Marshall Class5 5W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp  

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Marshall designed the 5W Class 5 combo amp in response to numerous requests from both professional musicians and the public. They came up with a 1x10 tube amp that recreates the Marshall sound heard i... Read More

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Marshall designed the 5W Class 5 combo amp in response to numerous requests from both professional musicians and the public. They came up with a 1x10 tube amp that recreates the Marshall sound heard in the big stacks and does it in a much smaller combo amplifier.

Created in the legendary Bluesbreaker style, the Marshall Class 5 gets back to basics with a top-loaded panel of Volume, Treble, Middle, and Bass controls. This simple feature set is the Marshall Class 5 tube amp's secret weapon. What you get in return is authentic Class A tone, rich in smooth harmonic distortion.

The all-tube signal path offers a wealth of analog tones right at your fingertips. Sparkling cleans, full-bodied crunch and glorious lead are just a dial turn away. The Marshall Class 5 combo also responds well to on-the-fly guitar volume and tone control adjustments, making for a truly dynamic playing experience.

Inside the Marshall Class 5 amp is a 10" G10F15 speaker designed in conjunction with Celestion. Turn the volume up to hear that classic Marshall tube amp break-up tone. Increase the EQ and volume for harder rhythms and soloing. Crank all the dials to 10 for screaming British tone.

The rear panel consists of a selection switch for the headphone jack, which when activated bypasses the internal speaker. On the rear is an extension speaker 16-Ohm out, so you can run your Marshall Class 5 tube amp into a 4 x 12" cabinet.

The Marshall Class 5 amp is simple to use—ideal for home practice, recording, and very intimate settings.

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  • Built in the UK
  • 5W
  • Pre-amp tubes: two ECC83
  • Power amp tube: one EL84
  • 10" 16-Ohm Celestion G10F-15
  • Channels: 1
  • Volume control
  • 3-band EQ featuring treble, mid, and bass
  • Headphone output
  • Headphone selector with bypass
  • 16-Ohm extension cab output
  • Dimensions: 19-1/2"W x 16-1/3"H x 9"D
  • Weight: 26-1/2 lb.
5 year parts/ 3 year labor warranty.

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Why not 5 STARS

I think this amp deserves a very good 5 Stars. Many of the reviews complain about the the rattling issue(which is very easy to fix), and complaining about the...Read complete review

I think this amp deserves a very good 5 Stars. Many of the reviews complain about the the rattling issue(which is very easy to fix), and complaining about the "Volume" being too loud. With common sense it should be obvious that MOST Non-Master Volume tube amps are going to be pretty loud no matter what the deal is, unless the amp is attenuated. A lot of people realize is that this amp isn't about playing ALL HIGH GAIN. This amp is more about playing with dynamics, it helps you understand that you don't have to go back to the amp to change your setting,..Use the VOLUME AND TONE CONTROLS ON YOU GUITAR. That's what most people over look on many solid, and tube amps when buying. I personally think this is one VERY good amp, sounds better every time I play it. So when you're not playing good you'll sound bad. When you play good you''l sound AWESOME, it all depends on how you interact. I think this is one of the better amps out there right now with a STEAL price, and TONE.


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Good but disappointing

I just bought this today but will be returning it.It does sound really good tonally....great for 60s style British Blues and 70s style AC/DC tones in a compact version.The cab is...Read complete review

I just bought this today but will be returning it.It does sound really good tonally....great for 60s style British Blues and 70s style AC/DC tones in a compact version.The cab is large for a 10 inch speaker and combined with the closed back cabinet you get a nice bass response from such a small amp.It seemed loud in the store for low volume gigs but I tried it tonight and it didn't really hang well with the bass and can hear it but it doesn't envelope the room at all especially with the that mostly closed back panel.You would need to pump it through a larger cabinet for stage filling volume.There is an annoying rattle that gets louder as you turn up the volume....really annoying.Maybe a bad tube?I opened the back panel and what a hassle.You have to really force those really tight screws out only to see that the tubes are located inside the amp chassis and the only way to access them is by unscrewing the whole chassis itself from the cabinet!!!That is absurd.It would take at least 15 minutes to change tubes...with a Fender it takes one simple minute.Putting it back together is another hassle because you have to screw on the panel first to the chassis and then screw that to the cabinet!!!After 50 years in the business you figure Marshall would design something a little more user friendly but this is moronic.Unless these issues are addressed this amp is going back to Guitar Center....too bad because it has a lot of potential.

