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MG101FX, Solid-State Combo Guitar Amp from Marshall in the MG4 series.


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Marshall MG101FX tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer:Marshall
  • Model:MG101FX
  • Series:MG4
  • Category:Solid-State Combo Guitar Amps
  • Added in our database on: 06/08/2011

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Marshall MG101FX user reviews

Average Score:3.6( 3.6/5 based on 12 reviews )
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iamqman07/31/2011

iamqman's review

Marshall MG101FX
This is the 100 watt amp in this series. They have wattage amp that range from all over the map for these amps. This one ha basically the same features and tone as the others but just in a 100 watt version. They produce a usable tone and nice jamming type practice amp for someone needing something with built in effects.


Marshall MG100FX Features

* 100 watt output
* 4 storable channels
* Digital effects including Delay, Chorus, Phaser or Flanger
* Digital reverb
* Power amp damping
* MP3/Line input
* Emulated Line/Headphone output
* External Effects Loop
* MG footcontroller compatibility


UTILIZATION

Reverb & FX
The MG100FX amplifier provides three simultaneous effects, Reverb, Delay and one of three Modulation effects (Chorus, Phaser, or Flanger).

Tap Tempo
Use tap tempo to set your delay times as easily as tapping your foot. Tap Tempo switch is used for the Delay effect only.

MP3/Line In
Jam along to your favorite bands or personal recordings by connecting to your MP3 or CD player to this convenient 1/8 inch input jack.

Headphones & Line Out
The Headphone/Line out provides speaker emulation, so you can hear your guitar like its being blasted through powerful speakers or record direct to a source without using a microphone.

Damping
Make it sound like your using 2 completely different amplifiers. When Damping is Off the power amp response resembles the feel of a classic power amp with emphasized middle and limited bass and treble. Switching Damping On will boost the speaker resonances both in the bass and high frequency ranges.

FX Loop
The FX Return socket on the rear panel is used to connect the your favorite external effects pedals or processor. The FX loop is series and set at instrument level so both guitar FX or professional units can be connected.

SOUNDS

This is a good practice amp and that is about it. It is beyond me why you would need 100 watts of solid state tone, but hey whatever works for them. Don't try to go out and gig with this amp though because the sound man will laugh you right off the stage. Use a good Gibson Les Paul with this amp or another guitar with a humbucker style pickup in it. You need that extra coil to try and tame some of the harsh frequencies inherent to this amp.

OVERALL OPINION

These amps come in new right at around $550, which is a bit high for me. This is not a tube amp and does not have the fell what so ever of a real tube valve amp. You can find other amps used and new with tubes for less than this. Start with Blackstar and you will get a solid sounding tube amp. You won't get the effects but who cares. It is a much better performing amplifier.
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iamqman07/11/2011

iamqman's review"Not a bad practice amp"

Marshall MG101FX
This is Marshall attempt at the introductory amps for the beginner or low budget guitar players. You get 100 watts of power and a front end digital processor. Along with the reverb in the the amp it has several other effects such as Chorus, Phaser, Flanger, Delay. For the quiet player it has a headphone input so if you desire to play at home quietly or in your office this is a great feature.

You get four channel for quick jumping and storage. This is easy for those with limited space and money and don;t want to shell out a ton of money for amps, cabinet, and effects galore.

UTILIZATION

Features
100 watt output

4 storable channels

Digital effects including Delay, Chorus, Phaser or Flanger

Digital reverb

Power amp damping

MP3/Line input

Emulated Line/Headphone output

External Effects Loop

MG footcontroller compatibility

SOUNDS

This amp is not a tone monster and will not and should not be on any stage where I play. This is a basic practice amp and light jamming at home amp. You get four programmable channels with what ever effects and distortion/clean/crunch tone you like. So if you want four different tones that you can quickly jump to and from then this is a good amp for that. You don't need to go out and buy a bunch of equipment and effects because all of the are right here built inside. That is fund if you just need to practice at home or in the office. This amp sound best with a Gibson Les Paul or Sg. I love the Marshall's and Gibson s just connect tonally.

