#1
Right the MG takes alot of stick from people saying its a terrible amp... What about the MA series

I was thinking about buying a Marshall MA50H with a 4x12 cab

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#2
i thought the dsl amps sounded lightyears better than the MA amps honestly.
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#3
The MA series amplifiers are geared toward high-gain tones. A lot of people on this forum don't like them, but then again a lot of people around here don't like Marshall amps for one reason or another. I probably wouldn't pick an MA for blues, but it should be fine for the rest of what you listed.

They definitely sound better on the 1960 cabinets, though.
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#4
I have a Marshall MA50H and tomorrow I should be getting a 4x12 cab. I can tell you about it tomorrow.
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#5
IMO a 4x12 is usually overkill. its a pain in the ass to haul around. a 2x12 is cheaper, lighter, and usually enough for most gigs. and a larger gig you'll probably mic it anyway.
#6
I played the MA and thought it was junk. No EQ response. Thin. Lifeless. Limp.

Sorry. There. Are. Better. Choices.


PS: I live in the US and I also do not hate Marshall. Some of my favorite music ever was created on a Marshall amp. The last great Marshall worth buying imo was the JCM 800 2555 built in 1995 time frame.
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#7
NO MG. I suggest a Laney if you have enough money.
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#8
@0RI0N its not a MG its a MA
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#9
Quote by 311ZOSOVHJH
I played the MA and thought it was junk. No EQ response. Thin. Lifeless. Limp.

Sorry. There. Are. Better. Choices.

This exactly. It is not that everyone hates Marshall as some ignorant person stated above. It is that for the price and what you get you can do much better
#10
TRUE FACT: The 'MA' actually stands for 'Mediocre - Affordable'

Or possibly 'Marketing Approved'?


It's not a bad amp by any means, but the sole purpose of it is so people can own a 'real tube Marshall stack'. The design seems alright, chances are the MA would sound damn good with decent speakers and good quality tubes.
That said, why play a soulless marketing excercise when there's s much other good stuff available?

When you consider you can get an Orange Rocker/Thunder 30, Laney LH50, Bogner Alchemist or Blackstar HT 100 for around the same price, it seems like a really crap deal.
#12
I wasn't impressed either of the times I've played it. I've played the entire MA line at least once...and everytime I go into the shop, I seem to always give it another chance. I am disappoint Much better amps to be had for the money.
#13
With a good (non-MA) cab and some quality tubes, the MA is a great amp. But I still think you could do better for the money.
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#14
There is one at my local shop, but I still haven't tried it out yet. I haven't heard good things about them. You can't go by other peoples opinions though. So I need to go try it sometime. I will need to plug into a better cab than the stock one though.
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#15
I'd much rather a JCM800 or 900, or even a JCM2000 DSL to an MA. I really didn't like the tone of the amp. It was very fizzy and had nothing behind it.
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