Tube Combo Amp for Electric Guitar
- Gain boost function
- Two voicings (Normal, High Treble), which can be mixed steplessly via the tilt control
- Switchable power reduction for full sound in bedroom volume
- Channels: 1
- Power: 5 watts
- Preamp tubes: 2 x ECC83 (12AX7)
- Power tubes: 1 x EL84
- Equipped with: 1x 8" Celestion Eight-15 loudspeaker
- Controls: Volume - Tilt - Bass - Middle - Treble
- Switch: Power On / Off - Output Low / High - Gain Boost (Pull Volume)
- Connections: Input (6.3 mm jack)
- Dimensions (W x D x H): 466 x 191 x 369 mm
- Weight: 9.4 kg
An affordable Rock classic with modern enhancements
With the Origin 5C combo, Marshall has gone back to what it does best – and has put it all into a budget-friendly package with manageable volume. This puristic, single-channel tube combo is equipped with a five-watt EL34 power stage and an eight-inch Celestion Eight-15 speaker, and delivers a sound reminiscent of the legendary JTM45 and JMP Super Lead 1987 amplifiers whilst offering contemporary features such as a gain boost function and an effects loop. A footswitch for switching the boost and effects loop is also included.
Crunch from the power stage
Plenty of output from the power stage and a perfectly matched preamp stage, both equipped with all-tube technology, and a Celestion speaker are really all that a Rock guitarist needs in an amp. The straightforward circuitry of the Origin 5C offers everything from Blues to crunch. On the so-called “non-master volume” amps of the 1960s, the loudness and gain could only be adjusted using the volume control, so achieving Vintage Rock sounds in the style of AC/DC meant having to crank up the power stage. Luckily, however, the switchable boost function is now here to help, and the amp’s volume can also be reduced using the High/Low switch – after all, even a five-watt amp can be pretty loud. In addition, the Tilt control allows you to blend in a second, more treble-rich voice with the normal one, which was achieved on the classic 1987 and 1959 models by bridging the inputs.
For musicians, not collectors
Rare vintage models or even current reissues of Marshall classics, which are often hand-wired, seldom fall within the budget range of beginners or up-and-coming players. Thankfully, the Origin series now delivers that classic Plexi sound at a much more affordable price. The Origin 5C combo caters to guitarists who appreciate British Rock sounds and the purist single-channel concept and who may be looking for a corresponding amp for practising at home. It is also ideal for rehearsals and jam sessions, however – though an external 16-Ohm speaker cabinet will be required in order to achieve sufficient volume for smaller gigs.
Marshall, the manufacturer from Milton Keynes in Great Britain, is an indispensable figure in the world of electric guitar. The tube amplifiers of company founder Jim Marshall († 2012) have been writing Rock music history since 1962 with names like Pete Townshend, Jimi Hendrix, and Eric Clapton. The classics of the JTM, JMP, and JCM 800 series are still highly sought-after today, as they shaped the sound of overdriven and distorted electric guitar more than any other product. To this day, the combination of the amp and 4x12" cabinet - the "Marshall stack" - is synonymous with the energy and power of the Rock music genre. Alongside these landmark achievements, however, Marshall has always kept its finger on the pulse of the times and a close eye on the needs of up-and-coming musicians.
True Marshall tone even at low volume?
The Origin 5C delivers true Marshall tone at an affordable price and covers everything from clean to moderate crunch, which makes it perfect for genres like Blues and Classic Rock, while guitarists looking to squeeze more gain from the amp can also use their favourite pedals to enhance its excellent basic sound. The effects loop also makes this tube amp perfect for testing all manner of pedals, and the low-volume option lets you rock out quietly in your living room. What is more, its compact dimensions mean that it will fit into the smallest of spaces. Five watts are usually enough power for the rehearsal room, but this diminutive combo can also be run through an external 4x12” cabinet for even more volume, making it perfect for small gigs.
In the spotlight
Everyone is familiar with the two input pairs on Marshall’s classic 1959 and 1987 heads – one for the normal “warm” channel and one for the crisp-sounding “high-treble” channel. To use both channels simultaneously, players had to connect the two input sections with a patch cord. The Origin Series' Tilt control now eliminates the need for this “bridging”: You can dial in the desired tonal balance between both channels by simply turning the knob.
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