Everyone know’s the name Marshall when it comes to amplifiers. The name conjours visions of walls of sound made up of seemingly endless Marshall cabinets. Marshall amps tend to make a lot of noise and are synonymous with punchy overdriven tones. In this Marshall MG10G review we’ll take a look at Marshall’s tiny 10 watt practice amp. We’ll see if, despite it’s size, it delivers Marshall’s reputation.
Overview of MG10G
The Marshall MG10G is a compact and simple practice amp, squarely aimed at the guitarist who wants an uncomplicated amp. There’s not really a lot to it. It’s almost as simple as plug and play. It is tiny and doesn’t weigh much, so good for smaller spaces and easily stowed away when not in use.
The design of the amp is a closed back cabinet. The control knobs and control panel are finished in an attractive matt gold. The output is handled by a 6.5 inch custom speaker, which outputs 10 watts of power. The power adapter is incorporated into the design, the power cord feeding out of the back of the amp.
The MG10G is a solid state amp with two channels, each featuring it’s own volume control. There’s no EQ, which is disappointing. Usually small amps have at least bass and treble control. Instead the MG10 uses “contour” control, which is controlled by a knob.
The contour manipulates the mid range to allow you to manipulate the tone. I suppose this is a good feature for those who want an amp that’s very simple to operate, but I would expect at least 2 band EQ as standard.
The channel select in controlled by a push button. When in the overdriven channel you can manipulate the gain and the volume. That gives you quite simple control over the amount of distortion. Due to the simplicity to can quite easily find a reasonable variety of tones from warm and crunchy to high gain.
There’s a 3.5mm AUX input jack to allow you to plug your phone or other playback device. That’ll allow you to play along with your favorite tracks. There’s no control over the volume of a connected device built-in to the amp, but that’s pretty normal for amps of this size.
There’s a 3.5mm headphone input too. When plugged in the speaker is automatically muted, allowing for silent practice. When a set of headphones are connected you’ll benefit from the cabinet simulator delivering the power of a Marshall cabinet directly to your ears.
Whilst the MG10 is great for those just starting out, or those who want a super simple to operate amp, you’ll soon need to upgrade if you want to expand your horizons. If you want to play with a band you’ll need something with more punch. Likewise if you want to experiment with EQ, amp styles and effects you’ll need to look at an amp with more features.
However if you want the Marshall punch in a small amp then the MG10 is worth considering. It’s comparatively well priced when looking at other amps in it’s class. The Fender Frontman 10g and the VOX Pathfinder 10 are priced similarly.
You will get more value from the Orange Crush 12, which is a similar price but has 3 band EQ and 12 watts of power output. You can read more about the Orange Crush 12 here.
The Marshall MG10G is a super simple, super small amp that’s great for those who just want to plug and play. Other than the contour and gain controls, there’s not a lot more to consider. Here are some of the best bits:
- Easy to Use
- Punchy Sound
- Well Built
The drawbacks are pretty subtle if you’re looking for something that’s simple and compact. However there are a few issues. Although the MG10G is priced similarly to other branded amps in it’s class, you are paying a premium for the name. Especially when you compare it with the Orange Crush 12. Here are a few of the drawbacks:
- Doesn’t Have EQ
- Orange Crush 12 is Similar in Price
- Will Need to Upgrade
The Marshall MG10G is plenty powerful enough to attract noise complaints from your neighbors. If you want a loud practice amp that’s compact and easy to work with then the Marshall MG10G is well worth considering.
I’d certainly take a look at the Orange Crush 12 before making a decision. Priced similarly, you get a few more watts of power and 3 band EQ with the Crush 12. However if you want that classic Marshall sound without blowing out the windows with volume, then the MG10G will deliver.
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