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Marshall MA Series MA50C 50W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp Black

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50W of pure, all-tube Marshall sound at a never-before-seen price.

Marshall has always sought to provide outstanding tone to guitarists of every budget, and with the new MA Series, all-tube Marshall tone is now more affordable than ever. The MA50C 50W combo was carefully designed by Marshall's R&D team using the same basic principles as all Marshall amps”to deliver colorful, dynamic, unmistakable Marshall tube tone in a road-ready package.

Attractive Looks
The aesthetics of the MA50C head have been specially designed to create a look that stands apart from most other Marshall amps, while still retaining the essence of what people have become familiar with for over 45 years. Two orange LEDs illuminate the interior of the unit, highlighting the power tubes. This effect is visible through the fret cloth where the trusty white script logo is mounted onto a solid piece of transparent Perspex.

Tube Power And Tone Simply Executed
The MA50C is powered using the traditional Marshall mainstays of ECC83 double triode tubes in the preamp, and EL34 pentode tubes in the power amp. The layout and controls are kept simple, allowing you to explore unhindered the full potential of the all-tube tone within. The MA50C has separate EQ stages for both the Clean and Overdrive channels so you can optimally adjust each one without compromising the other. A 12" Eminence AX-75 speaker delivers all this great tone to awaiting ears. An extra benefit has been provided in the form of a tube-driven Boost function on the OD channel giving you, for example, a solo boost with more volume and gain. The amp also contains a spring reverb for use with all channels within the amp.

Intuitive And Practical
The MA50C combo was designed with the flexible control demanded by today's players in mind, but with a streamlined feature set to keep it cost effective. Whether in your own home or gigging, setting up the sounds and relative levels is very easy. The supplied footswitch assists live performance letting you toggle between settings like Clean to Overdrive, Clean to Boosted Overdrive, and Overdrive to Boosted Overdrive, ensuring maximum versatility.

Extras
Even though the MA range is designed as a no-frills, all-tube guitar amplifier, Marshall included a couple of extra features that allow for even more versatility. In addition to the all-tube preamp and power amp tone, MA amplifiers are equipped with an onboard spring reverb tank for an extra dimension to your sound. With the front-panel level control you can easily dial in how much you need for your own taste. All MA amplifiers are also equipped with a serial external effects loop for guitarists who want to add effects units into their sound. The nominal level of -10dBV is suited to stompboxes primarily, but not exclusively.

FEATURES
  • 50W of all-tube Marshall tone
  • 2 channels
  • 3 ECC83 preamp tubes
  • 2 EL34 power tubes
  • 12" Eminence AX-75 speaker
  • Independent volume and 3-band EQ controls per channel
  • Gain, Crunch, and Balance controls on OD channel
  • Master Presence, Resonance, Reverb controls
  • Spring reverb
  • Serial effects loop
  • Footswitch included
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MarshallMA Series MA50C 50W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.1

(based on 17 reviews)

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  • 3 Stars

     

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  • 2 Stars

     

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67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (3)
  • Good power output (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (3)
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    • Experienced (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Set your expectations correctly and this amp will NOT disappoint!

Why some guitar players complain about tube amps and the overdrive tones they get, man, I just don't get it. Usually, a player who needs a LOT of gain is making up for...Read complete review

Why some guitar players complain about tube amps and the overdrive tones they get, man, I just don't get it. Usually, a player who needs a LOT of gain is making up for poor playing technique.

Stacking a high gain pedal into the overdrive channel of this amp is just the dumbest thing *ever*. The amp has the ability to give you a 'lead' tone that is louder than the regular crunch tone, you have to know how to use the blend control, and you set it up backwards.

Kick in the overdrive and the boost, set the gain and EQ and volume for your boosted lead tone. Turn OFF the boost, and use the blend control to 'pull back' the volume and gain (you turn DOWN the blend control) to your rhythm level. that's it, simple and it works.

I've used this amp for country (new country), classic rock, funk and motown and even some hair metal work. It has yet to disappoint me!
This amp is designed to be a simple, 2 channel all tube combo. It does that perfectly and more. The boost switch gives this amp a versatility not found at amps this price, let alone a tube amp.

If you are used to playing Line 6, Boss or other floorboard digital modeling effects, this amp will NOT sound right to you, because you've gotten used to what a fake guitar tone sounds like. This amp does NOT give you that super compressed high overdrive angry bees goop for a guitar tone.

