Marshall VS102R
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Marshall VS102R

VS102R, Hybrid Combo Guitar Amp from Marshall in the ValveState II series.

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Niktal 06/15/2005

Marshall VS102R : Niktal's user review

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Mixed transistor preamp / lamp (1X ECC83)
2x100W amp (2 Celestion HP)
3 independent channels (clean, OD1, OD2)
An effects loop
1 footswitch (clean / OD + OD1/OD2)
Clean channel: volume / bass / mid / treble + Tone Shift switch to boost the mids
Switch clean / OD
Overdrive 1: gain / volume
Switch OD1/OD2
Overdrive 2: gain / volume / contour
EQ common to both overdrive bass / mid / treble
Power Switch Dimension (simulates "low" volume the sound of the amp volume high)
Switch Effects Loop + level effects loop
Reverb clean
Reverb overdrive

Connectors: Input on the front
Footswitch, In FX, FX Out, headphone jack at the rear + 2 power outputs for HP (one of which are connected the two combo of HP).

UTILIZATION

A fairly standard configuration in short, not complicated, but still offers a good range of sounds. On the clean channel allows the Tone Shift switch to a warmer sound, the OD2 channel contour is easily obtained typical Marshall sound.

SOUNDS

This amp is a Marshall, with a typical sound, but it's still very versatile. The extra HP and larger size (compared to the VS100 or VS100R) really gives an extra depth to the sound: good clean sounds fill the space, the distorted sounds are more body. This is especially nice for very saturated sound (overdrive 2) ...
Personally I use it with an Ibanez RG and already the sound palette suited me well, from blues to metal to funk ... With Digitech Pro GSP21 more to refine it all (chorus + delay + reverb + compession), I got easily the sound I wanted!

OVERALL OPINION

I used it for six years without it I have no problem: it ensures perfect rehearsals, concerts and music "room" (thank you The Power Dimension ";)). And I never had to send it for repair, which is pretty cool: the sound has not moved, no breath, no knobs to crack ...