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Marshall JMD1 Series JMD501 50W 1x12 Digital Guitar Combo Amp  

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    A killer practice combo with 50 watts of tube warmth and digital power.

    The Marshall JMD502 is a 50 watt combo amp, with a balanced mixture of classic all-tube power and studio-quality effects, all wrapped up into one amazing Marshall package. The JMD502 uses this technology to create a vast library of tone styles firmly rooted in the foundations of Marshall amplifiers. The JMD502 guitar amp provides interpretations of unmistakable classic sounds and a variety of combinations. These are delivered in 16 easy-to-access topologies, replicated from component level information for a truly natural and interactive playing experience.

    The digital and tube combination for JMD502 50W amp
    After working closely with the digital experts from Softube, Marshall created a digital and tube combo amplifier solution that offers a multitude of tones, allowing the guitarist to experience and experiment with a variety of pre-amplifier topologies from Marshalls history, all in combination with the power and warmth of a traditional EL34 based power amp stage.

    The Marshall JMD502 amplifier features a compilation of tones created by Marshall over the last 45 years, from a vintage plexi, to a JCM 800, all the way through to a high gain JVM. For instance, have you ever wondered what a 1974 preamp would sound like through a monster 100W tube stage with a hint of reverb for ambience? JMD502 lets you do that. Do you want to try a Guv'nor pedal through the power of a Marshall 50/50 power amp and a hi-fi style delay? Marshall JMD502 lets you do that too. What makes JMD502 so adaptable and versatile, is that it is completely programmable, allowing you to store your sounds and then access them again with ease.

    A delicate balance between technology and tone
    Instead of trying to mimic the overall sound of an amplifier by simply creating a copy of the tone that is generated, the Marshall JMD502 guitar amp takes into account every nuance of a preamp. Not only recreating the tone accurately, but also how the unit reacts when you make adjustments to the equalization.

    The familiar front panel is extensive in features and easy to navigate. Selecting the preamp sound you want is as simple as choosing one of the 16 sounds from the rotary preamp control. This section has been divided into four separate groupings for ease; Clean, Crunch, OD, and Lead. From there, all you have to do is set up your EQ section and choose and adjust which of the quality effects you desire. Storing this sound is just a case of holding down one of the four channel buttons on the amp or saving to the footcontroller, storing everything from the EQ to the parameter of chosen effect. So now you're able to go from a classic low-wattage tube sound with a hint of reverb, to a traditional high-gain '80s lead sound with delay for solos, to a scooped-out metal sound, incorporating chorus with the press of a button.

    Custom FX
    The effects section of the JMD502 guitar amp gives access to a host of popular effects, all of which have been tailored specifically to give the best possible response in the Marshall JMD502. Not only are the effects redesigned, they are also fully adjustable to be as subtle or extreme as you wish. The effects are divided into three separate stages, Modulation, Delay, and also an independent Reverb.

    Functionality from studio to the stage
    With the included footswitch, the Marshall guitar amp can work to its full ability. The footcontroller enables the player to store 4 sounds across 7 banks, giving the option of storing 28 sounds and the ability to access any of them at any given time. When sounds are stored in the footcontroller or the amplifier it recalls everything apart from the master volume and the Presence. MIDI switching capabilities also allow the user to control the amplifier remotely, and add the possibilities of up to 128 configurations. Effects loops allow the player to add in any personalization they require, and the balanced line out contains the best Marshall cabinet simulations for recording a multitude of tones directly.

    Features

    • Power rating: 50W
    • Preamp: Digital Natural Harmonic Technology
    • Poweramp tubes: 2 x EL34
    • Preamp topologies: 16
    • Modulation effects: Chorus, Phaser, Flanger, Tremolo
    • Delay effects: Hi-Fi Analogue, Tape, Multi
    • Tap tempo control
    • Reverb: Independent custom voiced
    • Midi Control: Midi in, Midi Thru
    • Stompware controller: supplied
    • Emulated line out: XLR
    • Headphone out: 1/4" jack
    • Line in: 1/4" jack
    • Preamp: 1/4" jack
    • Effects loop: Serial / Parallel -10dBV/+4dB with mix control
    • Speaker output: 1x16 Ω, 1x8 Ω, 2x 16 Ω

    An insight into Marshall amplification in one combo. Order yours now.

