MG10CD review by Marshall

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  • Sound: 7
  • Overall Impression: 7
  • Reliability & Durability: 8
  • Features: 7
  • Reviewer's score: 7.3 Good
  • Users' score: 6 (162 votes)
Marshall: MG10CD

Price paid: $ 94.8

Purchased from: Guitarre Shoppe

Sound — 7
Personally, I always use guitars with humbucking pickups and effects such as distortion and delay, but the built-in overdrive is actually quite heavy-sounding-especially for a 0 Watt amp. It seems compatible for a variety of styles from jazz all the way up to metal, so most guitarists should be pleased with this amp. An interesting feature, is the fact that as the clean channel is cranked, it's meant to sound distorted or crunchy, which is supposed to create the effect of playing with an amplifier of a much more powerful caliber. However, it's the lack of decent range knobs that makes me feel that this amp could have used a little more consideration in terms of tone-shaping.

Overall Impression — 7
I play a lot more metal now than when I first purchased this amp, so I use preamp distortion for my tones now, but the clean sound that it produces just can't seem to be beat, after all, is there any other than Marshall? On top of all that, in terms of price, this amp is very well priced. Considering the power and size of it, I would have to say that anyone would have a difficult time finding a better-sounding, better-priced practice amp. The only thing it's missing is more contour knobs than just the one.

Reliability & Durability — 8
This amp is not meant to be used in a gig situation, but it seems very reliable. I've lugged it around in 30-below canadian winter a few times and it's still kicking a couple of years later. However, I wouldn't suggest dropping it off of a 10 floor building either.

Features — 7
This is a somewhat recent amp and a very simple one. It's only 10 watts but considering, it can pack quite a punch. It has 2 channels (clean and overdrive) and just a few knobs: one contour knob for tone shaping and a volume knob for each channel (as well as a gain knob for the overdrive channel). It has a headphone jack, and an interesting input for a CD player which is always great for jamming on some of your favourite tunes. Surely, this amp should not be used in a concert situation, but as far as practice amps go, it's well worth its weight in gold.

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    Shreddin 4 Life
    Man u guys have got to be joking... It's a ****in' practice amp for christ's sake. 10 watts always is, and for the price, it's a damn good one. Stop being so critical as if this amp's meant to be a wall of Marshalls...