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Marshall 8080 Valvestate 80V
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Marshall 8080 Valvestate 80V

Hybrid Combo Guitar Amp from Marshall belonging to the ValveState I series.

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« Marshall offers a dynamic and seduction »

Published on 05/04/13 at 02:17
This is a hybrid amp. The clean part is controlled by transistors and saturated by a 12AX7 tube channel. It is 80 watts very present delivered by good old Marshall. I say "good" because we will see after it has everything to make.

Independent settings are provided for the clean part and others to the saturated part (low, treble, mid). We surcharge adjustment for reverb, presence but also a setting &#39;outline&#39; for emphasis mediums.

Regarding the saturated channel, there is a choice between option OD1 and OD2.

Note the presence of an effects loop with the ability to adjust the volume.

So far, this is complete and there is something to tweak &#39;VERY EASILY&#39; its settings.

UTILIZATION

Setup is simple. In my opinion, there is not need the manual. we obtain easily the sound settings with low, mid and treble.
For me the important part is the level adjustment presence where there how aggressive you choose. But above all, it is the &#39;Contour&#39; button which will give the final touch. It plays on the presence of mediums, opting to treble or bass. This is really a setting that gives the amplitude to the sound of the amp.
So that I found very quickly (my) right settings and I sincerely believe that all of these settings allow you to offer a wide range of sounds depending on whether you want to play the blues or address registers more aggressive.

SOUNDS

Again, when choosing a Marshall, you accept the fact that it is one of those amps that have a very typical sound.
I do not address here the problem of versatility as the dexterity of some guitarists can play all styles of music with any amp.
But it is true, a Marshall is done to address the rocks and logs everything that is so rich in general sustain and gain.

It should not be here to have a complex amp transistor (hybrid here) compared to a tube amp. Sometimes, a good transistor amp surpass a mediocre amp lamps.
It must be recognized that Marshall has amazed me by its dynamism and sound. A clean sound probably average, but perfectly acceptable with a Strat. Regarding the saturated part. I love it. I use here the more likely option OD2 (the OD1 section provides a nice crunch, but OD2 and playing with the volume knob, I prefer).

I&#39;m not a fan of pedals and other effects pedals and here, I can confirm that if you want an amp with this simplicity that everyone dreams of having, and plays the guitar is plugged, and although this amp plays a great role in this.

And nothing prevents to put a little chorus or delay in the loop to refine the sound.

And as mentioned above, the settings are complete and there is something easily find the right settings. For me it is almost entirely 6 (low, mid and treble), gain between 2/3 and 3/4 as appropriate, and outline 3/4 (but here are my settings).

A saturation that is not necessarily with all tube amps that are not &#39;high gain is obtained. This means that the gain and distortion makes no effort to attack all well pêchus registers (can not be metal, huh).

Finally, this amp accepts carefree good distortion pedal on the clean channel. Marshall grain is still present if we take care to put it a foot remaining neutral.

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for very long. I try, in the description of this amp to be as objective as possible, having compared to other Marshall tube and next to which he did not blush, far from it.
You can you afford beautiful little scenes (the sound is generally the rest when an SM 57 before we met).
I love this amp for its convenience, simplicity and generosity in the rendering of sound.
Where it should be goal is to always take into consideration the combination of amp and guitar. Critics of an amp are testing it with several guitars. What I actually did.
What makes me say that even though this amp is not a Fender Strat with a, we get very good cleans. In contrast, good saturated saturations are not obtained with microphones low level of output. Thus, with good microphones, a SG or a LP (I do no favors by brand!), This amp ensures a level of gain and sustain really stunning.

Also, it is repeated, it is often referred to knobs that sizzle in Marshall etc, etc ...

Like any instrument which is aging more, a minimum of care and regular maintenance is required.
I can assure you that after all these years, no knob has been replaced or sizzling. When the amp was not heckled wildly or stored in a damp place.

This is an amp that can easily make you go back to the 90s with sounds both vintage but with a nice touch of dynamism.

I love Marshall, all models. There has not been, for me, good or bad. They were all different, with different qualities and orientations. Some do not like the JCM 800 but prefer the JCM 900 (and vice versa). It depends on what you want to do with his amp.

For my part, this Marshall Valvestate 8080 also allowed me to not have to turn a tube amp for a few minutes or a few times in small places. And then you can play with and make virtually saturate muted (this is significant, have the dynamism without becoming deaf).

I remake that choice without hesitation, and that reassures me is that we are still in very good working condition, at ridiculous prices.
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