     
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    MarshallJMD1 Series JMD501 50W 1x12 Digital Guitar Combo Amp
     
    4.7

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    4.0

    Another speaker suggestion

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Marshall JMD1 Series JMD501 50W 1x12 Digital Guitar Combo Amp:

    I swapped out the Governor for a Cannabis Rex. Wow, much better. Smoother with less pronounced mid range bark. If you like an aggressive british sound, go with the Governor. If you want smoother, a little darker, a bit more "American" sounding, the Cannabis is the bet.

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    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Good amp for the features

    By Tube man-LuL3J

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Marshall JMD1 Series JMD501 50W 1x12 Digital Guitar Combo Amp:

    Ok, this amp will probably sound thin to you when you get it. Its the speaker, its very thin and bright. Either break it in by playing loud for several hours, or get an Eminence Governor speaker. That speaker really fattens up the sound and smooths out the top end. this amp sounds really REALLY close to Marshall amps I've played. You can pick up some digital stiffness in some models more than other. There are a couple modes that really sound and feel just like a tube amp to me (classic od and deep lead). Some compression to the tone and feel...just like a tube amp. Add all the effects, noise gate, and excellent footpedal...its definately worth the money. Much more dynamic than the Vyper hybrid amps.

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    As Good as it can get!

    By rocker dude00784

    from E.E.U.U.

    Comments about Marshall JMD1 Series JMD501 50W 1x12 Digital Guitar Combo Amp:

    This amp its just Awesome.Marshall's first venture to the digital sound went outstanding.It has 2 EL34 in the power amp section that gives it this beautiful tube output and it has 1 ecc83 preamp tube wich gives all the tube warmth you will ever need.The digital preamp its amazing.The effect section is packed with High Quality effects. Overall this amp its Amazing..

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    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Finally Got Digital Right With Soft tube

    By TerrenceRocks

    from Santa Clara

    Comments about Marshall JMD1 Series JMD501 50W 1x12 Digital Guitar Combo Amp:

    I have been play for 42 years, had the best line 6 has to offer, played through racks of Doom, Pre Mesa Twin modded, JCM800's,DSL,Boutique. This amp rocks. Good Voicing, Soft Tubes Harmonic Technology really nailed it. Lightwieght, Effects and every amp Marshall made and pedal drives too.I played my Les Paul Ultra through it when I bought it today, all day long, if an amp inspires me to play all day that says something. The sonic connection for those who have played for years where you can ride the amp is there in several models with effects. I felt the ringing sustain of amps I have searched for, for years. Most bang for the buck, really has everything you need.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    EVOLUTION

    By tweedblues

    from New Jersey

    Comments about Marshall JMD1 Series JMD501 50W 1x12 Digital Guitar Combo Amp:

    I have played through alot of other amps; i.e. Bogners, fenders, marshalls, line6, vox. This amp sounds very tube like and should since it has 2 EL34 in the power section and one preamp tube. This amps cleans are very nice and the marshall tones are definately in there. They have been talking about digital amps becoming the standard in the future. The future is finally here. This amp shines with both my strat and my SG. The catch is you still have to have tubes in the amp to get the the 3-D sound. I tried some of the other hybryds and this amp blows them all away. Buy this if you love marshall tone you will not be disappointed. I plan on having this baby for a long time and not sure of the reliability since i just got it but it looks like its built pretty good. One of the best pieces of gear i have bought in a long time in my opinion.

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Marshall JMD is inspiring

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Marshall JMD1 Series JMD501 50W 1x12 Digital Guitar Combo Amp:

    Well I was skeptical because I?ve owned other hybrid amps (Kustom & Fender) and I thought they sounded sterile, digital cold, and un-amp like. Well Marshall has renewed my faith in hybrid technology. They have really done their homework and have a real winner here. I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered that the amp simulations are realistically closed to the original amp tones. Of course the dual EL34 output tubes help with that tube tone/feel. The effects sound as good as many top rack and pedal effects. As a major bonus, the amp sounds fantastic at bedroom/low volumes. I?ve only played the amp for about 30 minutes, but am already sold! The build quality is top notch, as good as any series built in England. No flaws what so ever. Definitely a high quality look. So Marshall has shown that high quality can come from China manufacturing. I auditioned the amp with a Gibson Custom Shop LP Special RI. I?ve been playing for over thirty 30 years and have owned many different brand amps. I've owned some great and not so great sounding Marshall amplifiers. This amp is amazing and takes evolving digital amp technology to the next level. I highly recommend it! Great job Marshall!

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