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The Marshall Vintage Modern 2266 50 Watt Head is an all-valve single channel amplifier with a choice of two dynamic ranges selectable by footswitch. ...Click To Read More About This Product

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If you're looking for the perfect marriage of classic, vintage rock tones with modern feature and levels of gain, your search is over!

The Marshall Vintage Modern 2266 50 Watt Head is an all-valve single channel amplifier with a choice of two dynamic ranges selectable by footswitch. The Low range equates to the performance you would come to expect from a stock vintage Marshall amplifier in terms of tone and available gain. The High range adds an extra preamp valve into the signal path, facilitating those classic hard rock tones of the seventies. Add to this the ability to dynamically interface with your instrument's Volume and Tone controls and the experience translates into a truly expressive and organic feel in performance.

Two frequency selective Pre-amp Volumes (Gains) - Body and Detail - facilitate greater flexibility in tone shaping for individual guitars and styles while the power amplifier is heavily influenced by the first Marshall amplifiers to be produced, with two KT66 output valves yielding that substantial, fat and smooth tone. A MID Boost switch on the front panel fattens the tone even more while a traditional Marshall tone control circuit enables fine tuning of your sound.

A master volume has been included in order to practically manage the output levels at all venues. This is implemented after the phase splitter in order to fully exploit maximum preamp drive when the master is turned down low. A reverb level control mixes the on board plate reverb with the direct signal to whatever degree the player chooses. The reverb can be toggled on and off via the footswitch.

Finally, a series FX loop is provided for those players who wish to use outboard effect to further enhance their sound. Loop levels of ”10dB and +4dB can be controlled via a rear panel switch as well as the option to completely bypass this feature if it is not required.

The cosmetics are also a carefully crafted hybrid of old and new styles ” made even more dramatic by the deep purple vinyl that covers the entire series.

FEATURES
  • 50-Watt valve head
  • Valve compliment: 4 x ECC83 (12AX7s) in preamp, 2 x KT66 in power amp
  • Master Volume with two Gain Controls ” Detail (highs) & Body (lows)
  • Two footswitchable Dynamic Ranges ” Low & High
  • Mid Boost switch
  • Footswitchable Proprietary digital Plate Reverb
  • Series FX loop with level switch and bypass
SPECIFICATIONS

Vintage Modern 2266 Tube Amp Head

  • Dimensions: 29-1/2" x 12" x 9" (750 x 310 x 230 mm)
    Weight: 39.6 lbs (18 kg)
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MarshallVintage Modern 2266 Tube Amp Head
 
4.9

(based on 14 reviews)

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Restock Surprise!

Purchased as a restock.. scary.... But turned out great! What a AMP! I thought the hum was to high, checked bias was at 50mv lowered to 47mv and no hum!...Read complete review

Purchased as a restock.. scary.... But turned out great! What a AMP! I thought the hum was to high, checked bias was at 50mv lowered to 47mv and no hum! Most folks probably wouldnt have noticed the HUM to begin with. Since this was a restock I purchased new tubes, the new tubes are not stock replacements and really warmed the amp up!
BTW this restock probably could be considered new except for the price! I was very impressed with the condition. And talk about fast shipping! No sooner had I ordered the amp and it was on it's way! Let me say just one thing... If you have been eyeing the Vintage Modern series amps, stop- Just buy one. I waited five years and kick my self in the (blank) for waiting!!! Watch for used and restock if you are short on funds!

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beautiful tone with limited features.

well, i played this thing at Guitar Center a couple of hours ago. and well, i wasn't really that impressed. i mean it had SPECTACULAR tone, and i mean awesome tone. but...Read complete review

well, i played this thing at Guitar Center a couple of hours ago. and well, i wasn't really that impressed. i mean it had SPECTACULAR tone, and i mean awesome tone. but the distortion was limited, it had a "body" or gain knob and then like a "voice" or contour knob. which was great for like, zeppelin up to like Punk distortion. but anything higher than that this amp is not capable of handling, maybe if you cranked it, but i didn't i (unlike so many many others) am curtious enough not to disintegrate your eardrums. so get it unless you play Metal.

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Captures all the Classic Marshall sound!!!

