Purchased from: Perents
Sound — 1
I'm using it with Squier Stratocaster (ok, not so great), but even that isn't an excues for the sheer awfulness of this amp. The cleans are muddy and can distort, but with careful EQing you can get a decent sound. The OD however, is absoulutely terrible. It's fizzy, fuzzy, weak, no sustain, harsh and just plain bad. It doesn't really suit any styles becuase it's so bad.
Overall Impression — 1
I play classic rock, blues, indie, punk and alternative and this is probably about the amps territory, but it desn't do it well. I have been playing 3 years now, and have since upgraded to a Peavey Valve King, which isn't great but it's a big step up. If it were stolen or lost I'd think "oh well". Stay away fomr this amp! Just because it has the famous curly logo on the front is no guarantee it's good. In fact, many are angry at Marshall for producing such a poor amp knowing it will sell just because it has the Marshall logo on the front, for they have sold they're soul. There are much better options for the price range, the obvious options being the Vox Valvetronix and the Roland Cube.
Reliability & Durability — 9
Apparently, MGs are "notoriously unrelable" but I can say that my amp has never broken down, and it was second hand. The cable going to the speakers have become disconnected a few times but all you have to do is put them on again so that's no problem. Some times I wish it would break though. I would gig without a backup, but if you ever catch me gigging with it, slap me.
Features — 7
The MG30DFX is two channels clean and OD, it has four effects, Reverb, Delay, Chorus and Flange. You can only use one effect at once and only adjust one paremeter for each effect. I don't use these becuase there is no way of switching them on and off. I don't use the OD either, frankly because it sounds bad. I use a pedal instead. It also has a headphone jack and a CD IN ack. No FX loop. It is 30 watts, but as SS amps have a tendancy to sound worse at high volumes, this is barely enough for band a practice. I have used at small gigs but like I said it sounds worse at high volumes so I wouldn't reccomend it. Now, I only use it for a band practice in an attic where I can't take my bigger amp. It is ok for features but whether they are good enough to use is another question.