The Marshall Haze MHZ15 tube guitar amp head is brimming with 15W of power, iconic looks, and most of all, exemplary Marshall tone. This compact all-tube head features effects, reverb, and classic loo... Read More
The Marshall Haze MHZ15 tube guitar amp head is brimming with 15W of power, iconic looks, and most of all, exemplary Marshall tone. This compact all-tube head features effects, reverb, and classic looks without a big footprint.
The Haze is covered in a vintage-style vinyl and fitted with protective corners. The hand-stretched baffle fretcloth, with its white piping finish, matches the complementing Haze cabinets, meaning you can combine it with 1 or 2 of them to create one cool-looking mid-sized stack.
Just because the Marshall Haze head is smaller than a standard tube head doesn't mean that it's quiet or lacking in power or tone that you expect from a Marshall ampâits 15W of all-tube power guarantees you the full Marshall experience.
The head is driven by an ECC83 preamp stage and 6V6 power amp stage, combining to create fantastic tube tone that belies its size.
The Haze 15 has both normal and overdrive channels with a shared EQ and onboard effects, providing a versatile sound set and delivering an all-tube tone in a compact package that performs just like an all tube amplifier should.
Designed in the same style as traditional Marshall Head amplifiers, the 2 distinctive footswitchable channels of the 15W Haze amplifier offer a variety of tonal possibilities. The Normal mode has bags of headroom and provides a rich and organic clean sound.
With the Overdrive channel the Haze amp head delivers a warm overdriven tone, and its separate Gain control makes it possible to dial in preamp drive, distorting your tone before it reaches the power stage to deliver a more gritty rock tone.
A Bright switch is shared between both the Normal and Overdrive channels. When engaged it lifts the overall sound achieved adding extra bite and sparkle and defining the edge of your tone when you need it.
Both the Normal and Overdrive channels use a shared 3-band EQ, allowing you to adjust the treble, middle, and bass response to suit your taste.
The effects section of the Haze 15 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 will be remembered when you return to the channel, meaning you can set up your clean and overdrive 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 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. Rotating the control counter-clockwise you will feel a click indicating that the reverb circuitry is disengaged.
The 3 selectable effects in the Haze 15 reflect the overall feel of the tone available and have been designed to work with the tone of the amplifier to ensure that every one feels rich and satisfying.
Effects are selected using the front panel effects button and indicated by the color of the LED. Green indicates that Echo effect is selected, orange shows that Vibe is selected, and Red indicates Chorus. By using the effect level control you can determine just how much of the effect you want in your sound.
This amp head is simple to use and its familiar layout means that you won't have to spend forever figuring out how to use it. Every Marshall Haze 15 is supplied with its own 2-way footswitch, so you don't have to use the front panel to change channels or switch the effects on or off, simply stomp your preferences like a true pro.
Reviewed by 9 customers
Displaying reviews 1-9
I bought a Marshall Haze full stack in June of 2010. It looks great and the quality seems to be OK (mine was made in India, but I hear some are from Viet Nam too) It is plenty loud for 15 watts (all tube with two 6V6 power tubes) and will easily be loud enough, un-mic'd, for small to medium gigs. I've used it in venues that hold 100 - 300. Perhaps at the end of a 4 1/2 hour gig in the larger venue I felt like I could use a bit more power, but overall it is a great amp. The effects are real easy to use. I have mine setup for a mild chorus on the clean side and delay on the OD side. If you have the effects on, it switches by itself when you change channels. It didn't replace my pedalboard, but is very useful. My main guitars are a PRS Custom 22 and a Gibson Les Paul Custom and it really gives you that Marshall sound at reasonable levels. It works well with all types of guitars; I've used an SG with P90s, a Strat with Lace Chrome Domes and a Firebird V with mini humbuckers, all with good results. My band plays 90's alternative rock covers, so I am using the overdrive channel about 95% of the time. This channel cleans up well when you turn down the guitar volume, which is very important to me. The OD channel is a bit dark, but there is a global bright switch if you need it. The clean channel starts to break up very early (to be expected) and sounds very much like a Vox, even though the 6V6 tubes are more associated with Fender amps. If you're looking for a sterile clean sound with lots of headroom, this is not your amp. You can get a real heavy sound out of it, but think JCM800....it is not a metal amp. For those types of songs, I use a Radial Plexitube through the clean channel and it sounds awesome. I've used this amp on every gig since I bought it. Considering that I also own a Vox AC30CC2, a Mesa Nomad 4x10, and a Mesa Mark IIb, that is saying a lot. My ideal setup is using the Haze and the Nomad in stereo. The Mesa adds some bottom end girth that the Haze just doesn't have (but you probably shouldn't expect it from a low wattage amp anyway). Overall, a great sounding amp at a good price, I can push it hard for good tones at reasonable levels, plus its light and easy to transport. I've had big amps and power brakes, hotplates and variacs to calm them down; this is the way to go for me.
