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Marshall Class5 5W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp  

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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.

    Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

    Features

    • Built in the UK
    • 5W
    • 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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    MarshallClass5 5W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp
     
    4.3

    (based on 51 reviews)

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      (35)

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      (5)

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    Fantastic Deal

    I purchased one a while back and ended up sending it back for some stupid reason. Right before i boxed it up i plugged a Treble Boost pedal into this thing and was a...Read complete review

    I purchased one a while back and ended up sending it back for some stupid reason. Right before i boxed it up i plugged a Treble Boost pedal into this thing and was a little bit taken back by how good that sounded. Sent it back anyway but that tone kind of haunted me for a while till i couldn't stand it any longer and ordered another. Glad i did because once the speaker breaks in this is a nice sounding amplifier if you like a retro Marshall tone. I have always enjoyed using a few pedals like delay, chorus, etc with amps in the past and can be kind of hard to please with tone because i am always trying to incorporate these with the amp. Little spoiled on that. I have tried a half dozen ways with the Class 5 and have finally just come to terms that it sounds best the less you put in front of it. All i use is Treble Boost, Wah, Tuner and the occasional Phase 90. With the less is more approach what you get in return is a true connection with your guitar of choice and the Class 5 becoming a team together. The Class 5 has a very usable range in its volume in regards to drive and even though the tone controls don't seem to do that much on there own they are quite interactive with each other and i notice this even more after owning it for several months. I do tend to just dime the volume and use my Les Paul volumes to control the drive but you can find several levels of drive by backing off the amp and using the same principle with your guitar. I have to admit though, Class 5 dimed + Treble Boost + Les Paul Neck Pickup (Tone Rolled Back) is just a wonderful lead tone. Really puts you back in touch with why a cranked Marshall combined with a Les Paul is just an awesome combination. This amp gets compared to an old Plexi sound but i can't comment on that personally cause i have never actually played a Plexi but given the time frame of the Plexi and the music i have heard i would say this has to be a correct comparison. If you are a fan of serious classic rock in the day when Marshalls were cranked with a Guitarist just using 2 or 3 pedals at the most or just straight in then this is your bag baby. I like this amp so much now i have just combined it with a 2nd combo along with 2 matching heads and 2 extension cabs forming 2 dual mini Marshall Stacks. Head-Combo-Ext Cab, Head-Combo-Ext Cab. I use the pedals mentioned above along with a Voodoo Labs Amp Selector for signal to the Heads and Combos. 5 watts x 4 is still 5 watts but this little rig can move some air plus who doesn't like a short wall of Marshalls. If you like this amp and have the funds i seriously suggest you try this setup. You can spend as much as i have in this rig on one amp head alone but if you are like me and most of your gigs are small to medium sized parties and clubs then this is the way to go. I have had my share of 50-100 watters in the past which is why i got so stuck on the pedal thing. Couldn't really crank it so i tried to make up for it up front. With this i do not miss any of it. Tone is lean and mean and that works best live. Get back to the old days of rock. Get the Class 5.

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    Terrible sound, easy to fix

    Ok, I came to this amp because of the brand (I love most Marshall amps) and the youtube demo videos. They really sounded good to my ears. So when it arrived to...Read complete review

    Ok, I came to this amp because of the brand (I love most Marshall amps) and the youtube demo videos. They really sounded good to my ears. So when it arrived to my home I had a high expectation. What a surprise, the sound was nothing like any other Marshall I had owned before. Terrible, it was too dark, like it had a blanket over it, no clean headroom at all, the sound started breaking about 2 o 3, and no master volume.

    When I was about to return this thing I decided to make some research in the web and came to a forum where I found that changing some values in the components the sound would improve. I did it, spend about ten bills in resistors and caps, and maybe 4 hours soldering and yea! this is a new amp, really good amp. Now I have more clean headroom, sparkle sound, and tube saturation of a mini Plexi.

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    2.0

    Terrible sound, easy to fix

    By vgalo7

    from Miami

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • easy transportable
    • Its A Full Tube Amp
    • Loud Enough For Small Gig

    Cons

    • Awful sound
    • No Master Volume
    • Stock Speaker Not So Good

    Best Uses

      Comments about Marshall Class5 5W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      Ok, I came to this amp because of the brand (I love most Marshall amps) and the youtube demo videos. They really sounded good to my ears. So when it arrived to my home I had a high expectation. What a surprise, the sound was nothing like any other Marshall I had owned before. Terrible, it was too dark, like it had a blanket over it, no clean headroom at all, the sound started breaking about 2 o 3, and no master volume.

