MG15CDR review by Marshall

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reliability & Durability: 7
  • Features: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 8 Superb
  • Users' score: 6.3 (147 votes)
Marshall: MG15CDR

Purchased from: Music Central

Sound — 9
Guitar Used: Carlo Robelli Stratocaster Copy Pickups Commonly Used: Bridge and middle single coils Noise Level: High on high gain, around computer monitor, and when cable not perfect inside guitar (Likely all due to guitar). Clean Channel: Intentionally set to distort past halfway for a blues type tone. Overdrive: Sensitive Gain. Capable of very muddy overdrive. Use sparingly.

Overall Impression — 8
I got this amp at a buy one get one free sale at Music Central. I play a lot of different styles from classical to blues, to hard rock, and even some types of metal (mostly symphonic). The tone and sustain I got out of this thing with my Carlo Robelliwere amazing despite the faulty cable jack in the guitar. The amp's overdrive channel didn't carry much bass when you need it, but it made up for it in quality and tone. The clean channel worked very well for classical styles and the blues distortion from turning the volume past half way fit in so perfectly. It's too bad for the speaker, though.

Reliability & Durability — 7
Dependability: Highly dependable until the speaker blew. Reason for Faults: Full distortion pedal in full overdrive channel (Yeah, that was stupid).

Features — 8
Included Features: 2 Channels (Overdrive, Clean), Line In and Headphone Jacks (1/4"), FDD (?) Not Included Features: Distortion Channel, Line Out Versatility: 8 Channels: Overdrive, Clean, Dirty Blues Used: Practice Over All Impression: Does what it needs to very well and doesn't have so much that you don't know what to do with.

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    SG-Burchett wrote: honestly don't know what these two are talking about.-doesn't shake unless you have the bass up too high and its the same with all amps in the same wattage and price range. the reverb is reasonably good as well-if you want massive reverb, the only way to get it is with a fx pedal or 700+ stack so i don't know what you mean there. overdrive is awesome for classic rock-understandable you think its bad if you want to do modern metal cos the overdrive does hiss a load once on high gain and above half volume.-but this is a practise amp-its not supposed to be going gig-loud
    I kept the gain knob at half and didn't like it. It's half-decent but nothing more. I could live with it but I think I would sell it quite soon. I have tried MGs a couple of times, don't own one. Of course there are a lot worse amps there like Harley Bentons and maybe Line 6 Spider (don't know about that, maybe at the same level with Marshall MG, at least the 30 watt MG is better than Line 6 Spider) and of course those crappy starter pack amps. But for the price you could buy a better amp. That's why people hate these. But I think people are hating this too much. It's not that bad but it's pretty bad. And of course, no gigging with this. It's not designed to gig.
    Oh and I have to mention that this amp sounds the same whether you have the gain control at min, half or full. It doesn't change the sound and you just get that noisy harsh distortion sound with a glimpse of marshallness. So no variety here and as I said the clean channel is just boring. It's too lifeless and dry. If you're buying your first amp I suggest you not to buy this, get some modeling amp (though I don't like them either but as a first amp they do their job just fine). They are good if you are just searching your tone and want to know what kind of tones and effects there's available. It says Marshall on it but so what! Don't get fooled by the brand name, this is a really cheap Marshall. You shouldn't expect it to sound like JCM800.
    This amp's distortion sucks pretty much. It's just too harsh. I could hear the Marshallness on the sound but you will get better Marshall sounds from some digital modeling amps that are better in this price range. Clean was pretty boring and it would need chorus or delay to sound good. Something to make it more rich and lively. There are better amps in this price range. If I had to buy some MG I would buy the 30 watt because it has the effects that clean channel needs. I don't care about built in effects that much but it's OK if a practice amp has like chorus or delay. If you are looking for a practice amp I would suggest to take a look at Roland Micro Cube. Its Marshall model sounds much better and it has better cleans too. The 2 watts are loud enough for bedroom use. And you shouldn't use your MG 15 watt in a band!! It's a practice amp!! Don't get fooled by the name Marshall on it. It's a cheap sounding Marshall.