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This item runs exclusively on an operating voltage of 230V and therefore requires a voltage transformer to run in your country of United States of America.

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
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
Item number 431621
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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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Terrific lightweight 5 watt tube combo for short bread
Marklee 18.09.2021
I'll say this now, because before buying, I watched a Youtube Review where three Swedish shredders make this amp sound absolutely terrible. THIS IS A CLASSIC BLUES ROCK AND SOUL AMP. That's what I play (with a slide, for over 50 years), and I am very happy I bought this device between the time its price was slashed by nearly half and the day when they will surely sell out. IMHO, it's probably the best lightweight combo amp for sound and features since Vox stopped making the Pathfinder 15R, which I also own -- and one of the very few devices I ever bought new. BTW, I looked at it because the best amp model for what I do on Zoom's MFX pedals is the Marshall Bluesbreaker. I never owned a Marshall before -- I don't like the sound of their solid state amps, and the tube amps are too heavy and powerful for me. I sure liked that sound, though. Then I spotted the Origin, and finally found a YouTube clip of a guy playing a Tele through it that confirmed it would do what I wanted it to do.

For someone who plays small rooms, the 5 watts on this amp are plenty. My ears were recently damaged by playing a gig with two guys who each used 150 watts of amplification to hammer 30 people sitting about 20 feet away. That's when I started looking for a 5W tube combo (after quitting the band), and the feature set on this one impressed me. You need to crank a tube amp to get the best sound, which means my 15 watt Fender SCXD is too powerful for practice and small rooms. (Why I didn't want a Blues Junior, LOL.) The SCXD has decent onboard effects, which I use. The Origin 5C has none, but it also has a silent FX loop, and a cheap Zoom MS50G (another best buy) sounds lush through it. I haven't tried using the FX send as a line out yet, and I see no reason why it wouldn't work as it does with plenty of other amps. I did take off half a point for the feature set because I like having a line out (as do my other amps).

It took me half an hour to find sounds I really, really like on this amp, and every time I turn it on (several times a day), I find more. I don't own a Tele, and I can get a Steve Cropper sound from the Origin. I can also get a warm jazz sound and everything in between -- despite cutting the bass below noon most of the time. It works for AC/DC too.

It's not perfect. The 8" speaker can get flubby with the boost on, and I like to leave it on for the breakup and edge. I have the same problem when I raise the volume past two o'clock. Maybe that will fix itself when the speaker breaks in. I won't change speakers, though; I really like the range on this one, including the bass. The "tilt" switch tightens and brightens the sound, and in any case I usually don't need all the volume this device can put out. (In fact, I really like the 0.5 watt setting for quiet practice or learning tunes.) If I need a bigger amp, well, I'll use one. When I need more gain (and better control over it), I'll put an OD pedal in front of it. In a week of playing the amp about 2-3 hours every day, I haven't needed it. That's saying something, because OD is essential to most slide tunes (ask any Elmore fan).

I could go on and on, but I'll get to the point. This amp is better designed, with well thought-out features that actually work, than the vintage 5 watters that guitar players salivate over. I don't need or want it to be louder than it is. It's absolutely noiseless, very easy to carry, and comes with a footswitch for boost and FX, which makes a sweet deal sweeter. It captures the sound of my guitars and adds something special. The only uncertainty is whether it's built to last, and that's why I bought it new, to get the Thomann guarantee. At the price Thomann is currently selling it, it's a no-brainer for anyone who plays small rooms and classic styles. If Marshall ever stops making it, and the quality is real, I predict it's gonna become a collector amp like the Pathfinder 15R. If you need an amp like the one I just described, it's a very safe investment. I'm a cheap and frugal gear guy, and I have no buyer's regret whatsoever. Play on!


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.


A good purchase for your money.
ilia sokolov 22.09.2021
Positive: - He can play softly and sound nice. You don't even have to turn on the 1 watt mode. 5 watts can sound just as quiet, but much richer.
- Footswitch, booster, and loop effects
- Compact and can be placed close to the wall

- The amplifier always emits transformer noise. Even if you have humbuckers.
- Not all pedals sound good in it. Some pedals start to choke and sound crushed.
- Weak range of low frequency adjustment.


Good Quality Amp
Jammin7 26.06.2021
This is my first tube amp and I am using it for practice in my bedroom. Build quality seems excellent and it is more than loud enough and the low power mode is an excellent feature. The first thing I noticed when plugging my guitar in, was the clarity of sound compared with my old modelling amp. For example I can really notice a difference in sound between pickups. Simple to operate, just vol, mid, treble, bass and tilt to mess about with and boost is turned on with the supplied footswitch or by pulling the volume switch up. I’ve not been playing for long and this seems to me to be the perfect first tube amp and at a very competitive price. I am very happy with my purchase and would recommend it.


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