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Marshall MG4 Series MG100HFX 100W Guitar Amplifier Head  

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    Affordable Marshall tone in a gig-worthy head.

    The Marshall MG100HFX amp head packs fully analog tone circuits, providing the distinctive Marshall tone and pure organic flexibility. Using digitally controlled analog functions, the MG4 Series MG100HFX also delivers precise control and superb flexibility without masking your guitar's own sound or making your tone sound processed and artificial.

    The Marshall MG100HFX head also features a frequency-dependent damping circuit. This circuit ensures that the sound reproduces the same interaction between amplifier and speaker that occurs in professional valve amplification, making the MG100HFX amplifier sound and feel alive. A 2-button footswitch is included, but with a Stompware 4-button footcontroller (not included), you can easily store and recall your favorite settings, playing seamlessly through your music in true professional style.

    Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

    Features
    • Power: 100W RMS
    • Channels: 4
    • Stompware footswitchable (not included)
    • EQ: 3-stage
    • Damping: FDD onboard and additional 2-way selector
    • Custom Effects: Reverb, chorus, phaser, flanger, delay
    • Emulated MP3/Line in
    • Emulated Headphones Out
    • Effects Loop
     

    MG4 Series MG100HFX 100W Guitar Amplifier Head Specifications:

    • Dimensions: 23-3/10" W x 9-4/5" H x 10-4/5" D
    • Weight: 25 lb.
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    MarshallMG4 Series MG100HFX 100W Guitar Amplifier Head
     
    3.8

    (based on 31 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (17)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (4)

    38%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (5)

    Cons

    • Poor sound quality (5)
    • Weak (4)

    Best Uses

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        • Experienced (8)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Classic and Modern Marshall tones with great flexibility.

      Overall, I rate this amp highly to anyone willing to learn it's ways. This is a new amp for those who purchase it. You mustn't judge it good or bad until you have...Read complete review

      Overall, I rate this amp highly to anyone willing to learn it's ways. This is a new amp for those who purchase it. You mustn't judge it good or bad until you have spent time dialing in the sounds. Your time spent will be well worth it. I had good tones dialed in the first night on all 4 footswitches, and spent the next couple of days tweaking and refining them to perfection.

      I am very satisfied with this amp.
      I needed a new head after my Art SGX-2000 (1996) finally bit the dust. After much research, I settled on this.

      It's got everthing I need for playing live...great tone and simple effects. Please understand, the audience can't hear all the subtle differences of all your pedals and rack effects. For one thing, it's live, and live doesn't sound as clear as a studio. Secondly, the audience doesn't have the ears to hear those subtleties anyway.

      So live, I use this with the Stompware footswitch. The clean channel is all Marshall - it won't be spanky, sparkly like a Fender, it's massive and heavy like a Marshall.

      The crunch channel is classic! 70's rock never sounded better. My Les Paul on this channel can cover everything from Steve Earle to Tim McGraw to Georgia Satellites to Bruce Springsteen and more.

      The distortion channel sings, growls, laughs, sneers, giggles, farts, and generally terrifies old people. This MG4 100 watt head is just as capable of delivering scary tones as any Marshall ever was. My Les Paul can cover stinging leads to Iron Maiden to Metallica with this.

      I have mine set up like this (Stompware footswitches included:)

      Switch #1: Clean, chorus, delay, reverb. Good all-around clean sound. Cut your bass and boost your treble and you will get close to "sparkly" cleans.

      #2: Crunch, with a touch of reverb and delay. Good "spanky" sound, responsive to touch, and cuts through the mix.

      #3: Distortion, with no reverb and a slight bit of delay. Chuggs and growls. I hear others complaining of not enough gain? This thing has tons of gain. Maybe they need hotter pups?

      #4: Auto-Wah lead through the FX loop (see below).
      Haven't had it long, so no comments on longevity. I can say that the unit is well-built. It feels very solid. It is marginally heavy, but not anywhere close to back-breaking. You'll have no troubles moving this to the gig.
      I rate this a high value because it accomplishes it's mission. This wasn't designed to be a full rack of effects. This is a Marshall amp with some effects. The effects section covers all the basic you are likely to need.

      Another part of it's mission: Ease of transport. Load it in the car, unload at the gig, plug it in, plug in the footswitch and it is ready to rock. Doesn't get much easier than that.

