The MG series Marshall amps are really a great buy. They emulate tube tones very well. The MG50 is a 50 watt amp and plenty loud. But what impresses me the most about this amp is it's versatility. The tone(s) that you can get out of this thing are sure to please. Try one out, and you will see what I mean.
Model Year: 2004
Price: $349.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Bill Hardin Music
Clean channel: gain, bass, middle, treble. Overdrive channel: gain, bass, contour, treble, volume. Digital FX: chorus/delay, delay, chorus, flange, FX level knob, reverb level knob, master volume. FDD switch. (frequency dependant dampening...makes it sound like a tube amp.)
I first bought the MG15dfx and was so impressed that I went back and upgraded to the MG50dfx for the power and bass. The fdd switch really does make this thing sound like a tube. It really is a great amp and very versatile. You can get a good clean or a driven clean for dirty blues. And of course the the overdrive is all Marshall! (Razor sharp)
No sweat, a kid could figure this thing out in just a few minutes.
I spent a lot of time (2 months) looking at, and playing Peavy and Fender amplifiers before deciding to purchase this Marshall. The major factor involved in my decision was the simplistic nature of the Marshall that delivers a great, high quality sound. I highly recommend this amplifier to anyone shopping from a purest's point of view. You won't be disappointed. I definately would not be found without it.
Model Year: 2003
Price: $350.00 (new)
Where Obtained: zzounds.com
There are 2 channels, clean and overdrive. Each channel has bass and treble. The clean channel has a Mid control, where the overdrive channel has Contour. Each channel has a volume level with a master level for the amp. The effects area has Chorus/Delay, Chorus, Flange and Delay. There is a reverb control as well. I don't get fancy with digital effects and I find this section adequate. There is a footswitch for selecting the channel and effects on/off. Reverb on/off would help as well. The amp has built-in tube emulator circuitry - which provides excellent tube sound on a smaller dime. I find the power adequate for small clubs.
I have an Ibanez SA420 and mostly play pop/rock music. The sound quality of this amp is excellent - very clean. I find this to be true over 90% of the volume range. Even the clean channel remains clear at high volumes. The built-in overdrive provides all of the crunch I require, and the clean channel works well with very melodic tunes.
This is a very simple amplifier (the way I like them). No frills, except for the digital effects, but even they were kept simple. I found this amp very easy to use and with the helpful hints in the manual I was able to find my sound very quickly.
This amp was built by Marshall - what more needs to be said - its a solid amplifer. But to be fair I have only owned it for 5 months- but I've moved it to another state during this time also.
I looked at all kinds of amps (Peavey, Fender,Line6,Mesa-Boogie,Crate, etc) and guitars but as soon as I tried the Les Paul/MG-DFX50 combo I fell in love with it. Put the reverb on the footswich and it would improve things but that's my only complaint. If it was stolen I would hunt the thief down to get it back. I love it.
Price: $500.00 Can (new)
Where Obtained: L.A. Musical Instruments, Mississauga Can
2 cannels, main and lead. Both have Gain, Bass, Mid (contour on lead) and treble. Lead has its own volume plus master volume. Built in effects: chorus, chorus/delay, delay, flange plus digital reverb. Reverb goes from slightly adding depth to canyon-like echos. It has enough power to hold its own in a large church with 4 other amps playing. It is solid-state but with a tube emulation circuit.
I use this amp primarily with an Epi Les Paul and it sounds terrific. It can be so smooth it'll melt steel. Turn up the gain and you can shatter diamonds. I also use it with an Ovation acoustic and it sounds fine, although a pure acoustic amp might be better. It works with my strat but it's a waste of the amp. I traded a Peavey Bandit for this one and was glad I did. If you like a hard sound, get the Bandit.
The controls are easy and straightforward. It takes very little practice to get the sounds you want. To get a clean sound, the gain must be really low and this loses a lot of volume. It has a 2 button footswitch for lead/main and effects. The reverb covers both channels and has to be turned on/off at the amp. It has more sound than my Bandit did but is much easier to carry. I bought the 50 instead of the hundred because it was more convenient and still had lots of power.
I've had the amp for 8 months and have had no problems.