Nine models (eight combos and one head) utilise the latest innovations in solid-state and digital technologies (many developed for the critically acclaimed AVT range of amps). The result is a comprehensive line of solid-state amplifiers that captures the essence of the Marshall sound.
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I have the marshall mg 100dfx head with matching A cab and B cab and I have got to say that this is one of the most reliable gigging amps i have ever had.
I only ever use the overdrive channel to get clean sound and use external sounds and it copes with any thing you through at it with ease.
I use quite alot of effects but this never seems to dull the sound of the amp. This amp has an extremely warm and valve like tone to it even though it is solid state and delivers that vintage marshall sound with ease.Its built like a tank.
The head has four channels. Clean, Crunch, Overdrive 1 and Overdrive 2.
Clean channel: The clean channel is standard marshall clean tone, a bit to clean for me.
Crunch: The crunch channel delivers those classic rock riffs well
Overdrive 1: I use this for my clean tone as i like the slight break up but it overdrives really nicely to give you the warm marshall tones.
Overdrive 1: Overdrive 2 is the all out shred tones. great for metal bands of any discription. Combine overdrive 2 with the contour dial you get a full out scooped metal sound.
The inbuilt effects on this amp are chours and delay, delay, chours and flange. All the effects are really good standard sounds and work really nicley with the amp without changing the overall volume of the amp. There is also built in reverb which takes you from light room sounds to jeff buckley reverb drenched guitar tones.
Overall this is a brilliant budget marshall head and cab combo which cost me £400 and was worth every penny. I have never had any problems and i would be heart broken if this amp was to break.
this amp is pretty av i thought. i brought it about 2 years ago. its the stack version. ummmmmm it does have some balls to it. but yeah. i like fender better. suck my ass.
The Marshall MG 100HDFX... It's a giant stage amp, at normal person prices!
The first thing that struck me about this amp was it's price. It's almost the size of other large stacks, but a fraction of the price. I bought mine for £200 (head) and £189 (cabinet A). For it's price, you get a lot of amp, but as with everything in the equipment area, there's room for improvement.
With this amp, you get the look of having a massive stack amp either just in your room, or on stage. Sometimes playing a gig it can be a bit embarrasing if everyone has big stack amps, and you just have a little practice combo amp. It looks just like a slightly smaller classic marshall stack, and that's what it is! Marshall's black and gold theme makes it look great as well.
For it's price, you get a very powerful amp. It's a 100W head, and each of the cabs can take up to 120W. This is plenty loud enough for any occasion really, as you don't need it that loud for recording, band practises are stupid that loud, and live it normally gets a microphone stuck in front of it!
Sitting in front of it playing guitar, you can really feel it booming out at you.
*For it's price*, this amp has a great sound. With controls set right, it has a beautiful clean channel, a grinding crunch channel, an overdrive channel for rock, and a distortion channel for full on metal. You can get all sorts of styles out of this amp; you can turn the gain down on overdrive for a rich, full blues tone, you can turn the middle down on clean for a fat jazz guitar feel, or you can turn the contour up on distortion, for an insane Metal drive.
The amp does have a tube simulator, but it's not that effective.
Because it's not a tube amp, after playing for example a Krank or Framus amp, you start to notice how this marshall lacks in body. The distortion can seem flat, and can be hard to get a smooth lead, and the clean channel occasionally distorts when turned up.
However, this should not put you off this amp, as it still has a massively better sound than any other amp I've tried at that cost.
The MG 100HDFX has four channels, clean, crunch, OD1 and OD2. Clean for soft acoustic-like tones, crunch for crisp rhythm guitar, OD1 for those who like a bit more distortion, and OD2 for those who like a LOT more distortion!
There are five effects available; Delay, Chorus, Flange, Delay & Chorus together, and a separate reverb knob. There is also a built in efects loop.
There's a separate 3-band EQ for clean/crunch and OD1/OD2, with a gain control on clean/crunch, and gain and contour control on OD1/OD2.
For the effects loop there is a wet/dry mixer knob, and on the back a switch for FX level from -10db to +4db.
There is an emulated line out/headphone socket, and a CD-In socket as well, and finally a master volume control.
There are two outputs for cabinets on the back, as well as a footswitch socket, and a fan to stop it all heating up too much!
Unfortunately, there was a dodgy batch made of these amps, and I got one of them. On the faulty ones, the fan at the back buzzes for about a minute when you switch the amp on, then slows down to a stop, then kicks in properly working.
However, this happens every time, and every time it works properly after a minute, so it doesn't affect performance.
Great amp for the price, looks good, sounds good, is good!
I brought the Marshall Mg100dfx for £250 a year ago, upgrading from a peavey blazer 158. Of course, the Marshall with 100 watts is alot more powerful than the peavey which only has 15 watts. The marshall contains a 12" combo speaker but yet is very compact for its power. The amplifier also comes with built in effects which can be changed on the amp.
The amp comes with a 2 way pedal, which allows users to switch between the clean and overdriven channel and also turn effects on/off. The Control section of the amp (where all the buttons and knobs arefound) is split into 3 main sections - Clean channel, Overdrive Channel, and Digital FX.
The clean channel contains gain, bass, middle,treble and a clean/crunch button. When experimented with this channel can give a bright happy sound, or a more mellow, chilled out sound. The overdrive channel on the other hand can give a heavy distorted sound perfect for playing heavy rythm and lead. This channel contains Gain, Bass, Middle, Treble, Contour, Volume and OD1/OD2 Button. From my experience with the amp I would recommend using Od1 (which is slightly more mellow than OD2, yet defintly not clean) for light rythm and OD2 for solo's.
Then theres the effects section. This contains preset/adjust (for choosing which effect you want), Fx level, Reverb level, and effects loop mix. Its a good idea to pick the main effect that you are going to use before you play a gig, so that all you have to do is just turn the effect on/off on the pedal. There are only 4 effects built into the amp but sometimes qualitys better than quantity!! My personal favourite effect is Delay which when used on the clean channel with reverb can give a lovely calm echoey sound.
The 3 controls which arnt in any sections are Master Volume, Fdd (which when on gives all channels more depth, I always keep mine on!) and Power On/off.
A very useful extra on the amp is the 'CD in' input where you can connect a cd player or mp3 player into the amp and play along with your favourite songs. You can then use the 'emulated line out and headphones' output, to line out the amp into a recording device.
Overall I love the amp, and havnt yet found any faults. Iv been told by some friends that its gig ready - loud enough and light enough and for £250 the amp is a bargain.