Price paid: $ 603.9
Purchased from: Dawsons Ltd
Sound — 10
At the moment I am using an Epiphone gibson sg with two seymour duncan humbuckers, so i know what great tone sounds like, and i have to admit that eh mgdfx250 delivers everything i need from a quality amp. I like to think of myself as a versatile guitarist, and i play all styles and the amp compliments all of these, except there is a bit of trouble when wanting to play some overdriven bluesy riffs because the gain on the clean channel isnt really crunchy enough and the gain on the overdrive channel really is too crunchy. However when it comes finding your own signature tone this amp really comes into its own i feel. Whether its a screamingly high mid range, or a gutsy, ditortion ridden metal thrash sound you're going for the mgdfx250 delivers to no end. The fdd (frequency dependant dampening) does actually emulate a valve amp to an extent, although at higher volumes the overdrive channel seems to permanently provide some very low pitched feedback, although this is very difficult to stop it doesnt hinder performance live or at home. Its defintately loud enought to play smaller clubs and pubs live, however bigger venues would probably need you to jack/mic the amp up to a PA. As ive already said the variety of sounds available is immense, add to this the built in fx options, and you really do have a versatile flexible amp.
Overall Impression — 10
I've been playing for about 3 years, not really experienced but experienced enough to know that this amp delivers. My friends all have Peavey's or Line 6's, and to be fair the Marshall's tone is second to none of these. Obviously the effects are not in the same league as the above alternatives, but they are good for what they are, and for the price of the amp; im not complaining. If effects were really what i wanted then id buy a seperate unit (which i have: a Zoom gfx 707 II, which also for its price is outstanding). If you're looking for an amp with which to discover your true tone and sound i can think of no amp (for less than 400) that would do the job better.
Reliability & Durability — 8
Theres no point in even asking any questions dealing with reliability because i dont think there'll ever be any problems with this amp model. Its sturdy, well built and would probably withstand even the most neglegent person. I gig with it on a regular basis, and have never needed a backup. The only problem that could potentially arise is the fan at the back, which does make some distressing noises when the amp is warming up, however it stops after about 5-10 seconds and has not lead to anything serious as of yet.
Features — 8
Made in 2002, one of a new line of affordable and flexible combo amps released by Marshall. Has the added attraction of built in digital effects, which may turn some people away straight away, however they are a hell of a lot better than first expected believe me. Looks very much like any other Marshall 2x12 combo, very sturdily built, two channels, clean and overdrive; with the effects layered over when activated. Channel and fx switching takes place through a supplied footswitch. Although you can't change between the effects, only turn them on and off; as well as this the reverb can only be changed from the knob on the amp itself. This however is the only downfall i could find with the overall use of the amp.