Rocket Special review by Marshall

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 8
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 7
  • Features: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 8.4 Superb
  • Users' score: 6.9 (56 votes)
Marshall: Rocket Special

Sound — 10
When I got it, I had never played guitar before and knew nothing about them. At first I thought it was a peice of crap and I treated it that way, throwing it around and kicking it and stuff. Treating it like this caused some of the paint to come off, which gave me the bright idea to remove all of the paint. After doing these 'modifications', the guitar has taken on a whole new life and really does sound good. When I knew nothing about guitars I thought it wasnt very good, and then I played some Squires and a Mexican Strat, and I was appalled. This guitar is great for that SRV kind of jazzy/bluesy sound he gets, and with overdrive you can do a convincing Hendrix impression.

Overall Impression — 9
With '60s-'70s rock its as good as anything else. I believe that if you play this enough then youll really like this guitar, I've used it solidly for 4 years now, and although I got a Gibson SG to replace it, its just too hard to make the transition, and so I still use this as my primary instrument.

Reliability & Durability — 8
The guitar will certainly withstand live playing, I've used it a few times and its bloody solid, except for the strap buttons, which are garbage. The stock finish isnt bulletproof though, so I removed mine.

Action, Fit & Finish — 7
As I said before, the Factory set up left alot to be desired, but my personal experience from just playing has gotten me to figure out my personal setup. As someone said in another review of this guitar, the pickups really are excellent, rivalling anything up to a US Fender or Gibson. Apart from minor ajustments, it was okay. One small issue is that the neck has quite a large radius (about 14") which is great for bends but a little sus on barre chords.

Features — 8
My guitar is 2002 Vintage, made in China. It was black on black, with a dark rosewood neck. It has 21 small Fender-style frets. The body is poplar with a maple neck. When I got it, it was finished with the gloss black paint that is standard. It is your run-of-the-mill srat shape, the pickups are in a H/S/S format, with standard Fender controls. The tuners a crap bargain bin ones, and the guitar came with everything you need, amp, lead, strap etc.

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    I had this guitar lasted me abou 6 years only about 1 of serious playing but I found teh distortion pretty good when played through the amp, it's fairly decent for a beginner
    wow i didnt think they would have a review for this! this was my first electric guitar! it broke recently mind after a good 5 years, i used to love it untill my hands grew but it served me well, i learned many songs on this baby, best starter guitar ive ever played for the price
    the MG15CDR is MUCH better than the MG15CDFX for some reason. The distortion on the FX is just terrible. But back to the guitar. The humbucker is really good, but it's too mid-ranged for me
    can someone plz tell me data on this guitar? like scale lenght and so.. :/
    I have this guitar, since a year or so... I have played with Gibson and Fender Guitars, and well this Marshall is preety good... I mean, it is not too expensive and it sonds awsome (not like Pro-Guitar) but anyway it is really good for a begginer (I was a beginner when i got this) and the amp... I dont really know much about them, but for me it sounds pretty good... (yeah the dist and the FX everything!!! XD) it is true sometimes the strap buttons get loose, also the jack... but you can fix this easy... and well for last I have used it live in many ocations with no back-up (becase i just have this guitar) and it stays in tune (for several songs) and it sounds awsome =D i just love the guitar XD