At the time it was introduced, the Marshall MG15DFX was the cheapest electric guitar amplifier to come on the market with Marshall’s digital effects – DFX. That’s the MG15DFX‘s claim to fame.
But what is Marshall’s digital effects?
And why would anyone care about this now-replaced model?
Weighing in at only 15 watts, this solid-state amp’s power is adequate for solo gigs in small venues, but just barely adequate.
Still, some reviewers say it easily drowns out other 15 watt amps, perhaps delivering sound equivalent to a 25 watt or larger box. Other experts say it makes a great choice for bedroom practice and garage band rehearsals.
Some question its reliability since it’s part of the MG series. Whatever it may lack in power or reliability, however, it makes up for with features. It’s an inexpensive way to get an amp with built-in chorus, reverb, flange and delay.
While you may find the reverb effect a little lacking compared to higher priced amps, the other effects are good enough.
You’ll probably use it mostly for rehearsal anyway, and messing with the effects can be fun. They’re all easy to dial-in and sound about as good as you’ll get from a solid-state amplifier.
Want more details about it? It’s a twin-channel amp with a single 8-inch speaker. It also has a CD input jack and a line out jack, something you don’t always find on cheaper models.
You may also like the speaker-emulating headphone jack that let’s you practice in private and hear what an audience would hear.
There are two reasons in particular that you might want to place this low-power, feature-heavy amp among your gear.
- First, that Marshall name will get you some street cred.
The British amplifier maker started in 1962 and quickly rose to one of the most respected names in music, partly because of their association with so many British musicians who gained fame on both sides of the Atlantic.
- Second, you can pick up one of these models used for nearly nothing.
Have a look on Amazon or check ads locally and you might be able to locate one for under a hundred dollars.
If you need something to plug your guitar so you can practice, this is a nice, inexpensive starter item.
Features of Marshall MG15DFX
- The Marshall sound in a compact practice/backstage amp
- Delivers a dynamic yet toneful punch
- 8″ speaker
- 2 channels
- Digital effects including reverb, delay, chorus, and flange
- FDD (Frequency Dependent Dampening)
- CD ins, plus emulated line out, and emulated headphone jacks
The Marshall MG15DFX Combo Amp provides you the Marshall sound in a small practice amp. It is loaded witha digital effects including reverb, delay, chorus, and flange. Contains unique features such as FDD (Frequency Dependent Damping), CD ins, plus emulated line out, and emulated headphone jacks.