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      18.10.2014 12:24
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      an inexpensive sound system

      Ideal for house use, although you will never have to go over. And this would even be acceptable for use at band practice, can certainly compete with drums when cranked. But when you go louder, sound quality will fall dramatically. And this is not particulary useful, as sound quality is just what this amplifier lacks. The cleans are pretty nice it has to be said, fine, quality and mellow cleans could be reached. However, the overdrive is very lacking. It's possible for you to reach plenty of gain for metal and stone the overdrive is quite muddy, pretty poor and bad quality. A pedal is a good idea to simply help achieve a sound that is better. Yet, we need to allow for the fact that this is a beginner amp, and for what it is, and its particular cost it isn't too good. With pedals or effects processors, the sound can be enormously enhanced, so they're definately an option.

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      This amplifier is made like a tank. After countless knocks and injuries, this thing remains as sturdy as the day of purchase without noticeable damage. Everything is still clean and tight looking, even after two years, quite good in this section. And after all these years, seems exactly as it did when I first bought. No internal or loudspeaker problems. That is definately constructed to last.

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      We should take into account the fact that it is a rather inexpensive, beginner amp. And for what it's, it's a commendable piece of gear. Inferior sound quality could be overlooked because of its affordability and reliability because a great sounding amplifier will not be needed by beginners. It's very loud, perfect for home practice and band practices, nonetheless will be insufficient above and to get a tiny gig.

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      13.10.2014 08:49

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      good experience for you

      When you believe Marshall, I'm sure one of the pictures we see is The Darkness by using their wall of Marshalls in 'I Believe in a Thing called Love'. Or is that only me? With all these big names, you'd think that this company could jack up the costs so that not just 'anybody' could manage them. But all musicians the likes of Iron Maiden, had to start someplace. Marshalls make amps for several cost ranges without scrimping on performance and quality. They will have Joe Bloggs next door who is son is learning the basic principles but also amps for the likes of Zakk Wylde.

      The MG15CD is affordable, especially now that it's a little older. I paid GBP60 for mine a couple of years ago but you could pick up this for half that price now. This may be the amp for you, if you're looking to get a brilliant quality sound without really breaking the bank then. If you can afford to shell out a bit more then select it and get something better but stick using the Marshall brand, for me. They are my trusted brand and I have yet to be let down in the last 15 years of playing by them. In addition, if you're attempting to annoy the parents, then this could even function as the amp for you personally. Crank it up to 11 (lol) and blast out your best solo Slash style!

      The tone of the sound you'll get out of this is fantastic. Based on what settings you might have on, you can get sharp and clear tones or you also may take it right right down to the depths and blast out some black metal. It is simple and straight forward to fine tune this amp to perfection. From stunning warm sounds to the most heavy rock it is possible to escape. Whether you are into soft rock, the blackest of metal, something inbetween or a mix to make something totally different, you will be pleased with all the results.

      If it is possible to get hold of the limited edition silver variation then I'd, it's quite gratifying to the eye. Perhaps you are a lover of the classic look though but the silver merely provides that piece of difference from the other hallmark.

      If you're conversant with amps generally, you have all your normal dials; clean volume (up to 10 of course! Not 11 hehe), gain, overdrive volume, bass, contour, treble, digital FX and input signals. Among the very interesting parts is fiddling with everything to get it the way you need it, whether that is recreating the sound of your idol or making your personal sounds for your group.

      One guarantee with Marshall is that you're not going to be let down. You may rest assured it will be of amazing quality, whatever product that you purchase. There are of course other great products and makes out there because it's yet to let me down, but I stick with Marshall. Many an interesting evening has been had in the garage fiddling and tweaking my sounds and blasting music on my trusty Axe out (back in the day of course, Epiphone Explorer is my instrument of choice) and Marshall combo.

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      19.07.2014 20:46
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      Very efficiant, good for all experiance levels.

