G30RCD review by Marshall

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 8
  • Features: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 8.8 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.1 (7 votes)
Marshall: G30RCD

Price paid: $ 70

Purchased from: Pawn X-Change

Sound — 9
The amp has very good bass tone shape and sound, even when you don't have bass up too high. I'm impressed. The clean has the nice Marshall tone you expect; the distorion has very good crunch on high gain settings, and there's a good sweet spot for cool overdrive tones, too. The reverb works well with a wah setting, but when you bump into the amp when it's reverb is high, it makes this weird shimmer noise. But overall, the amp sounds like a dream on guitar, and the same on bass.

Overall Impression — 9
This is a good practical amp. Probably not loud enough for live performing, but the amp has good effects settings for really cool sounds. Coming from a 10 Watt Fender before this, it sounds like God blessed it, but this is a fairly inexpexnsive, yet good quality Marshall. Highly reccommend it.

Reliability & Durability — 8
I got it used at a pawn shop, but it sounds really good to me. The only thing is when the reverb is high and you bump into the siding, the amp makes a weird shimmer noise. It sounds cool, but not when you're playing a metal piece or something. But the amp hasn't broken on me yet, so that's not a problem :D

Features — 9
A great Marshall combo: 30 watts of output, 2 channel clean/overdrive, reverb dial, CD/iPod/auxilary input to play along with songs, headphone jack and open back to store things and access speaker. Works with all styles that I play, like hard rock, alternative, jazz, metal, and slap bass.

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    I bought this amp back in the late 90's after my smaller Park combo blew up. It was the second amp I ever owned and still own and use it to this day. Amazing clean tone from the clean channel and decent distortion/overdrive from the overdrive channel channel, the reverb is alright, shines at high volume at least to my ears. Fairly loud for a single speaker. Great practice/bedroom amp or even small coffee shop gig combo. Never used it for anything bigger however with PA support perhaps it would work. I paid more back in the day however I have noticed these going used for under $100 these days, if you can find one and want something small but packs decent tone it is well worth it.
    This was my second marshall amp that I bought and volume wise I couldn't tell that much difference from the mg50dfx that I had which was loud. after trying the dfx I didn't like the effects (digital pedals or studios are better by far) so I sold that and looked for another practice amp without the effects adding to the price and found this amp.As a bass player I only mess around with guitar and never have any intention of playing a guitar at a gig so this amp was and is the ideal amp for me