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

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$300
Marshall Origin5C 5W 1x8 Tube Guitar Combo Amp

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.

Specifications:

  • 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.

Pros:
Getting a Celestion equipped all-tube Marshall amp in this price range is already a good reason to buy this amp, but it's more than just having good brand backing. Users love its overall quality and appeal, but more importantly it is well received for its tone. Interestingly, it's preferred for its low to mid gain tones instead of the usual mid to high gain tones that Marshall is known for. While it does bring a smile to many users for its great sound at low volume, many other users are starting to discover that it makes a great recording amp as well with its chunky saturation at lower volumes. One reviewer noted that it is a "toy for the big boys".

Cons:
Don't expect too much low end with its 5W power rating and small 8" speaker. This is probably the reason why it's high gain settings are not as appreciated.

Overall:
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.

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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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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