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Marshall MS-2 Mini Amp

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You can take Marshall tone and vibe with you with the Marshall MS-2 Mini Amp. Classic Marshall grille cloth; crunchy distortion; and plenty of volume...Click To Read More About This Product

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Strap a screamin' stack to your belt!

You can take Marshall tone and vibe with you with the Marshall MS-2 Mini Amp. Classic Marshall grille cloth; crunchy distortion; and plenty of volume for good, clean fun. Controls for overdrive, tone, and volume. Powered by one 9V battery. The Marshall MS-2 Mini Amp includes belt clip and headphone jack. 5-3/4" high.

FEATURES
Authentic Marshall look
Crankin' overdrive
Tone and volume controls
Headphone jack

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MarshallMS-2 Mini Amp
 
4.1

(based on 195 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (105)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (47)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (13)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Portable (16)
  • Easy to use (15)
  • Excellent sound (8)
  • Good power output (4)
  • Warm / comfy (4)

Cons

  • Limited functions (3)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (4)
  • Amateur recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (11), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Quite Impressed !!

Absolutely LOVE this little amp !!! Very impressed with the sound and volume from this little thing !!

And... I got what Musician's Friend refers to as a...Read complete review

Absolutely LOVE this little amp !!! Very impressed with the sound and volume from this little thing !!

And... I got what Musician's Friend refers to as a 'restock'. It was explained to me that 'restock' actually means a 'second'... Meaning during testing, Marshall found something that was not quite up to standards, so the unit was sold at a reduced price.

For the life of me, I... or anyone else I have demonstrated it to... cannot hear *anything* wrong with this little lion !!

It's not intended for 'live performances', but for sitting and messing around at a local a bar or at a barbecue, it's absolutely great !! LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not recommendable.

I travel with work & wanted something to tote along with me for hotel stays. I bought this over the vox amplug because I simply refused depending on a battery. I regret this...Read complete review

I travel with work & wanted something to tote along with me for hotel stays. I bought this over the vox amplug because I simply refused depending on a battery. I regret this decision substantially. This amp is pretty awful, it sounds like the speaker is literally inside of a garbage can. If you want to hear the clean tone over your guitar, you'll be sacrificing the "clean" by turning the volume & tone up. The result is a crunchy, stale & noisy mess. Mine is always hissing & like one reviewer before me stated: don't even think about putting pedals in front of it. Pedals make the speaker sound like it's scrunching up & you can't hear the tone of the effects whatsoever. The only plus is the fact that you can play guitar in small enclosed settings at low volumes, but what's the point if the only half clean tone comes when it's quieter than the guitar itself? I will be selling this for a vox ac30 amplug.

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(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Not recommendable.

By Echobox

from Atlanta

Comments about Marshall MS-2 Mini Amp:

I travel with work & wanted something to tote along with me for hotel stays. I bought this over the vox amplug because I simply refused depending on a battery. I regret this decision substantially. This amp is pretty awful, it sounds like the speaker is literally inside of a garbage can. If you want to hear the clean tone over your guitar, you'll be sacrificing the "clean" by turning the volume & tone up. The result is a crunchy, stale & noisy mess. Mine is always hissing & like one reviewer before me stated: don't even think about putting pedals in front of it. Pedals make the speaker sound like it's scrunching up & you can't hear the tone of the effects whatsoever. The only plus is the fact that you can play guitar in small enclosed settings at low volumes, but what's the point if the only half clean tone comes when it's quieter than the guitar itself? I will be selling this for a vox ac30 amplug.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Its a good belt amp!

By Les PAul Dude 101

from NY City

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Comments about Marshall MS-2 Mini Amp:

Dispite all the other reviews, I think its a good little belt amp, its not intended for a gig people! It just a nice little toy to have when your walking around. And giving the fact that its that small and that loud, Its pretty good! Its got just as much gain to it as you would expect from a JCM 800. I like to keep it in the car, just in case I get bored while I'm out!

(5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

It's not a practice amp

By Ben-Jammin! 8]

from Texas 8]

Comments about Marshall MS-2 Mini Amp:

most people are probably thinking that this thing is for sitting down and practicing. it can do that for sure... but it's better for what it's made more. Clipping it on your belt and rocking out. That's why the clip is so big. it could be bigger, but you can probably replace it with a better one. it doesnt have the best sound at all, but it sacrifices tone, for being able to do powerslides and not make a shaking noice or anything. the only thing that could probably be approved is adding like another knob or a button.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Quite Impressed !!