If you want some depth to your sound, this amp is a great sized combo that gives you what a real tube amp can, depth and 'breath'.
It's built solidly, the side handles along with the top handle is a great thought.

Closed back, but ported. You have to take the back off to get to the tubes, but that's ok.

I would have prefered the footswitch had a detachable cable, but I'll live with it until it fails, then put a jack on the footswitch box.
Value is great. This amp compares to another two channel with boost that I've played, a Hughes and Kettner Duotone. That amp, new, is ver twice the price.
The tones between those two amps are totally different, but if you need a good, straight ahead rock amp, this will serve you very well.

You won't need a distortion stomp box, but adding a delay, chorus, wah or similar pedals will make this a really versatile tone machine. I'd consider an overdrive pedal too, run it on the clean channel so you have a 'different' overdrive tone.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

My first Marshall

Great amp poor craftsmanship. The spring reverb connection is very flimsy. I had to resolder the connection that was previously repaired wrong. Other then the reverb issue. I LOVE IT.

Great amp poor craftsmanship. The spring reverb connection is very flimsy. I had to resolder the connection that was previously repaired wrong. Other then the reverb issue. I LOVE IT.

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(20 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Set your expectations correctly and this amp will NOT disappoint!

By Stuntmusic

from New England

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Comments about Marshall MA Series MA50C 50W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

Why some guitar players complain about tube amps and the overdrive tones they get, man, I just don't get it. Usually, a player who needs a LOT of gain is making up for poor playing technique.

Stacking a high gain pedal into the overdrive channel of this amp is just the dumbest thing *ever*. The amp has the ability to give you a 'lead' tone that is louder than the regular crunch tone, you have to know how to use the blend control, and you set it up backwards.

Kick in the overdrive and the boost, set the gain and EQ and volume for your boosted lead tone. Turn OFF the boost, and use the blend control to 'pull back' the volume and gain (you turn DOWN the blend control) to your rhythm level. that's it, simple and it works.

I've used this amp for country (new country), classic rock, funk and motown and even some hair metal work. It has yet to disappoint me!
This amp is designed to be a simple, 2 channel all tube combo. It does that perfectly and more. The boost switch gives this amp a versatility not found at amps this price, let alone a tube amp.

If you are used to playing Line 6, Boss or other floorboard digital modeling effects, this amp will NOT sound right to you, because you've gotten used to what a fake guitar tone sounds like. This amp does NOT give you that super compressed high overdrive angry bees goop for a guitar tone.

If you want some depth to your sound, this amp is a great sized combo that gives you what a real tube amp can, depth and 'breath'.
It's built solidly, the side handles along with the top handle is a great thought.

Closed back, but ported. You have to take the back off to get to the tubes, but that's ok.

I would have prefered the footswitch had a detachable cable, but I'll live with it until it fails, then put a jack on the footswitch box.
Value is great. This amp compares to another two channel with boost that I've played, a Hughes and Kettner Duotone. That amp, new, is ver twice the price.
The tones between those two amps are totally different, but if you need a good, straight ahead rock amp, this will serve you very well.

You won't need a distortion stomp box, but adding a delay, chorus, wah or similar pedals will make this a really versatile tone machine. I'd consider an overdrive pedal too, run it on the clean channel so you have a 'different' overdrive tone.

(14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Money talks!

By BenZen

from Montreal, Quebec

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Comments about Marshall MA Series MA50C 50W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

I'm an hobbyist, I play at home not too loud, in an apartment building. I love the Marshall sound but I can't justified to spend 1500$ on a Vintage/Modern or JVM. The price range I'm comfortable with is around 600$. I own a Fender Blues Jr. and a Vox AC15C1 so when I heard about the MA series I went for a test at the local guitar store. Affordable Marshall, yeah! Big good looking amp, good tube(EL34) Marshall sound so I asked the sale person: How much? 550$ CDN he said...I take it I said! I don't think they are very popular so the price went down I guess. At that price it's really worth it. The fact that it's made in vietnam or that the power switch has no light or that the cabinet is made of press wood doesn't affect the sound quality. To my ear it sounds very good and that's what count at the end. I'm not a purist(I can't afford it)I'm just a working class man and Marshall understood that and the MA series is perfect in that aspect. I like to buy new with a warranty. I'm not comfortable buying used tube amp from the 80's (JCM 800).I don't think they get better with time like wine ;)I understand that the heavy+mid+creamy Marshall crunch sound is not for everyone and some will find it limited but if that's what you are looking for don't look further. If you are not a professional($$$)musician but you still like good quality/sounding music instruments, the MA series is exactly for you. It's not a 1962 Bluesbreaker but it's not a Solid State MG series neither. It's a good Marshall tube amp at a price that we can afford.

