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An ideal amp with an analogue tonal heart and solid digital effects section.

The Marshall MG Series MG100HCFX 100W Guitar Amp Head is an ideal amp for performing in small to medium settings. Boasting a bold carbon fibre clad look, solid digital effects and MG's critically acclaimed, analogue tonal heart, the MGCF Series has arrived and is already the practice amp choice of some of the world's leading players.

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  • Carbon fiber look and feel
  • Critically acclaimed Marshall analogue tone
  • Large complement of digital effects

Get inspired with killer Marshall tone and rock-hard effects. Order today.

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MG Series MG100HCFX 100W Guitar Amp Head

  • Output (RMS): 100W
  • Channels (storable): Clean, Crunch, OD1, OD2
  • Digital Effects: Chorus, Phaser, Flanger, Vibe, Octave
  • Digital Delay: Hi-Fi, Tape, Multi, Reverse
  • Digital Reverb: Spring, Studio
  • Power Amp Damping Switch: Yes
  • Mp3/ Line In jack: Yes
  • Emulated headphone Output: Yes
  • External FX Loop: Yes
  • 2-Way Chgannel Switching Footswitch: Supplied
  • MG Footcontroller Compatible: Yes
  • Dimensions: 26.5" x 19.4" x 10.9" (674 x 494 x 278 mm)
  • Weight: 49.3 lb. (22.4 kg)
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MarshallMG Series MG100HCFX 100W Guitar Amp Head
 
3.9

(based on 17 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

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    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

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73%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good power output (12)
  • Easy to use (10)
  • Excellent sound (10)
  • Portable (8)
  • Warm / comfy (7)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances (11)
    • Home studio (9)
    • Amateur recording (6)
    • Outdoor events / games (6)
    • Professional recording (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (9), Professional musician (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    MG Series Head

    To start off, I use a Digitech 500, which if you take the time to program your stomp pedals properly you don't need to fuss with amp effects like distortion, reverb, etc....Read complete review

    To start off, I use a Digitech 500, which if you take the time to program your stomp pedals properly you don't need to fuss with amp effects like distortion, reverb, etc. This amp has fantastic power and pushes my marshall 4 12's and 4 10's like a beast. For the price there is no substitute. Buy a good multi-effect pedalboard (and program it right - takes months but well worth the time), buy 2 high quality Marshall stacks and buy this head. Play clean and use your pedalboard and you will save thousands and sound like a pro. Oh yea, my MG has taken some pretty hard collisions while hauling equipment. Some guy ran his dual 15 PA cab into my MG last week after a gig - I thought for sure it was broken. Turned on and played like a beast the next evening. Very durable.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not as bad as they say.......but

    I had three tube amps have serious tube issues in the past year. I decided to get a solid state head for practice. Even though I had the first generation MG100 head years ago...Read complete review

    I had three tube amps have serious tube issues in the past year. I decided to get a solid state head for practice. Even though I had the first generation MG100 head years ago which I returned before the deadline, I gave this a look after seeing Whitesnake's Doug Aldridge heaping praise on this amp head.

    Full disclosure, I again returned this before the deadline and exchanged it for the Orange CR120 solid state 120W HEAD. The Orange does not have the effects or the footswitch but it has significantly better valve like tones and is a much better example of a solid state analog head that can achieve some very good valve like tones.

    Back to the Marshall. The onboard effects are good. The reverb choices are good. The amp has four channels and it can go from clean to very high gain. It is important that you read the manual which takes <5 minutes. There are presets loaded and I've seen reviews complaining that the knobs had no effect and that is because they did not know how to use the amp. The amp is also powerful enough to gig and ithe carbon fiber look is very attractive.

    The problem with the amp are the tones it delivers. It is not bad but it does not come remotely close enough to what I expect from Marshall. I love Marshall tube amps and I understand the trade off when you go solid state, but this trade off is too big. The best way to put it is the tones are average. That begs the question of what's the point? A Line 6 modeling amp can more than match this. In contrast, the Orange CR120 does dish the Orange sound. I also compared this to a DSL 15 W head at guitar center and the DSL destroyed the MG. Much better tones...so much better I can't quantify it.

    In final analysis, Marshall did a good job off building an amp with a lot of features at an affordable price but forgot that it's really all about tone. There are much better choices available. The DSL 15 has less power and is a bit more but it crushes the MG100 CFX. Absolutely destroys the MG. Likewise the Orange CR120 also dishes much better tones and wins over the MG big time. If you want a low maintenance analog solid state head that can deliver good valve like tones the Orange CR120 is the clear choice. I also suggest you consider the Made in the USA all valve Carvin V3M or X100 reissue which are very affordable pro quality heads and can in fact deliver better classic British tones than the MG. That's an understatement as the Carvin heads are light years better. I still think the MG is a step backward for Marshal even when factoring the low price. Don't let anyone fool you, you're not getting true vintage Marshall tones with this or anything close! Recommend you try other heads as suggested before you buy this.

