Saturday January 14, 2012

Marshall Class 5 Practice Amp Combo

You know you’re on a good thing when the big guns jump on the band wagon. Such is the case when Marshall the Father of Loud joins the low watt party with the introduction of the Marshall Class 5. This all tube single channel class “A” five watt combo uses a single EL84 for the power stage and 2 x ECC83 valves for the preamp. Marshall has gone back to basics and this Bletchley, UK built amp follows in the footsteps on the legendary 60’s Marshall Bluesbreaker combo.

Marshall Class 5

Marshall Class 5

The impeccably designed Birch ply cabinet with a top loaded Plexi panel, gold piping and salt and pepper grille cloth sets it apart from the usual Marshall MG crowd. The speaker is a 1x10” Celestion G10F-15.

With minimalistic controls volume, bass, middle and treble and a low watts this amp is a contradiction of the Marshall philosophy. The amp is a modest 5 watts but we all know this thing will be cranked to it bleeds. There is also a headphone socket for a 2 a.m. night time thrash, but if you really miss the movement of air in your face the Marshall Class 5 provides a 16 ohm extension cab output socket, just the thing for hooking up your favourite 4x12” cab.
Marshall Class 5 Top

Marshall Class 5 Top

If you’re looking for a cranked Marshall JVM or JCM tone without the outlay, decibels and weight of the usual Marshall stack then the Marshall Class 5 amp maybe just the thing. The Marshall Class 5 is a give-away at $399.95.

Marshall Class 5 Guitar Amp Specs

  • Power: 5 watts
  • Pre-amp valves: 2 x ECC83
  • Power Amp Valves: 1 x EL84
  • Controls: Volume, Treble Middle, Bass
  • Internal Speaker: 1 x 10” 16 Ohm Celestion G10F-15
  • Headphone Output
  • Speaker Headphone Selector
  • Extension Speaker Output
  • Dimensions (mm) 495 x 415 x 230
  • Weight (kg) 12

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