Marshall 3203 Artist 30 [1984-1991]
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Marshall 3203 Artist 30 [1984-1991]

3203 Artist 30 [1984-1991], Tube Guitar Amp Head from Marshall in the Artist series.

Frais_d 02/21/2013

Marshall 3203 Artist 30 [1984-1991] : Frais_d's user review

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Relatively unknown model, it was the catalog of the series Jcm 800.
it was manufactured from 1984 to 1989.

amp "hybrid" with a 12AX7 and two EL34 (Pramp transistor and power amp tube.
The size of the head is between a jcm 800/900 and a classic handwired.

30 wats, 2 channels, a clear a saturated reverb.

On the rear panel: effects loop, line out, 2 Hp output, impedance selector 4 or 8 ohms;

UTILIZATION

Configuration simple. Attention footswitch for channel change required

SOUNDS

This amp is clearly not unique. A big lack of dynamics, many of breath. The effects loop is easily exploitable. I tried with different preamp (POD, tube preamps, etc ...) and this is where his only interest: only use the power of the amp and bypass the preamp. But the amp blowing a lot even in its light, the result is not epoustouflant.

OVERALL OPINION

I kept this amp 5 years, I sold months ago qq AFien for a pittance in the € 200 below the coast. I now have a true ALL lamps, and it is night and day. I believe this amp was definitely not worth more than its side on the second hand market, given what is now as little amps lamps in all different brands.