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Marshall Haze MHZ40C 40W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp  

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Real Marshall tube tone in an affordable, portable combo.

The format and versatility of the 1x12 40W Marshall Haze combo makes it the perfect partner for guitarists looking for a gig-worthy compact workhorse with enough features, power, and tone capabilities to handle a wide variety of situations. The cabinet is finished in high-grade vinyl with protective corners. Its vintage-style baffle is covered in a hand-stretched, acoustically transparent fret cloth, and the cabinet is finished with white piping and hard-wearing cabinet furniture to ensure your Marshall MHZ40C looks great.

With its EL34 power stage and ECC83 powered preamp, this portable 40W combo is designed to deliver to the guitarist's expectations through the power and feel of its tubes. Laid out in a top-loaded format, the Marshall Haze sports 2 distinctive footswitchable channels. In normal mode the tone circuitry of the Haze 40W provides low-gain sounds that are crisp and honest, providing a really nice clean tone. Dialed from a single volume control, the normal channel provides ample headroom to play at volume without losing the definition of your guitar.

The amp's boost switch in normal mode pushes the lower shapes of your tone by adding more gain and extra punch in the lower midsection for a fuller sound, perfect for fattening up thinner-sounding single coil pickups. The bright switch delivers added sparkle enhancing upper range of your guitar's sound and adding a crisper edge and more defined, brighter feel. Combined, the boost and bright switches will allow you to push the normal channel so that it stands out above the unmodified normal sound.

The overdrive channel of the Marshall Haze 40W delivers a classic tone option with a separate gain control. It's possible to dial in preamp drive that distorts the sound and makes it easy to access that more aggressive rock and blues attitude without losing the definition of your guitar. The addition of the boost switch to the overdrive sound really pushes you into lead territory with sustain to spare, ensuring that you can access that extra punch when required.

Both the normal and overdrive channels on the Marshall Haze amp use a shared 3-band EQ, allowing you to individually adjust the treble, midrange, and bass to suit your taste.

The effects section of the Haze MHZ40C combo contains custom-voiced effects and reverb that have been specially designed by Marshall to complement the feel and tone of the amplifier. Each effect selected on the channel (normal, overdrive and overdrive boost) will be remembered when you return to the channel, meaning you can set up your clean, overdrive, and lead sounds and return to them over and over again without having to readjust your settings. The warm emulated spring reverb has its own independent control, allowing you to add in as much or as little reverb as required. For those who want to completely remove the reverb circuitry from the equation, the reverb control is fitted with a positive off switch, meaning that by rotating the control counter-clockwise you can feel the control click indicating that the reverb circuitry is switched off.

Effects are selected using the top panel button and indicated by the color of the LED. Green indicates that Echo effect is selected, orange shows that Vibe is selected, red indicates Chorus. Effect depth and adjust controls allow considerable flexibility in a simple format for ease of use.

FEATURES
  • Power: 40W
  • Preamp Valves: 3x ECC83
  • Power Amp Valves: 2x EL34
  • Channels: 2 Normal/Overdrive
  • Boost switch: Normal/Overdrive
  • Bright switch: Global
  • Reverb: Emulated Spring
  • Effects: Echo, Vibrato, Chorus
  • Speaker: 12" Celestion G12-66 Marquee
  • Footswitchable: 2-way switch supplied (4-way switch optional )
  • Tone EQ: Treble, Middle, Bass, Presence
  • Effects Loop
  • Emulated line out
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MarshallHaze MHZ40C 40W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.1

(based on 51 reviews)

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Pros

  • Easy to use (4)
  • Excellent sound (4)
  • Good power output (4)
  • Warm / comfy (4)
  • Portable (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    AWESOME

    I hate the saying, "for the price" but I think this is a great amp. I love it! The price point is good and there are lots of sales online...Read complete review

