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Clear natural sound and the power to perform.

This Marshall AS100D Acoustic Combo Amp is the one to have. Specially designed for use with a variety of acoustic instruments with or without pickups. Its four channels give you the flexibility to handle piezo transducers or magnetic pickups, a mic for vocals or instruments, and external audio equipment via a phono input channel. Channels 1 and 2 have separate EQ and level controls but also may be linked. 2x50W stereo power gives you plenty of oomph for stage performance, and a balanced line out allows direct connection to a PA. The Marshall amp has a built-in digital reverb, delay, and chorus that add dimension to your sound, and a balanced parallel effects loop with level is included. Anti-feedback controls include a phase switch and notch filters for each channel with selectable extra notch depth for channels 1 and 2.

FEATURES
  • Channels for both piezo and magnetic pickups
  • 2x50W of power
  • 2 - 8" speakers
  • Built-in digital reverb, delay, and chorus
  • Notch filters and phase switches for feedback control
  • Dedicated mic channel for vocals or miking instruments
SPECIFICATIONS

AS100D 2x8 Acoustic Combo Amp

  • 23-3/4"W x 21-1/4"H x 10-1/4"D (600 x 540 x 261mm)
    46 lb. (21kg)
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MarshallAS100D 2x8 Acoustic Combo Amp
 
4.7

(based on 46 reviews)

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    (36)

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (14)
  • Good power output (9)
  • Warm / comfy (9)
  • Easy to use (7)
  • Portable (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (11)
  • Performances (10)
  • Outdoor events / games (9)
  • Professional recording (4)
  • Amateur recording (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Versatile and Well-Designed Acoustic Amp

The Marshall AS100D acoustic soloist amplifier is a very versatile and finely crafted piece of equipment. Instead of simply listing and commenting on its many features, I would like to focus on my experience...Read complete review

The Marshall AS100D acoustic soloist amplifier is a very versatile and finely crafted piece of equipment. Instead of simply listing and commenting on its many features, I would like to focus on my experience with the amp and some of its attributes. On occasion, I will compare it to the new Fender Acoustasonic 150 stereo amp, which I considered and tested before purchasing the Marshall. In general, the AS100D is exceptional as an acoustic instrument amp. It seems like the engineers at Marshall really put some thought into the design of this amp. It's very versatile and seems to accommodate just about any acoustic instrument scenario. I play several acoustic guitars through it (Taylor, Alvarez-Yairi, Takamine), and each sounds spectacular. Likewise, the vocal channel is clear and sounds great. I run my live vocals through a Shure SM58 microphone. In the past, I used two old Fender Acoustasonic SFX amps in a stereo rig setup. They sounded great, but weighed a ton and had no direct-out capabilities. Ultimately, I sold both Fenders and bought a compact Yamaha PA system. To increase the quality and versatility of my sound, I decided to supplement the PA with an acoustic amp. As forementioned, I tested both the new Fender Acoustasonic 150 and the Marshall AS100D, ultimately purchasing the latter. Although the AS100D has very clear and usable stock effects (reverbs, delays, etc.), some users may require external effects for more control and versatility. This leads to my main point. One of the great features of this amp is the stereo FX loop. Compared to the new Fender Acoustasonic stereo 150, the AS100D has both right and left stereo return inputs, whereas the Fender only has one stereo input that requires a "Y" adapter. The Marshall also has a level control for the FX loop, which is very handy for adjusting the signal running through the loop. In addition to its primary use as an acoustic instrument amp, I have found that the AS100D, with its stereo capabilities, also sounds absolutely stunning with an electric guitar when running a quality signal processor through its FX stereo loop. The AS100D has pristine clean amplification, and this really complements the signal processor and amp simulations. I own and have used both a Line 6 POD XT Pro rack system and a Digitech RP500 with this amp with good results. Of course, when using an electric guitar and effects processor through any acoustic amp or PA, careful attention must be paid to equalization for best results. The AS100D is no exception, but what surprised me is that it doesn't require extreme tonal adjustments. I will, however, state that I am not a heavy metal guitar player, and would guess the amp would not be ideal for that style of playing where high gain and creative feedback is needed. But for classic rock and clean settings, it sounds wonderful. Amp simulations I have used with good results on the AS100D include the following: Fender Twin Reverb, Fender Bassman, Vox AC30/15, Supro, Marshall (early), and boutique clean models. My criticisms? The amp is somewhat heavy (47 lbs), but it's such a versatile and beautiful piece of equipment, I don't mind the weight. The Acoustasonic 150 is half the weight, but just doesn't feel solid. In fact, it felt a bit flimsy. I am disappointed that Marshall doesn't offer a custom cover. Some reviewers voiced disappointment over the 15V (as opposed to 48V) phantom power, but I had no problem in my limited use of condenser microphones with the amp. I guess one would need to test out any condenser microphone before buying. In conclusion, the Marshall AS100D is a solid, great-sounding amp for acoustic instrument and voice amplification. It also doubles as a stereo system for electric guitars.
Expensive, but I believe it is worth the extra money for its quality and versatility.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

