Product Type: Marshall Amplifiers
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Great for the Beginner
Marshall MG15CD Guitar Amp
Member Name: professorlamp
Marshall MG15CD Guitar Amp
Advantages: Cheap, good host of features
Disadvantages: poor treble and over emphasised mid range
The Marshall brand name is synonymous with names such as Slash, Megadeth and more. This Amp encompasses an attempt at trying to replicate the 'marshall' sound.
Given it's RRP and array of features it is certainly a good amp for the price. The CD feature is very handy for people learning as you get the option to play along. If you're in a band this amp will not hold up volume wise (against a drummer) and I'd recommend getting a 50watt or higher rated amp for rehearsals and live use.
It comes with the usual choice of tone controls, Bass, Contour (The quality of the midrange that is present) and treble. A volume knob, a gain/distortion knob and an OD (overdrive) switch to change over to an overdriven sound as opposed to the clean sound.
Sound wise I'd say it's suitable for beginners and at a stretch intermediate players as once you start to actually listen I'm sure you will want tones similair to those that are played on commercial products. There is nothing wrong with the sound here but the small nuances are what makes a great amp, and you'll find the slight lack of bass, over emphasised midrange and slightly fatiquing treble a downside to this amp.
As a previous owner of this amp I can say it took me 2 years to notice the tone, before that it was just plug in and play and that is what it should be about whilst you are still learning. If you are tone conscious and can tell a good tone from a bad one then obviously I cannot recommend this amp.
Also bare in mind that is amp is transistor so it does not use tubes, generally this is scoffed at by the amp owners with an esoteric amp collection.
For a beginner I can highly recommend this amp but after a few years I'd recommend either a hybrid amp (a mixture of tube and solid state, and is also quite cheap) or a tube amp as this is where the serious tone can be acquired.
If you are a hobbyist then this amp will do you for years
Summary: Good amp for a beginner
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