MG15CDR review by Marshall

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  • Sound: 6
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Features: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 8 Superb
  • Users' score: 6.3 (147 votes)
Marshall: MG15CDR

Price paid: $ 120

Purchased from: Guitar Center

Sound — 6
I use this amp with my DiMarzio Fast Track pickups and it makes it sound pretty good. It's got a great clean channel which I like to use for a lot of Chili Peppers songs and the overdrive is ok for more bluesy tones, but it's still not great. The OD channel is a bit noisy when the gain is turned past 7 or 8 too. It's a very mild buzzing noise, but it was annoying for me. I just add a distortion or overdrive pedal and keep the amp on clean. The reverb can be a bit too much at times, so I have to keep the setting rather low (as in 1-3).

Overall Impression — 8
I play mostly metal and rock and this amp works fine for it. Bluesy tones aren't so great on it, but I still use the amp to practice some blues. I've been playing for a year and a half and also own a 50-watt tube Marshall. If this was lost or stolen, I wouldn't buy another one because it's pretty generic. I wish it had some effects, but I actually like using pedals better anyway.

Reliability & Durability — 10
As far as I can tell, this amp is solid as a rock. It's taken a lot of abuse as my practice amp (originally as my main amp) and looks like it could take a lot more. I've never had a single problem with it or heard of anybody with a problem with this amp. I travel with it all the time and it goes well. Sliding around my trunk without breaking, this thing is solid.

Features — 8
I got this amp back in early 2005 as my first amp to go with my Squire Strat (which I have modified with new high output pickups)and it's great. It will work for almost any kind of music, but it's best for metal and rock, although you should use a pedal for the distortion. The overdrive channel leaves something to be desired, but with my Boss MT-2 Metal Zone pedal, it's perfect. This is the edition with a spring reverb feature added to the MG15CD. It has a 3-band EQ, 2 channel system with FDD function, clean and overdrive separate volumes. I wish I had bought the one with the effects loop, but this one is fine for a starter amp.

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    Weybl Himself
    I don't know what you guys expected, it's a practice amp, for practicing, not performing, not recording. It doesn't need beautiful tones, just good enough to give you an idea of how you're playing, hence, practice amp.
    yeh 499 is pretty bad...but maybe its some currency where 499 isn't much.
    wtf man 499. i got mine for 200 aussie bucks. next time shop around abit
    i got mine for about 200 nz$ in december i think and its been a reliable little unit dispite the beer spills and knocks shes taken here and there.