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Marshall Artist 3203 30 watt tube half stack 4x10 Vintage - $850 (Mebane)

Marshall Artist 3203 30 watt tube half stack 4x10 Vintage - $850 (Mebane)

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The Artist 3203, was made in the early eighties, this one from 1986, this one has the earlier plexi style face (rounded edges not the square edges like the JCM800 era series). Like Leo Fender's Music Man amps of that time, they are a hybrid amp with a power section that consists of a pair of EL-34's with a 12AX7 phase inverter and solid-state rectification. The pre section is all solid-state, but I gotta tell ya, it sounds friggin awesome. The amp is rated at 30 watts RMS, which makes it perfect for club gigs, plus the 34's are running so cool that they last forever in this amp. The boost channel has only controls for tone, gain, and volume, but that's all it needs. This channel produces pure Marshall crunch in spades, and what's really amazing is that it can do it at any volume. This is the holy grail of Marshall crunch tone; sounds like a full stack on the bleeding-edge, yet at a volume that is perfect for a club gig, or for recording!

The clean channel is equally surprising. In addition to a gain control, it sports a full bass-mid-treble tone stack. I'm more of a Fender amp guy, and I can honestly say that this channel can deliver some very nice Fenderish clean tones. Bring this amp to your next gig and you will have a single amp that does Yankee clean and British crunch with ease.

The amp is rounded-out with master controls for volume and Reverb, which feeds an actual long-spring Accutronics tank. There is also an efx loop, a line-out, and multiple output impedance taps come standard; all in all, a well equipped little amp!

The white tolex 4x10 cabinet is original with the original Celestian speakers. The amp works fantastic but does not include the foot-switch (most any 2 channel foot-switch will function fine).

*Need to sell for cash, but will consider partial trades for electric gear (pedals etc) but not as much cash value considered for trade items*.

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Last Updated on: March 19, 2018
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