    I hate the saying, "for the price" but I think this is a great amp. I love it! The price point is good and there are lots of sales online right now. I got a brand new one at a huge discount on-line. Look around. I would be devasted if it broke or was lost/stolen -- would definite buy another. It really is a great amp, is easy to carry, is not taking up lots of room, is loud and is ideal for blues, hard rock, 80s metal, classic rock. This is my first Marshall and I really like it alot. I saw a post that it is a beginner amp.....what nonsense.... if you have any skill and ear you can really get the sound you want and make your guitar sing. It also keeps the sound of your guitar...so a strat is a strat and a gibson is a gibson, not like on these modeling amps that make everything sound simliar.
    40 Watts of pure marshall tone, eq and effects. I use the delay and it is meets the requirement nicely. Clean channel is good, over drive channel is good and amazing with an over-drive pedal. Takes pedals very nicely. Not a high gain amp. For more gain I use a Marshall Guv'nor 2 plus or a Tube Screamer.....both sound amazing and drive this amp so I have all the gain I need.
    Only had a week......no issues.
    I gig'd with a 120 WATT 5150 or a 100 watts Engl half stack before I got this - own both. The Engle head is awesome but cost a lot. The tones I get from this amp is just as good as the Engl and better than the 5150. I have a hot-plate for the engl to control the volume at home but I do not want to wear that amp out. Don't be fooled by all the amps out there that claim to have marshall sounds. I own a Peavey Vypyr 30 and a line 6 X3 pedal and the marshall tones are ok but no comparison to this baby. With the Haze you get true vintage marshall tone that sounds incredible. The usable gain on the amp is 80% of what i want an with and overdrive or distortion pedal you can get all the gain you need. I play Purple, Zeppelin, Clapton, AC/DC, Gun N Roses, Bon Jovi, Clash, Sex Pistols, Priest, Grand Funk, Leppard, Rainbow, Whitesnake, ZZ, stones etc. For really hi gain I use the line 6 uber metal pedal and it takes it well, but I mostly use the tubescreamer or Guv/nor. This amp can provide the tones I need for most of this, I personally like just a tad more gain.....thus the pedals.

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    Repair update

    Now I know why good tone is so elusive...my amp has been at an authorized repair center for 6 months! Marshall dropped Korg USA for warranty work and all the parts are...Read complete review

    Now I know why good tone is so elusive...my amp has been at an authorized repair center for 6 months! Marshall dropped Korg USA for warranty work and all the parts are in shipping/inventory limbo. Hope you don't need anything done to your Marshall amp until the dust settles.

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    5.0

    Classic 70's Marshall, Great amp

    By marko

    from orlando Florida

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Great Tube Compliment
    • Portable
    • Powerful
    • Very Easy To Get Around

    Cons

    • Need Parallell Out

    Best Uses

    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Marshall Haze MHZ40C 40W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

    this is a great example of classic marshall tone from the 1970's you have to crank the clean channel to 10 and you will get what im talkin about, the gain channel is great for low volume but you cant beat the clean on 10! that said this is a great blues and rock a billy amp i use the built in delay for slap back and the clean stays clear and crisp till 7 or 8 depends on pick ups, excellent portability and of course loud as all get out! i use fenders and gretsch guitars also les paul , use fender and orange amps. this has great tone don't be fooled by the price its a keeper i ran thru marshal 4x12 that does enhance the sound if your picky you could upgrade the speaker, great tube compliment EL34's is Marshall!

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Amazing!!

    By Brady

    from Ohio

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • heavy

    Best Uses

    • Performances

    Comments about Marshall Haze MHZ40C 40W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

    Very good and fun

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    (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Classic Marshall Tone

    By Deuce1963

    from Wenatchee, WA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about Marshall Haze MHZ40C 40W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      I am 49 years old and have owned or played every generation of Marshall Tube amp and a couple of point-to-point clones. Tone wise, this amp can hang with any of them and is actually better than some. There are some caveats, however.There really are two distinct Marshall tones: Pre-JCM 800 and JCM to JVM. Pre-JCM relies on power amp overdrive (and volume!) to get that great ballsy tone. This is what the Haze excels at. AC/DC, Aerosmith, Foghat, The Who, Led Zeppelin, and early Van Halen. Add an 80's-era overdive like a Tube Screamer or Boss SD-1 and you get Judas Priest, Whitesnake, Hair and Grunge tones. A Metal Mufff [*] or other metal pedal will get you modern metal tones too, but if you want that sound, better to buy a used Rectoverb like I did.Some people complain about the treble on the overdrive channel but to me is is essential to get that Zeppelin-Cream era overdrive. To get late Seventies hard rock tones, I turn the overdrive on but keep the gain at about 11:00 o'clock and then add a pedal with the drive at 11:00. This gives the more cascaded gain tone of the JCM-era. I think the original Guv'nor or Boss SD-1 are the best with this amp, but it loves all of my dirt boxes. I think Marshall cut a few unneccessary corner on this amp like the cheesey power switch, but for the price, it is a great value. I have biased the amp and the circuit board and internals appear well-built. Bias it when you first get it, though. Mine was way off!It has a great clean tone and the effects are handy for just fun use. I seldom play with any effects except reverb, though, and when they are bypassed, the signal path is all-valve. This amp will sound amazing if you can play relatively loud. There is no substitute for volume in rock and roll!

