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Marshall AVT150HX 150W Amp Head   

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The Marshall AVT150HX Head features a tube preamp and the excellent Scoop control. On Overdrive 1 this radically scoops the mid frequencies while tig...Read More

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The core of a fabulous stage rig.

The Marshall AVT150HX Head features a tube preamp and the excellent Scoop control. On Overdrive 1 this radically scoops the mid frequencies while tightening the bass for aggressive driving rhythm sounds. On Overdrive 2 the middle is again dipped, but a cut in the upper frequencies smoothes out the sound for a more bass heavy 'Nu' Metal sound. For even further flexibility, the AVT150HX houses a pair of adjustable DFX sections--one for Acoustic/Clean channels and the other for Overdrive 1/Overdrive 2. Both DFX sections are footswitchable via the supplied 6-way LED footcontroller.

Driving the AVT412HX, 4x12", 200 Watt, Celestion loaded cabinets, this 4-channel head brings absolute flexibility and forms the ultimate stage rig. For an even more imposing setup, the AVT150HX can drive standard 1960 4x12" cabinets. Features a headphone jack, speaker-emulated line-out, effects loop with level control and FX mix control. Like all the AVTs, its preamp section is based on a 12AX7 and delivers great tone.

FEATURES
  • 4 tube-based preamp channels
  • Overdrive 1 radically scoops mids for aggressive driving rhythm sounds
  • Overdrive 2 cuts high frequencies for a more bass heavy sound
  • Drives the AVT412A (angled) and AVT412B (straight) cabs
  • Headphone jack
  • Speaker-emulated line-out
  • Effects loop
  • Level control

Take your stage set up to stratospheric levels; order it today!

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4.5

(based on 27 reviews)

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Best mid-range priced amp out there!

I bought this head in December of 2005 after playing it side by side with a JCM2000 TSL. I couldn't justify paying the difference in price based on what I heard with my own...Read complete review

I bought this head in December of 2005 after playing it side by side with a JCM2000 TSL. I couldn't justify paying the difference in price based on what I heard with my own playing, so I went with the cheaper, more affordable AVT150H.This amplifier has served me well for about 18 months now, no problems at all! I've taken it on the road to the NCAA Tournament basketball games with my University's band, local gigs, and roadtrips to music fests, and really knocked it around. It is ROADWORTHY! Best of all, it is AFFORDABLE! (Not cheap like the MG series amps, this amp is worth what you pay for it)It's a GREAT amp for blues, rythm, progressive or classic rock lead, smooth jazz, or just jamming some funk out.This amp is NOT intended for Metal, nor is it for acoustic (I NEVER use the Acoustic Sim channel). Though it can be used for these genres, you are better suited elsewhere, or you can use effects pedals. I personally use an EHX Big Muff Pi for harder distortion.It has the creamy Marshall Classic Rock tone without the heavy price tag.I play a lot of Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Hendrix, BB King, Guns 'n' Roses, and Clapton, and this amp got me the sound I need right out of the box. I run it through a Marshall 1960A slanted cab, and play a '58 Les Paul, '72 Telecaster, and a '73 Stratocaster on it. I get nothing but compliments on the depth of my sound.I'd buy 2 more of these to keep as backups, but I've got rent to pay!

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over priced/under toned

hooked this head up to my marshall 1960a cab and it just didnt impress me. too many knobs and buttons and not enough tone. this head is good if you play just old classic...Read complete review

hooked this head up to my marshall 1960a cab and it just didnt impress me. too many knobs and buttons and not enough tone. this head is good if you play just old classic rock. its not good for metal. the sound is grainy or gritty (best way i could describe it). the eq doesnt do anything to help on any of the channels much. really the only good things i have to say about it is : the accoustic channel was the best thing about it, the scoop buttons were ok, and last, it wasnt a marshall mg series (they really suck). my buddy's crate gt1200 half stack smoked this head. i hooked my 1960a cab back up to the ext speaker jack of my peavey bandit 112 and as far as tone that smokes the avt150hx head. the head is already back at u.p.s. on its way back to this site. i only had the head for about 4 days. i was playing esp ltd ec1000, ibanez rgt42fm with zw emg 81/85 set and an ibanez s series with seymour duncan sh2 and sh4 pups with a zoom g2 pedal and df7 pedal. been playing guitar for about 17 years. sure someone will think i'm awful negative on this review but i'm just being honest.

