MG15CDR review by Marshall

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  • Sound: 8
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 8
  • Features: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 8.5 Superb
  • Users' score: 6.3 (147 votes)
Marshall: MG15CDR

Price paid: $ 146.4

Purchased from: Andertons

Sound — 8
I use a Yamaha Pacifica 112 with 2 single coil pickups and a humbucker. It doesn't really suit my style due to the very gain heavy distortion, which is only really suited for metal. I use a Boss DS-1 Distortion pedal to improve things It is a bit staticy when the amp distortion is used, but with the pedal there is no noise. This amp can produce a good metal sound, but it is hard to find classic Vintage light distortion, because the distortion is a bit grainy and heavy. The clean channel gets a bit distorted at high volumes but it still sounds nice and bluesy. For a 15 watt amp though it sounds pretty good.

Overall Impression — 9
I play standard rock and this amp is a fairly good match. It works well with a distortion pedal as well. I wish I had tried out some other amps such as a Roland Cube 15 or a Orange Crush 15 but this amp is very good for a beginners amp. I like it because it feels and looks like a proper piece of kit rather than a useless little practice amp. I also like the reverb function, nice touch. I don't like the amp distortion much because it is a bit harsh and grainy. If it were stolen or lost, I would try out the amps mentioned first before coming back to this one. Overall this is a very good practice amp. Lots of people hate MG Marshalls, and they aren't great amps -- the 30 watt version is a pile of garbage. But this 15 watt reverb amp is the eception. Consider this amp for your first one.

Reliability & Durability — 8
The amp hasn't failed on me and the fit and finish is good. The speaker isn't kick proof and is protected by this material which I don't like as it is a bit flimsy. I wouldn't use this particular amp as it isn't powerful enough but I think it is a good sign for other Marshall products.

Features — 9
This amp has a clean and distorted channel, a headphone jack, a reverb function, 15 watts, and 3 EQ settings (bass, contour and treble). Solid state with 8" speaker. It also has a volume control for distorion and a volume control for clean. There is also a dial for controlling the amount of reverb wanted. The dials are situated on a gold painted piece of metal which looks cool.

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    Mine was 90 I think i baught it only because it was a Marshall and cheap
    was told when i bought my first guitar "you can't go wrong with marshall" LoL what a fool i was. mmm peavey valve king 212 on the way!!!
    Man this amp is horrible. The tone sucks no matter how you set it. Don't buy this amp. I owned it, and i was so disapointed. It sucks even as a practice amp.