By grpace

from Panama City, FL

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Portable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events

    Comments about Marshall MS-2 Mini Amp:

    Absolutely LOVE this little amp !!! Very impressed with the sound and volume from this little thing !!

    And... I got what Musician's Friend refers to as a 'restock'. It was explained to me that 'restock' actually means a 'second'... Meaning during testing, Marshall found something that was not quite up to standards, so the unit was sold at a reduced price.

    For the life of me, I... or anyone else I have demonstrated it to... cannot hear *anything* wrong with this little lion !!

    It's not intended for 'live performances', but for sitting and messing around at a local a bar or at a barbecue, it's absolutely great !! LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT.

    (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    not the marshall sound you'd like BUT there's hope!

    By Amos

    from Las Vegas

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    Comments about Marshall MS-2 Mini Amp:

    The hope is in the effects. This actually gives a very good sound WHEN you add an effect pedal to it. In my case, I use the LINE 6 Pocket Pod with my Traveler Ultra-Light Electric guitar when I go out to travel. The many settings of the LINE 6 pocket especially the custom settings will give you a true sound that is AMAZING (and did I say customizable). That said, the limitations of the MS-2 would be gone. that's the HOPE i'm talking about!
    a little amp, the sound gets louder when you OD it. deaf during clean. What did you expect?
    had this since 2004, still works. I have the red limited edition one too!

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Portability has a Price

    By Satanic Anarchist

    from Lake Jackson, Texas

    Comments about Marshall MS-2 Mini Amp:

    It's cool how this amp is small, portable, and operates on 9 volt batties, but the base tone is pretty bad. The clean channel is so sterile sounding and the overdrive channel is too mellow and acts too much like a tube amp. If I want a practice amp I don't want something that plays like a tube amp minus the tubes.Also, the headroom of this amp is ferociously bad. Look I understand that practice amps are supposed to be quiet, but you really cannot plug any kind of pedal into this thing without clipping the speakers or causing the unit to overheat. There is one set up that I found to work and produce a really good tone.Guitar>>>>>>>>>Russian Big Muff (Volume 1'oclock, Sustian 9'oclock, Tone 1'oclock)>>>>>>>>Digitech Metal Master (Level: doesn't matter, Low: 12'oclock, High: 12'oclock, Morph: max)>>>>>>>>Marshall MS-2(Volume: 12'oclock, Tone: 9'oclock, Clean channel)Don't even try to put any volume boosting pedals(such as a Boss HM-2) in front of this thing. You'll just clip the speakers and cause the amp to overheat.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Good punch for a pee-wee

    By Kirk Van Bodley

    from Fort Wayne, IN

    About Me Novice

    See all my reviews

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Warmth
    • Portable

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Marshall MS-2 Mini Amp:

        This is a good "goofing around" amp. When you want to be mobile but need that extra boost.
        Good amp for kids who are getting started and won't bug the world. Battery life is pretty good if you use it occasionally. Overdrive has a nice sound too.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        ....

        By Ska King

        from Spring Hill, FL

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        Comments about Marshall MS-2 Mini Amp:

        I bought this amp about a week ago. At first it worked fine, all the controls worked and the input jack worked. but the clean channel clips to easily. it would only stay clean until the volume is about up to 6-7, then the clean channel distorts. the Overdrive channel is even worse. you can't hear anything. i have an Ibanez sz and through this amp, it sounds horrible.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Novelty Item

        By John

        from Colorado Springs, CO

        About Me Experienced

        See all my reviews

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Portable

        Cons

        • None if you take it for what it is, a toy!

        Best Uses

        • Playing around

        Comments about Marshall MS-2 Mini Amp:

        I bought this thing years ago because I thought it was just cool and it still works! Is it the best sounding thing, nope. It is a novelty item. As long as you look at it as such you won't be disappointed. I actually played it before buying it and it was just fun. Like I said, not a great sound but I have actually used it for quiet practice with headphone and for that is works just fine. I read one review that said "don't put pedals in front of it". Why would you? It wasn't meant for that.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Definitely would have this product over and over again.

        By Nick the Pick

        from Wood River, Illinois

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Marshall MS-2 Mini Amp:

            I've used it playing around my home and look forward to using it elsewhere indoors and outdoors such as at a bonfire etc...

