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Marshall CODE 50W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp Black

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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.
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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
 
4.3

(based on 25 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

79%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good power output (17)
  • Excellent sound (15)
  • Portable (15)
  • Warm / comfy (14)
  • Easy to use (11)

Cons

  • Poor sound quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (15)
  • Performances (12)
  • Amateur recording (10)
  • Professional recording (8)
  • Outdoor events / games (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (15), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent Modeling Amp, But...

I'm writing this for those who are considering the Code series, particularly the 50. If you're planning on not leaving the home you can suffice with the Code 25, no problem. On the...Read complete review

I'm writing this for those who are considering the Code series, particularly the 50. If you're planning on not leaving the home you can suffice with the Code 25, no problem. On the other hand, if you think you'll be playing out or at least jamming with friends and need some volume, then this is the one to buy, especially with the small difference in price.

I've owned many modeling amps over the years and this amp does the best job by far at mimicking the wonderful tube amps made by Marshall since the sixties. But there's a cost to such nirvana, and that's the amount of time to dial in the tones if you're seeking realism. It's not as much a plug-n-play as you might think they would've created, and many of the presets are plain terrible, but if you're patient and seek advice from those who know better (there are many forums out there to help) in how specific amps sound, you'll be rewarded with tones the competitors could only wish for in their amps. The other side, of course, is you create your own sounds and enjoy with minimal effort.

My Code 50 is built solidly, performs flawlessly, and offers amenities that pretty much today's current modelers gives you: amp tones from other companies, built-in tuner, headphone out, aux in, USB for firmware updates and the ability to record on your computer, and a footswitch-option to plug in their new series pedal. Did I mention it looks killer as well? Perfect match for my Les Paul too. The Code is definitely worth trying out if and when enough product shows up in the stores!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not bad, not good.... right in the middle.

Tone is very subjective, so I won't talk much about it. However, the tone is what made me finally decide to return the amp. I found there's a very "closed...Read complete review

Tone is very subjective, so I won't talk much about it. However, the tone is what made me finally decide to return the amp. I found there's a very "closed in" feel to the tone that I could not adjust out. But, we all plug in different guitars, play different music, and want different tones... you'll have to try for yourself. I think it's more valuable if I highlight what I found to be the good points and the bad points.

Good Points:
* Price
* The amp is VERY responsive to adjusting your guitar's volume and tone controls. Most modeling amps completely lack this aspect of tone and dynamics.
* The headphone output does not differ much from the amp's speaker output. There's no need to re-tweak your presets when using headphones.
* The amp is loud! Definitely loud enough to practice with a full band or play club gigs.
* There are MANY different preamps, effects, power amps, and speaker sims... this means you can dial in SOMETHING useful for whatever music you play.

Bad Points:
* The built in tuner is the least accurate I have ever seen. The best you can do is use the tuner to get ONE string somewhere in the ballpark, and then tune your other strings to that string.
* The amp comes with a single bank of 100 factory presets. There is not another bank for user presets. There are no empty presets. So, the first thing you have to decide is which presets do you want to over-write. I know nobody will need to use all 100 factory presets (there's a good chance you won't want to use any at all); however, in my 27 years of playing guitar, I have ALWAYS found myself returning to factory presets to find something "odd" that sparks inspiration. That reverse-delay, oscillating flange, fuzz harmonizer seems useless today... but, one day..... who knows what it may spark 2 years from now? Chances are you won't find yourself programming it on your own later.
* So many features and not a single great one.
* Almost too loud for bedroom practice. It doesn't like being quiet.
* Unimpressive

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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Didnt last 3 months

By Jay

from San Jose

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Lots of settings
  • Portable
  • Powerful

Cons

  • Didn't last

Best Uses

  • Home Studio

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

Thought it was a decent amp with the 100 pre-sets, kinda of a lot digital decay after each note though. Does decent a modeling the amps it tries. Still obviously not tube. Anyways. After less then 3 'months I plugged in a brand new Jc95 wah pedal and played it for about a minute before the control panel cut out and the light began flashing and no sound. Trying to return. Will update so far no luck with returns. Sad.

(1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

would look around more.

By Richard

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Hate having to download instructions, how much do instruction sheets cost ? Sound isn't bad but not the quality of my 60/61 Harmony tube amp -- which stills works.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great service from GC staff - at store + on-line

By Al

from undisclosed

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Portable
  • Powerful
  • simplify your rig while keeping complexity

Cons

    Best Uses

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

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

    Get the biggest bang for your buck that humankind has yet devised

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great sound Great price

    By Dayman Dan

    from Cincinnati Oh

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

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

      I bought this amp after looking over a few. For the money it is a great buy. It can get very loud and cutting through other band mates is not a problem. It has a lot of pre loaded sounds and a lot of different ways to configure them. Just opening the box and turning it on can be a little overwhelming, but when you find the sound you like it is great. Only real draw back I can find is when you roll off the volume the sustain rolls back a lot as well. Over all great buy.

