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Marshall Class5 - 1x10 Combo

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  • 5 Watt, all-valve, single 10" combo amp; Class A amplifier design
  • Sturdy Birch cabinet with interlocking finger construction, made with pride in the UK
  • Single channel with Bass, Middle, and Treble Tone controls; Single Volume knob
  • Valve Selection: Preamp ECC83 triode (x2), Power EL84 pentode
  • Ten-inch Celestion G10F-15 loudspeaker; 16 Ohm speaker jack; Headphone out
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Close your eyes. Think about Marshall amps for a minute. What comes to mind? It's likely a behemoth of stacked amp cabs with a 100-watt head perched atop. But what if you could coax classic Marshall crunch from an all-tube amp that didn't need to stand 6 feet tall to achieve maximum tone? With the Class5, that's exactly what you get. At 5-watts, you can crank this baby up to the sweet, tube-driven saturation you want (or need) from a Marshall, but it doesn't blow you out of the room. With Plexi-style controls and Bluesbreaker soul, the Class5 responds beautifully to your playing — it's nice and clean at lower volumes and roars when you push it harder. When it's time to rock but it's late, crank up the Class5. You get legendary Marshall tone, and you won't be disturbing the neighbors.

Product Information

Item Weight 30 pounds
Product Dimensions 1.9 x 1.6 x 0.9 inches
Shipping Weight 33.2 pounds
ASIN B003D7XO5U
Item model number M-C501-U
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4.0 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #168,431 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
#52,445 in Musical Instruments > Recording Equipment
Date first available at Amazon.com April 13, 2004

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By Jeffrey A. Hawkins on November 11, 2010
I purchased the revised version of this (rev 2?) new in Sept, 2010. It's a beautiful amp. Build quality appears excellent, though I'm not going to take it apart to comment about the wiring, etc. The main thing is the sound. This amp has no effects loop, and can only achieve gain via naturally overdriving the tubes... You know, the way gain first just sorta' happened. And it has no reverb, chorus, or other effects. So if that is what you are after, it won't be for you.

That said, this amp does what it is designed to do very well. It has treble, mid, and bass for tone control. At lower volumes, it has a nice warm clean tone. For traditional rock-n-roll gain, you turn up the volume. It's a pure tube Marshall amp, so as you might expect, it produces the traditional pure tube Marshall tone. If you have an ear for tone, you can dial in a wide variety of tones that you have heard from the various rock stars of the world.

You have to understand a little bit of physics to imagine how loud it is. You have to quadruple the wattage in order to double the range of a sound at the same volume. So if you are standing 5 ft. away from this, it will sound as loud as a 100 watt head when you are standing 25-30 feet away. In other words, it's plenty loud for most practice and way too loud for night time practice without disturbing the family. And it's probably great for many small gig uses. There is no problem getting good controlled feedback, etc. But this is not about volume. It's about tone. And the tone is beautiful.

One thing I've noticed is that when the volume is turned all the way off, there is just a hair of volume that slips through. Whether this is a flaw or not will depend on your perspective. I love it because it gives me a good late night practice volume.
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Well, I've had this Marshall for a few months now. My feelings on it? I don't see how I got on without it.
True, the amp I played on for nearly a year was a turd.
True, the amp I played on recently was a PA amp.
True, the amp I got with my guitar is technically broken.
True, these are the only other amps I've owned.
But the Marshall is DAMN nice. To explain better. I live in what used to be a garage. Acoustics in my room are very nice, especially when the clothes are picked up off the floor. I've been taking lessons now for a full year, and feel I can more accurately rate amps. In the lesson room we either use a solid state beater of a crate, or pod-farm on the computer. Both of these don't really give me the sounds I like. For me, I needed something with warmth.
So one day I went to the shop with my trust Squier Strat named Betty and sat down and played some chords and scales through all the amps they had in the showroom.
The Marshall Class 5 blew me away. I liked it better than amps three times it's price. I liked the fact that it only has four knobs on it. The only other amp I actually liked was $1300, compared the the Marshall's $400 price tag.
Compared with the $130 Sundown I owned, the Marshall was like pure gold. So I traded the Sundown towards the Marshall, and paid it off over several months, relying on a Behringer KX1200 my pastor gave me (A SS PA/Keyboard Amp) which sounds decent clean, and my trusty Fender 10-watt sidekick (SS) which is broken, so it emits a very grunge sound.
However neither really suits my usual play style, so it was a grueling four months. I own a few cheap pedals which helped a bit, but the Behringer cleaned up the sound, and the Sidekick made it too noisy.
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Great amp. Own 10 Fender tube amps from a Bassman 59' RI to the new Bassbreaker 007. Was looking for a Clapton/Bluesbreaker tone and the Fender Bassbreaker comes close.... the Marshall Class 5 comes closer.
Initial impressions had me thinking the Class 5 was too boxy and mid sounding...but after some time and playing have come to realize the great tone this amp produces. The Fender Bassbreaker 007 by comparison was more open, full range sounding but after much comparison it seems the Class 5 nails that Clapton/Bluesbreaker "Woman Tone" more accurately (that being said, they are both great amps).
The Class 5 has a low power mode which really allows you to get that fully saturated OD tone at bedroom volumes. My goal was to find a retro 60's rock bluesy, spongy, chewy papery breakup tone and the Class 5 gets it better than any amp I own. The Marshall Class 5 has simple controls. While many will say the Class 5 has its own tone (which is true), it pretty much nails the tone I was seeking at a reasonable price. I call this amp my "Bluesbreaker Junior".
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WOW, I have been looking for this for years. I REALLY like the power amp distortion that a non-master volume amp provides. Problem is, you have to crank it to the max; Marshall has solved this with the built-in attenuator (low power mode). Sure, the attenuator does muffle the sound a bit (it's unavoidable with attenuation), but the power amp distortion still comes through. I'd be curious what impact power scaling would have (HINT HINT for you manufacturers). I had purchased a Bugera v-5 for the attenuation and power amp distortion and it sounded acceptable (the Bugera was a master volume type amp), but this Marshall sounds lots better.

There's something special to MY ear that comes from 10" speakers (vs the 8" from Bugera). PLUS, Marshall is made in the UK. It sounds a BIT reminiscent to Dr. Z Mini Z :)--but (admittedly the Z sounds better). It sounds VERY vintage 60's/early 70's hard/heavy rock (Zeppelin, Sabbath, UFO, Free). VERY NICE.

I don't care for pedals, so I can't comment on that dimension.

It's also light weight and easy to haul around.

I play solely at home with this (no drummers so i can't comment if it would keep up or not) and the volume is plenty low (great for significant others/spouses with whom that is a factor). I have THE BESTEST WIFE in the world, as 1)she digs my music (and did before we hooked up) and 2)she TRULY does not mind if my amps are cranked, but this amp should be acceptable to significant others/spouses who don't share musical tastes. BUT, she's the BESTEST IN TOTAL, NOT just because she tolerates my music!!!

I hope that Orange and Laney come out with something comparable (HINT HINT), as I am a gear junkie and I REALLY like those British amps as well. I use a Dr. Z Brake Lite on my Laney Lionheart, and it works very well, but it is more convenient to have a built-in attenuator.
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