#1
I've tackled this from a few other angles here b/c I'm still not sure what to do. I recently bought an MG15 DFX and have probably read too much about how people hate these. I'm relatively new and learning and just about every band I'd like to play uses these but I know $179 and $1799 amps are different...by a ton. I know the OD isn't great, but a buddy gave me a Jackhammer pedal which makes it sound a ton better (to me at least). Honestly, if I didn't read this site, I probably wouldn't be debating this since I'm a beginner.

I've considered replacing with a Cube 30, Vox AD30VT or the XL of this. Since I'm playing really quietly, I know I won't need the 30 watts at all, but the features seem better (more models on the cube and the attenuator on the Vox). Will the attenuator on the vox let me keep a really REALLY low sound (at night with kids) with good tone, or will it still need to be louder? Same function as the Cube power squeezer? Also, I think the Vox has more Marshall models so I'm leaning toward this since I really like maiden, priest, ac/dc, metallica, megadeth etc. Lastly, if it's worth trading up today (I will at some point I'm sure) and it's the vox, is the XL better or the regular one. Thanks!

Thoughts?
#2
Well, honestly I think if you like the MG for now you should just keep it, at least you didn't buy one of the expensive ones. The cheaper ones are decent for what they are and if you're happy with it, then cool.

However, if you do want to trade it in for something else, you're looking in the right places. I would go for the Vox honestly, the Cube was alright when I played it but didn't wow me, same with the XL series. The regular Vox Valvetronix are great and I still play on mine even with my Mesa, they're great little amps. The attenuator on the back really doesn't do anything since it's not a real tube amp, you wouldn't be using it as an attenuator is supposed to be used, but it's useful if you want to play at low volumes I suppose to make sure that no one knocks the volume knob up and it blasts.
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Get Cube 30. Get headphones.

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I like the cube 30 tone better then the vox ad series also, better try before you buy.
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i've heard that a guy's MG30DFX blew up in his house in flames, is that true, since i was going to buy one myself?
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i've heard that a guy's MG30DFX blew up in his house in flames, is that true, since i was going to buy one myself?


It wouldnt surprise me
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i've heard that a guy's MG30DFX blew up in his house in flames, is that true, since i was going to buy one myself?

Dont buy one anyways... jeez these people never learn. Get a Cube or a Valvetronix
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Honestly, if I didn't read this site, I probably wouldn't be debating this since I'm a beginner.


Keep it, use it, enjoy it, and save your money for when you're ready for a real amp upgrade. The little one is fine for what it is: a practice amp. It's the 50W and 100W versions that get the extreme hate around here. Seems like you're already bright enough not to upgrade to one of those. Or a Spider.

I hear bad things about the Vox XL series. The Cube line is probably better for you and your tastes. If you get to the point that you want to play out, then a more significant upgrade to something like a tube combo would be your next move. I'd wait until I got to that point before I upgraded, anyway. If you were to get a 30W Vox AD or Cube, you'll be looking to upgrade again really soon, anyway.

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wat amp is the best for that metallica/''master of puppets'' sound.
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TS, though I can tell you that the ad30vt is a great amp, I would recommend you to save up a little more and get an ad50vt, or even an ad100vt. You can use both for eventual band practice and gigging, with the ad100vt having a better sound as it has two speakers. Going from one practice amp to another is a waste of money, as you'll want to buy a bigger amp someday anyway.

EDIT: I don't find the mg15cd to be all that bad. Of course it's way worse than a tube amp, but for a 15w solid state amp it's okay.
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i only have a budget of 100 pounds anyway so, i really need a good amp for this price to give me the metallica tone
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hmm well ur first problem is at the start of he second line, u bought an MG. secondly i have a valvetronix, but dont be sucked into buying it by all the amp models it has, they suck donkey balls, i run mine on clean all the time and just crank the volume and gain instead of using the other models, i have played a cube and they are much nicer sounding
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i have a cube 15 and it sounds alright, but is it good enough for a small gig
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I've had my MG15 for 5 years and it's been great for me. Can get those metal tones you're after. Just keep it and if you really are serious about guitar start thinking along the lines of a tube amp later on down the line.
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i have a cube 15 and it sounds alright, but is it good enough for a small gig... so , Marshall MG's or Cube 30X?


It's really not enough for gigging, but upgrading to a 30W Cube (definitely don't go for the bigger MG) just isn't practical. The Cube 60 is a better option for gigs. If you're going to upgrade, I'd make the move to at least 50 or 60W SS.
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i have a valvetronix, but dont be sucked into buying it by all the amp models it has, they suck donkey balls, i run mine on clean all the time and just crank the volume and gain instead of using the other models, i have played a cube and they are much nicer sounding

I'm going to have to dissagree with you on everything you said.

The models on the Vox don't suck, for the price it's a great amp with very good sounding models. Also, running it on clean all the time and cranking the volume and gain isn't going to get your much distortion, if any. Maybe you mean you're using a pedal on the clean channel as well? I see you have a Zoom G2, if that's what you're running through it, I have one too and I can say with confidence that that pedal sound like crap running through the Vox.
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