      When I was about to return this thing I decided to make some research in the web and came to a forum where I found that changing some values in the components the sound would improve. I did it, spend about ten bills in resistors and caps, and maybe 4 hours soldering and yea! this is a new amp, really good amp. Now I have more clean headroom, sparkle sound, and tube saturation of a mini Plexi.

      Comment on this review

       
      4.0

      Cranked Marshall / Tone No Ear Bleed

      Comments about Marshall Class5 5W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      This little amp works great. Keep the bass turned down tweak the treb & mids to taste and crank the volume to 11.
      I constructed a carpet box suppressor for mine and hang an Sennhieser E609 mic in front of it feeding the board.
      Coupled with my Gibson ES 339 I can get most all the sounds I want by adjusting the volume and tone at the guitar.
      Works great with a Dunlop Wha also.
      Band mates love the tone & crunch as do I.

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      4.0

      Had To Have One For The Collection

      Pros

      • Great tone
      • Plenty of volume

      Cons

      • Cold Rattle
      • Should Include Cover

      Best Uses

      • Recording
      • Rehearsal
      • Small gigs

      Comments about Marshall Class5 5W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      Bought mine at a pawn shop cheap. Yes, it rattles...when it's cold. Once the amp warms up (gets hot) the chassis doesn't rattle any more than any other brand of amp.

      The tone and volume are incredible! This isn't a highly versatile amp, but then Marshall's usually aren't. It's a one-trick-pony but it does that trick extremely well!

      I've never been a big Marshall fan, I own several Vox and Fender...but this one caught my attention. I found a great deal on one so I pulled the trigger. I felt Marshall needed some representation in my amp collection.

      This wouldn't be my first choice for an amp, nor would I pay full retail (it could at least include a dust cover at the retail price), but I have a studio where it's classic rock tone will be useful.

      All in all, I've really enjoyed this amp!

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Fantastic Deal

      By Runnin Late

      from South Ga

      Pros

      • Control From Guitar
      • easy to drive
      • Looks great
      • Simple
      • Very portable

      Cons

      • Nothing

      Best Uses

      • Miked
      • Small gigs

      Comments about Marshall Class5 5W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      I purchased one a while back and ended up sending it back for some stupid reason. Right before i boxed it up i plugged a Treble Boost pedal into this thing and was a little bit taken back by how good that sounded. Sent it back anyway but that tone kind of haunted me for a while till i couldn't stand it any longer and ordered another. Glad i did because once the speaker breaks in this is a nice sounding amplifier if you like a retro Marshall tone. I have always enjoyed using a few pedals like delay, chorus, etc with amps in the past and can be kind of hard to please with tone because i am always trying to incorporate these with the amp. Little spoiled on that. I have tried a half dozen ways with the Class 5 and have finally just come to terms that it sounds best the less you put in front of it. All i use is Treble Boost, Wah, Tuner and the occasional Phase 90. With the less is more approach what you get in return is a true connection with your guitar of choice and the Class 5 becoming a team together. The Class 5 has a very usable range in its volume in regards to drive and even though the tone controls don't seem to do that much on there own they are quite interactive with each other and i notice this even more after owning it for several months. I do tend to just dime the volume and use my Les Paul volumes to control the drive but you can find several levels of drive by backing off the amp and using the same principle with your guitar. I have to admit though, Class 5 dimed + Treble Boost + Les Paul Neck Pickup (Tone Rolled Back) is just a wonderful lead tone. Really puts you back in touch with why a cranked Marshall combined with a Les Paul is just an awesome combination. This amp gets compared to an old Plexi sound but i can't comment on that personally cause i have never actually played a Plexi but given the time frame of the Plexi and the music i have heard i would say this has to be a correct comparison. If you are a fan of serious classic rock in the day when Marshalls were cranked with a Guitarist just using 2 or 3 pedals at the most or just straight in then this is your bag baby. I like this amp so much now i have just combined it with a 2nd combo along with 2 matching heads and 2 extension cabs forming 2 dual mini Marshall Stacks. Head-Combo-Ext Cab, Head-Combo-Ext Cab. I use the pedals mentioned above along with a Voodoo Labs Amp Selector for signal to the Heads and Combos. 5 watts x 4 is still 5 watts but this little rig can move some air plus who doesn't like a short wall of Marshalls. If you like this amp and have the funds i seriously suggest you try this setup. You can spend as much as i have in this rig on one amp head alone but if you are like me and most of your gigs are small to medium sized parties and clubs then this is the way to go. I have had my share of 50-100 watters in the past which is why i got so stuck on the pedal thing. Couldn't really crank it so i tried to make up for it up front. With this i do not miss any of it. Tone is lean and mean and that works best live. Get back to the old days of rock. Get the Class 5.

