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#1
Okay, I've had it. I always see people bashing on the MG's. I searched for it, but I really don't feel like logging through all of those posts. So please, answer me this, even if it is considered a n00b question here. What makes you people hate them?

And yes, while I do own one, I've played through JCM's and the like. And yes, they are one of the finest amps made. But, because I had to buy the amp, and I was just looking for one that was relatively inexpensive and under a quality name, I decided on an MG. So go ahead, bash on it. It works for me.

But for real, what's the deal with the MG?
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#2
idk, but i made a thread very similar to this before and everyone basically said its good if your tone deaf.... i dont have one, and ive never used one though
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#3
Probably because the MG sounds nothing like any of Marshall's tube amps.

Just because it's under a "quality name" doesn't mean it's awesome. You spent way too much money on it, just because it was had Marshall on it. For the same amount of money, or for less, you can get a quality tube amp that'll sound way better.
I just hope you didn't buy a MG100 or MG250....
#4
I would have to say the MG sounds bad. Other than the sound of it, it's alright.

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#6
It a marketing scheme more than anything.

"Lets make an amp and fill it with ****ty effects, and make it loud, and cheap. New guitar players who don't yet have an ear for tone will completly go for it because its loud and says Marshall!"
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Probably because the MG sounds nothing like any of Marshall's tube amps.

Just because it's under a "quality name" doesn't mean it's awesome. You spent way too much money on it, just because it was had Marshall on it. For the same amount of money, or for less, you can get a quality tube amp that'll sound way better.
I just hope you didn't buy a MG100 or MG250....



Nope. Just a 50. And yeah, I know it doesn't sound like any of the Marshall tubes. I now look back on it with a little regret. But hey, I can't really complain. Well, I could. But, you know. I was young and stupid and didn't know the difference between a tube and a solid state.

I'm glad to report, though, that I am gonna get a Valve King or a Fender tube amp soon.
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#8
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Nope. Just a 50. Getting a tube soon though...


A spider valve... hahaha
#10
Most ppl here own or have played tube amps, and good ones at that. To them, Spiders and MGs are both SS amps, which are aweful compared to tubes. And Marshalls are known for their great tube sound, and as some1 above said, its a bad marketing scheme. Id rather get a Peavey or a good Fender amp other than a Spider valve.
#11
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A spider valve... hahaha



Wait, what? Um, hows about no.... Spiders suck. That I do know. I tried to talk my friend out of buying one. Too late though...
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It a marketing scheme more than anything.

"Lets make an amp and fill it with ****ty effects, and make it loud, and cheap. New guitar players who don't yet have an ear for tone will completly go for it because its loud and says Marshall!"


got it in one...
i bought mine when they first came out, and all i had a 10watt practise amp that came in my strat starter set.

100 watts was the holy grail for me at that time...
and i associated Marshall with Slash, and therefore it would be good.


i was wrong....
now, 6/7 years down the line, i have an ear for tone...

i don't look upon my MG with regret though...it was just a learning experience...
and it did serve me faithfully for quite a while!
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#13
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It a marketing scheme more than anything.

"Lets make an amp and fill it with ****ty effects, and make it loud, and cheap. New guitar players who don't yet have an ear for tone will completly go for it because its loud and says Marshall!"


Damn you, you are exactly right. But yeah, the MG was my first amp. I played acoustic for 5 years, and listened to like classical music (I now look back on those years in shame... except I learned how to play fingerstyle and sightread). I was out of the loop of electric. I saw it and thought, Oooh, Marshall! I've heard good things about Marshall!

*hangs head* So yeah, after I got the MG, I began to play through some tube amps.

Needless to say, I was a little annoyed. But, it's all I could afford then, and I didn't know any better. Sadly, as many of you have said, I do now. But, it is a good little amp, I will give it that. No troubles or complaints (except the tone). Time is the best teacher, I guess.
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Yeah, I mean, the smaller amps are okay...It's the 100 and 250, especially the halfstack versions, that are a really big waste.


+1, and that's what all the mindless MG-bashers on this site leave out. The MG is a practice amp. There is nothing wrong with buying an MG just for building your technique in your bedroom, it's when you buy the 100 or 250 watter to build said technique in said bedroom, and could have gotten a nice, toneful tube amp for the same price, that it becomes stupid.
#17
Most little cheap practice amps dont sound good. But they are alot easier to carry around and better than headphones or no amp.
#18
Most little cheap practice amps dont sound good. But they are alot easier to carry around and better than headphones or no amp. Not everybody needs a 50 watt tube amp. Just like most dont need stack amps for practicing at the house. I use my crappy little peavey rage more than I do my tube amp.
#20
They are for people that are tone deaf.They're good for beginers but they'res so much stuff thats beter.The sound they give off just plain sucks though and the effects make you want to shoot your self.It is a good amp for beginers though.
#21
If you like it, good for you, all the better. My only real gripe is that the're kinda expensive, and they sound really trebly at higher volumes, even for SS amps.
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#23
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But there are better sounding, cheaper ones.


