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Stormymonday
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I sold almost all of my gear(Fender/Gibson/Vox/Marshall) some time back to pay off medical bills..thats a long story. Cleaning out a closet I discovered my old 86 Custom Charvel guitar that I forgot about. Put on new strings and Lemon oiled up the old girl
and it still has a fast neck and is easy to play. I've been playing daily since I discovered this old guitar that I forgot about..I'm glad that I did start playing again..I do enjoy it!!

The MRS. went out and bought me this Marshall MG30CFX amp..since I did not own a amp anymore, and I've been using it every day since(about one month) She said that she only paid $135 out the door,new in the unopened box.

I do not know anyone who has this model Marshall amp...made some calls to older players that I know..but they don't use it either!!

Can I get some feedback from other players about this amp, or from people who own this amp..to get some more info..either good or bad about the Marshall MG30CFX amp.

Respects..
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They don't have a very good reputation honestly. I think they're fine as a practice amp though.


As long as you like it, it doesn't matter what other people think.
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^ that


It is a mediocre practice amp at best. It is what it is. If you like it that is all that matters.

There is information out there about it:
http://lmgtfy.com/?q=Marshall+MG30CFX+is+it+any+good

Now. Let's talk a little more about that Charvel you found
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If you're happy with it, then that is all that matters. With that said, the majority of opinions here (including mine) will be negative. What kind of response/information are you hoping to get out of this thread?
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I think the Marshall MG series are an ok practice amp, were very popular in the UK for a while until the sound started to grate.

I prefer the Peavey Vypyr 30 for a better tone, yet in the UK Peavey are along way down the list compared to the Marshall name.

However if the MG sounds how you want it to sound then perfect, sounds like you could sell it on when money allows for an upgrade
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CFX is the bit that gets me, i know they did a DFX...

but enough about the amp, what about this guitar...
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divorce?



seriously, though, if you like it that's all that matters. as 311 said, tell us about the charvel
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seriously, though, if you like it that's all that matters. as 311 said, tell us about the charvel


The Charvel Guitar is a 1986 model series 3 HSS, its Yellow Pearl in color,Cream Pearl pickguard with special Jackson pickups. It has a Wilkinson Vibrato(not Kahler) in origional tweed case. I picked it up from Jackson in Cailfornia in 86,and paid $599.95
for it,and have all the origional paperwork from Jackson Charvel signed off by Grover and Wayne,and several photos of all of us togeather.
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The MG isn't the worst amp in the world, thats reserved for the Line6 spyder. It is generally awful though.

Then again, for 100 bucks, it is what it is.
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I played a MG30DFX for years and thought it was fine... Then I found this site. My advice; run, run for your life.
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This site's hatred of the MG is unjustified. It may not be brilliant, but its an acceptable practice amp that can be purchased cheap on the used market.

I'm not saying people should start recommending it, but they should stop slagging it off to people that already have them.
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This site's hatred of the MG is unjustified. It may not be brilliant, but its an acceptable practice amp that can be purchased cheap on the used market.

I'm not saying people should start recommending it, but they should stop slagging it off to people that already have them.


I disagree (and I own one...)

The 'hatred' is generally because for the money there are vastly better choices out there coupled with the fact that the distortion is nearly unusable and it doesn't take pedals for shit.

The clean channel is usable for some things ( I use mine as a backing track amp...) but that's about it.

So when people want to spend money to get better tone, no one with a conscience would suggest polishing this particular turd and that comes through in this forum.
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So when people want to spend money to get better tone, no one with a conscience would suggest polishing this particular turd and that comes through in this forum.

It's true that if you want to improve your tone and you currently own an MG you should not put a dime into anything until you upgrade the amp... But I think his point was that in situations such as this thread there's no reason to bash the amp. (But then again there's also no reason to post a 'I like my amp, but what do you think about it' thread.) I guess he asked for opinions and he got them.
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Quote by Stormymonday
The Charvel Guitar is a 1986 model series 3 HSS, its Yellow Pearl in color,Cream Pearl pickguard with special Jackson pickups. It has a Wilkinson Vibrato(not Kahler) in origional tweed case. I picked it up from Jackson in Cailfornia in 86,and paid $599.95
for it,and have all the origional paperwork from Jackson Charvel signed off by Grover and Wayne,and several photos of all of us togeather.
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pics or it's a charvette and you met grover from seasame street.
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Quote by Stormymonday
The Charvel Guitar is a 1986 model series 3 HSS, its Yellow Pearl in color,Cream Pearl pickguard with special Jackson pickups. It has a Wilkinson Vibrato(not Kahler) in origional tweed case. I picked it up from Jackson in Cailfornia in 86,and paid $599.95
for it,and have all the origional paperwork from Jackson Charvel signed off by Grover and Wayne,and several photos of all of us togeather.
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nice!

