Marshall Origin5C 5W 1x8 Tube Guitar Combo Amp (Discontinued)


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Marshall Origin5C 5W 1x8 Tube Guitar Combo Amp

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The Origin5C appeared on our recommended list for Guitar Amps Under $300 from April 2020 until being removed in April 2021 due to a lack of availability.

It was also on our list for Guitar Tube Amps from September 2020 until April 2021.


Marshall's Origin series is a line of amplifiers that focuses on a blend of the most memorable single-channel Marshall sounds in history.

There's no denying the iconic status of the Marshall brand, so when they make an affordable tube amp like the Origin5C, it's only natural for it to get a lot of attention.

The 5 Watt amplifier section features a familiar combination of two ECC83 preamp tubes and a single EL84 power tube.

The amplifier section drives an 8" Celestion Eight-15 speaker that's tweaked for British crunch tones.

While 5W and 8" may seem low volume on paper, tube amps are usually louder that their solidstate counterparts, so Marshall installed a power attenuator switch, so you can crank the amp at lower power settings.

Other features include 3-band EQ with presence control, tilt control for blending normal and bright tones and it ships with a footswitch included.

If you're looking for an enjoyable amplifier that you can saturate without disturbing your neighbors, the Origin 5C is a great pick. It also makes for a great recording amp.


  • Power: 5W
  • Preamp Tube: 2 x ECC83 (12AX7)
  • Poweramp Tube: 1 x EL84
  • Speaker: 1 x 8" Celestion Eight-15
  • Controls: 3-band EQ, Tilt control
  • Effects: None
  • Input: 1 x 1/4"
  • Outputs: 1 x 1/4" (Internal Speaker)
  • Cabinet: Open-Back
  • Weight: 20.7 lbs.
Unfortunately this is very hard to find brand new these days, so if you're looking for alternatives then check out our guides to The Best Tube Amps and The Best Small / Low Watt Tube Amps.


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