Full-featured, affordable, all-valve amp line delivers authentic Marshall sound
(Press Release | Posted 2009-10-19)
MELVILLE, NY, October 19, 2009 — Marshall Amplification is proud to introduce its all-new MA Series guitar amplifiers. At a budget-conscious price point, they offer entry into the realm of all-valve amplification. True to form, the MA Series amps are dressed in the traditional Marshall black and gold, and emblazoned with the white Marshall logo. While accessible to all, the MA Series amps are far from stripped down.
Each of the two channels – Clean and Overdrive – features independent volume control and its own three-band EQ for serious tone shaping. The Overdrive Channel is equipped with an additional Gain knob, a Boost switch, and Crunch Balance knob. The Gain knob adds an additional level of gain staging, providing the classic Marshall crunch sound. Engaging the Boost switch delivers a mean Marshall grind for effortless soloing or powerful metal riffing. The Crunch Balance knob sets the level difference between the Overdrive and Boost levels, effectively yielding a three-channel sound. An included footswitch allows switching between the current channel settings.
The addition of Presence and Resonance controls in the Master section provides an extra dimension of overall tonal control with a wide range of sound shadings. A select spring reverb is built in; the depth of the Reverb effect is also controlled in the Master section.
The power amp stage features either two (50-Watt models) or four (100-Watt models) EL34 pentode valves (tubes); the preamp stage uses three ECC83 (12AX7) dual triode valves. This tried-and-true combination provides the player with the authentic, heavy Marshall sound.
The rear panel offers Serial FX Loop In and Out jacks as well as both 8-Ohm and 16-Ohm speaker outputs. The included footswitch also connects via the real panel.
The Marshall MA Series guitar amplifiers will be available in late fall 2009. Individual models and pricing are as follows:
MA50H 50-Watt Amplifier Head MSRP: $950.00
MA50C 50-Watt Combo Amplifier MSRP: $1000.00
MA100H 100-Watt Amplifier Head MSRP: $1100.00
MA100C 100-Watt Combo Amplifier MSRP: $1250.00