Marshall 5005 Lead 12

Marshall 5005 Lead 12

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5005 Lead 12, Solid-State Combo Guitar Amp from Marshall in the Lead series.

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  • Manufacturer: Marshall
  • Model: 5005 Lead 12
  • Series: Lead
  • Category: Solid-State Combo Guitar Amps
  • Added in our database on: 11/09/2003

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Marshall 5005 Lead 12 user reviews

Average Score:4.4( 4.4/5 based on 9 reviews )
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 1 user review11 %
MGR/Alex 01/15/2004

MGR/Alex 's review"Marshall Lead 12"

Marshall 5005 Lead 12
I bought this marshall at a store called music-go-round for $89.99 because my little practice just wasnt enough so i played on it for a few and it was awesome so i traded my cheap amp in and got it

I like the fact that it a kinda small amp and it has killer sound you can get that heavy metal sound or crunch it gets very loud for having only 12 watts

The only thing bad about this amp is the hard carrying handle and it weighs about 15-20lbs

this is a very strong amp i usually sit on it when i am playing. And i dropped one time and nothing evenm happened i was glad it is so tough.

Overall this amp kicks a$$ i would recommend it any who doesnt already have it

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MGR/Anonymous's review"Marshall Lead 12"

Marshall 5005 Lead 12
I baught this amp second hand out of the local paper for just £40 ! i purchased it because i didnt have an amp and i thaught this was a bargain for a marshall !

I have a danalectro reissue 56-u2 and it sounds great with this amp ! It is very loud and stays clear even at full blast . It also looks ace !

I haven`t realy found anything that i dont like about it apart from the fact that it is hard to carry because the handle is hard !

For the price i purchased it for it is a wonderful amp its great quality and is very robust . It has 5 knobs ; gain, volume, middle, treble and bass.

I love this amp and recomend it to any body starting the lead guitar !!!! it is perfect

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DjCaylus's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Marshall 5005 Lead 12
Combo full transistor - Equipped with a Celestion guy G10D25 3535-10 "8ohm (all good Celestion)

Conectiques: Hi or Low gain inputs - HP / Output phone

12w into 8ohm

Gain / vol / Tremb / Med / bass


Very simple configuration

We get a clean sound easily.


I found a trash electrical outlet ... to cut it back to life 2euro + a shot "Kontakt 60" in the knobs. ;)

I was just in a corner looking more psychedelic sounds and tap my foot a little, he prepared very well in the game;) I still fan lamps, but for a transistor amp it leaves a very distinctive sound and "spatial ".

The open back provides a more distributed in space sound less directional than a closed box. The sound is also more "loudness / treble" or my other combo box. I use it mainly in HiGain but clean sound from my pedal and I put almost all the time a compressor in order to avoid saturating the transistors.

I play with Gibson Lp Florentine Epi LP, Fender Am Special. CryBaby wah pedal Fasle, Vox stomb labIIG.

I like its clean sound and low diffuse more "loudness". I do not like the cruncher, it saturates dishamoniquement too fast. End of the race and gain a breath of crazy flight arrives before a shame because the sound is clean.


2/3 months of use, it became my amp room.

I found on a garbage can. I have a Vox AC4TV + cabinet, a head egnater all in full 15w lamps. Marshall is a little gift from the universe;) Fun to work other sounds;)

+ Easy to play low volumes and diffuse well in the room. Sound neutral to use the pedals. Its nice the open back. Very good speaker.
- Nothing to say to find that my couté 2euro the plug;)

mezzoBlues's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Astonishing!"

Marshall 5005 Lead 12
12w tube amp with a nice bowl celestion 12 inch inside.
3-band EQ very effective gain and volume.
Two entrances, one High and Low, which makes the crunch more or less easily, and also affects the overall volume.
We also have a line output, the classical sum.
Most have been a reverb, but I quibble for nothing as it is already very good.
Nice facade with pretty buttons.


Very simple to use who knows an amp, the settings are minimal, just enough for an amp of study.
The grain is gradual at first and rises suddenly limit, sending it severe blow, but it is accompanied by a breath quite annoying, but not insurmountable, it is quite normal with such a level of gain, especially since I played with a telecaster (microphones so simple).
The amp tends to be very "trebly", makes you care to drop it in general, especially as it can be very high to the point of pain!
Otherwise, we easily obtain a plethora of sounds potable hot and well, it all approach lights, but over time you realize that it is the transistor.
Apart from that I like the sound enough gain separate volume allows for a clean sound at high volume advantage by transistors against you will not find in a Marshall Class 5 for example, or the rise in volume is automatically accompanied by a rise in gain.


So I am not someone who plays a lot of styles, with a strong tendency towards solos.
As discussed above, high gain it tends towards the distortion without really being, it should be accompanied by a pedal history to reach the high-gain some want.
For blues and rock on the other hand, nothing to say, it is very good.
It has a lot of volume elsewhere, especially with the gain above half, enough to compete with a drummer too muscular.
I also never use double coils, the sound is very good, very hot and you can feel the character of each guitar that branch there.


I've had a little over a year now, I got not too expensive, I tried Hughes & kettner edition blue that totally sucked the TWANG of my guitar, no heat and more trebly (it there is bad), if I had a fender champion 600, but the lack of equalization makes it unusable because it offers a very dull with my telecaster. The Marshall is the middle, although I always look on the side of tubes All rehearsals and concerts pub or club.
So yes I remake this choice, for 110 euros is excellent, especially that a priori it does not run the streets.

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