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    5.0

    It's a Marshall!!

    By 2shred

    from Northern, IN

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    Pros

    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Portable
    • Powerful

    Cons

    • May Need A Noise Gate

    Best Uses

    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Marshall MG Series MG100HCFX 100W Guitar Amp Head:

    Yes, I admit I love the sound of tube-based guitar amps and I have had Marshalls. Because of age and costs, trying to transport a tube head became a chore. I switched to an amp that uses tube emulation and NOT simulation. I still holds those amps in high regard. However, I was curious about the MG series. I read the pros and cons and decided to try one. The manual needed to be read but like any kind of device, you need to woodshed on it. Kick the tires and turn some knobs. I was up and running in no time. I don't care for OD2 channel, as I kick on a YJM 308 pedal to boost my leads. The cleans are clean, the crunch sounds like 70s rock and the OD1 has a nice drive when you put some hair on it. The effects are nice but I use a small pedal board. The series effects loop is cool and it is a bit noisy but a good noise gate will hush that. So, yeah I am satisfied and eager to get it on stage. Two thumbs up from me!

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    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Not as bad as they say.......but

    By Ron

    from Virginia

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    Pros

    • Effects Included
    • Good Looking
    • Portable
    • Powerful

    Cons

    • Tones
    • Tones Are Pure Ss

    Best Uses

    • Practice

    Comments about Marshall MG Series MG100HCFX 100W Guitar Amp Head:

    I had three tube amps have serious tube issues in the past year. I decided to get a solid state head for practice. Even though I had the first generation MG100 head years ago which I returned before the deadline, I gave this a look after seeing Whitesnake's Doug Aldridge heaping praise on this amp head.

    Full disclosure, I again returned this before the deadline and exchanged it for the Orange CR120 solid state 120W HEAD. The Orange does not have the effects or the footswitch but it has significantly better valve like tones and is a much better example of a solid state analog head that can achieve some very good valve like tones.

    Back to the Marshall. The onboard effects are good. The reverb choices are good. The amp has four channels and it can go from clean to very high gain. It is important that you read the manual which takes <5 minutes. There are presets loaded and I've seen reviews complaining that the knobs had no effect and that is because they did not know how to use the amp. The amp is also powerful enough to gig and ithe carbon fiber look is very attractive.

    The problem with the amp are the tones it delivers. It is not bad but it does not come remotely close enough to what I expect from Marshall. I love Marshall tube amps and I understand the trade off when you go solid state, but this trade off is too big. The best way to put it is the tones are average. That begs the question of what's the point? A Line 6 modeling amp can more than match this. In contrast, the Orange CR120 does dish the Orange sound. I also compared this to a DSL 15 W head at guitar center and the DSL destroyed the MG. Much better tones...so much better I can't quantify it.

    In final analysis, Marshall did a good job off building an amp with a lot of features at an affordable price but forgot that it's really all about tone. There are much better choices available. The DSL 15 has less power and is a bit more but it crushes the MG100 CFX. Absolutely destroys the MG. Likewise the Orange CR120 also dishes much better tones and wins over the MG big time. If you want a low maintenance analog solid state head that can deliver good valve like tones the Orange CR120 is the clear choice. I also suggest you consider the Made in the USA all valve Carvin V3M or X100 reissue which are very affordable pro quality heads and can in fact deliver better classic British tones than the MG. That's an understatement as the Carvin heads are light years better. I still think the MG is a step backward for Marshal even when factoring the low price. Don't let anyone fool you, you're not getting true vintage Marshall tones with this or anything close! Recommend you try other heads as suggested before you buy this.

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    (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    All around good sound

    By sgtb2000

    from Dumont, NJ

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Powerfull

    Cons

    • Needs One More Input

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Marshall MG Series MG100HCFX 100W Guitar Amp Head:

    This is the second MGCFX I own, I have a MG15CFX mini stack and this 100 and 2 4x12 cabs. If you learn the controls and recommendations that come with it, It's an awesome sounding Marshall. I have a pod 500 and a digitech rp effects pedal run thru it and I get any sound I want. Great head at a great price... Go for it...

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    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Affordable but Unreliable

    By KennyH

    from Austin, TX

    About Me Novice

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Warmth
    • Powerful

    Cons

    • Unreliable
    • Warranty

    Best Uses

    • Poor Beginner

    Comments about Marshall MG Series MG100HCFX 100W Guitar Amp Head:

    I am a beginner on guitar, and bought the Marchall set came with MG100HCFX head with the cabinet for practice in December 2013. This set is easy to use, sounds great for beginner want to get a little loud with affordable price. I only practice once, or twice a week. Now the head already having problem intermittently no sound during play, I have to power down and turn it back on to get it working again. Currently trying to get warranty service now, for a week long still getting no where yet.

