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Get the history of Marshall in one versatile, portable combo.

The Marshall CODE 50W 1x12 combo combines the Marshall legacy with state-of-the-art technology, culminating in a potent little amp that taps into all the tones you crave.

The range offers a choice of digital amp models, power amps, cabinet simulations, FX and more allowing you to dial in every tonal possibility you need. Various choices of glistening cleans, vintage crunches and modern high gain options can be mixed and matched with classic Marshall 100W or British Class A power stage for example, and then run through a choice of various 1x12, 2x12 or 4x12 simulations. Add from a selection of 24 FX and you have all you need in one complete setup.

CODE has 14 MST preamps, 4 MST power amps and 8 MST speaker cabinets. It has 24 FX including: Compressor, classic stompbox Distortions, Auto Wah, Pitch Shifter, Chorus, Phaser, Flanger and Tremolo. It includes Delays with Tap Tempo, and studio quality Reverbs. CODE’s MST preamps produce some of the most acclaimed and best loved Marshall tones: JTM45 2245, 1962 Bluesbreaker, 1959SLP Plexi, JCM800 2203, JCM2555 Silver Jubilee, JCM2000 DSL100, JVM410H and more. CODE features EL34, 5881, EL84 & 6L6 MST power amp voicings, and MST speaker cabinet models: 1960, 1960V, 1960AX, 1960HW, 1936, 1936V, 1912 & 1974X.

The amp can be connected via USB, or Bluetooth allowing remote control of all the amps features and functions via the Marshall Gateway software. This software includes an app for mobile devices with extra content such as access to the upcoming online community, tutorials, patch sharing and more.

FEATURES
  • Power: 50W (solid state)
  • Single input
  • 14 preamp models
  • 4 power-amp models
  • 8 speaker cab models
  • Speaker: 1x12 Marshall
  • Controls: 3-band EQ, gain, volume, pre FX, amp, mod, delay, reverb, power, cab
  • 100 presets
  • 24 FX (five simultaneously)
  • Aux. input
  • Headphone output
  • USB port
  • Bluetooth iOS and Android integration
  • Footswitch sold separately
  • Dimensions: 20.86 in. x 17.32 in. x 11.02 in. 
  • Weight: 28.6 lbs.

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MarshallCODE 50W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp
 
3.7

(based on 16 reviews)

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    (6)

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    (3)

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69%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good power output (12)
  • Portable (11)
  • Easy to use (10)
  • Excellent sound (9)
  • Warm / comfy (8)

Cons

  • Difficult to use (3)
  • Poor sound quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (10)
  • Amateur recording (9)
  • Performances (8)
  • Outdoor events / games (5)
  • Professional recording (4)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Breaking The Code!

The marshall code 50 and all other modeling amps are not plug and play,you have to dig in and change the parameters in the amp and create user presets that sound good to...Read complete review

The marshall code 50 and all other modeling amps are not plug and play,you have to dig in and change the parameters in the amp and create user presets that sound good to you! If it sounds good then it is good! If you want your amp model to sound just like the tube amp it is modeled from,then buy the tube amp.

I have other modeling amps and my peavey vypyr 75 recto model that i like very much does not sound just like a mesa but i tweaked it to sound good for what i like,i think the marshall code amps sound very close to there own tube amplifiers that there modeled after and that is how good amp modeling is getting.I just want to mention some things you can do to improve the sound of your marshall code,first break in your amps speaker for about 100 hours by playing your amp fairly loud a few hours a day,about two months or you can play MP3 music through the AUX input.

This will smooth out the harsh higher frequencies and break in the speaker for better low end without the speaker farting out.Here is a great tip for the bluesbreaker and other amp models that have too much low end,when i first heard the bluesbreaker model the low end was muddy and had too much bass even with the bass and resonance turned down to 0! I tried my behringer PB100 pre amp booster pedal with the bass control turned down to a 7 o clock position and that did the trick,the low end mud was gone and the mid frequencies stood out like i never heard before! It just sounded great now! I then tried my behringer TO100 tube overdrive pedal and i could not believe that the bluesbreaker model even sounds better then the pre amp booster! The TO100 overdrive also cut out the low end mud and the mid frequencies were smoother and the higher E and B strings on my guitar had a nice round tube tone without thin sounding harshness! I also tried the marshall codes internal OD and GVR pedal effects but my behringer TO100 sounded much better!

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Not a fan

I finally got my hands on the much anticipated Marshall Code 50. After spending a couple days using it, I have to say it's not for me - which isn't to say you shouldn't...Read complete review

I finally got my hands on the much anticipated Marshall Code 50. After spending a couple days using it, I have to say it's not for me - which isn't to say you shouldn't buy it - but this is just my experience with it. First the good. I think it's loud enough to gig with. If you were mic'd up, then definitely. It's portable. That's kind of where it stops for me. I could not get the presets to work with any of my guitars. Nothing new for modeling amps, but then it takes time to tweak, save, and play as the presets as they sound mushy. I had to go in to just about every single one and change the EQ, gain, presence/resonance, noise gate, and effects. Very time consuming and the way the interface works does not help. It would also freeze occasionally and I'd have to restart it. Now, I can see where a fan of high gain, classic Marshall tones, and a bang for your buck mentality would be happy with this amp. By all means, it's certainly not a bad amp. It just has shortcomings in my opinion. I have experience with the Mustang and the Valvetronix series (Vox being my favorite), and would recommend those amps over this one. I spent far too much time fiddling with settings than I did actually playing. I think Marshall is on the right track, and if they were ever to re-release a modeling amp after some serious improvements, I would give it a second go.

