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PerpetualBurn
01-23-2005, 08:59 AM
My amps got an annoying fault.
Okay, we all know the reputation the MG has around here, but it's my amp and I need it to work.
It's an MG50DFX and as I switched it on no sound came out. I played the guitar, switced cables, but nothing. I then realised that if I turned the volume all the way up I could hear a faint sound of the guitar.
I proceeded to fiddle with settings and the sound suddenly came back, almost permanently deafening me :upset: which is not good. It is now playing fine, but I would really like to know if anyone has an idea of what caused this to occur and how I can prevent it from happening again.
Thanks in advance for any help.

TheNeonLights
01-23-2005, 09:01 AM
i can't help you.



here's a rep+ for your stars......you need stars

bizzare6543
01-23-2005, 09:05 AM
Loose wires in the input jack of the amp?

Could be loose wires in it anywhere really.

TheNeonLights
01-23-2005, 09:07 AM
you forgot to rep+ the guy.


Rep+ him!!!! all of you

AG
01-23-2005, 09:08 AM
Did you have the channel volume turned down by any chance?

Or if you were on the clean, the gain right down?

I was always doing that, and then cranking them with the volume high and deafening myself.

Now I just use the CD in and master volume with my POD :naughty: sounds just as good as headphones.

PerpetualBurn
01-23-2005, 09:11 AM
No, the settings were alright. I've had the amp a good while so I'm past the stupidity.
Although I thought it was broken the first time I got it home because the master volume was turned down and I kept trying to crank the distortion volume.

And thanks for the rep, NeonLights.

AG
01-23-2005, 09:14 AM
Right, fair enough...All I can think is that it was a bit of loose wire, that's corrected itself, I would say if it happens again, take it to a tech (as amps are not really self fixable, unless you know your stuff)

bizzare6543
01-23-2005, 09:16 AM
you forgot to rep+ the guy.


Rep+ him!!!! all of you

I'm all out of rep for today.:(

PerpetualBurn
01-23-2005, 09:17 AM
Yeah, it probably is just a loose connection somewhere. But I figured someone out here might have suffered the same problem and give me a hint at what I'm looking at to fix it (costwise).
I don't really want it to be a persistent fault seeing as I want to sell it off in a few months to get something better.

AG
01-23-2005, 09:21 AM
I've never had any troubles with my MG100, but I've only gigged with it once, and not pushed it past 4 or 5. I plan to sell mine on, to help towards my rackmount gear setup.

If it is only wiring I wouldn't have thought taking it to a tech would cost that much, so you're probably better off taking it for a check up before you sell it anyways, It always sounds good when you can say 'I had it serviced last week, so its in brand new condition' or whatever.

ringojcp
01-23-2005, 09:28 AM
I had that problem once, the loose wire was actually in my guitar's jack......fix the problem now before somethings goes dead :wave:

PerpetualBurn
01-23-2005, 09:29 AM
Well, it's taken some abuse in the year or so that I've had it, and it was the one on display because they hadn't got any in stock, so it's been a very reliable amp.
Never gigged with it, but it's been dragged from house to house and to some practise rooms and the likes and this is the first sign of trouble I've had.
I'm not going to try and fix it myself, so I may take it in sometime soon. It's a bit of an inconvenience actually getting it to a tech, though.

Thanks, anyway.

Slipend123
01-23-2005, 09:31 AM
you forgot to rep+ the guy.


Rep+ him!!!! all of you

ok :thumb:

roberto_89k@hotmail.com
01-23-2005, 09:44 AM
dude i had the same problem this morning! Exactly 1 year of having it. Picked up my guitar and there was no sound/ was very faint. I tried everything just like you but it turned out the guitar jack was a bit loose..well i think that was the problem but just mess around with the input jack on ure guitar and on ure amp

bizkit7317
01-23-2005, 09:51 AM
My amps got an annoying fault.
Okay, we all know the reputation the MG has around here, but it's my amp and I need it to work.
It's an MG50DFX and as I switched it on no sound came out. I played the guitar, switced cables, but nothing. I then realised that if I turned the volume all the way up I could hear a faint sound of the guitar.
I proceeded to fiddle with settings and the sound suddenly came back, almost permanently deafening me :upset: which is not good. It is now playing fine, but I would really like to know if anyone has an idea of what caused this to occur and how I can prevent it from happening again.
Thanks in advance for any help.

it happened to me once because i didn't turn it on in like 3 weeks

Doobie2
01-23-2005, 09:57 AM
sounds like loose wiring/soldering to me. p.s MG's dont suck as bad as everyone says.

