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    100W of pure, all-tube Marshall sound at a never-before-seen price.

    Marshall has always sought to provide outstanding tone to guitarists of every budget, and with the new MA Series, all-tube Marshall tone is now more affordable than ever. The MA100H 100W tube head was carefully designed by Marshall's R&D team using the same basic principles as all Marshall amps—to deliver colorful, dynamic, unmistakable Marshall tube tone in a road-ready package.

    Attractive Looks
    The aesthetics of the MA100H head have been specially designed to create a look that stands apart from most other Marshall amps, while still retaining the essence of what people have become familiar with for over 45 years. Two orange LEDs illuminate the interior of the unit, highlighting the power tubes. This effect is visible through the fret cloth where the trusty white script logo is mounted onto a solid piece of transparent Perspex.

    Tube Power And Tone Simply Executed
    The MA100H is powered using the traditional Marshall mainstays of ECC83 double triode tubes in the preamp, and EL34 pentode tubes in the power amp. The layout and controls are kept simple, allowing you to explore unhindered the full potential of the all-tube tone within. The MA100H has separate EQ stages for both the Clean and Overdrive channels so you can optimally adjust each one without compromising the other. An extra benefit has been provided in the form of a tube-driven Boost function on the OD channel giving you, for example, a solo boost with more volume and gain. The amp also contains a spring reverb for use with all channels within the amp.

    Intuitive And Practical
    The MA100H was designed with the flexible control demanded by today's players in mind, but with a streamlined feature set to keep it cost effective. Whether in your own home or gigging, setting up the sounds and relative levels is very easy. The supplied footswitch assists live performance letting you toggle between settings like Clean to Overdrive, Clean to Boosted Overdrive, and Overdrive to Boosted Overdrive, ensuring maximum versatility.

    Extras
    Even though the MA range is designed as a no-frills, all-tube guitar amplifier, Marshall included a couple of extra features that allow for even more versatility. In addition to the all-tube preamp and power amp tone, MA amplifiers are equipped with an onboard spring reverb tank for an extra dimension to your sound. With the front-panel level control you can easily dial in how much you need for your own taste. All MA amplifiers are also equipped with a serial external effects loop for guitarists who want to add effects units into their sound. The nominal level of -10dBV is suited to stompboxes primarily, but not exclusively.

    Features
    • 100W of all-tube Marshall tone
    • 2 channels
    • 3 ECC83 preamp tubes
    • 4 EL34 power tubes
    • Independent volume and 3-band EQ controls per channel
    • Gain, Crunch, and Balance controls on OD channel
    • Master Presence, Resonance, Reverb controls
    • Spring reverb
    • Serial effects loop

    It's never been more affordable to add all-tube Marshall tone to your rig. Order now.

     
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    MarshallMA100H 100W Tube Guitar Amp Head
     
    4.0

    (based on 23 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (12)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    80%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good power output (5)
    • Warm / comfy (5)
    • Easy to use (4)
    • Excellent sound (4)
    • Portable (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances (6)
      • Outdoor events / games (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (3), Professional musician (3)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Good Amp

      After reading what few reviews I could find, I decided to purchase the Marshall MA100H. I had no expectations of a bargain JCM. It is what it is, a moderately priced tube...Read complete review

      After reading what few reviews I could find, I decided to purchase the Marshall MA100H. I had no expectations of a bargain JCM. It is what it is, a moderately priced tube head. It sounds good. The clean channel is especially nice. Distortion is relative to the player's preference, but that can always be manipulated with pedals. It sounds OK to me, but I'm partial to pedals so I'll be experimenting. I haven't had it long so I don't have much to say about quality other than it seems to be well built. Time will tell, but there are no maintenance-free tube amps. I have a '79 Fender Twin silverface and a Traynor YCV40. I enjoy the sounds coming from this amp as much as the other two, although it doesn't have the booming bottom end of the Twin. I'm running it through a 4 x 12 cabinet. I wouldn't discourage anyone from buying this amp. Sounds good, it's loud enough to gig, and the tone is decent. I've been playing on and off for 30 years and been through a lot of gear. This is a good amplifier.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Not what I expected!

      OK here goes...When I first purchased the MA 100H I was excited to see an affordable Marshall stack. I got it home, plugged it in with my effects board and it sounded...Read complete review

      OK here goes...When I first purchased the MA 100H I was excited to see an affordable Marshall stack. I got it home, plugged it in with my effects board and it sounded great through the MA 412 cabinet with 4 Eminence 75 watt speakers. I was able to dial in a nice tube tone and response. I usually do like the warmer sound of a reverb tank but since I don't use much reverb, I wasn't aware at first that it was not working at all. Then I read some reviews and others said the reverb was out on theirs. I needed an amp so I called MF who were great! I bought yet another MA 100h and received a return shipping label for the first. A week later I received it and once again, NO REVERB! It also came to my attention that the interior yellow LED's were out. SO I GAVE UP! I sent them both back and got the Marshall DSL 100H instead...judging from the reviews, this should be a great improvement...I hope.

      I guess my gripe is that Marshall should have much better quality control and even for the discounted cost of these amplifiers, they should not have so many defects! Come on Marshall!

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      5.0

      Awesome amp for the price! Legit!

      By Stanley Roche

      from East Cupcake, Peru

      About Me Experienced

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Performances

        Comments about Marshall MA100H 100W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

        I do not know what the folks who gave this beast a bad review were looking for! but this thing exceeded my expectations and I own a JCM800 & JCM900! I put it through its paces!The one thing I would say is the output is more like a 50 watt head does not put the power out that My JCM900 does however unless you are playing a huge venue this is better, easier to overdrive the dirty channel! I picked this up on a deal on store return on a Awesome deal!

