Marshall 4001 Studio 15 [1985-1992]
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Marshall 4001 Studio 15 [1985-1992]

4001 Studio 15 [1985-1992], Tube Combo Guitar Amp from Marshall in the JCM800 series.

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JessB 06/04/2013

Marshall 4001 Studio 15 [1985-1992] : JessB's user review

« A pocket JCM800 »
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Single-channel 15W amp
Tubes: 2 x 6V6GT for the power stage and 2 x ECC83 /12AX7 for the preamp.
Speaker: Marshall Celestion Vintage 30 (12 inches) 60W / 8Ohms, specially developed for this combo.
Gain, treble, middle, bass, output level controls.
Switches: standby/power
1w and 2w modes
Balanced direct XLR output

USE

The amp is easy to use, you get a good sound right away. The middle control is somewhat special since it allows you to change the amp's tone.

SOUND

This amp has a very nice clean sound and a JCM800-like distortion, even if the distortion is a bit less "brutal" than that of its 50w and 100w siblings.
You can get lots of different crunch sounds, despite the few controls available.
An amp conceived for rock, blues, punk, hard rock.

OVERALL OPINION

I switched from a 100W JCM800 to this amp a year ago and I don't regret it, because like every good tube amp you really need to crank up the volume, at least to 12 o'clock, to get a pure sound (which was impossible with the 100w). This combo can really be driven.
This amp is more than enough to play in a pub, unless you only play clean sounds (it crunches as soon as you drive it). Personally, I'm not a fan of the attenuator, which chokes sound a bit, I prefer to increase the gain and lower the volume.
Is it the ideal amp? Yes, in 95% of the cases, I only miss my big JCM800 in large venues (but I don't play such venues frequently), because the projection of a X4 cab is in a whole different league.
Anyway, I intend to keep this amp, it follows me everywhere;-)