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4.0

Good For Beginners

By Joe-CDGlE

from Westerville, OH

I bought this head over a year ago because of the effects built into it already. But over time I began to learn more about amps and tubes and higher end products. Don't get me wrong this is great for a first head but if you are planning to be playing for a long time or have already been playing for a long time, get something higher end, with tubes. The effects on this thing are pretty good, but effects can be purchased separately but you cannot get a good tube sound without a true tube amp. I do regret my purchase now, knowing now more then I did a year ago about amps. But you learn from experience.

 
4.0

it's NOTa tube amp!

By AlexH889

from Baltimore City

These hybrid amps are misleading to new players. All because it has a tube preamp doesn't mean you get tube tone. People still shell out all that money for tube amps for a reason, you can't cut corners with this hybrid stuff. On a lighter note, it does sound pretty good. Not tube tone, but definitely high end solid state. I'd say get a fender hot rod with an OD pedal if you want real tube tone at this price. I think it's over priced, my rhythm guitarist has it but it doesn't sound bad. I have a blonde hot rod deville, 410 speakers with 60 watts of tube power and I run that twin tube Seymour Duncan pedal through. It sounds amazing, I can play all types of music except the real heavy stuff.

 
5.0

The preamp tube really matters!

By JD

from NW Illinois

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The preamp tube really matters! I got one of these recently and was not too impressed with the overdrive tones initially. I had a couple of 12AX7 preamp tubes laying around and tried a Sovtek LPS and an Electro Harmonics. It was super simple to change out, only one panel on the back in your way.It made ALL the difference in the world. I'm keeping the Sovtek in there for now because the gain reminds me of Mick Mars circa "Shout At The Devil."Don't slag this amp until you really try it out for a while... it'll be my main for small gigs and backup for big gigs until it dies.

 
5.0

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By gorgorthebeast

from Houma, LA

This is my first half-stack. The first time I turned this baby on I thought it sounded horrible. I read through the manual, spent a day working with the EQ, and now I have no regrets at all! I am really amazed by the acoustic sim. channel. When strumming with the Body setting on, it just sounds beautiful and warm. I personally call the OD1 the 70's channel because of the warmness of the overdrive. OD2 is perfect for rock and metal, though I would recommend getting a pedal and see which you like more. Before Marshall I was a BIG Line 6 guy. That all changed once I got this head!!

 
5.0

Tone, Distortion and Everything In Between.

By Virtuoism

from Centereach, NY

The Marshall AVT150HX 150W Amp Head Is overall a great Deal.The Pro's of this beautifully made amp head comes in many styles. If your looking for a vintage Led Zeppelin Tone, Jimi Hendrix, ELP, Black Sabbath, Eric clapton tone, you can find it here with all the assorted options. Want flange? with the twist a of a few knobs you can douse your tone in it, as well as add a little pinch, kinda like french cooks.If your like me, and are always tone-hungry for heavy, cutting distortion that doesn't sound like a ham sandwhich, look no further as well. The midrange scoop can give you tones reminiscent of Pantera, Symphony X and Nevermore. Both Overdrive channels Can pack one hell of a punch, but with the roll back of the gain knob that can all change, and you can go from Abrasive, to Soft in one switch. And for lead sections, Crank on the FX with some chorus/flange or some Reverb or delay, some of em are even combined. there are 2 FX splits, 1 FX channel for the cleans (acoustic and reg. clean) and one for the Over driven channels (od1 and od2)Overall, the tone is superb, i have not encountered an amp for this low of a price that can dish out such great tone and abrasiveness. As for being loud enough, its definately over the top if needed. All the effects and channels, including the Acoustic Channel allows more tonal control, even on stage!!!What are you waiting for? This is a definite buy!

