Product Type: Marshall Amplifiers
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Rock out with the mini Marshall while keeping the neighbours happy!
Marshall MG15CD Guitar Amp
Member Name: SJ2011
Marshall MG15CD Guitar Amp
Advantages: Small portable practice amp with decent sound, headphone & MP3 compatible
Disadvantages: Slight problem with feedback at high volumes but not a major problem
We bought this amp 6 months ago for occasional home practice for ourselves but mainly for my
partners son when he stays with us as the little guy has just started playing guitar and is still
very self conscious we wanted something so he could play as long as he liked in peace without
feeling embarrassed at anyone else hearing if he makes mistakes. We decided to look for a
small practice amp as our other amp is a 100w head with a separate speaker cab it's usually
kept at my partners bands rehearsal space as it takes up too much room at home and
the neighbours would probably kill us after one week if we used it for home practice.
The Marshall was the ideal choice for us it comes with a headphone jack for peaceful practice but at 15 watts you can play it without headphones without getting an ASBO for the noise levels. The amp is small at 38cm x 37mm x 20 cm and very portable as it only weighs around 7kg. The amp is rated at 15 watts with an 8" speaker, 2 channels clean and overdrive and a 3 band EQ. The amp has no flashy effects or extras it really is a basic amp with only control knobs for bass middle and treble for the band EQ a volume control for the clean channel and a gain and volume control for the overdrive channel.
One of the good things about the amp is there is a MP3 or CD input so you can plug a CD or MP3 player in and jam along with your favourite tracks which makes practice a lot more interesting especially for kids who will often lose interest if they are just playing chords or guitar parts without anything to play along with. The ability to learn and then play along with his favourite tracks has definitely helped keep my boyfriends son interested this time after giving up on his lessons at school after a month as they didn't play anything that interested him.
We paid £60 for the Marshall we originally went shopping for a Roland Cube which is a fantastic little amp although slightly more expensive at around £75 but we couldn't find one anywhere locally and decided to buy the Marshall when we found it on special offer. We did try the amp in the shop and thought it sounded okay but due to the noise in any music shop it's often hard to tell for anyone else looking to buy an amp try to go on a quiet weekday rather than at the weekend when everybody in the shop is trying guitars basses and amps.
We went with the Marshall because it is a well known brand of amps with a good reputation you
only have to watch any rock concert and it's pretty much guaranteed there will be a huge Marshall
stack in the background. Obviously at 15 watts there's no way you'll ever be rocking Wembley or
even your local pub with this in all honesty you won't even manage to rock the cups off the coffee
table with this it is definitely for bedroom practice only. For a solid state 15 watt amp it is pretty
loud though and when played through a decent set of headphones the sound is pretty good
but when played through the 8" speaker ours sounds slightly on the rough side when it's turned
up over 3/4 volume but on the clean channel it sounds pretty good and clear if you leave it below
3/4 volume which is actually loud enough for bedroom practice anyway the overdrive channel is
much the same good below 3/4 volume but again there's too much feedback and loss of sound
quality at higher volumes.
The little Marshall seems to be well built and feels pretty solid so should last you a few years for home practice sessions the corner protectors should protect it from knocks and the carry handle on top
makes it easy to carry. It definitely looks the part with the pale gold face and control knobs on
the control panel and the famous Marshall logo in white emblazoned across the front of the
If you plan to practice with a band at some point and don't want to end up with two amps you might be better buying something a bit more powerful that still has the headphone option and will do for home practice but will also be loud enough to cope with playing along with a band.
Overall I would say this is a good little practice amp and would make a brilliant amp for anyone
starting out. Plenty of people make the mistake of buying a decent guitar for a kids Christmas then
buy a cheap £15 amp to go with it unfortunately even the best guitar can sound like rubbish if the
amp is no good. While the Marshall isn't 100% perfect (or mine isn't at full volume) it is still a good sounding amp and well worth the extra cash over the really cheap starter amps although if you
can afford a few quid extra having played through both I'd be tempted to say the Roland Cube has
the slight edge over the Marshall.
Summary: Good little amp for home practice
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