      Being a person who creates their own music, I tried this amp after being given it by a friend, this amp is truly something. It''''s small in size so it is easy to store away but it is also quite powerful, the sound quality is truly brilliant and it handles all types of frequencies from low to high. No negatives to say about this amplifier at all, glad I am able to have one especially for free. Definitely give this a try if you are looking for an amp that will not let you down even under big stress. You get what you pay for as I always say and this is definitely one of those products. Simple to use and efficient, easy to understand what things go where so it is definitely something you might want to look into buying even if you are a beginner. Nicely designed, recommend it to all.

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      27.11.2013 16:49
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      If you want a amp to study, but values ​​quality, Marshall MG15CD will amaze you.

      I had this model for 3 years, he despite being a small amp, he speaks loudly, has a range of acute and fantastic medium, both in the clean sound, as with overdrive, only the low frequencies leave a bit to be desired, but it is quite acceptable due to his "speaker 8".
      It has always served me well in my studies, and in some trials with my band.
      Liked the FDD (Frequency Designed Dampening), this system gives you the feeling that the amp has valves, the sound is warmer, and really works well, never hung this purpose.
      The Tri-band EQ although not as effective, was sufficient to meet small needs.
      The headphone outputs it had not great quality, but it worked decently when I needed to study schedules in silence.
      The Cd In and Out emulated, same thing, but like I said, just to study was great because overall, this amp was above average, honoring your brand.

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        17.03.2013 21:29
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        Great buy- been using it for years!

        I play electric guitar and bass, and I've had this amp for about 4 or 5 years now. Even to this day it still produces a brilliant sound, surprising from something so small and easy to transport.

        I has everything you need- dials to fiddle about with the bass, contour and treble etc, and obviously volume control. The amp is so simple and easy to use, and beginner guitarists buying their first amp will get on great with this one. It's not got anything too confusing on it like some of the more hi-tech amps do, and it sounds really good for just messing about on the guitar.

        If you were more serious about playing guitar and wanted something with perfect quality and loads of different control dials, I wouldn't recommend this. Even though it works excellently for its size and its price, it's not as hi-tech as the more expensive amps.

        But overall, it is a brilliant amp and I'd recommend it to anyone!

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          14.09.2012 10:07
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          Great if you want to practice your guitar literally anywhere.

          I play the electric guitar and mainly use a Little Giant amp, well I was until it got stolen. All my colleagues rave on about how good Marshall amps are, but needless to say they do come with a heavy price tag. This one looks very smart sporting a front gold panel that contain all of the controls

          THE SPECS:
          Total output of 15 watts with 2 channels and the speaker size is a tiny 8 inches. CD input, headphone socket weighs just 7.2 kg and overall size is 380 x 375 x 205 mm

          It's a powerful little amp and as I always say great things come in small packages. It takes a fair few hours to break in a speaker or amp so I plugged in the guitar (Antoria) and gave it what for for a good few hours each day for 4 days. The rich, clean, crisp sound that comes out of this amp is stunning. It has a flexible contour control that allows you to fiddle about with mid ranges, which are always hard to get to sound right. My son has just started to learn to play the guitar and the brilliant thing about this amp is that you can plug in a portable CD player and simply play along to it. It really is an invaluable piece of kit for me, and so I'm told, these amps will live on forever.

          I'd recommend to any bedroom musician who wants quality sound from a nicely priced amp. It really rocks for a little practice amp, but if you're a wannabe Brian May then go for a tube amp which this is not.

          Purchased from Absolute M for £35 approx. 5 years ago.

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          19.04.2012 00:14

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          This Amp Would Please A Learner As It Is Simple To Use And Effective For Learning.

          I Purchased this amp several years ago when I was first learning to play the guitar and it has never let me down. It still sounds the same as the very first time I turned it on. Here some stats to get a feel of what the Marshall MG15CD Guitar Amp offers.

          Price Paid: £30

          Purchased From: Asda

          Features: Born on 2003 this is a real quality amp for the price I paid, Its loud enough to hear over drums and other instruments. Featuring a High, Mid and Low knobsm control, 2 Channels, And Crap Distortion its got the basics.

