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The Marshall MG15CD Guitar Amp -Can I live without one?
Marshall MG15CD Guitar Amp
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Marshall MG15CD Guitar Amp
Date: 22/06/09, updated on 04/05/10 (513 review reads)
Advantages: Robust Design, Versatile Sounds, Headphone Socket For Quiet Practicing.
Disadvantages: Too Small For Gigs, There Are Cheaper Practice Amps Available.
MARSHALL GUITAR AMPLIFIER MG15CD; From a guitarist's viewpoint
Marshall is (along with Fender) possible the most famous guitar amplifier manufacturer of all time, with a list of endorsees who read like a who's who of rock legends.
The name Marshall instantly conjures up an image of a huge valve head (guitar amplifier) stacked on top of 2 huge 4 by 12 cabs (guitar speaker cabs containing 4 12 inch speakers each) all emblazoned with the Marshall logo...
This is all well and good, but for those of us who don't have a fortune to spend on gear, don't want to get an ASBO for being a noisy neighbor/ divorced/ an electricity bill in six figures -(delete where applicable lol!!) there's also the wonderful world of small Marshall 'practice' size guitar amplifier.
Enter the MG15CD; which is a small 15 watt guitar combo (combo, short for combination -means simply amplifier and speaker built inside the same box), and perfect for playing around the house (but don't even think about trying to play a real gig with an amp this small -horses for courses, and all that)
Despite it's mere 15 watts it's surprisingly loud (relative to it's size) and versatile with regard to sounds;
There's 3 band eq (3 tone controls).
There are 2 channels (you can have either a clean country/jazz/funk sound or a distorted rock sound -and anything in between).
There's also a handy little CD input -so you can plug your CD (or other device) in and jam along (indeed that's what the 'CD' in MG15CD stands for).
Sound is output via an 8 inch speaker -which is perfectly adequate for home use.
There's even a headphone jack so you can practice at night too, while everyone else is watching the telly!
This is a well built, robust and durable 'practice' amplifier, with a surprisingly good sound for such a little combo; well deserving of your consideration if you're looking for a small amp to play through.
But be aware though that although the MG15CD is styled to look similar to those big 'proper' Marshall amps that you'll see on TV used at big concerts and festivals; the similarities are only skin deep, the MG15CD is not in the same league (but then again it's nowhere as near as expensive either -so it's swings and roundabouts).
Though if you're after a good, versatile little combo -strictly for home use - you're not going to be in the least bit disappointed by the MG15CD, indeed it might surprise you as to just good it sounds - considering the it's size and price... (But if you're on a tight budget there are cheaper, albeit less featured practice amplifiers on the market).
Hope you found my review of some help, and good luck with your bargain hunting!!
Summary: For Practice; A Big Beautiful Fish In A Small Pond - For Gigs; Strictly Small Fry!!
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