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This site's hatred of the MG is unjustified. It may not be brilliant, but its an acceptable practice amp that can be purchased cheap on the used market.

I'm not saying people should start recommending it, but they should stop slagging it off to people that already have them.


i thought the mg sounded pretty mediocre and lifeless back when i still thought my avt sounded good...

but i agree, i mean i never slag them off in a NAD thread or anything like that. But if someone's asking for advice, or asking for opinions, then it's fair game. Staying silent doesn't necessarily do anyone a service if it just lets the opposing (wrong ) opinion go unchallenged...

granted you need to be doing it for the right reason- if you are just doing that to belittle people's gear or rain on their parade then I agree that's a dick move. But if you're generally trying to steer other players towards better kit, then that's fair enough and should be encouraged, IMO.
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I saw in a couple of pictures that on Bucketheads Les Paul (only some pictures) that his neck pickup is painted in white. Can anyone explain to me why he would do this, and if there are any pros and cons.

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Quote by H4T3BR33D3R
They don't have a very good reputation honestly. I think they're fine as a practice amp though.


As long as you like it, it doesn't matter what other people think.

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This, oh sweet baby Jesus, this!!

Seriously, if you like it USE it! A student in a class I was supply teaching for brought his guitar and amp in. The class begged me to let him play, and they were behaving so I said "sure". The kid had an cheap Epiphone (ultra or special) I think and a small Marshall MG. I thought he sounded pretty good. I've changed my opinion in the MGs. I don't think the MGFX's sound nearly as bad as people make the out on here.
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I prefer the Peavey Vypyr 30 for a better tone, yet in the UK Peavey are along way down the list compared to the Marshall


It does sound really good! Better than the MG!
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It's true that if you want to improve your tone and you currently own an MG you should not put a dime into anything until you upgrade the amp... But I think his point was that in situations such as this thread there's no reason to bash the amp. (But then again there's also no reason to post a 'I like my amp, but what do you think about it' thread.) I guess he asked for opinions and he got them.

Thank you!!! That was exactly my point.

I owned one in the past and it served me well. When i finished with it about 10-15 years ago i gave it to a friend and he's still happy with it to this day.

Yes, there may be better amps, but that doesn't stop MGs being a solid practice amp.
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This site's hatred of the MG is unjustified. It may not be brilliant, but its an acceptable practice amp that can be purchased cheap on the used market.

I'm not saying people should start recommending it, but they should stop slagging it off to people that already have them.

I didn't see any hate in this thread until you had to bring it up. 80% of the time it works just like this. People give some non-hateful honest advice and then someone has to step in and talk about all the hate toward MGs here at UG - which in turn brings out more people defending why the opinion that they are not so great is justified. Right?
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Quote by 311ZOSOVHJH
I didn't see any hate in this thread until you had to bring it up. 80% of the time it works just like this. People give some non-hateful honest advice and then someone has to step in and talk about all the hate toward MGs here at UG - which in turn brings out more people defending why the opinion that they are not so great is justified. Right?

So you consider the first reply to this thread to have been useful? Does it count as honest advice?

Or is it someone seeing a thread created by a guy asking about an MG and simply saying "No. Just no"?

Sounds like the hating started right from the first reply.

Now go back and remind yourself who posted that first reply.
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Right, 311

Unrelated but the other day I bought one of those lil danelectro mini amps for camping trips and obnoxious public playing. It's a pretty loud, badass little amp if you like a fuzzy tone when you're honing your chops while walking your dog or need some attention between classes
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The MG isn't the worst amp in the world, thats reserved for the Line6 spyder. It is generally awful though.

Then again, for 100 bucks, it is what it is.