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Not bad, not good.... right in the middle.

      By Eric

      from San Diego, CA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Lots of Features
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

      • Lacks Preset Storage
      • Poor Sound Quality

      Best Uses

      • Personal Practice

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

      Tone is very subjective, so I won't talk much about it. However, the tone is what made me finally decide to return the amp. I found there's a very "closed in" feel to the tone that I could not adjust out. But, we all plug in different guitars, play different music, and want different tones... you'll have to try for yourself. I think it's more valuable if I highlight what I found to be the good points and the bad points.

      Good Points:
      * Price
      * The amp is VERY responsive to adjusting your guitar's volume and tone controls. Most modeling amps completely lack this aspect of tone and dynamics.
      * The headphone output does not differ much from the amp's speaker output. There's no need to re-tweak your presets when using headphones.
      * The amp is loud! Definitely loud enough to practice with a full band or play club gigs.
      * There are MANY different preamps, effects, power amps, and speaker sims... this means you can dial in SOMETHING useful for whatever music you play.

      Bad Points:
      * The built in tuner is the least accurate I have ever seen. The best you can do is use the tuner to get ONE string somewhere in the ballpark, and then tune your other strings to that string.
      * The amp comes with a single bank of 100 factory presets. There is not another bank for user presets. There are no empty presets. So, the first thing you have to decide is which presets do you want to over-write. I know nobody will need to use all 100 factory presets (there's a good chance you won't want to use any at all); however, in my 27 years of playing guitar, I have ALWAYS found myself returning to factory presets to find something "odd" that sparks inspiration. That reverse-delay, oscillating flange, fuzz harmonizer seems useless today... but, one day..... who knows what it may spark 2 years from now? Chances are you won't find yourself programming it on your own later.
      * So many features and not a single great one.
      * Almost too loud for bedroom practice. It doesn't like being quiet.
      * Unimpressive

       
      5.0

      Great sounding amplifier. MARSHALL IS IT

      By Buddha

      from Monterey, CA

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

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

        Buy one and you will never regret.. love the presets.. i like using my multi effects pedal over the #29 (clean tone) preset. Just love the sound.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Awesome amp.

        By brockizm

        from Atlanta, Ga.

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Tones need tweaking

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

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

        I've had this amp for about 2 months and really love it. Is it the perfect amp? No. A great amp? Yes. I own several other Marshall's as well as Vox, Fender, Roland and Line 6 amps. For playing shows where you need a wide variety of sounds and a small footprint, this is the best thing out there. The bass can be a bit weird on some patches, but I just tweaked it and saved. I have the 50 watt combo and it is plenty loud for most clubs. I've had to move some of the patches to be close together so I can get to them easily, a midi controller would be the bomb if it were available. Still waiting on the foot-switch which I hope makes channel changes easier. It's a lot easier to carry this thing around than a half stack and a Roland JC 120 to switch back and forth for clean and dirty. Also, no giant pedal board needed. I still use an array of tube amps in the studio, but this amp gets me 90% there with convenience and at a very reasonable price. If you need a wide range of great sounds that's portable, get this amp. Do a few tweaks on the tone and you'll be good to go.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Not for me.

        By BJE

        from UK

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Portable
        • Powerful

        Cons

        • Gateway app terrible to use
        • Lots of bass on each setting
        • number of unusable sounds
        • Poor Sound Quality

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio

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

        I really wanted to love this amp, I was so excited when it arrived. the build quality is excellent! Just what you would expect from a Marshall..... But.... The gateway app is terrible to use, it loses connection all the time with the amp and it randomly wipes your tone settings that take you hours to program in. There are over 11000 settings so I ended up spending more time fiddling with settings than actually playing! All the settings seem to carry a really heavy bass line, even if you turn the bass down to nil.

        Overall I found it quite frustrating to use, there are just too many settings to fiddle with. As they say, sometimes less is more, I just want to to turn on and play, not fiddle around for hours before I start.

        I can see this being great in a few years time once they have made it more user friendly, but for now I have returned mine and I'm sticking with my current amp. Shame really.

        (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Not For Me

        By MacktheKnife

        from Raleigh, NC

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Good Warmth
        • Portable
        • Powerful

        Cons

        • Limited Functions
        • Poor Sound Quality

        Best Uses

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

          I just bought this thing today. Hard for me to find a useable sound out of it. I admit the models do sound similar to the marshall amps they are emulating but there was an endless amount of artificial sounding bass I could not seem to get rid of. All the models sound so similar, thin, and artificial. I guess its good for what it is but I have found this to be true with all modeling amps. Even pedals sound terrible thru the clean settings. Dull and uneventful. If you want real tone go buy a tube amp even if its 1watt and play it clean or run a pedal thru it.

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          excellent product

          By HeyJoe

          from Austin, TX

          About Me Experienced

          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:

            Surpassed my expectations. Bluetooth interface is very handy

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