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(14 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Not a fan

By Mike R

from Rhode Island

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  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Marshall CODE 50W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

      I finally got my hands on the much anticipated Marshall Code 50. After spending a couple days using it, I have to say it's not for me - which isn't to say you shouldn't buy it - but this is just my experience with it. First the good. I think it's loud enough to gig with. If you were mic'd up, then definitely. It's portable. That's kind of where it stops for me. I could not get the presets to work with any of my guitars. Nothing new for modeling amps, but then it takes time to tweak, save, and play as the presets as they sound mushy. I had to go in to just about every single one and change the EQ, gain, presence/resonance, noise gate, and effects. Very time consuming and the way the interface works does not help. It would also freeze occasionally and I'd have to restart it. Now, I can see where a fan of high gain, classic Marshall tones, and a bang for your buck mentality would be happy with this amp. By all means, it's certainly not a bad amp. It just has shortcomings in my opinion. I have experience with the Mustang and the Valvetronix series (Vox being my favorite), and would recommend those amps over this one. I spent far too much time fiddling with settings than I did actually playing. I think Marshall is on the right track, and if they were ever to re-release a modeling amp after some serious improvements, I would give it a second go.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Breaking The Code!

      By MarshallMan50

      from Scranton.PA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Powerful
      • Sounds Even Better With A Overdrive Pedal.

      Cons

      • Needs Firmware Update To Fix Freeze Up Problem.

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Marshall CODE 50W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

      The marshall code 50 and all other modeling amps are not plug and play,you have to dig in and change the parameters in the amp and create user presets that sound good to you! If it sounds good then it is good! If you want your amp model to sound just like the tube amp it is modeled from,then buy the tube amp.

      I have other modeling amps and my peavey vypyr 75 recto model that i like very much does not sound just like a mesa but i tweaked it to sound good for what i like,i think the marshall code amps sound very close to there own tube amplifiers that there modeled after and that is how good amp modeling is getting.I just want to mention some things you can do to improve the sound of your marshall code,first break in your amps speaker for about 100 hours by playing your amp fairly loud a few hours a day,about two months or you can play MP3 music through the AUX input.

      This will smooth out the harsh higher frequencies and break in the speaker for better low end without the speaker farting out.Here is a great tip for the bluesbreaker and other amp models that have too much low end,when i first heard the bluesbreaker model the low end was muddy and had too much bass even with the bass and resonance turned down to 0! I tried my behringer PB100 pre amp booster pedal with the bass control turned down to a 7 o clock position and that did the trick,the low end mud was gone and the mid frequencies stood out like i never heard before! It just sounded great now! I then tried my behringer TO100 tube overdrive pedal and i could not believe that the bluesbreaker model even sounds better then the pre amp booster! The TO100 overdrive also cut out the low end mud and the mid frequencies were smoother and the higher E and B strings on my guitar had a nice round tube tone without thin sounding harshness! I also tried the marshall codes internal OD and GVR pedal effects but my behringer TO100 sounded much better!

      (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Good modeling amp

      By John

      from Colorado

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      Pros

      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Marshall CODE 50W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

          This is a really good amp. The presets are not great but with some tweaking they are great! FYI the noise gate is adjustable, you just to read the instructions to learn how to adjust. I found the noise gate quite useful. Most amps have noise with high gain, this one is no exception. I bought mine from Guitar Center as I couldn't wait for it to be in stock at MF.

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Good for what it is and better than most similar products

          By jdog1

          from Minnesota

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Portable
          • Powerful

          Cons

          • Poor Sound Quality

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Performances

          Comments about Marshall CODE 50W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

          I have JMP50 Marshall half stack that I play with live but am always on the look out for a portable combo amp that will get the Marshall sound at half the weight. I've tried modeling amps like this from other companies and usually send them back within days because they sound so sterile. I've had the Code 50 for about a month and will be keeping it because it's able to get that Marshall sound I'm looking for in a compact package better than any other modelers that claim to have Marshall tones. That being said this amp is not a professional tool and I would never use it on stage. The cabinet and speaker produce low end garbled noise they you can't dial out. Break up is harsh and creates frequencies that mush up the sound so much you can't hear what note you are playing sometimes. Especially when you try to pick individual strings using any overdrive or distortion. When it comes time to solo the sound is so cold and robotic. Try to punch it up with and overdrive pedal and be prepared for feedback and over compression. It's fine for basement jamming and jamming with a band (it's louder than heck) but it is not a replacement for a tube amp. Not. Even. Close. It does however produce the closest replication of the Marshall sound I have ever heard from a low end modeler and I have tried just about every modeling amp under the sun at this price point. So if you want Marshall sound (not feel or clarity) for cheap to jam or practice, pick this thing up.