(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

AMAZING AMP!!!!!!!!!!!!

By ThatOneGuy-wYjkS

from USA

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Comments about Marshall MA Series MA50C 50W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

Even at low volumes it fails to disappoint me! It really has that true Marshall tone. It hasn't surpassed the JCM 800 or 900, but this is still one amazing amp for the value! Has great head room on the clean. I crank it up half way max and still is Very clean, the OD channel has nice bite to it and the Boost channel is AMAZING!!! Sounds GREAT through a Gibson SG. Definitely worth the buy! Screw those Fender, Peavey, and other amps, get this if it's in your price range!!!

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good entry level Marshall tone tube amp.

By Gboutique

from Montreal

Comments about Marshall MA Series MA50C 50W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

This amp just will give 2 tones, a good clean British, and a Marshall overdrive/crunch, nothing between them, nothing on top. The construction is good and solid in its segment. The speaker Eminence AX-75 (Celestion G12T-75 clone) is ok .. The tubes are Chinese (re-labeled Marshall), decent sound .. It misses a lighted power switch and a gain selector in the effects loop. The good thing is that you can improve this amp with a good set of tubes, a better speaker (Celestion G12T or Vintage 30) and even can install an original illuminated power switch for original look..!!

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

DJ.Man

By Marshall Man-UjQZM

from Barlow,Ky.

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Comments about Marshall MA Series MA50C 50W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

I nown a Marshall DSL2001 half stack,and a Peavey Classic half stack and this little amp can keep up with either one on tonal qualty and its really loud. I really like the boost feather on the overdrive, Great buy for the bucks.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Lots of bang for your buck.

By Chavalozvi

from Del Rio, Tx

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Pros

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

Cons

  • heavy

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Comments about Marshall MA Series MA50C 50W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

Right out of the box this amp sounds amazing. I have 3 guitars, 2 electrics and an Electro-Acoustic. Jammed on it for an hour on each guitar. I must say I'm really impressed. The included footswitch is heavy, and could also double as a doorstop, some amps in this price range don't include one. Saves you a lot of time running back and forth to your amp, to select the clean or overdrive channel. Please spend time playing with your amp settings, and if you have a lot of guitars write them down so you don't have to go by ear every time. This amp is solidly built, wih good looks to boot, it's built so solid that it's heavy, and cumbersome to move. Locking casters would have been a nice option on this amp to make moving a breeze, The side handles are great by the way. You can't go wrong with this amp you get more than what you're paying for. You get a warm round sound

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Maybe for smeone, but not what I expected

By CG in Tennessee

from Tennessee

Comments about Marshall MA Series MA50C 50W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

This amp was built solid, looked great, and had a great feature set, but I personally couldn't BUY a tone I was happy with on the lead channel. The clean was loud and punchy, reverb sounded decent, but I couldn't dial out the swarm of bees on the gain side. There is plenty of gain on tap, so it might be your thing if your into big scooped raspy gain tones. For meaty medium gained classic rock tones look elsewhere. I gave it a 3.5 overall, because it may be someones perfect amp,and there's nothing "wrong" with it. I personally just didn't care for the gain tones at all.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Wow...

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Marshall MA Series MA50C 50W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

Playing guitar for a couple years I thought it was time to upgrade from my roland micro cube. I was beginning to play in several bands so I needed at least 50 watts and tube. After looking far and wide my best bet was a forty watt Line six. But I found this Marshall in a local music shop and had to have it for the same price as the line 6 it blew it away. I LOVE this amp for the price. The clean is clean. and the overdrive could use a little more affects (highly suggest a boss gt-10). But great for the price. I recommend this to any one who needs a band amp that can hold its own with drums, bass, keyboards, and even another guitar.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

I am very happy with this combo

By The Grape Skeletons

from New Jersey

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Comments about Marshall MA Series MA50C 50W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

