MS-4 review by Marshall

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  • Sound: 3
  • Overall Impression: 3
  • Reliability & Durability: 4
  • Features: 4
  • Reviewer's score: 3.5 Poor
  • Users' score: 6.2 (67 votes)
Marshall: MS-4

Price paid: $ 45.75

Purchased from: Foxes music

Sound — 3
I use a stratocaster, and the sound produced through this amp is awful, I play generally Indie and rockwhich is ok when the settings aren't on full, the sound produced when the settings are on full is tolerable, but on full the sound is awful. During solos where you play two strings simultaneously or when certain chords are played the amp always makes a wierd vibrating sound, which is quite annoying!! For such a small amp it can produce enough noise for the amp to be heard from downstairs when played in the bedroom but overall the sound quality of this amp is not very good, with the sound produced often sounding tinny.

Overall Impression — 3
Overall this is ok as a practice amp for beginnersbut nothing more. At first I really liked the amp, because I didn't have much to compare it to, but after playing on various other amps, I recognised a number of flaws with this amp, and realised how awful the sound was. My advice is, if you want a practice amp, save your money and save up for something better, as over time you will realise the sound of this amp is nothing compared to a lot of the other practice amps out there.

Reliability & Durability — 4
Obviously this amp is for practice purposes, and nothing more. I have had the amp for just over a year, and one problem that has developed to become worse, is a vibration produced by the amp, when the settings are on full the amp produces a very undesirable vibration as though something is loose in the amp. Although the sound has remained the same and there is no damage whatsoever to the outside of the amp, the vibrating is an annoyance and has generally developed to become worse.

Features — 4
For such a small amp, I guess the features are ok, the ms4 model features two speakers, and three controls: gain, volume and tone, but with only these three features there's not really much you can do with this amp, there is the gain which you can use to alter the sound significantly but this sounds awful when on full, the features on this amp are overall very simplistic but what else can you expect for 25 quid?

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    "only bring it to the studio to play background chords for your album". Do you make sure to inform your "students" that Gmaj and Bminor sound the best out of all the chords when played on this amp? Cause that's a tasty little kernel of knowledge you got yourself there. Those particular chords happen to sound like shit thru my amp, but play a Bmajor or a Cminor and ooooh Hot Damn! It's like you have a symphony from heaven tickling your ears. LOLOLOLOL! sorry, but anyway, a young lad I know has one of these and didn't have strong opinions either really get what you pay for. I've heard great things about the Roland microcube, although it's about twice as expensive and may be a bit more bulky.
    a great, portable, compact *practice* amp. as others have said it distorts at max volume, but is still usable. small enough to kinda fit (it sticks out the pocket like a baby 'roo) into the gig bag pocket so is the first choice when i need to go a travelling and want to get some practice in. not quite sure what people are expecting from a 20 2w amp, but it does the job for me.
    a brilliant amp for it's size, great for travel but it does distort at full volume. You're better off buying an MS-4 than an Ms-2.
    Free to Guitar
    Some of the reviewers are a piece of work. You buy a 2 watt amp and are surprised that you can't get much volume? The expectations of some people are pretty high for an elcheapo amp that costs less than a $100.
    viljoenkoos wrote: I actually used the MS4 to gig once!! If you mic it up, it sound really heavy
    Heavy? I doubt it