      The effects are basic, but very functional and clean. The only thing I have added effects-wise is an Electro-Harmonix mini Q-Tron I bought here at Musician's Friend. Now I can have the auto-wah sound by simply stepping on switch #4, which I have programmed to switch on the FX loop. The pedal stays on all the time, and I just switch the loop in and out as needed.

      The built in tuner (available only with the Stompware footswitch) is a nice touch. It mutes the amp and is accurate; also seems less finicky than other tuners I've used.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Not like any Marshall I've ever heard.

      I have a JCM2000 TSL and I really like the sound, but it's heavy and difficult to pack around, especially for smaller gigs. I wanted something that has the Marshall sound, but light...Read complete review

      I have a JCM2000 TSL and I really like the sound, but it's heavy and difficult to pack around, especially for smaller gigs. I wanted something that has the Marshall sound, but light weight so I bought a used Marshall MG100HDFX. It sounded really good for a solid state amp, but the footswitch is ONLY two buttons (channel and digital effects on/off). I am very spoiled by my TSL and I like having at least a 4 button footswitch. I was (incorrectly) told that the newer 4 button programmable "Stomp-ware" footswitches for the MG amps would work with my HDFX so I bought one; and of course it did NOT work. Rather than give up, Musicians Friend had the newer Marshall MG100HFX on sale (cheap) so I decided I'd try it out and upgrade. When I got it, I was really impressed with how easy it was to operate, and the versatility of the footswitch. HOWEVER, the sound was absolutely NOTHING like any Marshall I had ever heard in recent years. The clean channel was fair at best. But I was absolutely amazed at how thin and weak OD1 and OD2 were. There was almost NO distortion at all; only a slight crunch at best. In fact, there is no "Contour" knob or mid-shift switch, so you can't get anywhere near the modern Marshall sound. It must have a weak pre-amp or something, because unless I was using a guitar with really hot pickups, it had difficulty getting enough signal to operate the guitar tuner built in to the footswitch. As far as I can tell, the only difference between the Marshall MG100hfx and the Marshall MG100hcfx is cosmetic, one having black leathery looking tolex, and the other having the pinstriped carbon (what ever the cheap looking stuff is) that makes it look like a toy. I wound up returning the MG100hfx because the sound was so bad. I'm really glad I didn't let go of my MG100hdfx. I'll keep it for sure now, but I'm still stuck with a 4-button footswitch I can't use. If you like Marshall amps and the Marshall metal sound, so you're considering buying a Marshall MG100hfx or MG100hcfx, I'd save my money if I were you. This amp isn't worthy of the Marshall logo on the front.

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      2.0

      Don't Buy This Head

      By Dave

      from WI

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Powerful

      Cons

      • Difficult To Use
      • Poor Sound Quality

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio

      Comments about Marshall MG4 Series MG100HFX 100W Guitar Amplifier Head:

      This is the second one of these I have gotten (a restock)and am as unhappy with this one as I was with the first one. Too much on board junk with too many buttons and lights, hate the factory presets, and you have to crank the volume to get anything out of the clean channel. Only bright side is crunch/overdrive channel is strong. Will probably sell (the sell back price is really low) and try one of the new tube dsl heads. Do not get one of these (they may not even make them anymore; if so, they should stop).

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      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Friends don't let friends buy Mg series

      By mackavella04

      from New Orleans

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      Pros

      • It Says Marshall

      Cons

      • Cheaply Made
      • Does Not Handle Effects
      • Poor Sound Quality
      • Weak

      Best Uses

      • Kids Toy

      Comments about Marshall MG4 Series MG100HFX 100W Guitar Amplifier Head:

      Friends don't let friends waste their money on a Marshall mg series amp. I know what your thinking, a inexpensive Marshall stack! The fact is that this is a very poorly designed amp. If you go straight through with a guitar you may be able to find a half decent tone but not at a volume that you could gig or rehearse, and its 100w (will get muddy and screech when to loud). I have a vox ac4 head and cab w/ one 12" and my vox is more articulate, louder, better made, and handles any pedal you throw at it. They are about the same price for the stack too. This mg is a no headroom, totally digital amp. 100 watts!?! Go get you 15w of tube heaven and cure your digital, non analog blues. I also have a 100 watt tube plexi clone, and it will melt your face at volume 5. This mg head sounds terrible. Save your money and go find you an amp that actually sounds good and don't buy a stack just because its a stack, even if it does say Marshall.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Don't kid yourself

      By ModusOperandi

      from Texas

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Easy To Use

      Cons

      • Limited Functions
      • Poor Sound Quality
      • Weak

      Best Uses

        Comments about Marshall MG4 Series MG100HFX 100W Guitar Amplifier Head:

        Okay, there ARE some features to this thing, I'm not going to be excessively pessimistic: It's loud, it can get par-level clean and crunch sounds, and it isn't ungodly heavy.

