MA 100h and received a return shipping label for the first. A week later I received it and once again, NO REVERB! It also came to my attention that the interior yellow LED's were out. SO I GAVE UP! I sent them both back and got the Marshall DSL 100H instead...judging from the reviews, this should be a great improvement...I hope.

      I guess my gripe is that Marshall should have much better quality control and even for the discounted cost of these amplifiers, they should not have so many defects! Come on Marshall!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Honest Review

      By Frankie Lee

      from Jersey Shore

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Powerful
      • Real Marshall Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Performances

        Okay, I have been monitoring all web sites for deals on Marshall Amplification. As a professional for many years, the tone I get out of my amp is as important as the player. I don't understand the critics of this amp. Once set correctly, It sounds amazing! Granted, the build and quality of the material is not as high as the British Equipment, but the amp is hot! Set it up, turn it up and it's pure Marshall Stack Power!

        (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Really like this amp

        By The bass player-A34CV

        from Paul, Idaho

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth
        • Portable
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Performances

          I bought mine used because the price was too good to walk away from. I have only had the amp about 3 weeks but I think for the price this is a great amp. I have a vintage fender tweed and a hot rod deluxe but I was wanting a good British sounding amp so I decided to try the MA series. I am impressed. It responds well to pick attack and the volume control on the guitar. I really like the clean channel cranked up a bit and the sound in the distortion channel is really quite good for an amp in this price range. Sounds very classic Marshall.

           
          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.

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          exactly what you want out of a marshall, minus a bit of gain

          By scott rhodes

          from WV

          it's right on the money when it comes to great tone, crunch, and sustain. i would only like a little more gain into the mix, easily fixed with a boss blues driver
          simple and to the point
          smooth

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