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Love this amp so much I bought a 2nd one

      By Ken Dog Carey

      from Kansas City, MO

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Internal effects just ok

      Best Uses

      • Jam sessions
      • Perfect for small venues
      • Performances

      Comments about Marshall Haze MHZ40C 40W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      I rarely use the internal effects. Prefer to use external stomp boxes. For jams it works well with the internal 1-12" speaker, but for performances I set it on top of a 2-12" Marshall cabinet & disconnect the 1-12" internal spkr. Gives it a bassier tone. I like the tone quality of this amp, but get the sustain I desire with an overdrive pedal & a compressor. At jam sessions I will occasionally switch to the effects channel to use the internal delay.

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Nice amp, very versatile.

      By steven barron

      from Kentucky

      Comments about Marshall Haze MHZ40C 40W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      I am overall very happy with the Haze 40, and you will be ,too, if you know what you're getting. Don't expect this amp to have a ton of saturation in the preamp. It sounds like a mini JCM800 when overdriven, and it sounds like a modified, overdriven JCM800 when you use a pedal, which works just fine for me.
      This is a 40 watt all tube amp with one 12" Celestion speaker, two channels, digital effects...
      This amp is very versatile for a variety styles, you need to use a pedal to push the preamp for metal, though, which does not bother me since all of my favorite players used an overdrive pedal to create great songs, and high gain amps are a relatively new thing. This amp does not have the distortion that something like a JCM 2000 has, but I use a Tube Screamer in front of mine, and it really sings!! Haven't had a chance to play with a band yet, but it seems REALLY LOUD! The FX sound good, too, for what a mono amp setup can deliver.
      This amps seems to be built pretty tough, has a quality finish like all Marshall stuff...

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      (11 of 26 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      If I Knew Then What I Know Now...

      By E. T.

      from Purcellville VA

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      Comments about Marshall Haze MHZ40C 40W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      Although it does work for me for now, I would be very hesitant to recommend this amp to anyone. Kind of sad really, because I thought this would be a perfect rig for me. I play country and blues with a little redneck rock, mostly in smaller venues where a stack is too big. I own the (Marshall) 50 watt combo with digital effects, and the 100 watt solid state (MG?) (both 1 x 12), and would choose either of them over this limping dog.
      Not a lot of bells and whistles, especially compared to a lot of the new "amps with a chip," but the effects sound good and are tweakable. One push-button scrolls through delay, chorus, vibrato. On another note, the Haze 40 Combo has the WEAKEST, MOST ANEMIC OVERDRIVE of any Marshall product I've ever played.
      Okay, here's the story...I bought this rig as a "Stupid Deal" from MF, and I wasn't told it was a "Restock" until it arrived and I saw it on the receipt. It happened to arrive on the day before my recycling pick-up, and I stupidly broke down the packing boxes before firing the amp up. OTHERWISE I WOULD HAVE SENT IT BACK!!! Flip the power switch on and it takes 10-15 seconds to decide whether or not to power on. All good tube amp junkies know to run the amp on standby for a minute or so to warm up the tubes, but it's bitten (shocked) me a couple of times when I go from "standby" to "on". The effects also seem to change themselves when switching channels. None of this really spells confidence...
      The clean channel is really very good, and as I would rather get my dirt from pedals, I personally don't mind that the dirty channel on this amp blows. If, like most people, you buy a Marshall amp for that classic buzzola, this is NOT a good choice for you.

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      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      AMAZING AMP

      Comments about Marshall Haze MHZ40C 40W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      I love this amp. i got it for Christmas when they first came out late 2010. I have used it for jazzband and on clean setting at 33% volume it played over a jazz band and through the at least 100x150 ft cafeteria beautifully. Now when you hit a few buttons it goes to the dark side and gives really amazing tube sound (it is 100% REAL tube amp no solid state crap). Works great for covering big name bands that use marshalls for recording as it give that same tube tone. I have only had to 33% volume and it got as loud as i needed,in distortion 30% gets loud enough to wake the neighbors. The Celestrion speaker specially designed for Haze anps is a amazing sound that make it a great amp for under $1000. Plus i have transported it a lot and if you really want a good idea get a small cart like used in gardening and put on there,save a lot of heavy lifting (amp is about 50 lbs) and i have managed to fit my amp, ata style guitar case,cables,binder of music,and any other needs and have it all in a cart ready to go.

