Marlboro Sound Works G-50R

G-50R, Solid-State Combo Guitar Amp from Marlboro Sound Works.

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loran64 01/24/2016

Marlboro Sound Works G-50R : loran64's user review

« Excellent »

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Value For Money : Excellent Audience: Anyone
A 50W solid state combo, made in the USA between 1970 and 1980.
Three ins: bright/normal/mellow.
Controls: volume, bass, treble, reverb, effect setting, tremolo/vibrato/echo effect.
On/off switch.
Spring reverb.
2x12" USA-made Marlboro Sound Works Special Design speakers.
A jack and knob at the back. Not sure if it's an in or out, the label mentions 60W.
The cab is open-back. Dimensions are 70x45x25 cm (28x18x10"). Looks well in spite of its age: the tolex is in a good condition, the speaker's protection is perfect, nothing is missing and it works perfect. It all smells of vintage quality.

Once plugged in, it's a real surprise! It only has a clean channel, but what a clean sound! Really impressive for solid state. All settings at 12:00, it sounds roots, the lows and trebles are here and well balanced with a nive vintage touch. The Bass and Treble settings are efficient ans allow to vary the resulting sounds. The reverb is beautiful. Works well for pop/blues/"light" rock.

For overdriven sounds, I use two stompboxes in the front: a, Eagleton Mojito and an MXR GT-OD. It sounds really good, from crunch to a powerful overdrive it remains clear and defined, always accurate with the same round sound you get in clean mode, the speakers seem really great. I almost don't use the effects at all, but they don't seem too bad - better than those on a Vox VT15 at least. I also use a bass with it and it sounds correct.

I purchased it from a pawnshop for €60 and I don't regret it. I own several full-tube amps, and even though I remain a tube addict I like this combo very much. Easy to use, good-looking and -sounding. It's the onlt solid state amp that I use.

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