Exactly. People need to keep the price in mind. I play Dust 514 with a guy who claims to have a Jackson and a Line 6 Spider. He sounds damn good over the mic. He had to use the computer editor for hours to get a good tone he said.
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They're crap but I suppose for $135 it isn't so bad. You can't expect a plexi for $135 can you?
Not something I'd ever buy though, I'm way too fussy about my tone.
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So you consider the first reply to this thread to have been useful? Does it count as honest advice?

Or is it someone seeing a thread created by a guy asking about an MG and simply saying "No. Just no"?

Sounds like the hating started right from the first reply.

Now go back and remind yourself who posted that first reply.

'No, just no' is not a hateful comment. That was more of my way of showing my displeasure for the lack of research prior to posting the OP and a slight warning to the upcoming onslaught that will ensue. That is what my statement is in reference too. It is used a lot, especially in forums to convey such displeasure.

Besides, I turned around 15 minutes later and provided some helpful information and used the term 'mediocre' - which is exactly what that amp is. I would be ashamed to run an 80's Charvel through a MG.

But hey - you are talking to a guy who once owned a Frontman so feel free to bash away.

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One of my first amps back in the late 80s/early 90s was the old Squire 10w amp (can't remember model), always hated it
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Lets just assume that the MG isn't terrible. Say it's an okay amp.

I think we can all agree that it is not the best sounding amp in it's price range, for it's target audience. At the very least, there's the Peavey Vypyr and the Fender Mustang. You can even throw the Vox VT on that list, though I don't think they're amazing.

With those alternatives, why would you ever trump up an MG? They're all the same exact price - give the MG any positive light at all gives manufacturers justification to continue to make inferior products. We can be very harsh critics here - and I think being very harsh and very honest is a very good thing. I've been here a little while, and I know for a fact we have driven a very decent number of people away from Spiders and MGs to Vypyrs. I know for a fact that the grapevine exists, we've given the Vypyr a more positive light in the past few years (or at least, given the Spider a more negative light).

That's a great thing. The more people we can push to a superior product (remember, there is no financial advantage here at all), that will force the other manufacturers to up their ante, and everyone wins in the end.

That's why the MG sucks and you shouldn't buy one.

I know a lot of the other regulars are more pacifist, but I'm not on board for this "MGs are okay" bullshit.
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You guys are mean. I always feel really bad when people give me gifts I don't like.
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I feel bad too. I mean his wife was kind and sweet in her intentions to get him an amp. Nothing wrong with that. If it works for now and it gets you playing again then that is all that matters for now. Most people will consider that a mediocre amp but for $135 - hey, it was it is. If you can save up say $250 or so you will have enough for a pretty killer amp actually.

When you are ready TS - start a thread with 'Budget-Genres-New or Used-Location-Home or Gig' and we'll point you.




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Quote by 311ZOSOVHJH
I feel bad too. I mean his wife was kind and sweet in her intentions to get him an amp. Nothing wrong with that. If it works for now and it gets you playing again then that is all that matters for now.


When I decided to get back into playing my wife bought me my MG (an MG50DFX) and paid full price for it.

Over time I came to realize how...limited...it was, and that it was not a good deal.

But I'd never tell her that...because she did it out of the goodness of her heart and that means WAY more to me than 'getting the right thing'.

And like I said, I still use it to play backing tracks through, so it's not a total loss.
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And like I said, I still use it to play backing tracks through, so it's not a total loss.


They're also damn good door stops if it ever stops playing backing tracks.
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Quote by 311ZOSOVHJH
Side story. I've been wanting a new leaf blower. I have an electric one now that works pretty well and is fairly powerful. Unfortunately I want a bigger-badder one that is gasoline powered. My wife didn't know that and came home yesterday with a cheap rechargeable battery type.

I had to tell her.....No, just no.

My wife bought me an electric razor since a roommate's dog had chewed mine up years ago and I never replaced it, despite hating to use a normal razor... But she got one without the beard trimmer. I shave pretty infrequently so I normally had to use the beard trimmer first. I didn't have the heart to tell her.

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But I'd never tell her that...because she did it out of the goodness of her heart and that means WAY more to me than 'getting the right thing'.

Exactly. You remember my Christmas dilemna... I never said a word. I liked the way you put your advice; 'don't burden her with your stupidity.'
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