          Sound: 15W does what it says on the tin. You aren't going to be the loudest but its enough to practice.

          Reliability & Durability: Its still fully operative after 4 years of use.

          Impression: This is a good amp mainly for practicing at home. I wouldn't take it to a gig as its not the best out there on the market, I prefer tube amps. If you are just starting out in learning the guitar then I would recommend this amp to you. For the more experienced guitarist I would recommend a tube amp.

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          14.04.2012 23:12
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          a great peice of kit if you're looking for a decent small home practice amp.

          i owned this as my first guitar amp. i found it absolutely ideal for myself as a beginner learning guitar in my bedroom.

          you do feel like you get a great deal of quality for the price. with it's simple 2 channel set up, it's basic volume and tone controls it allows the player to get a wide range of sounds. from clean and shimmery to heavy and distorted and everything in between. the amp is extremely easy to use, also benefiting from a headphone input which prevents you annoying the neighbors (too much) and a CD input which allows you to play along with songs of your choice. the solid state design means it's durable and inexpensive to maintain. i've not had a single problem with mine over the years. although i have since upgraded to a more expensive valve head for live performances this amp still serves me well when it comes to home recording and practicing.

          i would definitely recommend this amp to anyone who is looking to learn to play the electric guitar or to anyone just looking for a decent guitar amp to have around the house. although it is a mere 15W it can kick out an impressive noise when cranked! lots of fun!

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            02.02.2012 18:22
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            Good amp for a beginner

            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.

            ***Features***

            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***

            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

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            28.11.2011 12:57
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            Good little amp for home practice

            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
            speaker grill.

            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.

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              01.11.2011 10:55
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              Great amp

              I've had one of these amps for a good few years and it has seen a lot of use when solo and whilst jamming.

              It's a little underpowered for gigs larger than a pub function room, although its small size and light weight mean you can carry it around easily. Mine has taken quite a few knocks over the years and the input nut eventually needed replacing. The corner guards are very robust and have protected my amp from gig/practice damage. There is a line out if you need to go through anything else, although I've never tried mine through a desk or anything.

              You've got the usual suspects along the gold(ish) front panel. Bass, treble, middle and gain knobs. Other amps I've used generate a 'crackling' when the knob pots are twisted after a couple of years. This hasn't happened with this amp so far.

              With 2 channels you've got the choice between a nice bright clean sound and overdrive, which doesn't become muddy at lower frequencies. The MG15CD also copes well with FX pedals, with the sound maintaining quality through a demanding Hyper Metal pedal and a few others.

              Marshall have made a name for themselves in amplicfication and it is a reputation that is well deserved.

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              09.02.2011 21:45

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              A good starter amp to get you started on that journey to be a guitar god!

              I recently noticed this amp on the site and as it was my first amp I felt like I had to do a review on it. It came as part of a starter kit and having no prior experience with a guitar just plugged it in turned the volume to full and BOOOOOM! This amp can make such a loud noise for something deceptively small. So it is very important to not judge this amp by its size because rest assured it could drown out any other noise.

              That said the quality of the amp when at a loud volume is less than adequate for a professional guitar player and at times can just be like listening to static. That said if you have the volume at 3 or 4 and you can achieve the right balance of volume and quality! For those just starting out the amp has more than enough settings to keep you amused and learn the basics of amping so when you come to buying a bigger more expensive amp you already know the basics.

              In conclusion I would highly recommend this amp for beginner guitarists. It is very affordable and perfect for those who just wish to have a play about with the guitar and not do anything to serious with the amp such as playing in front of crowds.

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              18.12.2010 11:34
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              For the sound this little thing can put out, a great value and a good investment for all beginners.

              I've been playing guitar for about 6 years now, I have 3 amps (including this one) and i've used around 3 others and I still appreciate this amplifier. My mum bought me this amp when I was just starting out as a guitarist, she doesn't know much about guitars so she definitely just chose it because it's an amp, and it was at a good price. It's safe to say she made the right choice.