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      (17 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      AWESOME

      Comments about Marshall Haze MHZ40C 40W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      I hate the saying, "for the price" but I think this is a great amp. I love it! The price point is good and there are lots of sales online right now. I got a brand new one at a huge discount on-line. Look around. I would be devasted if it broke or was lost/stolen -- would definite buy another. It really is a great amp, is easy to carry, is not taking up lots of room, is loud and is ideal for blues, hard rock, 80s metal, classic rock. This is my first Marshall and I really like it alot. I saw a post that it is a beginner amp.....what nonsense.... if you have any skill and ear you can really get the sound you want and make your guitar sing. It also keeps the sound of your guitar...so a strat is a strat and a gibson is a gibson, not like on these modeling amps that make everything sound simliar.
      40 Watts of pure marshall tone, eq and effects. I use the delay and it is meets the requirement nicely. Clean channel is good, over drive channel is good and amazing with an over-drive pedal. Takes pedals very nicely. Not a high gain amp. For more gain I use a Marshall Guv'nor 2 plus or a Tube Screamer.....both sound amazing and drive this amp so I have all the gain I need.
      Only had a week......no issues.
      I gig'd with a 120 WATT 5150 or a 100 watts Engl half stack before I got this - own both. The Engle head is awesome but cost a lot. The tones I get from this amp is just as good as the Engl and better than the 5150. I have a hot-plate for the engl to control the volume at home but I do not want to wear that amp out. Don't be fooled by all the amps out there that claim to have marshall sounds. I own a Peavey Vypyr 30 and a line 6 X3 pedal and the marshall tones are ok but no comparison to this baby. With the Haze you get true vintage marshall tone that sounds incredible. The usable gain on the amp is 80% of what i want an with and overdrive or distortion pedal you can get all the gain you need. I play Purple, Zeppelin, Clapton, AC/DC, Gun N Roses, Bon Jovi, Clash, Sex Pistols, Priest, Grand Funk, Leppard, Rainbow, Whitesnake, ZZ, stones etc. For really hi gain I use the line 6 uber metal pedal and it takes it well, but I mostly use the tubescreamer or Guv/nor. This amp can provide the tones I need for most of this, I personally like just a tad more gain.....thus the pedals.

      Comment on this review

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Marshall Haze: Pretty Good Amp!

      Comments about Marshall Haze MHZ40C 40W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      I just purchased a used Haze 40. I thought the tone was pretty good in both the clean and distortion channels, except that bass notes were pretty mushy. I cured that by transplanting a Scumback (Weber) 65 watt "aged" speaker and this cured that mushy bass problem. The clean channeld sounds great with both Strats and Les Pauls. In some ways the amp appears to be pretty well built as I had to disassemble it to swap out the speakers...HOWEVER, I note the plastic nuts on the input and footswithc jacks and will be very gentle with these. Other concerns: the provided footswitch works OK but there is a slight delay when switching channels and I don't know if that will be a problem when I'm gigging with the amp (which I plan to do). I bought the 4 way footcontroller and it has the same delay. Time will tell on that issue.
      The tone of this amp is remarkably Marshall, in my opinion. I own a 1974X and the haze has a pretty warm sound. Definitely agree that this is more of an amp for Clapton and Cream songs than for Metallica songs! For the money, I think this is a pretty nice amp and I'm pretty confident it will stand up to my occasional gigs as well as function as one of my multitude of practice amps.Definitely try one out, but plan to change the speaker as that made a huge difference in both clean and distorted tone, clarity,and punch.

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      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best Tube Amp out there for the money, bar none.

      Comments about Marshall Haze MHZ40C 40W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      Right out of the box this amp cant be beat, but it needs a break in for the speaker. It will just keep sounding better and better the more its played, used tubes cant be beat for the best tone. The only way your gonna beat this amp is go to a higher end Marshall. I had tried a Blackstar which sounds totally soild state when compared to this Marshall. Also this amp has the power boost switch which isnt just for boosting your leads..engage it at low volume for a much richer fuller punch than you will get with any other amp. By far the best amp on the market for the price.

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