I agree, 100%. I mean, you would pay around $400 for a 100 watt mg, when for around less than half, you can buy a Crate 120 watter, with better cleans, and a so so distortion channel. Yeah, the crate isn't that much of a great amp, but it beats spending an extra $200 on a similar sounding amp.
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#25
MG is to Marshall what the (new) Starcaster is to Fender.
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#26
I had an MG, hated myself for it. Because I couldve gotten something much better for the price. But you know, I'm happy with my rig now and don't let it haunt me. Because its what pushed me into getting a decent valve amp.
#27
i went out of my way to test this MG amp.
i tried the 100 watt combo in the shop. i was told not to turn it up too loud by the guy, which was fair enough, but i didn't get to see what it's like turned up. but i could kinda tell, it was going to break up and gett all '****ty'
at low volumes i spose its fine for a bedroom practice amp when your awake and you cant play very loud. but not for gigging, i can see that the distrotion gets very fuzzy.
#29
ahaha
i hate it when you ask the guys what their opinion is on the amp, and they are like, its a great amp, and they lie to you. im just getting my ear for good tone after around four years of playing, and realise alot of the stuff they say its bull****.
#30
To be fair, though, they have to tell you that in order to make sales, because a lot of stores work on comission. It's why I probably wouldn't make a 'good' employee in somewhere like GC. It's why I prefer smaller shops - the people there generally care more about what you want and want you to have the stuff that's right for you. The extra cost is worth it
#31
yeah. i wonder if the salesmen feel bad when they sell a ****ty piece of equipment to someone who doens't have the ear yet. but even the smaller shops would still sell crap to you. my local shop, the owner i think is desperate, he tried to sell me a 4 dollar steel pick when i was just buying 8 normal picks. then tried to sell me an acoustic guitar, and then a clip on tuner when he gave me the guitar to try out.
#33
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yeah. i wonder if the salesmen feel bad when they sell a ****ty piece of equipment to someone who doens't have the ear yet. but even the smaller shops would still sell crap to you. my local shop, the owner i think is desperate, he tried to sell me a 4 dollar steel pick when i was just buying 8 normal picks. then tried to sell me an acoustic guitar, and then a clip on tuner when he gave me the guitar to try out.

No, trust me. An ugly girl who wanted a tenor sax was flirting with me, and by flirting back I got her to buy the most expensive one in the store (way above her level). Granted, I'm a cold, callous, bastard.
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#34
^ That's cruel. Interesting, but cruel...

I wouldn't be able to cope with selling someone a Spider or MG or something. Well, maybe one of the tiny ones as just a practice amp. But no matter how much I was paid, I don't think I could say "Get a Line 6 Spider" if someone came and told me they wanted a versatile or high-gain amp.
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No, trust me. An ugly girl who wanted a tenor sax was flirting with me, and by flirting back I got her to buy the most expensive one in the store (way above her level). Granted, I'm a cold, callous, bastard.


hahaha.
dont you even feel slightly bad abotu that. i would feel terrible. i used to play sax once too. and i know they can get damn expensive.
#36
I think most guitar salesmen know the deal with the Marshall MG. I went in to rent an amp for a gig once, and I was asking the guy what other kinds of amps they might have available if I were to come back the next day. He mentions "Oh there might be a Marshall MG", I laughed and said "I don't think so", and he just laughed and said "Yeah, I know, and its solid state too".
#37
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I played acoustic for 5 years, and listened to like classical music (I now look back on those years in shame....

why?
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#38
I nearly bought an MG once. I really liked the sound of it too but I suspect if I had cranked it my ears would have promptly combusted.

My school has just bought an MG 30 watt which is alright considering it's just for practice. Only problem really is that there's not much control of the clean channel. Just volume, bass and treble - even with the treble all the way down it still seems to cut through far too much.
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#40
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why?



I meant I look back on all of those years listening to calssical music because I'm just now starting to get caught up on other genres. I was kind of close-minded towards others. Now, though....

Maybe "shame" was too strong a word. I look back with slight annoyance that I was close-minded.

I love the fact that I learned classical music, as it opened up new influences for me. I got my Strat in my 5th year (incedently, my first true electric). Playing th acoustic for so long definately aided in playing an electric, because my fingers were strong from barring. The only thing that took getting used to was the tiny strings.
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