              This amp combines everything you need in an amp, a loud sound which can be played with a bit on the amp itself, a relatively small design to make easy to transport and it doesn't cost bucket loads of money. This is a great amp for the beginner and the intermediate guitarists, especially those on a budget.

              However, wether you should buy this amp does depend on your ability as a guitarist, I wouldn't recommend this amp for anybody who's looking to go on tour any time soon! It's more of a practice amp to keep in your bedroom, but it's a great little box which has been my amp for 5 years and i'm still happy with it.

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                29.07.2010 15:43
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                I have yet to be let down by Marshall

                When you think Marshall, I am sure one of the images we see is The Darkness with their wall of Marshalls in 'I Believe in a Thing called Love'. Or is that just me? When I think Marshall I see so many different bands and epic guitarists both old and new, rock and metal mainly for me. We have the superb Black Label Society, Static-X, Judas Priest, Dave Backsh, Angus Young, In Flames, ZZ Top, Trivium... the list goes on. With all these big names, you would think that this company could jack up the prices a bit so that not just 'anybody' could afford them. But all musicians, even the likes of Iron Maiden, had to start somewhere. Marshalls make amps for all price ranges without scrimping on quality and performance. They have amps for the likes of Zakk Wylde but also Joe Bloggs next door who's son is learning the basics.

                The MG15CD is affordable, especially now that it is a bit older. I paid £60 for mine a few years ago but you could pick this up for half that price nowadays. If you are looking for a brilliant quality sound without breaking the bank then this could be the amp for you. If you can afford to shell out a bit more then go for it and get something better but stick with the Marshall brand, in my opinion. They are my trusted brand and I have yet to be let down by them in the last 15 years of playing. Also, if you are wanting to annoy the parents, then this could also be the amp for you. Crank it up to 11 (lol) and blast out your best solo Slash style!

                The tone of the sound you will get out of this is fantastic. Depending on what settings you have on, you can get sharp and clear tones or you can take it right down to the depths and blast out some black metal. It is easy and straight forward to fine tune this amp to perfection. From gorgeous warm sounds to the heaviest rock you can get out. Whether you are into soft rock, the blackest of metal, something inbetween or a mix of everything to make something completely different, you will be pleased with the results this amp gives you.

                If you can get hold of the limited edition silver version then I would, it is very pleasing to the eye. You may be a lover of the classic look though but the silver just provides that bit of difference from the other trademark gold Marshalls out there.

                If you are familiar with amps in general, you have all your usual dials; clean volume (up to 10 of course! Not 11 hehe), gain, overdrive volume, bass, contour, treble, digital FX and inputs. One of the most fun parts is fiddling with everything to get it the way you want it, whether that is recreating the sound of your idol or creating your own sounds for your band.

                One guarantee with Marshall is that you aren't going to be let down. Whatever product you buy, you can be sure it is going to be of fantastic quality. There are of course other great products and makes out there but I personally stick with Marshall because it is yet to let me down. Many a fun evening has been had in the garage fiddling and tweaking my sounds and blasting out music on my trusty Axe (back in the day of course, Epiphone Explorer is my instrument of choice today) and Marshall combo.

                Specs

                Dimensions 380 x 375 x 205mm
                Weight 7.2kg
                15 Watt Output
                2 Channels
                CD Input
                Emulated Line Out
                Emulated Headphone Jack
                FDD
                1 x 8" Speaker

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                01.01.2010 14:21

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                A great little amp for home use, and for band practice.

                I have owned this amp for a good 6 years now, and it is still perfect for my everyday needs. It has a notable lack of features, but that is understandable for the price tag of £60, but the sound quality is simply excellent. When on clean, it sounds crisp, clear and authentic, and with the overdrive on - Well to put it simply, it sounds amazing. I've tried quite a few practice amps in my time, and this one is simply the best one you are going to find on a budget.

                The one down side is that the sound is a little distorted when on the higher volumes, but to be honest, 90% of the time you won't raise it above 2 or 3.

                To finish on a good note, I've even gigged with this little amp before, and while it can't keep up with the 100watt cabs, it has a great sound, and still had the venue rocking!

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