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        The Real Deal!!!

        By DRS

        from Rosamond, CA

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • heavy

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Marshall MA100H 100W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

        After playing for 38 years I finally took the tube plunge. I am never looking back. Can't understand why I didn't do this sooner. My Digitech RP350 will become a closet Queen.

        I am using an original cry baby with it. I may add an analog delay and a chorus. But whatever I do will be old school, not digital.

        This has rekindled my fire to play.

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        3.0

        MA100H 100W Tube Guitar Amp Head

        By Strongarm

        from Dothan, AL

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Portable
        • Powerful

        Cons

        • Poor Sound Quality

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Performances

        Comments about Marshall MA100H 100W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

        So I have played this a little (enough to break in the tubes and speakers on the cabinet, I think), and it still has my McCarty sounding like tin. I have taken the treble completely out and it is still way bright. Also when you switch channels it works fine but if you step on the boost switch the sound "blinks." It IS pretty loud, however. Hoping it will wear in a little more and sound better...

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        1.0

        Not what I expected!

        By Frankie Lee

        from Jersey Shore

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Warmth
        • Powerful

        Cons

        • Difficult To Use
        • Limited Functions
        • Weak

        Best Uses

        • Performances

        Comments about Marshall MA100H 100W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

        OK here goes...When I first purchased the MA 100H I was excited to see an affordable Marshall stack. I got it home, plugged it in with my effects board and it sounded great through the MA 412 cabinet with 4 Eminence 75 watt speakers. I was able to dial in a nice tube tone and response. I usually do like the warmer sound of a reverb tank but since I don't use much reverb, I wasn't aware at first that it was not working at all. Then I read some reviews and others said the reverb was out on theirs. I needed an amp so I called MF who were great! I bought yet another MA 100h and received a return shipping label for the first. A week later I received it and once again, NO REVERB! It also came to my attention that the interior yellow LED's were out. SO I GAVE UP! I sent them both back and got the Marshall DSL 100H instead...judging from the reviews, this should be a great improvement...I hope.

        I guess my gripe is that Marshall should have much better quality control and even for the discounted cost of these amplifiers, they should not have so many defects! Come on Marshall!

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        5.0

        Honest Review

        By Frankie Lee

        from Jersey Shore

        About Me Professional Musician

        Ask me a question

        Pros

        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth
        • Powerful
        • Real Marshall Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Performances

          Comments about Marshall MA100H 100W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

          Okay, I have been monitoring all web sites for deals on Marshall Amplification. As a professional for many years, the tone I get out of my amp is as important as the player. I don't understand the critics of this amp. Once set correctly, It sounds amazing! Granted, the build and quality of the material is not as high as the British Equipment, but the amp is hot! Set it up, turn it up and it's pure Marshall Stack Power!

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          (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Really like this amp

          By The bass player-A34CV

          from Paul, Idaho

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Performances

            Comments about Marshall MA100H 100W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

            I bought mine used because the price was too good to walk away from. I have only had the amp about 3 weeks but I think for the price this is a great amp. I have a vintage fender tweed and a hot rod deluxe but I was wanting a good British sounding amp so I decided to try the MA series. I am impressed. It responds well to pick attack and the volume control on the guitar. I really like the clean channel cranked up a bit and the sound in the distortion channel is really quite good for an amp in this price range. Sounds very classic Marshall.

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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            exactly what you want out of a marshall, minus a bit of gain

            Comments about Marshall MA100H 100W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

            it's right on the money when it comes to great tone, crunch, and sustain. i would only like a little more gain into the mix, easily fixed with a boss blues driver
            simple and to the point
            smooth

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            MA100H Head

            Comments about Marshall MA100H 100W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

            I would recommend this head for anyone that cant afford the British made. It has everything I need to get the job done with the band and is durable. Holds up to what ever I put it through. However, The matching cabinet, I switched out to a 1960 Lead 300w. Sounds much Beefier.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great price for a Good amp

            By DrivingOverMissDaisy

            from Riverside CA

            Comments about Marshall MA100H 100W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

            I hunted youtube review videos just to get an idea of how well it sounds, and while some just don't know how to record, I felt it was safe enough for me to purchase. It seems some of these have a lack in Crunch power and others don't, after reading the tales in some of the reviews, so if you feel safter testing it out in a store I recommend it. I gambled and still feel like I got my money's worth. The power on the distortion/crunch on mine has already inspired some mean riffs I hope to unleash.
            The Crunch is magnificent, without even turning the Gain all the way up, I'm able to channell a very mean early Metallica/Scorpions metal crunch. The Presence is a good tone shaper that I'm still having fun playing around with. I don't notice the Boost very much, it's there, but I'm not sure if I've played with it enough to judge yet. The one thing keeping the features from a 10 is the Reverb knob: it doesn't seem to do anything, as if it's not even hooked up.
            Good craftsmanship, great sound, looks wonderful. Still would've been nice if the Reverb worked.
            For a 100 Watt tube amp that sounds this good, it was well worth the Factory-restock price I paid. Perhaps the non-factory restock version has the Reverb knob fixed, I'm not sure, but I feel this was an excellent buy.

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            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            this amp is pretty good

            Comments about Marshall MA100H 100W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

            this is a good amp if your into classic rock like acdc or zz top. if your into metal this amp wont be able to do it. the clean is very nice and crisp and when you play a chord is sounds amazing but the overdrive in this amp aint that great, it sounds very fuzzy and nasty, but what i do is use my own pedals to get a metal sound

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