King of Tone
I own several Marshalls, a Mesa Mark V, a couple Peavey's, and have played on many others as well... I love and appreciate the different tones of all my equipment and others I have played (I am a tone junkie, and never met a tube amp I didn't like...). I am very fortunate that I can have a few great amps, But, if I had to pick 1 amp as my favorite, and only have one amp. IT WOULD EASILY BE THE MARSHALL JCM 900 4100. The heavy metal tone, and the clean tone out of this amp is KILLER!!!... The heavy tone on this is great alone, but if you want even more atttack, a Boss disto pedal with the disto on 1 and level about half puts this thing over the top. Everyone gets hung up on these new "so called" super ultra gain amps that do not need a pedal at all. Well, I own a couple of those, and IMHO, the JCM 900 sounds better then those. Yeah, sometimes you may want to use a pedal with the 900 for a little more edge, but fact is, this amp with a pedal sounds better then those amps that do not use one... I recommend this amp more then any other amp. I tell people the Marshall JCM 900 4100 is the single best sounding amp you can buy! and it is one of the easiest to set up, use, and get your tone.