I like it but I'm still scratching my head.

It's a good amp. Fits the hype? Eh, mostly sort of. For a modern amp to be designed without MP-3 Mini jacks on the aux. And no USB on the outputs...Read complete review

It's a good amp. Fits the hype? Eh, mostly sort of. For a modern amp to be designed without MP-3 Mini jacks on the aux. And no USB on the outputs seems lazy. It kind of out dates the amp quickly. I like an amp I'll find useful 'longer' thus having the Marshall brand connected to that additional image of being a TOTAL keeper. The more YOU play it, the more others get a demo of it and want one. Instead of thinking well, it's nice but I wish it had a few basic plugs for commonly used equipment. Maybe I'll look into something else when that becomes an issue and I can kick it aside until one day I sell it because it's not as useful or portable as the new one is.
I've had friends complain about speaker replacement from gigging - not me personally. But it does worry me when it's my turn.
You cannot subtly mix effects - one at a time. Not a big deal at all, but would be a plus to combine a couple. My biggest problem is them going to the effort to make a 4 channel amp and when you use the reverb, chorus or any effect, It's shared with ALL the other channels also, ...vocals included! it's a nice sounding amp that would be immensely more useful with 3 simple options included instead of stopping short of greatness, as I feel it did. Perhaps I should've waited in case it was left behind intentionally to be included in the newer improved models later? :-p You can always use stomp boxes, but I like the idea of using the 'built in' effects in a combo amp. I realize it's more expensive to have at least two channel with separate effects. But it's about usage and versatility too, not just cost. Yes,.. it would trickle down to the customer but it would also be an equal selling point for the amp, especially to performers. It can be a difficult balance to maintain in a product with so much to consider, but in this case it makes me wonder if the designer was a bit out of touch - at least with the jack issues. Still a good amp though.

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4.0

You will be hard pressed to beat the sound out of this amp.

By 10before15

from Houston

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Marshall AS100D 2x8 Acoustic Combo Amp:

    This amp sounds amazing. Whether it be my Martin guitar or my Sure 55 mic, this amp just gets it done. Now, I only gave it 4 stars because of some initial quality issues. When I received the amp the gold end caps on all the knobs came off and had to be glued back on.

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    I like it but I'm still scratching my head.

    By Geeves

    from Portland OR

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth

    Cons

    • Limited Functions

    Best Uses

      Comments about Marshall AS100D 2x8 Acoustic Combo Amp:

      It's a good amp. Fits the hype? Eh, mostly sort of. For a modern amp to be designed without MP-3 Mini jacks on the aux. And no USB on the outputs seems lazy. It kind of out dates the amp quickly. I like an amp I'll find useful 'longer' thus having the Marshall brand connected to that additional image of being a TOTAL keeper. The more YOU play it, the more others get a demo of it and want one. Instead of thinking well, it's nice but I wish it had a few basic plugs for commonly used equipment. Maybe I'll look into something else when that becomes an issue and I can kick it aside until one day I sell it because it's not as useful or portable as the new one is.
      I've had friends complain about speaker replacement from gigging - not me personally. But it does worry me when it's my turn.
      You cannot subtly mix effects - one at a time. Not a big deal at all, but would be a plus to combine a couple. My biggest problem is them going to the effort to make a 4 channel amp and when you use the reverb, chorus or any effect, It's shared with ALL the other channels also, ...vocals included! it's a nice sounding amp that would be immensely more useful with 3 simple options included instead of stopping short of greatness, as I feel it did. Perhaps I should've waited in case it was left behind intentionally to be included in the newer improved models later? :-p You can always use stomp boxes, but I like the idea of using the 'built in' effects in a combo amp. I realize it's more expensive to have at least two channel with separate effects. But it's about usage and versatility too, not just cost. Yes,.. it would trickle down to the customer but it would also be an equal selling point for the amp, especially to performers. It can be a difficult balance to maintain in a product with so much to consider, but in this case it makes me wonder if the designer was a bit out of touch - at least with the jack issues. Still a good amp though.

       
      5.0

      Excellent amp! A little heavy but the sound is worth it.

      By Mazzarati

      from Johns Island, SC

      About Me Experienced

      Ask me a question

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Marshall AS100D 2x8 Acoustic Combo Amp:

        I use this amp in my home studio and small performances.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great Amp, horrible customer service from MF

        By Troy

        from Ny

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth
        • Powerful

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Home Studio

        Comments about Marshall AS100D 2x8 Acoustic Combo Amp:

        First off I would rate this amp 5 stars if my overall experience ended up better with Musicians Friend customer service....it didn't. I took a chance and ordered this amp "open box" Level 2...blemished. From what I could see from the picture (it was actual pic of amp instead of stock pic from marshall) there was 1 or 2 tolex tears..nothing besides that seemed wrong or was stated in text or description. When I received the amp a few days later it was really messed up cracked plastic supports, tears and scratches galore, cracks through cabinet..and the worst part NO POWER CABLE!?! I was astounded that MF would send me a amp with no power cable..how can you even try it out? Customer service told me sometimes with open box items they might be missing equipment...but a power cord? Couldn't you have let me know so I could have had one coming? Even though Level 2 items carry a full manufactures warranty from Marshall, i was quickly stopped in saying this void warranty. The sound of the amp was quite good, however amp was too beat to keep. I will be returning this one...hope this won't be the straw to break my back with MF.

         
        5.0

        AS100D

        By none

        from Charlotte n c

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Excellent Sound
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about Marshall AS100D 2x8 Acoustic Combo Amp:

          Marshall hit the nail on the head with this one...best acoustic sound I have ever heard.

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Amp

          By JN

          from Pasco, Washington

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Excellent Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Events

            Comments about Marshall AS100D 2x8 Acoustic Combo Amp:

            My 9 y/o son who has been playing for 4 years plays like a professional now and his acoustic playing on both his Taylor & Martin Guitars sound great on this amp.

            (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Versitile!

            By Disciple Aaron

            from Pennsylvania

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Portable
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Marshall AS100D 2x8 Acoustic Combo Amp:

              First the negatives -- input/output sections. Hey guys -- RCA jacks on the aux in? Really? MP3 players use mini jacks. Add one! Carrying around a collection of adapters is sorta asking for something essential to be left behind. As for outputs -- really guys? Have you heard of USB? ADD ONE! Beyond those two negatives this amp is a smash hit, for reasons explained below.

              I've been in music since S & H Green Stamps got my first guitar from Montgomery Wards. In this case, I wanted an all-in-one. Here's how it's being used.

              Ministry: For a home fellowship, we wanted multiple inputs (piano/organ, microphone, guitar & MP3 player). Done. For a small meeting room, this nails it. Preacher on the mic, pianist, or canned music with plenty of headroom in other channels. Sound is top-shelf. As for music quality-- every frequency right where it is needed. Put a second mic up there for audience questions/participation, and route the audio output over into the video recording computer (Wirecast)and you can do live streaming. (Just figure out how to get the 1/4" outs into USB.)