      Comment on this review

       
      5.0

      Pocket Rocket

      Comments about Marshall Class5 5W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      Best Marshall product in years,no digital EFX,no channel switching or a million knobs,just srtaight up Bluesbreaker TONE.I gig with mine on top of my Princeton Reverb with the Class 5 halfway up for added warmth.But instead of using a sterile pedal,I just dime the Marshall when I want a rocking tone.And all the added features like the headphone out and low-power switch work great too.Korg really is making the best low watt amps in the biz,I also have a Vox AC-4 head that blows away the boo-teek amp I used to have that cost 5 times as much.

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      5.0

      Perfect For Me

      By Slide$$$

      from INDY

      Comments about Marshall Class5 5W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      Lightweight, sturdy, loud for 5w, very usable semi-clean tones, excellent dirty tones, awesome rock crunch, speaker is aok, so are the tubes, made in England. THIS AMP IS GREAT if you don't need super-quiet apartment volumes (too loud), or super-loud club volumes (only 5w). It will do band practice, and any smaller gigs very well, and really does sound alot like a classic marshall stack in a little combo box. I use mine un-miked for home use & band practice, and then add a Shure57 when I go to a gig. I'm loving the awesome rock tone of this amp, and the light weight of it when I have to carry it around. I am a nut for real TONE and I have no urge to change either the speaker or the tubes. Someday, maybe a new EL84. The speaker rocks. NOTE: This amp will not do Jazz Tones or Clean Blues or Death Metal, but for eveything else, it's great. Ballsy, rich, bassy, and full-sounding, even with the 10" stock speaker. Plenty of sweep on the EQ to match any type of guitar/pickups. The sweet-spot on this amp is WIDE ... anywhere from 3-9 sounds great. 3.5 is early ACDC tone, 4.5 will do Zep, 5.5 and you get some real heat. Anything above 6 is dirty and the harmonics will start to jump out at you. 6, 7, 8, and 9 have enough gain to add sustain to your leads, etc. 10 is pretty crunchy but totally usable, especially for full-on Marshall Rockers. There is nothing bad about this amp, except that you really can't play it quiet like a practice amp (or it is wayy to clean at that volume to be any fun!). I'll be using this for gigs and recording, and I can use whatever amp I want. This one is it.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      pure tone

      Comments about Marshall Class5 5W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      I'm a gigging player. I have a number of tube amps, from a Marshall Plexi head to a UK Vox AC30TB. This thing rocks. I have a good sized pedal board I use for gigs, but I may have to take this to a smaller gig and run it, sans, stomps. Run a Les or a Strat through this thing at good volume and you get wonderful tube tones, with natural breakup, compression and sensitivity to attack. And it's made in the UK, not Asia. Great little amp. Should be a dream to record with.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      here it is

      Comments about Marshall Class5 5W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      The story of this amp, as far as I am concerned, is the touch response and the natural compression. I have played almost exclusively tube amps (mostly peavey classic series) and have always enjoyed the clarity and natural sounding drive. But I have always needed an fx loop to put a boost in to get my leads out over the band. This amp does that naturally with no pedals. (Of course throwing an overdrive in front of it makes leads super creamy and fun.) And if you feel like you need a clean channel (because sometimes you don't have time to twist the ol' volume knob) throw an eq pedal in front set to cut volume, stomp on it and it cleans right up but still sounds full and rich. Simple, functional, and louder than you'd expect. Buy it.

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      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Marshall Class 5

      Comments about Marshall Class5 5W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      Marshall Class 5 is little tone monster! I love this amp. I OWNED VARIOUS TUBE AMPS FROM FENDER, BLACKSTAR, VOX, MARSHALL JCM AND JVM AND THIS IS ONE OF MY FAVARITE. I change out the stock speaker and put in the Celestion Greenback. All I can say is WOW!! VERY HAPPY. REGARDING THE RATTLING, JUST PUT THE 2 SIDED TAPE ON THE CHASSIS AND IT IS ALL GOOD TO GO!

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Amp!!

      By voodoochile-UiOgK

      from Kentwood, LA

      Comments about Marshall Class5 5W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      I played this amp at a local music shoppe and later bought it. I loved how straight forward it was. I play it with a RP1000 digitech pedalboard and it sounds great. There is no tone lost. I have a strat and a tele along with an Ibanez RG. All three sound great with the class 5. Clean sound does breakup around noon position. 10' celestion isnt really big but it sounds full and powerful. Was really impressed. Would definetly refer to a friend.

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