What is Valvestate?
The vast majority of rock's most celebrated guitar tones have been made with the help of all-valve amplification. As a result over the years many manufacturers have tried to emulate that sought after all-valve sound using solid state technology. All such attempts failed miserably up until now. Enter Marshall's groundbreaking Valvestate technology.
As the world's most respected manufacturers of valve amplifiers, our vastly experienced guitar playing Design Engineers understand the magical feel and harmonic response created by driving an all-valve power amp section hard. It's not only down to the desirable compression and harmonic distortion produced by valves, but also the unique way in which the power amp interacts with the speakers. Our design team used this knowledge to the full and by successfully combining painstaking research and new technology with countless hours of playing and listening, Valvestate was born.
Quite simply Valvestate technology emulates the superb tone of a cranked to the max all-valve power stage with uncanny accuracy. The result is a highly versatile range of amps which couple the cost cutting advantages of solid state technology with the all-valve sound every guitarist lusts after - a winning combination that has been welcomed with open arms by axemen (and axewomen!) all over the globe.
An Amp for Every Occasion
Before we take a closer look at some of the many unique features that the Valvestate series has to offer, let's quickly familiarise ourselves with the six combos, two heads and two extension cabinets in the range. As you're about to discover, regardless of whether you are practicing in your bedroom or headlining at a football stadium, there's a Valvestate amp for you.
8010 - The baby of the range but don't let its size fool you. This compact 10 Watt, 1x8 combo packs a powerful punch and is perfect for practice at home or backstage. A Headphone output is included for 'silent' shredding too! 8020 This 20 Watt, 1x1O combo is the 8010's bigger brother and boasts two footswitchable channels - Normal and Boost. Its Contour and Reverb controls add to its tonal versatility, making it ideal for home and rehearsal situations.
8040 - This 40 Watt, 1x12, twin channel combo features an ECC83 (1 2AX7) valve in the Boost channel's pre-amp section for authentic valve distortion. Contour, Reverb and an Effects Loop make this amp equally effective at home, on stage or in the studio.
8080 - A two channel, 80 Watt, 1x12 combo with an ECC83 pre-amp valve in its Boost channel. It also features Contour, footswitchable Reverb, an Effects Loop plus a Clean/Crunch switch on the Normal channel and an OD1/0D2 option on the Boost. Thanks to its killer features, versatility and tone, the 8080 is currently Marshall's best seller.
8100 & 8412 - A 100 Watt head and matching 140 Watt 4x12 (8 Ohm) cabinet. The 8100 head features are identical to those of the 8080 combo but give the larger-than-life image, sound and projection of a stack.
8240 - 40x40 Watt, 2x12 Stereo Chorus Combo. Very similar to the 8080 except with the addition of Stereo Chorus and Reverb for a truly panoramic spread. The 8240 also features stereo Line Out jacks and a stereo, parallel Effects Loop (mono Send, left & right Returns) complete with a Loop Level switch (-20dB or 0dB).
8280 - 80x80 Watt, 2x12 Bi-Chorus Combo. The next step up from the 8240, the 8280 features separate chorus Rate and Depth controls for each channel plus two switchable chorus modes. The extra power and headroom of this combo make it ideal for large venues.
8200 - 1OOx1OO Watt, Bi-Chorus head with features identical to the 8280.
8222 - 1OOx1OO Watt, 2x12 Stereo/Mono (8 Ohm/4 Ohm) cabinet designed to complement both the 8280 combo and the 8200 head, the latter of which can drive a pair of 8222's if you so wish. Incidentally, the 8200 head also fits a regular Marshall 4x12 perfectly and can drive up to four of them at once for truly massive stereo projection and spread.