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Marshall actually has two very similar micros,
the MS-2 and the MS-4. We checked out the
1W MS-2, with Volume, Tone and On/Off/OD
knobs and a single speaker. The MS-4 adds a
second speaker and Gain control, but is still
1W. This amp does a great job of visually replicating
a Marshall half-stack, with gold control
panel and knobs, and that famous script logo
on the cabinet. The plastic is molded to look
like tolex, and there’s a strangely non-functional
handle on the “head.” This amp also has a
belt clip, so the handle isn’t really necessary.
While the “clean” setting is nothing to write
home about, this tiny half-stack has a surprisingly
authentic, good Marshall-sounding
OD with a tight, compressed crunch that’s
great for rock riffs, bluesy runs, and pinch
harmonics—and it’s perfect for power chords.
If you’re jamming out classic rock deskside,
from Humble Pie to The Hold Steady, this
one’s got you covered.