OVERALL OPINION

At the new price of about $499 it isn't that bad of a buy. If you are looking for a good amp that you don't have to worry about and just need for practicing or silent playing and you need that Marshall tone then this is a good amp for those purposes. This isn't going to go on stage anywhere or be good for recording, but if you need simplicity in a practice amp then this is a great amp for that. It has a good enough tone for getting your chops down or feeling out the neck of the guitar. I would recommend this to any Marshall fan looking for a solid practice amp.
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iamqman06/08/2011

iamqman's review"Solid state sound"

Marshall MG101FX
These amps are basically Marshall's introductory series amps for the low budget individual. The amp doesn't sound all that bad but won't compete with a JCM 800 or a plexi in an way. The tone from it is a bit harsh as expected for a solid state amp, but fun to jam on at home. These are not stage amps and just because it says 100watts doesn't mean you should have enough power to play a gig. The thing sound like garbage in a band setting. Plus you don't want the sound man to look at you and laugh because you brought this thing on stage with you.

Marshall MG101FX 100-watt Guitar Combo Amp with Effects and Reverb Features:

Output: 100 watts RMS
Speaker: 1 x 12"
Channels: Four, storable
Digital effects, digital reverb
Line in for MP3 and other music players
Headphone/line out with speaker emulation
External effects loop
Power amp damping
2-button footswitch included


UTILIZATION

Details
Type Solid State
Number of Channels 2
Power 100W
Speakers 1 x 12"
Effects
Reverb
EQ Bass, Middle, Treble
No Amp Modeling
Preamp Tubes No Tubes
Power Tubes No Tubes
Inputs 1 x Instrument, 1 x MP3/Line (1/8")
Outputs 1 x Headphone (1/8")
Footswitch I/O
Effects Loop
Height 20.79"
Width 23.27"
Depth 11.14"
Weight 44.1 lbs.

SOUNDS

Honestly save yourself some time and but a Marshall JCM2000 for a little more than the asking price of this. you can get one used for around $650 now a days. This thing belongs in the trash along with most of the Vox products being produced today. Peavey even has some amps that are tube driven for around this price and sound much better.

It doesn't matter what guitar you are using because it will color your guitar tone to trash when plugged into this amp. If you are simply looking for a practice amp and are set on it being a Marshall then maybe you can get away with this amp. It does have some effects on it which will save some money and time for the beginning guitar player.

OVERALL OPINION

At new these amps come in at around $480, which is a bit high comparatively to a Roland amp or Peavey amp that is solid state and basically does the same exact thing.

I am a huge Marshall fan and I would say save you money for a JCM2000 used or a Peavey 6505 and get a cheap Boss delay pedal and you'll be set.
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Cober05/13/2014

Cober's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)"Not top ..."

Marshall MG101FX
Transo modeling, 100w Marshall connected to an HP 12 "under 4ohms, modeling technology lamps" CSR "

2 Channels: a Clean / Crunch and Overdrive channel divided into two parts OD1/OD2.

Reverb.

Integrated effects.

Like everyone else, I refer you to the manufacturer's website for details, but in practice it is quite comprehensive.

UTILIZATION

The configuration is it simple?

Yes. Not much to say, two channels (a potential crunch on the clean). features are fairly basic, no incomprehensible buttons.


The manual is clear and sufficient? ...

The manual is pretty useless ... really. Two three facts about security, blah, but nothing concrete. Some proposals to address your beast, not disgusting, it can help when you do not know them well to make a base and rework.


Gets it easy to sound good?

Within the capabilities of the amp, yeah. The knobs are quite effective, and intuitive.


Overall nothing to say about the use of the amp. It's basic, it works well. Two three knobs and buttons fun: CSR, contour, in the context of an amp that is aimed at beginners, it allows to discover something else that the volume and EQ gain anything.

Headphones output and an outer loop for effects. Same comment as above, it breaks no three-legged duck but it has the merit to discover these features.

The effects are very imprecise, but it can be used easily.

SOUNDS

Is it your style of music?

Personally I am very Metal. I love the large output levels, tight gains, accuracy, and especially well this incisive and sound.
In this case this amp does not meet these expectations, which is quite normal, whatever the quality of the amp, since we are on a Marshall (or almost), and the mark although sometimes surprising is not known for his amps 'hi-gain'.


