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It's fun (Marshall - MG15MSZW - Zakk Wylde)

By iamqman, 03/08/2011
I have to first say that I am not a huge fan of ZW but I do like some of his stuff and he sure knows how to rock it out. I particularly like him in the movie Rock Star for instance when he shoots that gun out of the bus at that roads sign. He seems to be alike a cool guy from interviews I have read with him in it. This is a micro stack like the other micro stacks from Marshall but they have put Zakk's name on the outside. This one has two channels unlike the other that have four channels. you get pretty much all the rest of the same features and tone. Not too much to talk about as this is a cheap cool tribute to Ozzy's guitarist and the front man to Black Label Society.

UTILIZATION

MG15MSZW
Output (RMS): 15 watts

Channel: 2

Footswitchable Ch.: No

CD Input: Yes

Emulated Line Out: Yes

Spring Reverb: Yes

FDD: Yes

Dimensions (mm): 383 x 180 x 211

MG15MSZWA
Type: Angled

Speaker Configuration: 1x10 in.

Dimensions (mm): 383 x 390 x 240

MG15MSZWB
Type: Base

Speaker Configuration: 1x10 in.

Dimensions (mm): 383 x 390 x 240


SOUNDS

The tone from this amp isn't that bad for being a solid state amp. It has two channels and all are very usable in the basic functions. This is an all in one amp for a beginner guitar player. Any one who has spent any time with a tube amp will not go for this other than to have as a practice unit for silence or office use. The crunch channel will get you a great classic rock tone. Trying using a Gibson Les Paul or SG and dial down the gain for some good Led Zeppelin tone or Ac/Dc crunch. But if you are going to play this amp you will need an Epiphone Zekk Wylde bulls-eye guitar or one of the more expensive ones from Gibson. That way you can better match this amp with the guitar. Then you just need the MXR Zakk Wylde chorus pedal and overdrive and then you will be set up with the right Zakk Wylde tribute gear set The over drive channel are excellent for modern rock and will sound good with any guitar used with humbucker pickup.

OVERALL OPINION

These amps have been discontinued for a while now. You can find them on the used market pretty easily. They did make quite a few of these amps for the fans. I would recommend this if you are a fan off Zakk's or if you just want a cool looking and fairly cheap micro amp stack. It is fun and something cool to practice and play through.
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Peae sells...but who's buying!! (Marshall - MG15FXMSDM)

By iamqman, 17/08/2011
This is a amp stack that Marshall did on behalf of Dave Mustain from Megadeth. Dave originally played for a Metallica back in the 80's and then left the band to do his own thing which would eventually be one of the biggest bands in the world. Dave has done now 13 albums including their upcoming album called 13 with Megadeth. This amp stack is to give you a basic small tone of his actual Marshall stack that he uses on stage at shows.

UTILIZATION

Marshall MG Series MG15FXMSDM Dave Mustaine Megastack Amp Head And Cabinet Features:

Distortion dial
Low does all you low, bass frequencies
Mid dial controls your middle EQ
High dial controls your treble frequencies
Reverb control
Volume control
FX dial: 4 different types of effects (5 including the reverb control)
Master Volume
MP3/Line in
4 channels: clean, crunch, overdrive 1, overdrive 2
Includes: digital effects, digital reverb, internal FDD, MP3/Line in, Headphones, MG Footcontroller-compatible



Marshall MG Series MG15FXMSDM Dave Mustaine Megastack Amp Head And Cabinet Specifications:

Output: 15W
Speaker: 1x10" (2 off)
Dimensions: 15-1/4"W x 38"H x 9-1/2"D
Weight: 41-1/4lb.


SOUNDS

If you must pick up one of the solid state MG amps from Marshall make sure you get the FDD switch on there. The over drive channel is excellent for modern rock and will sound good with any guitar used with humbucker pickup. It really tightens the distortion up a lot and fills the tone out more. The tone becomes thicker and fatter much like a real tube amp from Marshall.

This amp has the voicing needed to do some of Dave's riffing and tone. This is a col little tribute amp stack if you are a fan of Megadeth or Dave's work. This is a solid state amp and no tubes are involved.

OVERALL OPINION

This amp come sin new right at around 4399 which is a good price for a signature amp stack. This is not a full stack and not something that you would use as a recording amp or on stage at gigs. this is a a fun practice amp that has Dave's name on it as well at his favorite tones for Megadeth.
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Hartke GT60 Piggyback (Hartke - Piggy Back GT60/408)

By MGR/Diego Ambrosio, 11/12/2008




Amplifier: the GT60 Piggyback is a head with a cabinet, but smaller than usual. Features: two channels, one of which uses a tube. Channel 1 has crunch, volume, treble and bass. Channel 2 has gain, volume, bass, mid, treble. There is a reverb that works equally for both channels. There are output jacks for speaker and for headphones(!). There are input jacks for effects as well as for a CD Player sound(!).

Sound: very versatile, but isn't so natural as a JCM900. Channel 1 may be a bit 'clinical', without warmth, but the distortion sounds closer to 'natural' than the one on Channel 2. Channel 2 sounds closer to 'natural' when clean, but the distortion has an artificial impression to me. Still, Channel 2 is warmer for a slight overdrive. The fundamental tone reminds me of the 80's pop/rock as Huey Lewis. Still, I could get a trebly distortion resembling NIN, a fuzz sound (bassy, though) revealing some Down By Law, a subtle overdrive that showed a hint of Pink Floyd, a classic overdrive that resembled Rolling Stones and maybe the Beatles and a very clean sound as well. I find it terrible for vintage stuff, though. I think it can do a good job for general pop playing or any style that doesn't worry about a natural sound and/or sound refinement.

Response to Pedals/Guitar/Pickups: a trebly pickup will sound trebly, a bassy guitar will sound bassy, a mid-range pedal will sound mid-range and so on. The Piggyback doesn't mask much the sound of the pedals (SansAmp Classic, Boss CS-3, OD-2 and GE-7) and pickups (DiMarzio Air Zone, Fender Tex Mex and Fender MIM Standard) I tried.

Construction: despite the tube presence, this amp doesn't look fragile and shall do great as a working horse, rehearsal amp and live equipment. This amp still needs the usual maintenance as any other.

Rating: I'll give it 3 stars for it's steady, versatile, but doesn't provide a refined sound.
PS: I don't use the reverb because it generates a annoying humming. I think my unit in particular has a problem.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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