Tone... oh, I love that word. My serch for "THE" sound is never ending. I have never owned a marshall amp untill a year ago. I bought a DSL 401. I love that little monster, but I just bought a 1987 2555 and let me tell you! This amp is just amazing! PRS Mcardy,Reverend slingshot,Mesa 4x12 vintage 30s!!!! "THE" Tone......for now HE! HE! For a great blues tone you can't get any better than my Naylor SC 38!