It all starts with tradition. . .
If you were to step back in time to the 1960s, you’d see Marshall’s legendary Plexi tube amps ushering in a new age of guitar tone as they stood front and center on some of the biggest music stages. Known originally for their distinctive Plexiglas front and back faceplates during the latter half of the decade, the name ‘Plexi’ stuck and the rest is history! The Who’s Pete Townshend and his initial groundbreaking request to Jim Marshall for a commanding 100-watt amplifier. Eric Clapton, fresh after the formation of Cream, debuting his new setup in 1966. Jimi Hendrix’s speaker rig at some little festival called Woodstock in 1969 – I’m guessing you may have heard of it. These are the moments that laid the foundation for Marshall’s legacy as a dominant force in the music world.
So how do you capture the essence of an incredibly rare, vintage Marshall Plexi without needing to shell out obscene amounts of money?
- ORI5C – 5-watt combo with 8” Celestion Eight-15 speaker
- ORI20C – 20-watt combo with 10” Celestion V-type speaker
- ORI50C – 50-watt combo with 12” Celestion Midnight 60 speaker
- ORI20H – 20-watt head
- ORI50H – 50-watt head
The unforgettable normal and high-treble channel sounds of those Plexis? All Origin heads and combos have them both! With Marshall’s brand-new TILT tone control knob, you can blend the two sounds to taste. Setting this control at 12 o’clock will give you a perfect mixture of the two tones.
Sound is key, but for the modern musician, flexibility is the name of the game and must be accounted for. Guitarists know that the requirements of your amp change depending on where you’re playing. One-size-fits-all doesn’t work if you’re moving from the stage to the studio to the practice room. This is precisely why Marshall included the option to switch the output power of the Origin series amps. It’s like having multiple Marshall tube amps built into one!
The 50-watt head and combo have switchable high, medium, and low power output sections at 50, 5, and 0.5 watts respectively. The 20-watt head and combo have the same three power categories, this time at 20, 3, and 0.5 watts. The 5-watt combo is equipped with both a high and low output section for your choice of 5 and 0.5 watts. A simple flip of a switch and you have one piece of gear that’s ready to play anywhere!
If you’re a guitar player who incorporates a variety of pedals into your rig, then these amps are just the thing to bring everything together. The engineers at Marshall didn’t rest until the Origin Series became a shining example of what it means to be a pedal-friendly amp. It doesn’t matter if you’re using a couple of effects or running a comprehensive setup, Origin is the perfect vehicle for crafting your ideal guitar sounds and exploring new possibilities.
. . .and continues with technology!
For every player looking to curate a guitar sound based on past tradition there are others who are continuously pushing forward into the future. That means finding an amp to embrace the newest technology. So what are the guitar tone remix artists, mad scientists, and genre-fluid jack-of-all-trades to do?
Marshall CODE amplifiers are the culmination of all-in-one portability and the latest digital technology. By exploring new sonic horizons, Marshall has taken versatility to a whole another level! This lineup introduces vivid Marshall-Softube guitar modeling at an unbelievable price.
- CODE25 – 25-watt combo with 10” speaker
- CODE50 – 50-watt combo with 12” speaker
- CODE100 – 100-watt combo with 2x12” speakers
- CODE100H – 100-watt head
- CODE412 – 4x12” speaker cabinet
CODE is just the thing for players who love to mix-and-match guitar sounds. Need to jump from classic rock to heavy metal to ambient in a matter of moments? These amps are jam-packed with features and epic Marshall tones. Start with 14 Preamp models, including legendary Marshall classics such as the JTM45, JCM800, ’62 Bluesbreaker, DSL, JVM, and the Silver Jubilee. Choose from 8 speaker cabinets simulations and 4 power amp models. A collection of 24 professional FX is ready and waiting, five of which can be used simultaneously.
Your choice of connections
3.5mm headphone output, 3.5 mm device input, 1/4″ footswitch input – all of the important wired connections are included. Connecting these amps to your computer via USB will also unlock a wealth of options. That means you have access to Marshall’s fully immersive Gateway software. With Bluetooth connectivity, you can control the amp’s parameters, and stream music from your iOS or Android device.
Each Marshall CODE amp has 100 slots of internal memory dedicated to programmable presets. Design your own user presets or access the global database from the MyMarshall network. Just think, an entire world of guitar sounds at your beck and call!
In addition to the new Origin and CODE lineups, AMS has a huge selection of Marshall amplifiers and accessories. Everything from their smallest micro amps to the thundering full stacks are available on our award-winning True 0% interest payment plans!