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    5.0

    controlable with presets and great sound

    By GUITPICKR

    from ALBANY NY

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Portable
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Motivation
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Marshall MG Series MG100HCFX 100W Guitar Amp Head:

      The MG series gives you the tone and sound and crunch !!
      In a controllable package with out the MUD !!!!!!!!!

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      5.0

      awesome

      By tubescreamer

      from chillicothe,ohio

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Powerful

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Mobile DJ
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Marshall MG Series MG100HCFX 100W Guitar Amp Head:

      learn to use this amp you get great marshall sound!i really do not know why anyone would give it a bad review because like i said learn to use it.all four channels sound great!

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      (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      For those who can't spend thousands.

      By Marslash77

      from Dallas TX

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

      • Limited Functions

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about Marshall MG Series MG100HCFX 100W Guitar Amp Head:

      Alright so i'm posting this so that someone who's interested n buying it goes for it and doesn't get scared off because of the bad reviews. it's a GREAT amp for those who can't afford to spend thousands. Those of you who don't lie it. What did you expect? it costs a thousand less than JCMs so OF COURSE it's gonna be worse DUH. When i tried it i thought it was awesome. i play hard roc and for AC/DCish sounds t does its wors just fine. its way too loud to play at home and it wors awesomely in concerts microphoned or not. i shared stage with four bands and 2 guitarists prefered mine to a mesa boogie. if you're a metal guitar player marshall is just not your brand. People will never understand that. But if you play blues/R&R it's one of your best options out there if you're not rich. Go for it you won't regret it. Try it out in stores if you can and you'll see im right. Of course there are MUCH better amps but people don't understand that some of us CAN'T AFFORD it. if you want a marshall sound for live performances this is it.

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      (2 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Picking one up today...

      By Aredrocker

      from Sedona, AZ.

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Reviewer Will Update

      Cons

      • Reviewer Will Update

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording
      • Recording
      • Rehearsal
      • Sm To Med Gigs

      Comments about Marshall MG Series MG100HCFX 100W Guitar Amp Head:

      This reviewer will update the purchase of a used MG 100 HCFX today and ordering the matching Marshall slant cabinet new. Im a song writer (drummer w/ Dave Grohl syndrome) guitarist focusing on generes, currently metal. Im not worried about the built in effects as Im looking for the clean channel, I have a pedal to cover everything I need now but I will review the effects in comparison to Boss, Line 6, Digitech, ART etc. I currently play an old Line 6 Spider II I bought as a toy for the accoustic. As soon as I first plugged in my LP copy, I knew I wanted a Marshall stack Lol. So what I hope the review will help with is beginners wadding thier way through 'finding thier sound". I know I really appreciste the people on here who review products, very helpful, thanks. So the Line 6 although an impressive little (75 w) piece of electronics in it's day, really is the toy I bought it for, adequate but... Very uni-directional, maybe a 10 degree spread of good sound out in front and then lost if your not standing right in front of it. For live performance you better mic it or tough luck, how many youngsters come with a full PA?. So the Marshall will be enough power but also a better "spread" to the sound, better dispersion is one focus. More low end is desirable so Im hoping for warm, punchy lows for material, currently writing metal.Head is what 20-30 lbs. cab is 60 lbs, doable. Cab and head are also a smaller physically so giging, hauling a little easier. Ill also try to get more guitars, different woods to see comparable sound, this will be based on a Epi LP copy until then, all mahogany and rosewood. I also record constantly so I'll line in the Marshall head and give comparisions there. I do have the advantage of knowing about sound engineering life long, and know what Im looking for.For beginners, I know coming into the guitar can be daunting, closly pulling the guitar parts out of songs can be a challenge. Ive heard of some new teaching techniques that dramatically speed up the process. I currently play by ear and can pick up almost any song while it's being played, so I hope to get a lot of use in on the equipment in relatively short period of time. Thanks, talk soon...

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      (2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Key to the MG

      By Rainin' Blues Band

      from North Central, Florida

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Portable
      • Powerful
      • Should Match With Mg Cab

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Marshall MG Series MG100HCFX 100W Guitar Amp Head:

        I first purchased the MG Slant 4x12 Cab to use as a practice cabinet... with the Tubed Marshall Head, I felt it lacked sum'um... so I purchase the MG Head and Stomp peddle... It's an excellent combination now, married as it was designed and a Very Good Rehearsal system as well as a durable drag around to smaller venue's package.

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        (5 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Amazing clean, horrible distortion

        By Carl Howey

        from Michigan

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Portable
        • Powerful

        Cons

        • Next To No Distortion

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Performances

        Comments about Marshall MG Series MG100HCFX 100W Guitar Amp Head:

        This is actually a pretty good head for the price, assuming you're using it for clean. The most you distortion you can add is about enough for 70's metal, but the distortion still doesn't sound very good. If you are looking to play metal, look somewhere else. I was lucky. I got 20% off and was able to get a distortion pedal for almost nothing because of what I had saved on this.

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