Marshall MG4 Series MG100HFX 100W Guitar Amplifier Head Black 886830173271

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The 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 ... Click To Read More About This Product

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The 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.

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
  • Dimensions: 23-3/10" W x 9-4/5" H x 10-4/5" D
Specifications
  • Dimensions: 23-3/10" W x 9-4/5" H x 10-4/5" D
    Weight: 25 lb.
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
5 year parts/ 3 year labor warranty.


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MarshallMG4 Series MG100HFX 100W Guitar Amplifier Head
 
3.9

(based on 41 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (24)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

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    (5)

38%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (5)

Cons

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

Best Uses

No Best Uses
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

AWESOME!!!!!!!

This head is really cool. One of the reasons to why i think it is awesome is beacause of these few reasons: The Price, The Quality, The Amount Of Watts(100...Read complete review

This head is really cool. One of the reasons to why i think it is awesome is beacause of these few reasons: The Price, The Quality, The Amount Of Watts(100 W.), The Built In Affects, The Amount Of Channels, and a lot of other reasons. But out of all of the things that i have said that i liked, my absolute favorite is the built in affects. Now my 2 favorite effects are the Chorus effect, and the Phaser effect. The amazing thing is that not only could you edit the effects but you could also store and save the effect. And not only that but there are also 2 settings, and those are the user and the preset settings. Now with the user settings you could edit and store the effects. Now with the preset settings, you could just jam out with out having to edit anything. So i highly recomend getting this head.

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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).

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Friends don't let friends buy Mg series

By mackavella04

from New Orleans

About Me Experienced

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.

(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.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Doesn't Deserve the Name

    By Cold Blooded Whiskey Guitar Player

    from McGregor MN

    About Me Experienced

    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.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Does what I expected, and more

    By northslide098

    from Lakes Region

    About Me Experienced

    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.

    (9 of 11 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.

    (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.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    not a tube but you dont need it !!! but oneday it would be nice ..lol

    By kevin cagle

    from onalaska,wi

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

    this headis amazing there is no sound you need to change unless its to your standing this head rocks I got it matched with marshall 4 celestion fiber slant cab and a epiphone nightfall with emgs ..forget about it its the best unless your rich or you wouldn't be reading this..lol but I get harmonics to sing sustain is amazing...might be my les paul but with all 3 of what I got no sound can go wrong..please before leaving a bad request know what you are doing or ask a lot of people say this and that shh.it has plenty of everything you want more go listen to feedback. lol witch is not here..and ask for help its gonna take a little to get the controls down play around don't frown...exelent buy.. and quotes ozzy flying high again baby ...

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Play Metal? Then Buy This Amp!

    By Barney Rubble

    from Ipswich, MA

    About Me Experienced

    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.

    (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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