Price paid: $ 366
Purchased from: Some internet site ive forgotten
Sound — 4
I use this amp either with my Epiphone SG Custom or Explorer, and usually a Boss ME-50 Multi-Effects unit in front to improve the weak sounding distortions and effects. I play mostly modern rock/metal like Lostprophets, Jimmy Eat World and Muse. For a while this amp seemed to cover these half decently, however as time developed I realised just how weak the distortion modes are. Even "Classic crunch" mode offers neither a classic sound, nor a crunch. To sun up the sound in one word, I would say: disappointing.
Overall Impression — 4
Overall impressions are that this amp is not what I was expecting. The quality of different effects and settings really let down the Marshall name in my opinion, and I urge anyone Who (like me) thinks "oh, it's a Marshall, it'll be good" to reconsider.
Reliability & Durability — 8
The only problem I've had with this amp has been the footswitch breaking, which set me back 30, but other than that it's reliability & durability has been pretty good. I've also gigged this amp for a while now and it has taken anything I throw at it, and there has been a few things for that matter!
Features — 6
The MG100DFX is basically a low end Solid state Marshall for those who can't afford JCM's etc. However, the low price does mean lower quality. The 2 channels do mke things much easier when the footswitch is included, however it's often the case that you need to Switch between clean and classic crunch, or OD1 and OD2, which you can't do without pushing a Switch on the amp itself. The inbuilt effects are also pretty weak, and they also can only be tuned on and off, not changed between each other using the footswitch. The amp does pack plenty of power, I've played large outside venues without turning it past halfway, but using it at high volumes with distortion does create huge amounts of feedback, too much too bear for listeners.