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No frills, just pure Marshall tube-driven tone built in the UK!
Marshall designed the 5W Class 5 combo amp in response to numerous requests from both professional musicians and the public. They came up with a 1x10 tube amp that recreates the Marshall sound heard in the big stacks and does it in a much smaller combo amplifier.
Created in the legendary Bluesbreaker style, the Marshall Class 5 gets back to basics with a top-loaded panel of Volume, Treble, Middle, and Bass controls. This simple feature set is the Marshall Class 5 tube amp's secret weapon. What you get in return is authentic Class A tone, rich in smooth harmonic distortion.
The all-tube signal path offers a wealth of analog tones right at your fingertips. Sparkling cleans, full-bodied crunch and glorious lead are just a dial turn away. The Marshall Class 5 combo also responds well to on-the-fly guitar volume and tone control adjustments, making for a truly dynamic playing experience.
Inside the Marshall Class 5 amp is a 10" G10F15 speaker designed in conjunction with Celestion. Turn the volume up to hear that classic Marshall tube amp break-up tone. Increase the EQ and volume for harder rhythms and soloing. Crank all the dials to 10 for screaming British tone.
The rear panel consists of a selection switch for the headphone jack, which when activated bypasses the internal speaker. On the rear is an extension speaker 16-Ohm out, so you can run your Marshall Class 5 tube amp into a 4 x 12" cabinet.
The Marshall Class 5 amp is simple to use—ideal for home practice, recording, and very intimate settings.
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- Built in the UK
- Pre-amp tubes: two ECC83
- Power amp tube: one EL84
- 10" 16-Ohm Celestion G10F-15
- Channels: 1
- Volume control
- 3-band EQ featuring treble, mid, and bass
- Headphone output
- Headphone selector with bypass
- 16-Ohm extension cab output
Class5 5W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp Specifications:
- Dimensions: 19-1/2"W x 16-1/3"H x 9"D
- Weight: 26-1/2 lb.
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Comments about Marshall Class5 5W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:
I have owned tube amps before: Laney 50GL, Hughes & Kettner, both with 4x12 cabs. Both were excellent but obviously not for practice. I have owned many amps of different variety and brands. The best amps I've owned have always been Marshall. People write reviews of other brands and amps and will often say...better than Marshall. In my experience, two amps of the exact nature, side by side, will always render Marshall as the winner. That's why I tried the Marshall Class 5. In the store it sounded great compared to the Egnater. At home not so good.
Marshall tags the amp as a small wattage 59 Plexi combo. And it is...sort of. But what they don't mention is that the greats who played the Plexi (Rhoads, Van Halen, Etc) always used pedals in front.
First, the speaker is only 10 inches. The amp is massively loud (these are tube watts) and dimed out (you have to for any classic rock or metal) you will get a headache and damage your hearing. Seriously! But the 10 inch speaker is so small that it will break up a little at those high volumes and it makes the amp sound a little to brittle. Back off the volume (gain) and the tone sweetens but your gain is sacrificed too much. I ran a MXR overdrive pedal in front for gain control and that worked but the amp then loses it's Marshall signature sound because the gain is being supplied by the pedal. In order to keep the volume from requiring earplugs - I turned the pedal to 10 and the amp to 3 (still loud). But the sound isn't clear enough for the amp. Also, the pedal will cause super loud feedback even at 30 feet away (something Randy Rhoads used to mention with the Plexi head. He had to keep his fingers on the strings with non played muted ALWAYS or suffer feedback). The class 5 is functionable this way but not for 399.00. I spent 3 hours tweaking, trying to get something going. I was quite unsatisfied. Finally, I just slid the amp beside my MG100DFX - cranked the Class 5 to 10 / adjusted the MG to meet the volume and compared the two - side by side. (I played 30 feet away). The MG sounded incredible and the Class 5 was pretty poor in comparison. Next, I ran the class 5 through the MG cabinet. The sound was bigger and bolder - but still failed me. My advice...if clean is your deal with a tiny breakup - this is your amp for sure. But if you play classic rock, metal, nu metal, Etc. don't buy. If you've never tried Marshall - try the MG series with at least 2 speakers. It's not tube but it's incredible.
Comments about Marshall Class5 5W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:
When I first heard about these I was really excited to get one. I've always wanted a Marshall and figured this was the one for me seeing as I don't have a rock star bank account to spend on an amp.
When I finally got it home and plugged it in it sounds great, nice creamy cleans and put a nice distortion pedal in front of it and you're off. I started to notice when I would hit a low note there was a rattle. I figured it was something I had placed on the amp, like my tuner or something but I couldn't find anything then I realized it was the panel on the back of the amp. I checked the screws and everthign seemed ok, but I couldn't get it to stop. I read a few reviews online and found that this is a common problem with these amps. The rattling wasn't enough to make me lose the amp, just a little disappointing.
The next issue that I ran into was when I tried to see what the amp's natural distortion sounded like. My wife was away on business so I shut the windows grabbed my guitar and cranked it up. Within minutes I fried the power tube. I had it replaced and everything was OK. About a month later the amp started cutting out. I thought it was maybe my connections, but I swutches cords and guitars and it kept happening. I wound up returning the amp to the store and that was it.
It sounds great, an awesome recording amp or mic it up for a gig, but it just wasn't holding up for me.