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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 look, solid digital effects and MG's critically accl... Click To Read More About This Product

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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 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
Specifications
  • 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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5 year parts/ 3 year labor warranty.


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MarshallMG Series MG100HCFX 100W Guitar Amp Head
 
4.1

(based on 38 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

78%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good power output (19)
  • Excellent sound (16)
  • Easy to use (15)
  • Portable (12)
  • Warm / comfy (11)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (18)
  • Home studio (13)
  • Outdoor events / games (9)
  • Amateur recording (8)
  • Professional recording (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (15), Professional musician (6)

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

Does not disappoint

By Andrew

from Peoria, Arizona

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Excellent Sound
  • Powerful
  • Sexy

Cons

  • Takes some getting used to

Best Uses

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

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

I bought this amplifier a few weeks ago, and could not possibly be more pleased with it. It took a few days to get used to the controls, which I expected with upgrading from a dusty old combo amplifier. Once you get used to the really sensitive controls, this amplifier makes everything else in its price range look like pure trash. Unlike some reviews I've read, my distortion never comes across as muddy, it's very clear when I want it to be, and versatile enough to knock books off of my desk when I need it to. Great amplifier for its price, without a doubt!

 
4.0

Great high gain sound for the price

By Lefty

from Los Angeles, CA

About Me Experienced

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

    Sound, tone & effects

    By Les Caster

    from Virginia

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

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

      FANTASTIC Marshall sound & tone; Rock Solid! turned my guitar into petrified wood... State of the Art.

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Solid state and Marshall tone! Nice amp.

      By Wylde man

      from Limestone

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Powerful

      Cons

      • Footswitch has limited functionality.

      Best Uses

      • Performances

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

      In my years of playing in gigging bands(20+)I have played both ss and tube amps. I have never been as happy with a solid state amp as I am with the Marshall Mg100hcfx amp head and matching cab. I have four four hour shows with it and it is punchy and cuts through the mix all while handling a variety of music from Dillon to Metallica. A little bit of tweaking is required. Let's face it, we are guitar players; the tweaking never ends. I play mostly small clubs and bars which is where solid state is able to shine. If I was able to crank a JCM 800 that's the way to go. In my environment, ears would bleed. I use the crunch setting gain fullbore with a Wylde overdrive and classic crybaby wah using a Wylde Audio Odin(amazing guitar) with active pups. If you play small venues as I do, and you value the patrons hearing and your own, this is a great low cost option.

      (5 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Junk

      By MF and Marshall suck

      from Michigan

      About Me Experienced

      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 Memphis

          About Me Professional Musician

          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.

             
            5.0

            mg 100 hcfx 1/2 stack slant cab

            By james

            from buena park, ca

            Site Member

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

            bought this at guitar center a few months ago, I mostly play clean with a digitech rp 360 in front hooked into a bad horsie wah pedal, got it sounding awesome tube like, need to get a good strat as this 249 dollar Ibanez sounds very muddy but overall im happy its my first half stack a lot of power and marshall brown sound as eddie would put it probably do a good size gig with it cause it can get loud overall very happy with this beast...

             
            5.0

            MG100HCFX Head and MG slant cab

            By Earl

            from Houston, TX

            Site Member

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

            I actually bought the slant cab for this amp before the head. I used the cab with an Ibanez Tube Screamer amp and I thought it sounded wonderful but the combination didn't have quite enough headroom as could be expected. I played a gig with some friends of mine who provided me with a Marshall half stack with one of the older Marshall solid state heads. I thought it sounded great. I play guitar and pedal steel and it was nice to play through an amp that handled both well. When I got back in town I went to GC and picked up the MG100HCFX to go with my cab. I am very pleased with the combination. The clean channel is very sparkly with my Tele and Strat and having all that low end is nice too. I spent a little time with the manual and that help a lot. Once I learned the basics of programming the amp, I was able to get anything I wanted out of it. The amp has loads of volume available but it doesn't require turning it up loud to sound good. I play blues, rock, and country and the sounds available from this amp are very suited to those genres, and the bonus is that my pedal steel sounds good through it as well. The effects in this amp are very serviceable as well. Since I've only had the amp for a short while I can't speak Ito the reliability of it but it looks well built. I love having a 412 cab in such a small package, I have added some casters to make moving it around a little easier. I also ordered the programmable footswitch but I haven't received it yet. I own several smaller tube amp combos and was a little skeptical about purchasing a solid state amp, but I am very pleased with this amp. I will spend some time with this amp and play some jobs with it and update this review in a few months.

            (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

            About Me Experienced

            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.

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