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Best amp ever

By Blake Toppins

from Dallas TX

I went to guitar center and we told them we were looking for a inexpensive marshall amp. They showed us this one and I played on it and on a similarly priced solid state Marshall MG series amp. This amp sounded much warmer and was much louder watt for watt. It sounds awesome with my 1950's tribute gibson les paul and my line 6 floor pod. It is definantly worth the price.

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(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Great Idea, just a weak design...

By Steve Crane

from Longview, WA

I have owned one of these for about 6 months now. I have one in black, and it does look very cool. The simple controls are fine with me. It does rattle at higher volumes. It sounds really good through my 425A cab. I put a couple real nice tubes in it, and I'm sure a better speaker would really help as well. BUT, the build quality and design are really awful. It is really a pain to replace the tubes, and once you get it apart it screams "cheap". Great idea, great potential, bad execution.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Marshall Portable Punch

By Rick Ganns

from South Bend, IN

I purchased the Class 5 in mid December and am writing this review after 3 months of use. Cosmetics: The amp is impressive looking, with the vintage "Bluesbreaker" styling and plexi top panel controls. I ordered the traditional black. Enclosure: The cabinet is well made considering it is designed for home use, small gigs and limited travel. Since I am not a gigging musician, I can only say it doesn't look like it would hold up to years of road travel. For a small, portable combo, the enclosure is fairly large. Mine has the 3-piece back, where the middle section is a vented plate. The top and bottom pieces are wood. Sound: The amp delivers a powerful Marshall stack-like punch for only 5 watts. I hear more sound dynamics from this amp as compared to my Marshall Artist 3203 half stack, which is also a great amp. One thing I really like is that this amp can stay clean and still produce a lot of volume before breaking up. Most small, single channel amps only play clean on volume 1, 2, or 3 and then begin to crunch as the volume goes up. The Class 5 gives you a lot of volume quickly in the range, yet stays clean. On volume 5, you get 80% of the amp, with 6 thru 10 increasing the crunch and giving the last 20% of volume. I have my Les Paul volume controls at 7. Using both the volume pots and the amp volume gives you a lot of range with this amp. If you like to sing without a microphone when practicing, I suggest standing away from the amp. This amp is loud, but you can turn it up to 10 in a house. Performance: To date, my amp does not rattle or produce any annoying noises, my playing excluded. I always warm the tubes up for 10 to 15 minutes before playing through it. When I first got my amp, I let it warm up for 30 minutes, then set all tone controls on 5 and played bar chords and open chords to break the speaker in. I also like to keep increasing the volume while having the treble on 5, mid and bass on 10. I still do that periodically. Summary: This has been a great amp purchase. I wanted a good amp that I could play full volume in the house and still be able to move it around easily. It's turned out to be a great amp. Most small amps sound "muddy" when you turn them up and put the bass on 10, and this amp isn't crystal clear under that scenario, but it isn't bad. Turn the bass down a bit and use the volume pots on the guitar. As for the chinese-made Celestion speaker, it doesn't sound bad to me. Can it be improved with a high quality Celestion, probably

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(11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)


An investment and performance that's well worth the price

By Fink

from Timberlake, NC

Purchased by Santa, and tested before delivery, I couldn't believe the sound. The smile on the face of my friend, as he played into it for the first time said it all. It has a beautiful tone, bright and full. Don't let the "5w" send you looking for a 50 watt solid state. She's got plenty of volume and sings wonderfully at low as well as high volume. The craftsmanship is top shelf. As exciting as it was to see my son find it under the tree, it's even nicer knowing this amp will hold it's value and be cherished for years to come. You can't beat that terrific, tube amp sound.

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By James Bollengier

from Nashua, NH

I just got this amp as a christmas present yesterday so I've only had a chance to play with it for 1 day, but so far it delivers everything my 1959SLPX head and 1960A 412 cabinet does without the ear splitting volume. I can't wait to get some shielded cables and hear how it drives the 412. I've dimed this amp and heard no rattle of any kind. I also got the white one and it looks pretty cool. I didn't think I was gonna like the white, but it's grown on me a little. It has a vintage look to it somehow. Anyway, most of the other 5 star reviews are right on the money, so I've got very little tech stuff to add other than it's awesome. I'd buy it again.