 
5.0

Great Amp!

By juniorkingmusic

from Mississippi

I own several Marshall's and in my opinion this amp is probably the best buy overall for your money. I love mine and have used it for over 2 years with no problems. It performs well for Rock, Blues, Gospel and anything else I've played through it. It's not a JCM or JVM series (both of which I also own) but it is a great amp for the price. It's Marshall LOUD! The onboard effects are excellent as is the clean channel. You won't regret buying this one! After all, it's a Marshall!

 
5.0

Marshall AVT150HX Head

By Aussie Cam

from Albury, New South Wales

have been playing this for about 3 years, very impressed by it. I use the acoustic sim channel, with the "body" backed off for clean, overdirve channel for that classic rock crunch, one overdrive channel for a heavy sound and the other overdrive channel as a lead channel - I love the 4 independant volumes for each channel that makes it so versatile, plus the built in effects - I never use pedals anymore - except of course for a wah.The emulated line output is handy for small duo gigs - like weddings etc where you can plug direct into the PA without lugging around a quadbox.I can't recomment this amp enough - and the tone is awesome - I just adjust the presence depending on my guitar - Ibanez RG550, Ibanex S470 and Les Paul.

 
5.0

great amp for the price!!

By riff_raff07

from Bay Area, CA.

O.K. first off you are not going to a full on metal tone out of this amp (it's not intended to). Yes, EQ is kinda crappy. but what's a rig without an EQ pedal anyway? It has good tone for classic rock and that sort of stuff and the clean/simulator is great. For my full on METAL sound I use a MXR EQ and a Metal Zone or Metal Core. Along with my SG, the tone is just perfect for my METAL attack, and it diddn't drain my pockets.

 
5.0

Best mid-range priced amp out there!

By Elwood Blues

from Norfolk, VA

I bought this head in December of 2005 after playing it side by side with a JCM2000 TSL. I couldn't justify paying the difference in price based on what I heard with my own playing, so I went with the cheaper, more affordable AVT150H.This amplifier has served me well for about 18 months now, no problems at all! I've taken it on the road to the NCAA Tournament basketball games with my University's band, local gigs, and roadtrips to music fests, and really knocked it around. It is ROADWORTHY! Best of all, it is AFFORDABLE! (Not cheap like the MG series amps, this amp is worth what you pay for it)It's a GREAT amp for blues, rythm, progressive or classic rock lead, smooth jazz, or just jamming some funk out.This amp is NOT intended for Metal, nor is it for acoustic (I NEVER use the Acoustic Sim channel). Though it can be used for these genres, you are better suited elsewhere, or you can use effects pedals. I personally use an EHX Big Muff Pi for harder distortion.It has the creamy Marshall Classic Rock tone without the heavy price tag.I play a lot of Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Hendrix, BB King, Guns 'n' Roses, and Clapton, and this amp got me the sound I need right out of the box. I run it through a Marshall 1960A slanted cab, and play a '58 Les Paul, '72 Telecaster, and a '73 Stratocaster on it. I get nothing but compliments on the depth of my sound.I'd buy 2 more of these to keep as backups, but I've got rent to pay!

 
4.0

pretty good for the money

By Justin-j7.YM

from va

I bought this amp about 7 or 8 months ago, and im still very impressed. I used mine for practice and recording and it does both very very well. If you turn the volume up to 8 everyone will be drounded out at practice, but it does produce lots of feedback but thats because I use about 1/3 of the clean channels gain and then thru a boss mt-2 and thats it. You can really get any tone you want from the clean channel if you know what you are doing, but the ovd-1 and ovd-2 are worthless unless you play blues or maybe slow rock. The effects are awesome along with the acoustic simulater which is very noisy when the volume is cranked up but who cares about that anyways.

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