“Packed full of great sounds and options, yet remains easy enough to navigate that newbie guitarists won’t struggle to get their heads around it”: NUX MG-300 review

Could this budget-friendly multi-effects pedal be the perfect match for the beginner guitar player who wants loads of tones on tap?

An NUX MG-300 multi-effects pedal on a wooden floor with a pair of headphones and electric guitar
(Image: © Future/Matt McCracken)

Guitar World Verdict

A brilliant multi-effects pedal and amp simulator for the beginner player, the NUX MG-300 delivers plenty of quality sounds and features for relatively little money.

Pros

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    Excellent value for money

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    Wide-ranging tones that sound great

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    Expression pedal gives you options

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    Useful looper for practice

Cons

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    Screen is hard to see when standing

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    I had issues with the drivers

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Multi-effects pedals have come a hell of a long way since I bought my Zoom 606 while in my second year of playing guitar. What was once laughed at as a poorer-quality version of a ‘proper’ pedalboard has now risen to take over our rigs completely. Best of all, beginner players don’t have to spend gazillions on a capture-ready, IR-loaded, reamp-capable rack unit to get every amp tone imaginable.

Much like my beloved Zoom 606, the NUX MG-300 is a budget multi-effects pedal with an expression pedal and a simple look that belies its depth of features. With a huge array of amp and effects tones, IR-ready capabilities, built-in looper, and a relatively cheap price point, on paper, it’s the perfect multi-effects pedal for beginner guitar players. 

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Matt McCracken
Junior Deals Writer

Matt is a Junior Deals Writer here at Guitar World. He regularly tests and reviews music gear with a focus on guitars, amps, pedals, modelers, and pretty much anything else guitar-related. Responsible for over 60 buying guides, a large part of his role is helping guitarists find the best deals on gear. Matt worked in music retail for 5 years at Dawsons Music and Northwest Guitars and has written for various music sites including MusicRadar, Guitar Player, Guitar.com, Ultimate Guitar, and Thomann’s t.blog. A regularly gigging guitarist with over 20 years of experience playing live and producing bands, he's performed everything from jazz to djent, gigging all over the country in more dingy venues than you can shake a drop-tuned guitar at. When he's not holed up in his home studio recording new songs or tweaking with pedal settings, you’ll find him making a racket with Northern noise hounds JACKALS