PerpetualBurn
01-23-2005, 10:12 AM
From my experience, anything below the MG50 isn't worth a penny. Really don't like them. However, the cleans on the MG50 and above are great. The distortion is kind of poor, but it's not too bad at all when I use a V-Wah as a filter.

ringojcp
01-23-2005, 10:15 AM
mg's are new park amps with jim's name slapped on it, but ig uess they're ok for the price :thumb:

Crocto
01-23-2005, 10:20 AM
the same thing happened to my mg. the only thing was it never bothered turning back on. and i had to get it fixed, thanks for warranty. anyway you should probably get it checked out, than sell it and get a better amp. that's what i did/am doing.

oh here's some rep+.

moaner
01-23-2005, 11:50 AM
american gothic, how much for an MG100DFX from your good self? And whereabouts in th'uk are you?

I only want it to put my V-amp into the FX loop.

headshrinker
01-23-2005, 11:52 AM
No way! That very similar to the problem Im having with my Fender Stage 100, slightly diffent.

TheNeonLights
01-23-2005, 12:05 PM
wow, i got neg repped and called a tool...... I love how people dont sign their neg reps. I sign mine........

Doobie2
01-23-2005, 12:13 PM
it irks the hell out of me when people dont sign their neg rep. i'll rep+ ya when i can bud :thumb:

TheNeonLights
01-23-2005, 12:14 PM
Well thanks Doobie2. Ill +rep you now.

Aes820
01-23-2005, 04:12 PM
My guess is that your prolem will lie in the Volume control pot on your amp, either a dodgy bit of wiring, or a dogdy pot istelf.
May need a replace, or a resolder; may just need a clean. Eitherway, it should be easy to fix but if you are unsure then take it to a tech.

PerpetualBurn
01-23-2005, 04:18 PM
Thanks Aes.
If there's anything that actually needs fixing then I'd rather not play about with it myself. I'd be working on guesswork, mostly if I tried.
Cleaning would be a small job though, wouldn't it?

unclebobscircus
01-23-2005, 04:18 PM
dude i had the same problem this morning! Exactly 1 year of having it. Picked up my guitar and there was no sound/ was very faint. I tried everything just like you but it turned out the guitar jack was a bit loose..well i think that was the problem but just mess around with the input jack on ure guitar and on ure amp

Moral of the story - carry around a socket in your guitar case just in case your input jack is loose.

About the MG series, I agree that anything below a 50 watt is crap, but over that they're pretty stellar for a solid state. A decent MG can outshine a Behringer or Crate of similar price, but I'd still rather have a nice tube amp.

I don't really have anything to say on the subject, but good luck.

Neil_1980
12-14-2005, 03:54 AM
ahh hate to drag this up but im having the same problem with mine (thought they were half decent amps till i stumbled accross this forum :S )

Anyway could hear it very faint and it decided to come back on full wack with my head right next to it (guess its the guitaring equivelant of looking down a hosepipe and getting soaked in the face)

Cut a long story short has anyone found out what this is? mine still seems to keep cutting in and out which is a right pain in the ***. Ive tried 3 different guitars and numerous leads and still exactly the same. All i've checked on the amp is that the speaker lead was secure by taking the back cover off.

Its an MG50DFX if it makes any difference which I doubt

Tom
12-14-2005, 07:03 AM
Whoa, at first I thought rep came back.

bradc1988
12-14-2005, 07:06 AM
Wow old thread, but I had the exact same problem with my MG30DFX.

You know how I solved this problem, I sold it :thumb:.

smoss
12-14-2005, 07:11 AM
Hah, I looked at the one thread with the rep and said the same thing Tom.

Minty
12-14-2005, 07:15 AM
All MG's get the "Chainsaw fan" at somepoint...so have fun with that :thumb:

Neil_1980
12-15-2005, 05:55 PM
Yeah its got the "chainsaw" lol, That doesnt bother me too much as it goes after about 30 seconds or so.

Think its the lead between the amp and the speaker thats gone as if i twist it slowly it crackles then. So today I bought some unshielded cable and a right angled jack plug. Will make a cable for it when I get 5 and hopefully should be ok.

I know all you guys slate the MG range but seing as it was my first ever guitar amp (only been playing under 2 years) it did the job. Will be looking for a new amp next year mind and thinking along the lines of a TSL601. Anyone rate these?

