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Marshall Origin 5C Combo

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
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Further Information

Power 5 W
Speaker size 1x 8"
Power Amp Tubes EL34
Channels 1
Reverb No
External FX Loop Yes
Recording Output No
MIDI Interface No
Connection for External Speaker Yes
Headphone connection No
Footswitch connection Yes
Incl. Footswitch Yes
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.

About Marshall

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.

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Awesome low watt tube amp
Vox Lover, 19.08.2020
I love low watt tube amps and this is a worthy addition to the few that I have. It looks like the Blues Breaker in miniature, which is aesthetically very pleasing - a classic Marshall look. And the circuitry seems to be similar to the old Marshall classics; it has that great EL34 tone. It has an FX loop, and comes with a foot pedal with which you can engage the overdrive function (that heats up the preamp stage and gives about a 3dB boost) and the FX loop. Nice. I think it's strange that Thomann mentions neither the FX loop or that it comes with the pedal; those were selling points for me, but I only found that info on other sites that reviewed the amp. As some have pointed out, access to the loop in/outputs, and the extension speaker output are kind of out of the way and not so easily accessible. No biggy, just a little inconvenient. And you'll want to hook it up to a larger speaker, as the Celestion 8" isn't really bad, but sounds a bit boxy and quacky to me. I like a single 12" or a pair of 10s. Anything with 16Ohms is fine. But the 8 is perfect for living room practice. If you're micing the cab, be aware that the speaker is off-center - it's to the left. It's a 5W amp, but can be switched to half a watt. That's brilliant! 5 watts is pretty loud - perfect for practicing and enough for club work if its miced. But the half-watt setting is great if you want it to break up without having the neighbors calling the cops.

The breakup when you push it is very natural. You can get a very nice clean tone, but when you dig in with the pick it will respond immediately, much like an amp with a tube rectifier would. And it has this weird so-called "tilt" knob. As far as I can tell, it's similar to a presence control, like on the old Plexis, but seems to affect the upper mids more than the highs. It doesn't really add "air" but a bit of sparkle around 3 to 4 KHz. Maybe the old presence controls affected the same frequencies, so forgive me if I'm off base here. I had a Plexi, but that was decades ago...

Anyway, for the price, a fraction of what a boutique low-watt tube amp would cost, it's a very worthy amp with lots of tone. And, if I may, Thomann is offering it at about 150 Euros cheaper than some of the competition. So, for me, it was a no-brainer.

I'm very pleased, and surprised at the quality and tone for such a reasonably priced tube amp. No, actually the price is amazing for so much tone and quality.
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My first tube combo for home
modus2000, 19.07.2021
This is my first tube combo after playing Processor / preamp+cabsim and monitors.

The first impression - exelent clean I've never heard from my guitar (Affinity Jazzmaster). The volume of combo allow to play at night while your children slips, even on high gain with pedal.

Sound of pedals with Tube is very differs from processor/soft or transistor preamp. It was hard to me to obtain metal sound from my AMT S2 pedal with this combo, because the sound was not so agressive and may be my next buy to be something like Boss Metal Zone. But work with heater AMT HR1 is exelent.

FX loop works perfect and I can attach my processor Valeton GP100 as Delay or reverb to FX loop.

Comparing processor and tube I dont feel any big difference regarding dinamics or any special garmonic tones. The only thing I noticed: when you play by fingers on tube combo you can hear how your fingerprints touch the strings - it is so sensitive!

My Resume:
1. Exelent clean
2. Good "pedal platform"
3. Perfect minimum volume allow you to play at night.

For playing MetaL this combo need agressive and sharp pedal because it's sound wery warm and AMT S2 sounds like warm overdrive but not as a sharp distorsion.

Delivery is also exelent - I receive it in Moscow witin 3 days without any custom fee!
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Pretty good amp, once you figure it out
DanielG1977, 22.03.2021
There are a lot of mixed reviews about the Origin series, and the 5C seems to get some of the worst reviews overall, but it's actually a pretty cool amp once you know your way around it.

The biggest problem/complaint is that it's very icy/trebly at low volumes, and that the higher 'tilt' settings just makes this worse. Undeniably an issue, and definitely a feature that makes this a poor choice as a stand-alone amp for lower-volume playing.

The trick to the Origin 5C seems to be running the amp at full (or almost full) volume as standard - do this and the sound really thickens up. I've had the most success running the amp with the volume at full and controlling the overall level with a volume/overdrive/distortion between guitar and the amp. Do this and the 'tilt' control become a useful feature rather than something you want to avoid touching.

Taking this into account it's probably not an ideal first amp, but a nice addition to a collection and a good option if you're a pedal user.
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Classic Pre-80's Marshall in a small, affordable package.
Mattblues, 01.03.2021
I use this amp as a small practice rig. For comparison I have a Silver Jubilee and a Carvin.

This amp is a one-trick pony, but it does it well. It's a good amp for anyone looking for low gain classic rock/blues/jazz tones coming from the early Marshall era.

Is it a blues breaker alternative? Of course not. But it gets you "the general early marshall sound" for a very low price. The small speaker is not an issue. Plenty of full-range sound in this small box.
The boost is very useful - it can take you to some nice OD places at times. It sounds great at both low and high volumes, and despite being 5W with a small speaker, it's still loud, but not ear-splitting loud. Great for cranking for recording - you won't hurt your ears but you will be able to get a loud Marshall sound.

A very nice practice amp or the perfect choice for someone's first valve amp. Handles pedals really well, too.

It's pretty light and handy, and doesn't seem fragile.
The only issue for me is that I got the wrong power supply for my region, but Thomann kindly helped me with that.

So overall - don't buy it if you're gonna try to tell yourself you're getting a full plexi stack. Buy it if you want a lower-powered classic rock/blues beast for playing at home or practice.
Great first Marshall for anyone.
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