With what (s) guitar (s) / low (s) or effect (s) do you play?

For a moment on a Jackson Warrior XT mounted Saymour Duncan SH-13 (Dimebag Darrell), large output level, with a natural V EQ.

Forward with a Cort EVL-K4 mounted (EMG-HZ H4 Bridge and Neck)

Various pedals that marched over the years.


What kind of sound you get and with what settings ("crystalline", "bold", ....)?

I speak very little of the clean channel of the amp. Firstly because I do not use it a lot, and on the other hand because it is quite commonplace. Cold, Law, soulless. Therefore, it transcribes well though the sound of the guitar, really it is very right, which is a plus. But it stops there. I will not say that it is possible to have a 'nice' clean.

On the distortion:

As mentioned above, the headroom is quite (very?) Limited. The sound itself is not terrible I think. Besides this lack of gain, we see a real lack of dynamics. It is soft, it is mouuuuu.

Some of the settings, no way to override this "bweuh bweuh bweuh" specific bad mediums when working a little palm-mute.

The sound does not lack warmth provided when activating the option 'CSR' (which is actually a 'simulation' of lamps. This is not terrible, I mean, it does not ring, but then not all lamp, but it has the merit of bringing a little warmth in the sound). And it is possible a little fiddling to get a clean crunch, but never really effective by the severe lack of attack. Do not disable the CSR, it is useless.

I weigh my words to try to keep an objective opinion, but the saturation of this amp is really disgusting. the sound is too round, really very soft. it seems to have no serious acute on the part of his guitar and when it happens in the treble, although clean, the sound did it this time ... No no bass sustain.

In reality, the real strength of this amp is that it is very very right. As clean as distortion really respects the instrument, no worries on that side. And give him a good positive, it goes very nicely with a pedalboard. It is always a Transo, so exit the real heat, and suddenly the real good sound, but with good pedal that makes coffee (I had for some time a distortion of tube Blackstar, and it sounded. nothing to do with the vile distortion naturally provided by the amp).

To determine the effects ... put a name to an effect, it's cool, absolute ... The delay is very average, not very far chorus, flanger GREATLY increases the volume of the amp .. . This is not bad for mumuse, but concretely, it stinks a little ass.


What are the sounds you prefer, you hate?

To do a quick summary of the pavement above:

The pros:

- Amp very right, respecting the soul of his instrument, and accepting the pedals very well that he sticks to the bottom.
- On secondhand worth more expensive, and always y'en 15 for sale near you, hehe
- 100w adpanne when there's need.
- Can be used to put a synth above, it is once again right.

the -:

- The OD1 channel is useless, the crunch of the clean channel is more dynamic and versatile.
- The OD2 channel is awful, not the slightest aggression (And I'm not saying this because I play Metal, really there's nothing to do).
- The higher up the volume, the more they draft: (


OVERALL OPINION

How long have you use it?

I have a home now for 6/7 years. I used both in amp head that repeats at the start.


Have you tried many other models before buying it?

It was my first 'big' amp, I had some Transos smaller forwards, but old, secondhand. I keep in mind when I bought it was day and night.
Since I had some 'all-lamps', and ... Day and night hehe


What is the particular feature you like best and least?

See above most is that it is right, and very receptive to good instruments and pedals. The less ... Well, it's that it's shit what.


How would you rate the quality / price?
With experience, you do again this choice? ...

At the time, the value was disastrous. it was costing more than 350 € for a big transo unusable without pedals, really is the fact that it is stamped Marshall did buy me ... The Line6, Roland Cube and other modeling amps sound of time, often less expensive, are really much better.

Today, they are found secondhand for a pittance, and I think it's worth much more instantly. Do not get me not to say stupidity, they may have to be corrected this, but I guess it's better than a secondhand Marshall 100DFX the recent new MG range. But I have not tested, so this is a guess.

Is what I would do this choice? mmh ... Nine not, secondhand yeah.

I would just like to say that I always use regularly today. When I train at home, the big 120W lamps is not made for it, and it helps me altogether.

Specifically, for a beginner or for practice, it's not bad. Just do not buy a new one. It's bullshit that the new Marshall MG: p

Hoping that I think can help.
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