I HAVE MY MARSHALL HAZE 15 HOOKED UP TO A MARSHALL 2X12, 25/50 SILVER JUBILLE.BELIEVE ME IT IS AMAZINGLY LOUD! I HAVE 2 GIBSON LES PAULS A STUDIO AND A STANDARD. THIS AMP HEAD BRINGS OUT THE BEST OF MY L.P.'S!!
I've seen some good and some so-so reviews for the Haze 15. Not really sure what the mid-level reviewers were looking for but i couldn't be happier with the overall fit/finish and mostly the sound for this head. Can't tell you how many pedals i've tried just trying to get the sounds i can achieve alone with this and an MA412 cab. Smoky glass is the only way i can describe the OD channel once you start opening it up. It's tight and more than loud enough for the small gigs a lot of folks have been asking about. To me it's vintage Marshall sound for an economical price. What more could you ask for?
I must say, for the price, I'm not impressed. #1. The effects are cheap sounding. #2. The tone is lacking compared to many cheaper heads. #3. You're paying way too much for the Marshall name brand. I found the Egnater Tweaker to be a far greater value. & the Egnater is a much better sounding, & much more versatile amp. Save $200 & buy the Egnater instead.
I wasn't sure what to expect out of this head. It's not a quiet amp made to be played at low levels. This thing starts to shine when you turn up the volume and the gain. I play an american strat with kinman avn blues pick ups and this amp really brings out the growl in that guitar. I have it hooked up to a custom built cabinet with a greenback and it pairs nicely with this head. I don't think it will get loud enough to play large venues. It would probably work for medium venues but i would want to pair it with a 2x12 cab at the least. This head really comes alive with a tube screamer as well. I have a mesa boogie lonestar amp and as much as I love it's not a Marshall. This head is full of that Marshall tone. The effects on this amp are pretty good. The effects are not as good as pedals but off some nice perks. I was a little disappointed in the craftsmanship of the amp. This one is made in India. It sounds great though.
this amp had everything and more when i plugged it in. dont worry about the 15 watts this things soars over drumms i just played to 200 people with no mic on this baby and it was heard loud and clear. and just for refernce, if you look on the back of the amp in the bottom right conner it actually says 100 watts but i dont know what it all means haha
This amp just keeps knocking me out with its sound and performance. I bought the amp to replace an old tube Marshall that is going into amp retirement before it explodes. This is NOT a "begginers" amp. Its as loud as JCM600 i once owned and its performance is generally simmilar. where theres a big difference is the 6V6 output of the HAZE 15. The 6v6gt's are MUCH easier and quicker to warm up and when they get hot, you get super sweet 6V6GT OD on tap at relatively low volumes. This amp takes some messing to get your settings dialed in but some great vintage-y tone is available. There is more than enough gain for anything but, maybe the gain-iest of new drop tuned stuff. Get a SS for that static. effects are tres marshall: none to pwerfull or deep, but useful and they sound good. same for the digital reverb. both reverb and onboard fx can be by passed completely if you wish. i find myself using them even though i have never cared for onboard effects. I dont know how it "handles" pedal because I dont use many. It has no efects loop. Im an old fart, not a gear forum fan boy but i have owned a few good amps over the years, such as: JCM600, 800, 2000DSL, artist 3203 (3 of'em) JMP Mk2 50, Mk2 100, Artiste 20, JTM45 original, 1974 combo. This amp is a sleeper Marshall and its quickly growing on me.
Most people buy a 100 or 50 watt amp, then use a "hot plate" between the head and cab to that hot-pushed Marshall tone without being too loud, blowing out the windows. With the Marshall Haze 15 you are already there. Clean channel will give you that nice Plexi sound, channel two low gain= classic 800 and high gain for modern marhall sound. quiet enough for bedroom practice, loud enough for small gigs with a drummer-if you need more-mic it. The effects can be a little too much if over done, but keep them below 50% and they work great- or add your own. Love it!
I got this amp about two weeks ago and absolutely love it. It has that great Marshall tone that we all love, and it has plenty of power. In fact, it is perfect for gigs as you have to drive it a bit and it goes into saturation. I played an outdoor July 4th party this weekend with this head through a 2 x 12 closed-back cab with Vintage 30s. It sounded great and I got lots of compliments from the crowd and some fellow guitarists who were there. The clean channel stays clean to gig volumes, the overdrive channel is thick with lots of sustain. It will not quite do Metal, but close. The effects and reverb are very good and very usable. It is lightweight and portable. I really have nothing bad to say about this amp whatsoever. I have owned many amps over the years, I think this is going to be one of my favorites for a long, long time, maybe my all-time favorite. Marshall has a real winner here. If you love that famous Marshall crunch and overdrive, get it!