[Harp-L] Marshall class 5
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- From: Will Spear <will.spear@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 31 Oct 2011 20:09:45 -0400
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I was sitting at guitar center today monkeying around with amps
I brought a couple microphones and my harp case. I am out to get something less powerful than a bassman that really breaks up and has a moderately fat tone.
I tested out
A Marshall class 5 head
A stock blues junior III
A nos tweed blues jr
A Vox ac4 tv
A bugera v65 combo
I also played through a 212 fender bass breaker for fun.
I expected the nos blues junior to smash the others but was honestly surprised by both the bugera and Marshall. The bugera was probably more universally useful if one was playing a guitar through it sometimes. It got a fantastic overdriven Chicago sound. Had feedback issues when running really loud but it was easily gig loud for a decent venue.
The Marshall blew me away. It has a huge voice and a nice fat sound. Reminded me of a champ dimed on the volume. It was easily gig loud. It had little sparkling clean headroom it got quite a bit of dirt. I tried to make it squeal with feedback and honestly it didn't happen until I cranked it and put the mic right square in front of it. I was running it through a half dozen different Cabs. It did best obviously with a really expensive 412 loaded with jensens.
I was shocked it was one of the amps all the guys there hated. I thought it was pretty lousy for guitar. I mean sure it was serviceable but that was it. For harp it honestly was one of the best amps I have plugged into in the small modern amp arena. It had a fat almost trumpet like tone but with a huge load of dirt. For the 200 bucks they were asking the amp was more than a steal.
I just figured I'd mention it as I don't recall seeing it discussed anywhere harmonica related.
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