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(6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)


Balls Deluxe!

By OneEyeRed

from Hilliard, OH

This little monster just breathes tone all over the place. I have been playing for over 35 years and there is not much in the way of the ultimate tone search that I have not plugged into boutique or otherwise. When you get a bit older like me you most likely begin to define your search into low wattage category be it 5,10,18 watt club. This little guy is impressively vocal for 5 watts due to it being a full class A. I can crank it up and get the plexi emulation without the ear shattering 100 watts. Sure, I could use a brick or attenuator on a nice big head but it just isn't the same. For practice, recording, or low level intimate settings or jams this is a great little amp. When I want more I'll just use the 18 watt.

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(26 of 27 customers found this review helpful)


Great little tone monster

By Jim

from Charlottesville, Virginia

I have one of the first generation of these little beasts and the only reason I'm giving it 4 out of 5 stars instead of 5 out of 5 is because the first run of these little amps had the chassis rattle problem. I understand that's now been fixed with the new rear panel design. This amp sounds quite good on its own, just stock. But if you really want it to shine do a couple of simple little mods. First, replace the EL84 with a better quality one from JJ or something equivalent. And second, and most importantly, replace the Chinese-made Celestion. I've done both of these mods and OMG, this thing sounds incredible! Really! And for those of you complaining about not being heard in a band situation, putting in a more efficient speaker really helps. As does getting the amp off the floor. The other thing I've done is run the amp through my Marshall 4x12 and that REALLY does the trick. What a great little amp! BTW, I also own some pretty nice 100 watt Plexi's and I've had great success substituting my Class 5 for a half stack in smaller venues.

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(39 of 40 customers found this review helpful)


Go for the tone

By Lester Burbank

from Rochester,New York

I have been playing guitar for almost 50 years now so one would expect a bit of fret wisdom from an old axe grinder.Great amp has excellent dynamics,tons of tone,responds well to picking styles and fretboard dynamics.Both my custumn Lester and 54 strat sound great.I use a yamaha DG stomp and this great little amp does all I ask of it.I would recomend this amp to any one serious about their sound.Great deal Marshall.I sold my Blues Jr. because in my ear the Class five beats it hands down.Don't believe me?Try one before you spend alot more money for a lot less .Well built sturdy and looks to break an old Bluesmans heart.

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(11 of 28 customers found this review helpful)


Good sounding amp, not very practical

By Nicole

from Vancouver BC

Although I liked the idea of this amp and the tone was good, I ended up returning it. Although it is only a 5 watt amp, it is loud...very loud. I had a Fender Champ 600 a while back which was also 5 watts and I don't recall it being that loud ( maybe the bigger speaker in the Marshall has something to do with that ) Too loud for practise ( especially in an apartment ) but would need to be mic'd for a gig. I thought the headphone out would be handy, but being a tone geek it just wasnt good enough as what you will hear is only as good as your headphones. I have a fender tube amp for cleans and wanted this for some crunch but just couldnt turn it up enough to break up without it being too loud, even with manipulating my guitars volume. All in all, decent little amp but Marshall could have put a little more thought into making a more practical low wattage tube amp.

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(28 of 32 customers found this review helpful)


Class 5 Class Amp

By Ron

from St. Louis, MO

I bought this amp after playing it in the local Guitar Center. They had two of them there and neither had any rattling issue. I find that the amp sounds pretty much like my Plexi, in a smaller package. It can get loud, but most of the other reviewers failed to note that the documentaion indicates this is a class A amp, not a class AB, that is a big difference. Plus, I enjoy the fact that you can reduce the volume to zero and the amp still provides sound via adjusting the treble, mid and bass controls. This is perfect for late night playing when everyone else is asleep. Given that ability alone to go from bedroom to earplug level of volume, I think anyone who wants a tube amp at a reasonalbe price should get this amp. If you can afford it, it is a great amp for a beginner. I also like the fact that it is simple, Volume, Treble, Mid and Bass, as they say sometimes less is more. I play this amp against a 1968 Fender Bassman (50 watt) and it keeps up with the bassman to about 7 on the bassman, not bad in my book. If I was just starting out, this would be the amp I would want and hoped someone would recommend.

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