Marshall's Studio Series review – packs classic, unmistakable tone into a downsized and manageable package

(Image credit: Marshall)

You can debate all you want, but nothing - and I mean nothing - comes closer to truly delineating the spellbinding power of rock and heavy metal guitar than a wall of Marshalls. Period. Evidenced by the many images of just about every famous guitarist from Angus Young to Jimi Hendrix and countless others who had endless piles of Marshall stacks behind them, it’s crystal clear Marshall has forever ingrained itself as an iconic brand for its timelessly elegant and imposing design. 

Why? Because any dilettante with a guitar who dares to stand in front of such massive Marshall firepower can automatically (and somewhat deceptively) inherit the gravitas of being transformed into a guitar hero. Needless to say, Marshall would never have survived on looks alone, which is why the thunderous Marshall sound has been revered throughout its range of renowned guitar amps for more than 50 years.

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Paul Riario

Paul Riario has been the tech/gear editor and online video presence for Guitar World for over 25 years. Paul is one of the few gear editors who has actually played and owned nearly all the original gear that most guitarists wax poetically about, and has survived this long by knowing every useless musical tidbit of classic rock, new wave, hair metal, grunge, and alternative genres. When Paul is not riding his road bike at any given moment, he remains a working musician, playing in two bands called SuperTrans Am and Radio Nashville.