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Marshall Has A Huge winner With The Code 50

          By Bassman54

          from Atlanta, Ga

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Flexible
          • Good Warmth
          • Portable
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Marshall CODE 50W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

            Been playjng over 50 years and have had my share of amps. I play Gibson's ES 335, Les Paul Studio, Epiphone 175, Xaviere XV 950 and several others through it. It has a soothing warm sound and with the numerous presets and changes you can make to them, it is a great amp. I find the 1972 speaker cabinet selection gives a very nice warm sound.

            Programable amps from the different companies are programed differently so there is always a learning curve. To me the learning curve was minimal as I own a Boss GT Pro and the old Art SGX Express both which have a much higher level programming curve.

            The sounds are very well done and especially for the price, Marshall has a huge winner here. The Code 50 has out done any other solid state amp I have ever had, and some tube amps.

            The ever advancing solid state designs makes more for less and easier, well worth the price.

            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            50 Years of Rock in 1 box!

            By Hammerhead

            from Duluth, MN

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth
            • Portable
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Performances

              Comments about Marshall CODE 50W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

              Every Marshall sound in one box (and I've own a few of the real deals). If you can't dial in a sound you like then you should give up guitar and pick up the cowbell and look for a B.O.C. cover band.

              (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Not too bad

              By ajbcc2

              from east coast usa

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Portable
              • Powerful

              Cons

              • Difficult To Use
              • Poor Sound Quality

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio
              • Performances

              Comments about Marshall CODE 50W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

              Amp is extremely light and good looking and gets pretty loud... with some playing around with it, it will get usable tones.......the factory presets i found to range from totally rediculous to Neil Young/Keith Richards ear bleed.I think Metal heads will most likely be satisfied .. It has 100 presets and after trying 70% of them and finding them all too thin for my taste... I gave up and began to mod my own....supplied manual is useless for setting your own and a download is the only way to get the info you need. after a few hours I did get some nice tone out of it.( I am an electric blues fan) but ive only had it a few days now. The major con with this amp is when trying to rename a preset, you hold down the save button untill the name scrolls to the left. if you hold too long it goes directly to save , not long enough and nothing happens. If your not as lucky as myself,several tries will get the scrolling, then you hold it again to get to the actual editing....again too long goes to save not long enough nothing...but also here is where i found the glitch.....at this point , sometimes the amp will go silent.....only a shutting the amp off then on again will get it to produce any sound by rebooting....fortunately it will reboot where you left off...I have two of these amps and they both do the same thing....I was going to send back until i got my own settings stored...I like the amp....I just dont love it...Marshall could've charged another hundred for it if they got it to be bugless and easier to use...

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Fantastic tone machine!!!

              By Hammerhead

              from Duluth, MN

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              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Good Warmth
              • Portable
              • Powerful

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Marshall CODE 50W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

                I am amazed at the rock sound this creates from a hot humbucker! The very 1st preset was my sound after I shut the mod off. Absolutely the "Voice of God"! I have owned Marshall tube heads and this nails their sound. My Mesa Boogie is going to have to go because it just doesn't get any better than this. This 50 watt combo covers all the bases I will ever need. Enough talk...it's time to rock. Don't take my word for it. Try one and see for yourself. Unbelievable!!!

                (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                nice amp

                By jap

                from tiffin,ohio

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                Pros

                • Powerful

                Cons

                • Difficult To Use
                • no foot switch and it appears musiciansfriend ds

                Best Uses

                • Events
                • Home Studio

                Comments about Marshall CODE 50W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

                has some good sounds but without the foot switch it is only good in my home

                (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                OK Marshall tones

                By Bluesraker

                from Las Vegas, NV

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                Pros

                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                • Limited Functions

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording

                Comments about Marshall CODE 50W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

                It's pretty inexpensive. The price reflects the limited feature set of this amp. I also own, among several other amps, a Fender Mustang III. The Mustang has more editing options, a patch editor and librarian, and an online patch library, the Mustang III has 100 watts with a 12" Celestion speaker. The Code 50 has 50 watts with an unbranded 12" speaker. The Code 50's construction is not as solid as the Fender. I received a Marshall Code 50 that the magnet of the speaker was detached from the basket! Upon opening the closed back of the amp to investigate what was the clunking sound inside the amp, I found the speaker magnet lying on the bottom of the amp. I didn't even bother turning the amp on before returning it for a replacement. The electronics look flimsy compared to the Fender. That being said, The code 50 is 80 cheaper and has Bluetooth connectivity so that you can edit the patches on your smart phone or tablet. Soundwise, it nails the Marshall amp tones pretty well. However, the high gain patches have high background noise. There is a noise gate that cuts the noise when there's no signal, but it kicks abruptly. It's not adjustable. The effects despite limited editing capability, are very good.

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