Price paid: C$ 235
Purchased from: Long & McQuades
Sound — 7
With this Marshall MG30FX I have three guitars: an Epiphone Les Paul Custom (stock pickups), an Ibanez RG370DX (EMG 81 + 85), and a Jay Tursor Strat Copy (Stock Pickups). For some reason I get a lot of feedback from this amp with all of my guitars except my Ibanez but I assume this is because it has EMG's in it. I've tried my other guitars with my other amps and I don't get nearly as much feedback. Surprisingly this amp actually suits my playing style. I play a limited few genres from Guns N' Roses to Metallica and that's about it; they all seem to sound relatively the same. I can easily tap into the sounds I play but if you are into some extreme Deathmetal or Trashmetal this amp is definately not for you. Its good for hard rock\heavy metal but not much else. Very limited versatility. The Clean Channel is horrible compared to other solid state amps around the price range. Crunch is surprisingly not that bad, you can get some neat sounds out of it. OD1 I don't use too much so I can't say anything bad and OD2 you get a really good Slash tone out of it.
Overall Impression — 8
This is actually a great practice amp for me. It fits my sound perfectly but I know for a fact it does not suit most other guitar players needs. For other amps I own a Fender Frontman 10G which used to be my practice amp until I got this and I own a Peavey Valveking 112 50 watt tubed which I use as my main amp. I wish I would of returned this one and got another before the warranty ran out just because of the clean channel issue I've been having but other than that no regrets. If it were stolen or lost I probably wouldn't replace it at all; it has no soft spot in my heart, it isn't great; its just an affordable solid state Marshall amp.
Reliability & Durability — 8
I've had this amp for almost two years now and the only problem I've had sofar was when on the clean channel when you strum your barre chords "hard" it cuts out on me. But the amp has been like that since new so I would say it could just be mine? Other than that this amp is build like a tank. Its been thrown into snowbanks; fell down stairs; survived a ride home sliding around in the back of my truck and much much more without any problems.
Features — 6
This amp was made in 2009 and considering all of the people bashing on this amp; I've been playing for 3 years now and I actually quite like it for its affordability for a Marshall, even if its Solid State. It has a 3 band EQ (Bass, Treble, and Middle), gain, reverb, Master Volume, Volume, and four build in FX; though the FX are rotten. This amp has 4 channels: Clean, Crunch, OD1, and OD2. To sum up the features I would have to say it has a decent amount for the price paid, but the quality brings it down a lot.