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Marshall MG Series MG100HCFX 100W Guitar Amp Head  Carbon Fiber 

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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 l...Read More

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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.

FEATURES
  • 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.

SPECIFICATIONS

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 23 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

76%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good power output (17)
  • Easy to use (14)
  • Excellent sound (14)
  • Portable (12)
  • Warm / comfy (11)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (16)
  • Home studio (12)
  • Outdoor events / games (9)
  • Amateur recording (8)
  • Professional recording (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (14), Professional musician (5)

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.

VS

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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4.0

Great high gain sound for the price

By Lefty

from Los Angeles, CA

About Me Experienced

Verified Reviewer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances

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

    I don't own one, but I've used one at a rehearsal studio. I was prepared to be bummed out with the high gain sound on a solid state amp, but it actually sounded great. I'd use this amp for rehearsals and small gigs. I didn't test the effects.

     
    5.0

    Excellent! Would buy again

    By Just me

    from New England, USA

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

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

      Only had this a couple weeks, got it with the matching slant cab. Very nice amp! No, it's not a Plexi (which is on my list, as soon as I can afford my own amp tech), but for a solid state amp I would certainly buy another one if needed. Easy to use, simple setup, no ss hiss and very loud.

      (5 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Junk

      By MF and Marshall suck

      from Michigan

      About Me Experienced

      Ask me a question

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Difficult To Use
        • Poor Sound Quality

        Best Uses

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

          this head is a piece of junk have volume issues either no sound or full blast called MF they can't help ya as they have ZERO tech support called Marshall they want me to drive 40 miles to get it fixed amp was less than a year old with under a hour of playing time on it Will never buy from Marshall or Musicians Friend again

          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Really like this amp

          By BlackBelt

          from Mempis

          About Me Professional Musician

          Ask me a question

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Good Warmth
          • Portable
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Performances

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

            I use Marshall solid state amp heads for practice and Marshall DSL tube heads for performance. That keeps from putting way too much wear on the tube heads for rehearsals. I bought the MG100HCFX to replace an old Marshall G100RCD, which is just a really old version of this head without all the bells and whistles. The MG100HCFX is an exceptionally good entry level amp or rehearsal amp. It's really quite a bit better than an entry level amp and would serve well up until someone started playing professionally. You get a LOT of amp for your money here. It's loud. It has useable effects that actually sound good. There are 4 channels: clean, crunch, od1 and od2. I use the clean channel the most, as I get all my effects and most of my tone out of my pedal board. The crunch channel has just the right amount of break up when you hit a chord so that it's not really overdriven hard, but just enough for most applications. It would be considered like a low-gain overdrive. OD1 has a mid-gain type decent overdrive for most hard rock/metal type of songs, and OD2 is a good high-gain overdrive channel for those that need that or just want to shred on harder styles of music. I'm not a huge fan of the carbon fiber look on the amp, but since it's a practice amp only for me, it doesn't really matter. I wish Marshall would have just stuck with the gold faceplate that they've used for decades, but apparently they changed it to the 'steel' look to match the carbon fiber motif. The EQ section on the amp head is versatile. I use strats, pauls and tele's mostly, and I can dial in fairly clean uncolored tones for each guitar. If you are looking for a tube amp and are looking at this amp, you will be disappointed. It has it's own good tonal characteristics, but it is not a tube amp. However, if you are just needing a good affordable amp that sounds decent and doesn't have the continual maintenance of a tube amp, I would say this amp is perfect for you.

            (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            great quality sound! really cranks!

            By zash

            from mississippi

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Excellent Sound
            • Powerful

            Cons

            • Knob Print Small
            • Labelling Printing Small
            • Printing Very Small

            Best Uses

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

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

            Easily obtainable desired sound. As long as you dont play this amp at full wide open throttle then really it is PLEANTY good enough sound tone comparison to
            Marshall tube amps. This amp is very capable of being VERY LOUD! This amp is NOT complete without the programmable 4 foot switch which should be standard equipment with this amp.
            Cons: good luck seeing the VERY small printed labelling at each knob even in well lit rooms.

             
            5.0

            It Rocks .... But get a better bottom.

            By Greylion

            from Nashville Tennessee

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            Ask me a question

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Practice

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

            I read the good reviews, I agree with them.
            I read the nad reviews, not sure where they are coming from. Its a very affordable MARSHALL!
            I have only had this a couple of weeks. But I can see nothing at all wrong with this Amp.
            It has a full rich tone, and is very powerful.
            The presets are great. You have 4 very nice voices and they are very tweakable.
            I would suggest that you dont bother with the Speaker bottom. Just get the Amp head and get a better bottom. The MG series speaker bottom that goes with this just doesn't have a very good sound, in my humble opinion.
            I put the Amp on a Peavey Windsor bottom and It sounds awesome!
            I would definetly recommend the Amp Head. But play it through a higher quality bottom.

            (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            It's a Marshall!!

            By 2shred

            from Northern, IN

            About Me Experienced

            Ask me a question

            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!

            (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

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

            By Ron

            from Virginia

            About Me Experienced

            Ask me a question

            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.

            (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            All around good sound

            By cal

            from nnj

            About Me Professional Musician

            Ask me a question

            Verified Reviewer

            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...

            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Affordable but Unreliable

            By kennyH

            from Austin,Texas

            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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