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Really cool amp!

            By Bartman

            from Harta Texas

            About Me Experienced

            See all my reviews

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Portable

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Marshall MS-2 Mini Amp:

                This is a really cool practice amp. The sound is much better than I expected. It's lightweight and battery operated so you can play it anywhere. Love this amp!

                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Pretty awesome

                By bob dole

                from san quentin

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Marshall MS-2 Mini Amp:

                    I was about to go on a trip, saw this amp, and thought it would be cool to have for the road. To be honest I wasn't expecting much but was quite surprised after plugging this bad boy in. Very impressive OD, great tone and squeals like a mother. A con to it, not in my opinion but for some is the clean tone being very crunchy. I suppose some people would hate the amp because of that lol.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Kool little thang, fer sure!

                    By DMan

                    from San Diego, CA

                    About Me Professional Musician

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                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Excellent Sound
                    • Portable
                    • Powerful

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Home Studio

                      Comments about Marshall MS-2 Mini Amp:

                      This little thing is great for the home. The only thing that I don't like about it is the difference in volume between the clean and dirty channels. Otherwise I would recommend it to anyone.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      1.0

                      No more mini-amps for me.

                      By JB Steel

                      from Wheeling WV

                      About Me Professional Musician

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                      Comments about Marshall MS-2 Mini Amp:

                      I think I can officially say my mini-amp days are over. I thought it would be a good idea to have one as a sofa amp. I've owned two, Marshall and Rocktron. Both played great the first couple times. Then they started cutting out in a sort of vibrato effect. I'm done. Except maybe the Orange Micro Crush it looks and feels solid and my friend from Norway said it Rocks. So I'm doubling down I guess at seventy clams.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      A

                      By Anonymous

                      from Undisclosed

                      Comments about Marshall MS-2 Mini Amp:

                      Wow! I just bought this thing and love it! This mini amplifier is so loud for its size! It is very light wieght and has a clip so you can walk around eith it on your waist! When I first bought this product I thought it wouldn't be this amazing! The quality is definitely that of Marshalls! If you don't have one of these your a loser!

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      1.0

                      Junk!! Don't Buy It!!

                      By Anonymous

                      from Undisclosed

                      Comments about Marshall MS-2 Mini Amp:

                      I told my brother I wanted this dumb thing for Chrismas, and I thought the idea of having a little cool-lookin' amp on your belt sounded practical, which it is, but not with this little piece of junk. First of all, it is so chinsey and weak I knew it wouln't last too long. First it just had a loose connection and would go on and off while I was playing, then something went wrong with the power. Even after changing batteries, I would pulsate and make a phaser-like sound. The little red lite pulsated. Anyway, it is an all around piece of junk.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      1.0

                      DONT BUY THIS AMP-PLEASE

                      By Anonymous

                      from Undisclosed

                      Comments about Marshall MS-2 Mini Amp:

                      I bought this thing last night, and it's already broken. I tried changing the battery, tried switching cords, no, its broken. I rest my case.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Awsome Amp For its Size

                      By Anonymous

                      from Undisclosed

                      Comments about Marshall MS-2 Mini Amp:

                      If you want a amp portable enough to stick in you case, get this. Its way beter than the other micro amps. The o.d. is pretty good for jammin but get a peadal for some serrious distortion. And it gives that good ol clean marshall sound.PLUS it looks awesome. A mini half stack, thats just awsome.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      1.0

                      Don't bother thinking about buying it

                      By TheStrangestBrew

                      from Keller, TX

                      Comments about Marshall MS-2 Mini Amp:

                      This amp is pretty much the worst thing I've ever spent money on. The first one I bought, which was my first mistake, the overdrive worked for about 2 days, then it totally stopped producing any sound period. I probably used it for 3 hours tops. The second one I bought which was my second mistake, the jack input fell apart then had to put it back together, then a day later the sound quit. And for the people that are griping about the features, it has gain, volume, OD and Clean, not really much else you need. Its cheap, made by Marshall, and its the size of your hand, what do you expect. Don't bother getting this or trying to think about getting it.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      1.0

                      Terrible

                      By A7XGUY

                      from Chicago

                      Comments about Marshall MS-2 Mini Amp:

                      This amp worked correctly for about a month and a half, now whenever I play a single note, it cracks. It cuts in and out and there's nothing that can be done. This WAS good when I got it, but now its junk. I treated it great too.

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