#1
I've been playing acoustic guitar for around 13 years now (heavily influenced by DMB) and I'm interested in picking up electric guitar. Can someone suggest some good sites or resources to help me get going (my main concern is solos)? I plan on picking up a Marshall MG100HDFX/MG412 Half Stack with Digital Effects (I currently have a Peavy Bandit). And currently have an electric guitar, but may pickup a new one. Any feedback would be appreciated.
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#2
Marshall MG series have a bad reputation around here. Plenty nice valve amps around.
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^what he said. Most people on here hate on the MG series and also Line6 spiders.

And you don't need a halfstack, really
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I should mention that I started playing in a band, hence the need to switch it up a bit and pickup electric. So I will need a decent amp, any suggestions then on a good amp? I'm somewhat sold on finding a Marshall amp.
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Quote by pern009
I should mention that I started playing in a band, hence the need to switch it up a bit and pickup electric. So I will need a decent amp, any suggestions then on a good amp? I'm somewhat sold on finding a Marshall amp.

Well what genre do you play? And why are you so keen on buying a Marshall? (not hating)
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If you want to go Marshall that's fine, but don't waste your money on the MG series, just suck it up and drop the money for the better tube amps they offer.

But let me ask, why are you so certain you want a Marshall? You say you've been playing acoustic for 13 years so am I right in saying you have little-to-no experience with amplifiers? Don't just pick Marshall right out of the gate because they're the most common brand associated with rock, there are plenty of great manufacturers out there. Go to a guitar shop and play through a few different brands and make your decision after you've combed through enough to know which sound you want.

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If you want to go Marshall that's fine, but don't waste your money on the MG series, just suck it up and drop the money for the better tube amps they offer.

But let me ask, why are you so certain you want a Marshall? You say you've been playing acoustic for 13 years so am I right in saying you have little-to-no experience with amplifiers? Don't just pick Marshall right out of the gate because they're the most common brand associated with rock, there are plenty of great manufacturers out there. Go to a guitar shop and play through a few different brands and make your decision after you've combed through enough to know which sound you want.


I've fiddled with my peavy amp for the past 10 years I've had it and it's pretty crappy. I've only heard good things about marshall and that's the reason I'm geared toward that brand. But I am open for whatever sounds good, I'll have to check out some amps. My budget for a new amp is around $600. So the tubes in the MG series just aren't that great huh?
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#9
The MG is a solid state amp, it has no tubes

Seriously, nowadays Marshall is just a name, and unfortunately they make some crap.
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A good 30-50 tube amp will still be louder than a 100 watt Mg if it's loudness you're looking for.
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A good 30-50 tube amp will still be louder than a 100 watt Mg if it's loudness you're looking.



misunderstanding here, but it'll defo sound better on the higher volumes (and tube sound is apparently easier to register for us)
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Believe me, the Peavey Bandit itself is far better than that Marshall MG half stack. What all genres to do really play? The only reason you should consider a stack at all is if you prefer the tighter low end response they offer over an open-back combo, but that's something usually more desirable in harder genres.

You'll get used to people complaining about the MG series Marshall's around here, but basically, the general consensus is that they're very mediocre amps for a premium price tag. The tube amps Marshall offer are great, but their low end stuff is junk.

For the price of that MG half stack, you can look into a used JCM 900 combo (you might find an 800 for that price if you're lucky), which will be much, much better. You could also check out some other amps, such as a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe, or Peavey Classic 30 or 50.

Are you going to be gigging with the amp?
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Believe me, the Peavey Bandit itself is far better than that Marshall MG half stack. What all genres to do really play? The only reason you should consider a stack at all is if you prefer the tighter low end response they offer over an open-back combo, but that's something usually more desirable in harder genres.

You'll get used to people complaining about the MG series Marshall's around here, but basically, the general consensus is that they're very mediocre amps for a premium price tag. The tube amps Marshall offer are great, but their low end stuff is junk.

For the price of that MG half stack, you can look into a used JCM 900 combo (you might find an 800 for that price if you're lucky), which will be much, much better. You could also check out some other amps, such as a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe, or Peavey Classic 30 or 50.

Are you going to be gigging with the amp?


I'll be playing rock/classic rock/alternative and yes this amp will need to be a gig amp also.
#14
Then the 900 will be perfect for you. A combo will be plenty loud enough (the volume difference between 50 watts and 100 watts is barely noticeable), but if you want the half stack sound, a JCM 900 head and matching 4x12 cab can be had used for about a $1,000. Check around on craigslist or ebay, there's usually good deals floating around on 900's.
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Then the 900 will be perfect for you. A combo will be plenty loud enough (the volume difference between 50 watts and 100 watts is barely noticeable), but if you want the half stack sound, a JCM 900 head and matching 4x12 cab can be had used for about a $1,000. Check around on craigslist or ebay, there's usually good deals floating around on 900's.


I'll check out this amp. I'm assuming it will be a noticeable difference from the Peavy Bandit I have.
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I'll check out this amp. I'm assuming it will be a noticeable difference from the Peavy Bandit I have.
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#17
I guess problem is I'm on a budget of maybe $600 or so. I really could use a new electric guitar, I currently have one my father made. And it's not bad but it may be a better idea to hang on to the peavy amp I have for now and upgrade the electric guitar first? Any recommendations? I know nothing about electric guitars.
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#18
upgrade the amp first A crappy guitar can still sound good through a decent amp, but A great guitar will still sound like **** through a bad amp
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