Marshall Code50 Guitar Modeling Combo Amp 50W

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91 out of 100. Incorporating 1050+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$320
Marshall Code50 Guitar Modeling Amplifier 50W
Marshall Code50

Known for being the backline brand for many iconic guitarists, Marshall continues to be the go-to provider of premium amps for the rich and famous. But they are not limited to just that, as evidenced by the popularity of their entry level amps, including the highly rated Marshall Code50.

This is not your typical one-trick pony classic amp, because this amp lets you mix and match virtual amplifier elements (14 preamps, 4 power amps and 8 cabinets) via Softube's digital sound processing, allowing for a wide array of tones.

It also lets you use five virtual effect pedals concurrently, which you can choose from its 24 built-in effects.

That's a lot of fire power for the money, which is nice considering that it comes with big brand backing.

Finally, this amp comes equipped with convenient wireless app control and music streaming via Bluetooth.

Specifications:

  • Power: 50W
  • Speaker: 1 x 12"
  • Controls: Gain, Bass, Mid, Treble, Volume, Master, Preset, Edit, Multiple Buttons (For Preset / Effects / Tuner / Bluetooth)
  • Amp Modeling: 14 Preamps, 4 Power Amps, 8 Cabinets (Softube Modeling Technology)
  • Effects: 24 (5 Simultaneous)
  • Input: 1 x 1/4", 1 x 1/8" (Aux), Bluetooth
  • Outputs: 1 x 1/4" (Headphones)
  • USB: 1 x Mini B (App Control)
  • Weight: 28.6 lbs.

Pros:
Sonic versatility gets mentioned a lot, which also translates to good value, as many rightly point out. As expected, most users are impressed with its recreation of classic Marshall crunch tones, even Chris Gill of Guitar World agrees, saying "Right off the bat you get a great collection of classic and modern tones that will satisfy Marshall connoisseurs. The distortion delivers that desirable Marshall crunch, and the EQ nails the characteristic Marshall treble sparkle, midrange growl and bass thump." Interestingly, user reviews also show others are just as impressed with its clean tone settings.

Cons:
Some of the amp presets are unappealing to tone purists, especially those who are unreasonably looking for natural tube amp warmth from a budget solid-state amp. There are a few users who wish for the controls to be a bit more intuitive, with some noting that getting the amp to sound really good requires a bit more time than expected.

Overall:
If you're looking for an affordable yet versatile amp with big-name backing then the Marshall Code50 is right for you.

Although this was previously on our recommended list, there are now more highly rated options available which you can see in our guides to Modeling Amps and Combo Amps Under $500.

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He's written about and researched music gear for many years, while also serving as a music director at his local church, in addition to teaching guitar, bass and mentoring young musicians.

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