Price paid: $ 600
Purchased from: Hot Licks Guitar Shop
Sound — 8
I use several guitars. My primary guitar guitar when I used this head was an Ibanez RG270EG. EMG-81 in the bridge, EMG-60 in the Neck, and an Infinity single coil in the center position. It has a HUGE amount of low end. The 'middle' EQ knob does very little, but it does add more body which I like, rather than scooping your sound. Contour seems like it was designed to be a more efficient scoop. Beware the High end, if its too high, it will kill your ears. It is pretty quiet as far as excess noise, though I think my particular head has a bad saudering job somewhere, as there is a problem with feedback and buzz when my amp is in the second channel, but the first channel is in the Crunch mode. The problem goes away when I'm in the second channel, and the first channel is in clean mode. So it leads me to believe its merely a construction error. The amp can produce most tones, but is limited as its a starter half stack. It does get distorted at higher volumes, especially once you get past 2 o clock on the master volume control.
Overall Impression — 9
I've been playing guitar for almost 5 years now, I got this after two years of playing, and used it constantly for an entire year. I have owned several heads, A Peavey valve king, Behringer Vamp, and a B-52 100 watt. I have several guitars, all equipped with EMG active pick ups. If this amp was stolen, I probably would not replace it. I like how it sounds for being a cheap Solid state. But I would most likely use a Marshall Valvestate 8100 or 8200 as a new back-ups amp. I enjoy how raw the tone of the MG100HDFX is. Certainly a memorable first amp head.
Reliability & Durability — 10
The head is pretty durable. The matching cab is not very durable and actually came loose. I had to open it up and tighten all the screws (Which you should do regardless to ensure the best tone). I have used this amp many times without a back up because it was my only amp. As the years have gone by however, I have kept this as a back-up. Its never had any problems. I am very very pleased with the reliability of this amp.
Features — 9
I believe my amp was made in 2005. I play primarily Heavy Metal, in a band called Maelstrom, from Maryland. This amp certainly caters to my playing style, though it does so minimally. It has two switchable channels, each with two modes. It has an effects loop in the back, and a headphone jack for 1/4" inputs. Well, for being such a cheap head, I couldn't really ask for anything extra as far as Features. I currently use this amp as a back-up head for my Genz Benz Diablo 100. The Marshall is not tubed and is durable and inexpensive, so I haven't had to worry about thrashing it around over the years. Yea it has enough power, its 100 watts, I could use this amp anywhere.