Joe_rocks
12-15-2005, 06:01 PM
maybe its a simple thing, like all the eq was turned down, so there was no sound, then when you adjusted it, it went crazy as a bitch?

10th man down
12-15-2005, 06:13 PM
I'm not suprised, my MG is at a tech right now because whenever I turned it on it made this weird noise and if I turned it off and on about 20 times it would stop. It sounded a little like a kazoo or something.

But I'm getting a PODxt soon. :)

All MG's get the "Chainsaw fan" at somepoint...so have fun with that :thumb:

I think that's what happened to mine.

Krabsworth
12-15-2005, 06:40 PM
Why does it even need the fan?

thursdaythrice
12-15-2005, 07:36 PM
yeah i used to have an MG 25DFX and the fan made the chainsaw sound and was more trouble than it was worth

voodooramen
12-15-2005, 07:50 PM
My friend's mg has a horrible fan problem as well, and the power led died after a few months...

They really are built like crap.

We are actually planning on nothing short of incinerating it once he replaces the amp next year. (he is a bassist, plays guitar on the side)

john123
12-15-2005, 08:05 PM
you forgot to rep+ the guy.


Rep+ him!!!! all of you

how come you have a "n/a" post count, and no join date?

voodooramen
12-15-2005, 08:07 PM
how come you have a "n/a" post count, and no join date?
.....

That was posted in the beginning of this year, and he doesnt have a post count or join date because that account was deleted.

You see that alot if you look back into old threads with spam.

Ramones Rock097
12-15-2005, 08:24 PM
how old is this thread?

Daniel K
12-15-2005, 08:27 PM
It was posted January 23rd 2005

Ramones Rock097
12-15-2005, 08:29 PM
thats pretty old

-Guitarded-
12-15-2005, 08:59 PM
My mg's volume is starting to cut out, but it works with a hit to the top of it. Probably a loose connection. I hate my amp :(

Hadji
12-15-2005, 09:03 PM
It might be the solders on the board. My Peavey had that problem after a couple years of hard use. Thanks to the warranty, that got fixed for free and it's just as good as ever now (I think. I don't use it anymore).

punk_chunks
12-15-2005, 09:29 PM
Exact same thing happened to me, still haven't gotten it fixed. Other times, it'll turn it on and it'll make a really loud weird noise that'll continue t'ill I turn it off...of course it's inconsistent so it's hard to pinpoint, any thoughts?

Kelvin
12-15-2005, 09:58 PM
*dreams of the day he burns his MG and gets a Road King*

Neil_1980
12-18-2005, 01:40 PM
hehe well after spending 2.49 at maplins I made a replacement lead between the amp and the speaker and it works great (well as good as an MG can)

Been looking at amps today and really liking the idea of a TSL601, might have to invest after xmas

Hadji
12-18-2005, 01:42 PM
*dreams of the day he burns his MG and gets a Road King*
Wouldn't it be smarter to sell it?

Minty
12-18-2005, 01:42 PM
I sold my MG on ebay for 220. Owned.

Hadji
12-18-2005, 01:43 PM
I sold my MG on ebay for 220. Owned.
I was never enough of a retard to buy one in the first place. What now?

Minty
12-18-2005, 01:46 PM
I was never enough of a retard to buy one in the first place. What now?

Actually, it was bought for me :)

Hadji
12-18-2005, 01:47 PM
Actually, it was bought for me :)
You keep one-upping me. I might have to invest in some green mushrooms to beat you.

Minty
12-18-2005, 01:49 PM
You keep one-upping me. I might have to invest in some green mushrooms to beat you.

Always one step ahead of the game :)

*consumes the big-making muschrooms*

Hadji
12-18-2005, 01:51 PM
Always one step ahead of the game :)

*consumes the big-making muschrooms*
Cheater.


*Grabs his raccoon tail*

Yeah. That's Mario 3 style, bitch.

Minty
12-18-2005, 01:52 PM
Cheater.


*Grabs his raccoon tail*

Yeah. That's Mario 3 style, bitch.

*Lightning*


Oooh, what's that, you're small now are you? Awwww.

Hadji
12-18-2005, 01:53 PM
*Lightning*


Oooh, what's that, you're small now are you? Awwww.
No. 'Cause I had a star in my little box.

Minty
12-18-2005, 01:54 PM
fuck