iamqman 07/08/2011

Marshall MG15DFX : iamqman's user review

"Good practice amp"
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These MG DFX series amps one feature that separate them from the others...FDD. I will talk about it later on. This is the 15 watt model and same tone as the other watt amps. They are able to tap a good market with this amp with the price point they start at and the availability of them in the guitar stores.

Output (RMS): 15W

Channels: 2

Footswitchable Channels: none

CD Input: yes

Emulated Line Out: yes

Emulated Headphone: yes

Spring Reverb: none

Digital Effects: yes

FDD: yes

Speaker: 1 x 8 in.

Dimensions: 380 x 375 x 205 mm

Weight: 7.2 kg

UTILIZATION

Features
Twin channels - Clean and Overdrive

Contour Control for dramatic mid sweep and "scooping"

Emulated Line Out jack and Headphone jack

CD input which allows you to play along to your favorite discs

Built-in Digital Effects - Reverb, Chorus, Flange, and Delay

8 in. custom-voiced speaker

FDD (Frequency Dependent Damping)

SOUNDS

If you must pick up one of the solid state MG amps from Marshall make sure you get the FDD switch on there. The over drive channel is excellent for modern rock and will sound good with any guitar used with humbucker pickup. It really tightens the distortion up a lot and fills the tone out more. The tone becomes thicker and fatter much like a real tube amp from Marshall.

This is an all in one amp for a beginner guitar player. Any one who has spent any time with a tube amp will not go for this other than to have as a practice unit for silence or office use. The crunch channel will get you a great classic rock tone. Trying using a Gibson Les Paul or SG and dial down the gain for some good Led Zeppelin tone or Ac/Dc crunch. The tone from this amp isn't that bad for being a solid state amp.


OVERALL OPINION

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. this amp has been discontinued and the used market will be the only way to go to get this amp.I have seen them used on the classifieds for just over or around $100, which isn't that bad of a buy.