        Now for the longer section where I tell you what I didn't like about it.
        1. The tone is mediocre at best.
        2. While it is loud in comparison to other solid state amps, a tube amp is still going to cut right through its sound.
        3. After you've spent the money on this and a cab, you have the money to buy a 60W tube combo amp that will play louder and with better tone.

        Basically, the number of watts an amp has =/= the value of sound you're going to get, and just because it says Marshall on it does not mean it's going to sound any better. Do yourself a favor and buy yourself a tube combo amp with the money you have for this thing. You can even stick to the same brand if you're just set on getting a Marshall, they make some pretty good ones that don't cost much more.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Doesn't Deserve the Name

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Portable
        • Powerful

        Cons

        • Poor Sound Quality

        Best Uses

        • Starting Amp

        Comments about Marshall MG4 Series MG100HFX 100W Guitar Amplifier Head:

        I bought this amp used with a package deal, all I wanted was the cab that came with it. I was impressed with some features of the amp; the simplicity to store as much as 4 different amp settings (OD1, w/Verb, and Chorus for example). And I did like how the head was compact enough to haul to shows.

        I didn't like the construction of the head (particle wood and cheap knobs). The distortion sounds like you are playing through a hall.. in a bad way.

        I'm judging this head so bad because it has the Marshall name. I have two JCM 800's and the JVM 410H which I love and wanted to find an amp which I don't need an insurance policy to take on the road. This amp didn't deliver.

        I would suggest the Fender Superchamp x2 head although. About the same price and there is a lot more distortion options that go with it.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Does what I expected, and more

        By northslide098

        from Lakes Region

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Warmth

        Cons

        • Limited Functions

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Home Studio

        Comments about Marshall MG4 Series MG100HFX 100W Guitar Amplifier Head:

        This model amplifier is evidently being phased out by Marshall but after reviews of the MG HCFX maybe they shouldn't. This amp is good for sound modeling in the studio with a multi-effects board or loaded pedal board to experiment with. I bought this primarily as a slave for my Genz Benz El Diablo tube amp, to power its own set of speakers, for which the MG performs superbly. I don't use the onboard effects, not that they're bad, but because I have great pedals for that purpose. This amp is good for studio work and practice to do sound experimentation, etc. It's also my backup because the Diablo has reliability issues. I also use it with an attenuator which it easily handles, unlike the Diablo, which pops fuses when power braked. If you are planning to purchase this amp for performances and expect the rich, warm overdriven "Marshall Sound" you're not looking at the right amp. For tube sound you need tubes. For the price and what I use it for, it's an excellent buy.

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        (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Not like any Marshall I've ever heard.

        By Jerry1409

        from Kentucky

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Programmable Footswitch

        Cons

        • Almost No Distortion
        • Poor Sound Quality
        • Weak

        Best Uses

        • Decoration

        Comments about Marshall MG4 Series MG100HFX 100W Guitar Amplifier Head:

        I have a JCM2000 TSL and I really like the sound, but it's heavy and difficult to pack around, especially for smaller gigs. I wanted something that has the Marshall sound, but light weight so I bought a used Marshall MG100HDFX. It sounded really good for a solid state amp, but the footswitch is ONLY two buttons (channel and digital effects on/off). I am very spoiled by my TSL and I like having at least a 4 button footswitch. I was (incorrectly) told that the newer 4 button programmable "Stomp-ware" footswitches for the MG amps would work with my HDFX so I bought one; and of course it did NOT work. Rather than give up, Musicians Friend had the newer Marshall MG100HFX on sale (cheap) so I decided I'd try it out and upgrade. When I got it, I was really impressed with how easy it was to operate, and the versatility of the footswitch. HOWEVER, the sound was absolutely NOTHING like any Marshall I had ever heard in recent years. The clean channel was fair at best. But I was absolutely amazed at how thin and weak OD1 and OD2 were. There was almost NO distortion at all; only a slight crunch at best. In fact, there is no "Contour" knob or mid-shift switch, so you can't get anywhere near the modern Marshall sound. It must have a weak pre-amp or something, because unless I was using a guitar with really hot pickups, it had difficulty getting enough signal to operate the guitar tuner built in to the footswitch. As far as I can tell, the only difference between the Marshall MG100hfx and the Marshall MG100hcfx is cosmetic, one having black leathery looking tolex, and the other having the pinstriped carbon (what ever the cheap looking stuff is) that makes it look like a toy. I wound up returning the MG100hfx because the sound was so bad. I'm really glad I didn't let go of my MG100hdfx. I'll keep it for sure now, but I'm still stuck with a 4-button footswitch I can't use. If you like Marshall amps and the Marshall metal sound, so you're considering buying a Marshall MG100hfx or MG100hcfx, I'd save my money if I were you. This amp isn't worthy of the Marshall logo on the front.