I got this amp to replace a DSL-201 combo that had reliability issues when it heated up. I was looking for a tube combo that had EL34's an 12AX7's, and I was going to buy a used JCM800 4010 combo. But this was cheaper, and came with a warranty. It sounds a lot better than my DSL-201 did (no more EL84s!), and also better than my '90s JCM-900 half stack (no more diode clipping!). Is it perfect? No. The 'clean' channel doesn't chime enough and the crunch channel has a bit too much breakup at the high-end. Kind of blurry. Yes, I did break the speaker in, but it might sound better with a better speaker, or better tubes. It sounds weaker with the volume down. You need to really crank it up to 7 or 8 and then it sounds a lot more full and roars nicely.Obviously, it's not a world class amp. But I think it sounds good enough for what I need. It sounds much better with hot pickups (I'm hitting it with Super Distortions and Breeds) than with low output pickups. And as I mentioned, you have to crank it to get the best out of it. It works reasonably well with pedals on the clean channel, so you can go with that route if you don't like the overdrive or the boost. That's how I use it for soloing, but I have gotten used to the sound of the drive and I like it.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Bought a restock and it's fine

By Paul Dussault

from NH

Comments about Marshall MA Series MA50C 50W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

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I've been wanting a Marshall tube amp for many years. When I learned about the MA50C, I was very interested. I watched Youtube videos and liked what I heard, so I decided that I would get one. Wanting to save money, and still get the amp, I decided to buy a restock. I was worried about what I would get considering the huge savings vs. a new unit.

I received the amp yesterday. There are a few nicks on the cabinet, the screws holding the chassis into the cabinet show signs they were removed, and the user manual is a little wrinkled. So, it looks like the unit was repaired, (screws removed) and probably returned by a previous customer. Musicians Friend states that these restock units may show the exact signs that I've described, so I'm not complaining.

All in all, the amp sounds great, it looks great, (it may have been used for a couple of weeks) and I'm very happy with my purchase.

I will update this post if there's any reason so everyone will be aware of what I've found. But so far, I'd say that the restock is a good deal.

Good luck!

(3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Junk

By n/a-iGRQU

from Olathe

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Comments about Marshall MA Series MA50C 50W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

You are paying for the name this is my first tube amp and i have to say if this is what they are all like then y pay all that money sending this 1 back and will be looking for something else

(3 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Not a bad amp

By Canadian guitarist

from Canada

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Comments about Marshall MA Series MA50C 50W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

This amp has straight forward features and a foot control pedal that come with it which is nice. But my fx loop doesn't work and the overdrive Chanel sounds like crap. I gave up on it and bought and OCD distortion pedal by fulltone. Now it is a great sounding amp. And the clean tones are great. It even sounds good when I plug my acoustic into it for band practice. I love the sound I get out of it. This is now my favorite amp I own. (I own many)

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Marshall Ma50C

By Lespaulguy57

from Toronto Ontario

Comments about Marshall MA Series MA50C 50W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

Its a very solid amp, much better then any solid state you can find for the price. It blows my Roland and Traynor amps out of the water. I love it. You cant go wrong.

(3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Dont bother

By All Night jammer!

from Every where

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Comments about Marshall MA Series MA50C 50W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

Marshall has sold out, this is a less than average poorly made made over seas knockoff wanna be, there are better made and better sounding cheaper amps out there, Marshall is not what it used to me, and even then poorly made!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Value!

By Guitar Lover59

from Millstone NJ

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Pros

  • Excellent Sound
  • Portable
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Marshall MA Series MA50C 50W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

    Picked this amp up as a backup and gave it a test run on my last gig. I had a ball and my bandmates were impressed. Sound was big and full. It's a keeper. Might swap the speaker and see improvments like others suggested.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Good amp for the $$$

    By Hunterrocksguitar

    from Chicago Area

    Comments about Marshall MA Series MA50C 50W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

    My son wanted a Marshall tube amp...Looking for a good hard rock sound...and this amp delivers. This amp really gives you a lot of bang for the buck...Only complaint is that the On/Off switch is not back lit...Otherwise...a really solid amp

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    My first Marshall

    By Danno

    from Jackson NJ

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Limited Functions

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Marshall MA Series MA50C 50W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

    Great amp poor craftsmanship. The spring reverb connection is very flimsy. I had to resolder the connection that was previously repaired wrong. Other then the reverb issue. I LOVE IT.

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