MG50DFX review by Marshall

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Features: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9.5 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.1 (181 votes)
Marshall: MG50DFX

Sound — 9
I can get some very nice tones from this. I usually play through it with my MIM Fender with a duncan hot rail in the bridge, or I use an Epi LP standard. Not noisy at all, well that's probably because I have noise cancelling pickups. The cleans are very nice and so is the OD channel, but I hardly use the OD channel since I still have all my pedals.

Overall Impression — 10
Like I said, I play anything from jazz/classic rock to harder rock/metal and this thing can handle it. I run either a MIM Strat with a hot rail in the bridge through it, or an Epi standard, sometimes even an acoustic or hollow body (which I can get good cleans for out of my MG). Those then sometimes go through my pedals; tuner, wah, Boss ds-1, Boss MT-2, fab chorus. If this amp were lost/stolen I would either get the same one or the MG100DFX. This is a great amp, I recommend to anyone!

Reliability & Durability — 10
I would depend on it, but here on UG (UG is the only place I've heard it) everyone blasts the MG series. that's why so many people are reluctant to buy one. I was even hesitating at first, until I played one in my music store and loved it. My MG has never broken down.

Features — 9
This amp is very nice. 2 channels, clean and overdrive. Footswitch is included. It has another button called FDD (frequency dependent dampening), which enables you to get a tube tone or something, but I just leave it on all the time because it makes it sound great. It is solid state, with one 12" speaker. Definitely fits the styles of music I play. Stuff from jazz/classic rock to hard rock/metal.

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    In my opinion this is a good amp, i means its not the king of the castle, but for the money i was really pleased with it. I've never heard of this MG---DFX haters or anything like that so my opinion isnt swayed. This amp has a great distortion sound which is versatile and suits many genres of music. I personally play alot of rock blues shizzle, and sounds great. I've had my amp for over 3 years and I've had no problems what so ever with it. I just think some are lucky and some arent. If your thinking of getting an amp for under 200 quid, go for this, but anything above, get a valve amp, god they sound nicer, im beginning to get a bit bored of the amp, and am moving on to maybe a fender hot rod deluxe
    I just got an MG50DFX second hand and it sounds really awesome clean or distorted. Although my opionion is probably coloured by the huge step up in grunt and quality from my little Laney practice amp though, which offered a choice of either ice-cold cleans or mud. I have a problem with the effects preset knob though, which isn't doing anything; the delay effect is just stuck on at a constant rate, so I can't change effects or adjust the delay rate. Anyone had this problem or any tips for fixing it?
    I bought this AMP for $300 total on eBay about 3 months ago. Brand New in the Marshall box. I play with a Washburn KC-20V and it just sounds so amazing. I have used other lower model Marshalls and was amazed then, but when I plugged this baby in I fell in love instantly. I can use it at home for practice or for a gig with no issues on volume, in fact it could almost handle a small venue. The effect settings are great, and you can customize your sound for all sorts of musical styles. I suggest getting a Digitech RP50 effects pedal, with that combo and a good guitar you can sound PRO! The MG50DFX is by far has biggest bang for it's buck. Like the Corvette of the guitar world. Great for any level guitar player, beginner to seasoned pro.
    The Marshall mg50dfx is a great amp, i play jazz and prog metal through it and its sounds awesome. I use this amp for practice, rehearsals and even recording. I also use it for small gigs. Great amp for a great price, it all depends on what u want it for. Its rather small for larger gigs though. And plz remember... there are not such things as crappy amps, crappy guitars or crappy guitar effects... THERE ARE CRAPPY GUITAR PLAYERS Keep that in mind
    The only good thing about this amp,is the clean channel.The distortion is muddy,and after owning it for only a week,the fan in the back started to make a loud grinding noise.This amp is simply put,a piece of shit.Don't waste your money on it.
    jiddy12321 wrote: alright im into led zeppelin and stuff like that,could anybudy tell me if this amp is good for that sort of stuff and light metal stuff
    yeh it is it's good from classic rock to Light/heavy metal
    im gonna get this amp for christmas. im well looking forward to it. i know how good it is and really blasts things out!!
    gd choice i got it last christmas, i was finkin twice bout it tho before i got it because some people liked it and others didnt, but its brilliant, has broke r anything the sounds great and it looks da part lol
    i hate how so many people say the mg series is shit when some of them have never played them, just following the crowd i think i might get one of the soon for the overdrive
    da\/e wrote: got one today 10 out of 10 really it rocks its got great effects and distortion. it cost me 250 and the footswich was 18.
    da\/e, you've have been seriously ripped off.