Marshall Class 5 Head

Marshall Class 5 Head

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Class 5 Head, Tube Guitar Amp Head from Marshall in the Class 5 series.

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Marshall Class 5 Head tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Marshall
  • Model: Class 5 Head
  • Series: Class 5
  • Category: Tube Guitar Amp Heads
  • Added in our database on: 02/08/2011

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Marshall Class 5 Head user reviews

Average Score:5.0( 5/5 based on 7 reviews )
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iamqman's review"Great lunch box amp!"

Marshall Class 5 Head
Finally Marshall has manufactured an amp that goes back to the roots of what made them one of the best if not the most recognizable amplifier companies in the world.

This class 5 is an astonishing amp that is simple in design and control, but carries a huge classic tone and feel that keeps you interested in the tone.

What is great about this amp is that is it so small and compact that you can take it to gigs that provide a cab and hook it straight up or just running into your favorite 4x12 or 2x12 cab at home. It has two speaker out puts so you can run a 4x12 stack and push 8 speakers of classic Marshall tone!

Marshall Class5 Head Features:

* Class A amp design and all-tube signal path for pure, vintage tone
* No-frills control set makes it quick and easy to dial in a great sound
* Headphone output lets you jam until the sun comes up
* 8 Ohm and 16 Ohm speaker outputs make this a flexible amp in the studio and on stage
* Built tough to last by Marshall UK
* Perfect head for the Marshall Class5 C110 1x10 extension cabinet!


Type Tube
Number of Channels 1
Power 5W, Class A
Reverb No
EQ Treble, Middle, Bass
Amp Modeling No
Number of Tubes 3
Preamp Tubes 2
Power Tubes 1
Inputs 1 x instrument
Outputs 2 x speaker
No Footswitch I/O
No Effects Loop
Height 7.9"
Width 19.5"
Depth 8.3"
Weight 14.9 lbs.


Such a simple and easy design. The front top panel has four control knobs that control the volume and the basic EQ of bass, middle, and treble. There isn't a whole lot the user can get confused with.

Just about any guitar you can throw at it you will get a solid classic Marshall tone. I particularly like the amp with a Gibson Les Paul. It seems that the two were made for each other.

With only handling five watts of power you can crank up the volume to get those tubes cooking and get a nice over driven sound.


This is a great sounding practice amp or light gigging amp. It does have a headphone out for silent practicing in your home or office. So that is a nice feature on a tube amp. It is pretty light for a combo amp weighing in at only 26 lbs. you can basically take it anywhere without much strain on your back.

At new these amps come in at around $350 and on the used market for around $200. I would recommend this amp to anyone who needs a great sounding tube amp in the Marshall/British tone vein.

MSM-Workshop's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Small and Mighty"

Marshall Class 5 Head
All lamps, class A, monkey ended.
2 12AX7, 1 EL84.
3 band eq
Release 8 or 16 ohms
Cathode bias, so no Bias to adjust, you change the tube without worry.


Easy to use but fully understand.
First quarter of the volume, clear sound. Past that, the sound begins to crunch slightly right and we will attack the hand and the guitar volume to saturate more or less.
At noon it was already a great overdrive that arises.
Spent half adding more volume too but mostly gain (too much on the end is rough) and even SAG limit.


The sound is clear, yes THE sound because obviously this amp produces a single sound, he does very well. If you do not like this particular grain then there is nothing to expect from the class 5.
The clean sound is good. It is round and warm, it feels light on the sound, the more the volume is frank, most natural compression is felt. Its only flaw is that low volume, it lacks shine. The sound tends to be very dull and too round.
So I changed to keep shining in the first quarter of the stroke volume. Sound breathes better, let the harmonic richness speak (more than double the franc strat, of course), and the violin makes its full potential even at low volume. None, I do not understand the Marshall on this one ..
Then, the more you shoot, the more saturated, like the old plexi heads and consort but with the advantage of lower power. The overdrive is clean until two thirds say, a distinctive and typical sound, the british possible.