              Education: Direct out from laptop into amp (just remember the RCA adapter) and the sound is perfect. USB the laptop to a projector and you are in biz for up to 100 people, no problem. High-end Sennheiser microphone on the lecturer, and the vocal-speaking voice sound is outstanding.

              Music Instruction: plug in two pianos or guitars at once, you have an instant music school. Two mics, give vocal lessons. No more lugging around pairs (or more) of amplifiers or PA. Add a small mixer that actually HAS flexibility with more ins/outs, and no doubt this is a serious tool for more advanced recording applications.

              One-man-band: MP3 player into aux in, and split the signal of the double-neck guitar to a pair of floor effects units. Run the 12 string side into a Boss acoustic modeling gadget, and route that output into one of the instrument inputs. Run the 6 string side into a floor multi-effect switch bank, and route that into a second instrument input channel. Hot, mellow, crunch or whatever, nailed it! (Vocals get their own channel as well, and you are in biz for small venues or rehersals.)

              Summary: I rate it a solid 4.75 stars, missing the last 1/2 star only because someone forgot modernisms of USB and Mini in/out. If you can make the AS100D 2.0 model, PLEASE add those essential ingredients!!! Otherwise, recommend people pick up a mixer as a side-bar, just to get the hot signal into other gear (computer mainly).

              This is light years ahead of a mere "acoustic amp." The sound quality of this Marshall trumps numerous other items costing far more, including full mini PA rigs. This IS a PA system, in addition to many other possible applications. Being almost self contained (with a side case of adapter gadgets), there isn't much on the small scale you can't do with it. Worth every penny, particularly when you need to switch gears depending on what day of the week it is.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              GOOD STUFF !

              By JUMPIN JACK JACK !

              from PARMA OHIO

              About Me Experienced

              Ask me a question

              Pros

              • Built Quality And Looks
              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Good Warmth
              • Portable
              • Powerful

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Mobile DJ
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording
                • You name it
                • You Name It And It'll Do

                Comments about Marshall AS100D 2x8 Acoustic Combo Amp:

                HIGH QUALITY AMP THAT SOUNDS AS GOOD AS IT LOOKS.LOTS OF TONE POSSIBILITIES WITH THIS AMP. BUILT IN EFFECTS ARE KILLER TOO.COULDN'T BE ANY HAPPIER. MUSICIANS FRIEND BEATS THE COMPETITION HANDS DOWN.GREAT JOB GUYS!

                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Express your love with versatility.

                By Joshua

                from Keyser, WV

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Portable
                • Versatile Effects Impact

                Cons

                • The Highs Seem Off Balanc

                Best Uses

                • Offers An Audible Entree
                • Performances

                Comments about Marshall AS100D 2x8 Acoustic Combo Amp:

                Versatility effects impact well as varying audible entrees delight. However, I feel treble highs can be tweaked, being slightly off balance. God bless Marshall power.

                (4 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                A Nightmare Finding Parts

                By Lovneveryminuteofit

                from Minot, ND

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Asthetically Pleasing
                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound
                • Good Warmth
                • Portable

                Cons

                • Long Shipping Time
                • Parts Difficult To Obtain
                • Poor Product Support

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio

                Comments about Marshall AS100D 2x8 Acoustic Combo Amp:

                Thought this amp was the cat's meow until it came time to start replacing speakers. Blew out the horns in a relatively short period. Original horns were discontinued. The new replacement horns required drilling larger holes in the mounting plate which required purchasing a 3.125" hole saw. Now I'm replacing one of the 8" speakers. Not able to find it online (same problem with the horns) and will have to go through Marshall to special order it. What good is a product if you don't have parts readily available? For the gigging musician, this would be unacceptable. Will give this a "don't buy" recommendation solely because of the tight control by Marshall on replacement parts and shipping time.

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