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        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great for the money

        By natethegreat695

        from Roswell, NM

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Warmth
        • Great Effects Loop

        Cons

        • Weak

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Performances

        Comments about Marshall MG4 Series MG100HFX 100W Guitar Amplifier Head:

        I bought this amp about a year and a half ago, and it has treated me very well. It gets great volume, is very responsive to the power of your picking, can handle downtunings (I play in drop C# on my 6-string and drop A on my 7), sounds great on humbuckers and can sound pretty alright on single-coils, as well. One of my favorite things about it is how well it handles external effects. I bought this so that I could have a good gigging amp; however, for my prog metal band that I play most gigs with, the distortion just wasn't quite full enough. I bought a Boss MT-2 (a relatively low-end metal distortion pedal), ran it through the amp's effects loop, and it sounds just like a high-end Orange tube amp. The only thing I'd change about this amp is its clean tones. The crunch, overdrive, and distortion channels are all fantastic, but the clean channel is very deep and has a lot of emphasis on the midrange. If you're into vintage rock clean tones from the '70s and '80s, this amp will deliver exactly the clean tone you're looking for; however, if you're playing anything from '90's grunge to the metal album that came out last Tuesday, it probably won't be exactly what you're looking for. All in all, this amp head along with its cab is great for the money you're spending, fantastic for that stereotypical rock sound, and is very versatile.

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        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Play Metal? Then Buy This Amp!

        By Barney Rubble

        from Ipswich, MA

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        Ask me a question

        Pros

        • 4 programmable Channels
        • Marshall Tone

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Turned On

        Comments about Marshall MG4 Series MG100HFX 100W Guitar Amplifier Head:

        Tried several amps (Orange Dark Terror, Hughes and Kettner Tubemeister 18, Marshall MA100) before settling on this one. Chan 1 clean, I use boss super overdrive, then boss mega distortion, then satriani time machine in that order to get exact Van Halen Eruption sound. Chan 2 clean, I bypass all my pedals and turn the chorus and delay up a little on amp to get Jake E Lee Killer of Giants Sound. Chan 3 distortion, I use boss super overdrive to get Dokken In my Dreams Sound. Chan 4 distortion, I use boss super overdrive to get Metal Church, Metal Church Sound. This amp could easily sell for double. Don't believe the negative comments left by others, try it for yourself.

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        i absolutly love it.

        By Community User

        from kentucky

        Comments about Marshall MG4 Series MG100HFX 100W Guitar Amplifier Head:

        Overall i was exetremely happy with my purchase i mean it is a marshall and i play metal and this thing is insanely distorted.
        it has the basic effects you would expect on an amp reverb delay etc. the distortion on this beast is amazing.
        it is built like a tank the ups broke the marshall letters off the cabinet but thats all they done to it.
        there are not many halfstacks this good for the price this baby is listed for so get it while you can.

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        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        MG4 !00HFX 100W AMp Head

        By Devyn wentzell

        from Nova Scotia, Canada

        Comments about Marshall MG4 Series MG100HFX 100W Guitar Amplifier Head:

        It is an overall great amp, with a few bugs here and there, with it coming stock with factory presets that most people don't know how to remove. I have also heard about lack of gain, and lack of a great distortion sound, but if you know how to change the EQ and gain, you can get truly amazing distortioon tones. This amp also clean's up very nicely, and is good for your more melodic music.
        Has alot of good features, such as built in reverb, phaser, flanger, and delay, but can't be switched to easily unless sound is "stored" in the amp.
        This has lasted me for 2 years, and has been thrown around and beat up against everything. Real Marshall quality.
        For a Marshall Solid State head, It is well worth it. A great beginner head, with the MG cab also a great deal, and sounds good with it.

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