By Werd_Ecurb

from Tulsa, OK

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Comments about Marshall Vintage Modern 2266 Tube Amp Head:

This amp's got all the classic Marshall users' sound. The distortion of Angus, clean sound of Frusciante and Hendrix. It can even produce that foamy clean sound they had (listen to "Under the Bridge" by Red Hot chili Peppers if you don't know what I'm talking about. It's strongest on clean chords)This amp has great veristality and flexibility with all the controls. I liked the sound with the mid boost on. It gave it a bright tube sound, but turn it off and crank up some pre-amp and I got Angus' distortion sound. The 2 knob control on the pre-amp control gave a great range of distortion, but I found that the distortion sound can get VERY VERY muddy if you have the "Body" control(I presumed it was the bass control, but not sure) up past about 3 O'clock with the dynamic range on high. I prefered the dynamic range on high, because with it on low seemed to just turn down the volume, with less treble. Another thing I liked was how this could get raging distortion with very suttle, room volumes. The "detail" control on the pre-amp helped bring brightness to the distortion sound and it could push the tubes on a clean sound with it on about 9 O'clock. The reverb was pretty mellow and you had to put it past 2 O'clock for it to start getting strong. It's more appropiate for small reverb that blends with the sound and adds dimension to it, which I prefer, but if you're looking for a strong reverb sound with it, you'll be disapointed. Considering Vintage Marshalls didn't have reverb, it's an improvement.I gave it a 9 on features, because it's like a 1959 super plexi reissue with alot more tone & volume control, but it's not plexi style(with 2 channels & 2 inputs for both)I gave it an 9 on quality because the "Body" control muddied up the distortion sound when up too much, though the clean sound is gorgeous with great tweakability.I gave it a 9 on value because, even though I think Marshall's are over priced, this is like a 1959 plexi reissue with more features for a lot cheaper. In comparison to Amps this quality, it's a great deal.I gave it a 10 on overall, even though I gave everything else 9's, because this amp produces beautiful tube sounds that make me cringe knowing I'm playing those sounds. Even though it has flaws in a few ares, it has what it really important down perfectly. There's never going to be a perfect amp, but this one is pretty damn... you know... WOW!!! I can't wait to own it!!!!

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Listen, thats tone

By Les Paul-2EN-S

from Lac du Bonnet MB

Comments about Marshall Vintage Modern 2266 Tube Amp Head:

I have owned this amp for a couple of months after having a DSL 100 break down on me (pile of crap, construction and tone) and i traded it for this amp. First thing first this amps forte is not high gain imo. Its semi clean, mid gain. Its nice a midrangey and imo nail Pages tone pretty well for a new amp. This amp has balls and character and killer tone. However if your chops arent great, it wont hide sloppy playing, which i think is a good thing. Its reverb is a little dark, but it adds a nice demention to the sound.Definately try it out, u wont be dissapointed!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

LOVE MY VM!!!

By cookqman

from Denver, CO

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Comments about Marshall Vintage Modern 2266 Tube Amp Head:

Killer tone no matter what I play through this (strat, tele or LP!). Just makes me sound good. Only drawback to consider is that the overdrive channel is so much louder than the clean tone to make it nearly unusable for soloing. If you want to play with the superb JTM45-esque clean channel, you'll want to invest in a tube screamer if you plan to have your solo cut through without deafening your audience. I wish Marshall would have balanced the two channels better. But that's a minor complaint. The tone from both channels absolutely rocks!!!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best sound I've heard in years

By Anonymous

from USA

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Comments about Marshall Vintage Modern 2266 Tube Amp Head:

Playing an LP standard, VM through marshall 1960a cab. You don't need to crank it past 2 or 3 to get *awesome* overdrive tone. It's definitely the warmest and most 'organic' sounding amp I've used. You can get the cleanest of cleans, and the heaviest of rock & progressive tones. Two independent channels would have been great... but for this price, I'm not complaining too much. If you have a chance to hear one... give it a shot!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very solid amp

By Duncan-BPFtE

from Calgary, AB

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Comments about Marshall Vintage Modern 2266 Tube Amp Head:

I spent about an hour and a half yesterday at a guitar shop, A/Bing between this amp and a Mesa/Boogie Stiletto Ace. Without a doubt, the Marshall came out on top. This amp runs the gamut from lovely, vintage-Marshall clean and slightly overdriven tones to classic Marshall crunch. Not super-high gain, but excellent tone.After half an hour of faffing about with the built-in features, I asked the rep if he could grab me an overdrive pedal to put in front of the amp. He handed me a Boss SD-1, and I was in high-gain heaven. Just like the old Marshalls, this amp sounds best when it's being driven hard. And with a nice OD pedal in front of it, I was busting out 80s-metal riffs and solos like nobody's business. The tone is warm and fat, and dripping with sustain. However, this definitely not an amp for those who want to cop Pantera's sound or any of the new, super-drop tuned bands. It is a "vintage" toned amp, and while with an OD in front of it it can headbang like it's 1986, it will not bring out that incredibly aggressive distortion that characterizes much of new metal.

(3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Marshall Vintage Modern 2266 Tube Amp Head:

I love this head. I just bought it last week. I was originally going to buy another amplifier but what won me over was the reverb which the other amp didn't have. This also goes perfect with my Gibson Les Paul Standard. And this combination is exactly what you need for Punk Music. I highly recommend it to anyone.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

best classic rock amp ever

By zepplinman

from west virginia wv

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Comments about Marshall Vintage Modern 2266 Tube Amp Head:

The perfect classic rock amp. Basically a plexi with higher gain. Nails led zeppelin, ac/dc, Clapton hendrix tones with ease. I would not own anything else.

(3 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Head

By DragonFlySlayer

from Central Kalifornia

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Comments about Marshall Vintage Modern 2266 Tube Amp Head:

This is a great head. It has that Marshall sound we are all familiar with. Robin Trower switched to these Heads because his JMP series are so old they have become unrealiable. I was going to buy this one but while I was trying it out the store's rep suggested trying this Fender 5150 III that was also in the store. The Fender had way more gain just incase I needed it or want it. And when I say gain I mean beautiful tone not the sandy fuzzy stuff !!The tone is clean. No Reverb-No Master Volume and three channels. Silent switching-Which I don't even use a switch box anyway. For me I just pick a channel and adjust it the way I want it and I use my fulltone devices to manulipate wanted dirt or gain. Both heads were workable for me. But the 5150 III had more than that extra edge meat N potatos gain with such a beautiful tone as well so I went with those. I use two of them. They are about $500.00 more a pop. Even though I went with the Fender this Marshall head is top notch in my book! If you want Marshall because Marshalls are beautiful then look no further. This Model is a classic!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Classic Marshall tone

By Woody-iAgUx

from Midwest

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Comments about Marshall Vintage Modern 2266 Tube Amp Head:

The amp is well made and sounds great, a lot like the early Bluebreakers and Fender Bassman amps. I use it with 2 12-inch Eminence Legend v16 (the Eminence take on the Celestion Vintage 30s) and get creamy tones with humbuckers and also use it with an Analogman DS Pro for high gain front-end distortion with both humbuckers and P-90s. There are not a lot of features but tone-wise, the amp is fairly versatile if you fool with the two front-end contour pots. The reverb is great too, with great range of controls. The only thing that bugs me about this amp is that with its fixed bias, it's a hassle to change output tubes.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Restock Surprise!

By TimCrawford

from Anchorage

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Pros

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

Cons

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Comments about Marshall Vintage Modern 2266 Tube Amp Head:

Purchased as a restock.. scary.... But turned out great! What a AMP! I thought the hum was to high, checked bias was at 50mv lowered to 47mv and no hum! Most folks probably wouldnt have noticed the HUM to begin with. Since this was a restock I purchased new tubes, the new tubes are not stock replacements and really warmed the amp up!
BTW this restock probably could be considered new except for the price! I was very impressed with the condition. And talk about fast shipping! No sooner had I ordered the amp and it was on it's way! Let me say just one thing... If you have been eyeing the Vintage Modern series amps, stop- Just buy one. I waited five years and kick my self in the (blank) for waiting!!! Watch for used and restock if you are short on funds!

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