TIP: To keep longer subject to its clear (headroom) is grafted him a lamp in 5751 V1. To calm down the fury of the amp and which can delay the arrival of crunch. Small + welcome.
For rehearsal / concerts, if you need a clear, you should test it ... maybe just a little. The trick of 5751 will be more than recommended. For crunch ect, provide a small overdrive pedal that will be set at the right volume and enjoy the gain needed to walk. Incidentally, this amp is a marvel for its effects, particularly on the front passes.


A good little amp in good order. It inspires confidence, even in the lead. (Model which does not suffer from vibration issues combo.) The finish is nice, the sound is good. Apart from this lack of gloss, no complaints! It is obviously limited in its sound, it does not send itself to everyone but if you like then this is happiness.

THE +:
Low power (but high volume!)
Weight (lightness has a foolproof)
Maintenance (bias)
Its course.

LES -:
A little hard to make serious cruncher apartment
Its very clear mat on the first quarter
Limited on amenities (reverb, loop) Anyway it's also the "spirit" that want it ..

horsforfait's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" The Marshall sound, true!"

Marshall Class 5 Head
All lamps, a jack and a headphone input behind. 5 watts, but only 90% of musicians. Input for speaker 8 or 16 ARO. No reverb damage.
It grows stronger, watts to spare!


Here, we will make fast: low, medium and high-pitched. Volume and the rest is all.
To get the sound that goes well, you also have to play with the knobs on his guitar, like the good old days. It is simple and subtle at the same time.


A very nice clear, warm, round in the first quarter, then a crunch dense and precise finish in a tough distortion but losing accuracy in measurement quel'on up the volume.
I play a Gibson Les Paul standard equipped with humbuckers and a gorgeous Squier Telecaster Classic Vibe 50 equipped with simple microphones, fender american vintage.

In both cases, nothing to say with this marshall head with a soft spot with Gibson.

It accepts pedals well, but I'm more of a fan of "plug and play".
I have a PROCO Dirty Rat, and there it sends severe without flinching, that little head Marshall is doing very well again.


Plugged into a Marshall 4x12 cabinet, it is expressed even better. Sound UNIQUE need absolutely love if it's a disaster. No versatility in sound, it is simply THE Marshall sound, but when you love ............

fhebert's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Tete classic 5 PIN UP: tool for pedals to record or play live"

Marshall Class 5 Head
Head marshall 5W Pin Up series, brown leather with a beautiful Pin Up on the speaker with a 10W speaker, all made in England, good workmanship.
Big power, nickel or repeat play live.
-Simple settings, it still sounds good, careful not to put too much bass with Gibson.
A single channel, no loop or reverb, so they need a few pedals with more sounds.


No need to book, the sound is very warm and organic, ca reacts really well, if you play it cool or attack.
Everything is very light, so easy to transport and set up.
I did my first gig with 10 days ago, no need to take in the sound, I played more than 3 hours, the volume 4!
For blues, you can just play with the amp, for pop, funck or rock, it will add the pedals and they sound great on this amp.


With the pedals can have everything to do with, it takes great pedals. There is one clear rule or its slight crunch in its core and reverb pedals lead / delay or boost and saturation.
It should rather play with simple microphones to cover an acoustic drum in its clear focus is clear sound Marshall, Fender not crystaline, it will take a small compressor or a small booster effect VL kind.
Crunch sounds sounds top, perfect for rytmiques blues, rock and pop. then with the boost or OD pedals or Disto, we feast!
The MUST: the new RIFF SHOOTER made by Judge Fred, or OD JAM (pedals shops greece).
For large concert, we can resume with Adix I5 or SM58 and you can make big scenes. THE brown leather look with PIN UP plan had its effect, everyone looks the amp


Super nice, lightweight, good sound, good construction and suitable for the pedals.

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