Marshall Class 5

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  1. melpi65

    melpi65 New Member

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    Hi guys,

    Yesterday we have tried a Marshall Class 5 in a reheisal place and the result is the following:




    Do you have also Class 5? What do you think about it?

    Thank you!
     
  2. pedecamp

    pedecamp Well-Known Member

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    That sounds terrible! :eek:
     
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    lespaul339 Well-Known Member

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    My old class 5 head sounded nothing like that!
     
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  4. Midnight Blues

    Midnight Blues Well-Known Member

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    I have the combo and it doesn't sound like that either. Is that speaker cracked?
     
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    John BNY Well-Known Member Silver Supporting Member

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    I have a Class 5 head that I run through a 4x12 with Vintage 30s, and it sounds like a mini JCM800. Not sure what's going on with the OP's Class 5, which sounds very muddy and fizzy with no note definition.
     
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  6. Mitchell Pearrow

    Mitchell Pearrow Well-Known Member VIP Member

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    Thanks for posting, but that amp sounds like full bass and no treble, mud city, the high strings seemed to do better on their own, but anything with the DAE low strings got garbled up, I do hope you didn’t have to pay to use it.
    I have no personal experience with this amp, but if that is the sound they produce (I am sure others sound better)
    I would have to leave it at home.
    Cheers
    Mitch
     
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    Gunner64 Emotional Support Animal Gold Supporting Member

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    I agree. That sounds like ass, and Sounds like the class5 combo I had. I couldn't turn the bass down enough. If I would have kept it I would have modified the tone stack for less bass and more treble. Mine sounded nothing like a 2203/4 . I did dig the bluesbreakerish look though.

    It also sounds like the cabinet or somethings making a mechanical buzz in the amp, mine suffered from that issue too.

    I still would buy the head version just to mess with.
     
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  8. jeffb

    jeffb Well-Known Member

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    I have a Class5 too.

    What do you think?

     
  9. Mitchell Pearrow

    Mitchell Pearrow Well-Known Member VIP Member

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    Jeff that sounds so right, nothing like the first clip.
    Thanks for sharing your Rush tone that brings back great memories.
    And my favorite Rush songs..
    Cheers
    Mitch
     
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    scozz Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    I had similar results with mine.Pure mud.I have heard good clips,but mine was a turd.
     
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  12. Biff Maloy

    Biff Maloy Well-Known Member

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    The first clip sounds like clipping occurred somewhere after the mic. Could be the upload or whatever.

    I had 2 heads and 2 combos. I don't think i could've gotten any of them to sound like that in person so it has to be the recording method.
     
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    Gunner64 Emotional Support Animal Gold Supporting Member

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    An overdriven mic my be some of the op's issue, but the one I had sounded very similar.
     
  14. Midnight Blues

    Midnight Blues Well-Known Member

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    Mine too Mitch, especially the live version from "ATWAS".
     
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  15. jeffb

    jeffb Well-Known Member

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    Well, I cheated a bit- My clip *is* using a 2x12 cab, and not the internal speaker. With the internal speaker I don't think the OP's clip is all that far off- mic position probably could have been tweaked and it does sound like the mic is clipping. But otherwise, I would say the OP is pretty close for the internl spesker.
     
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  16. jeffb

    jeffb Well-Known Member

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    Thats what I was going for- The Class5 does a good job of imitating that Fuzz/Bender tone Alex used on All the Worlds a Stage.
     
  17. Biff Maloy

    Biff Maloy Well-Known Member

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    I liked a treble booster into my Class 5. That was an instant "fix" for it. I also thought an Alnico Blue in an open back 1x12 was a nice tweak. Just enough watts to make that speaker compress a bit.
     
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    Agreed, this amp is a perfect candidate for a treble booster. I'm guessing a Blue would also be perfect. I tried mine with a variety of Ceramics (M20s, M25s, H30s,V30s,CB65,CB75,Mojo H30, WGS Green Beret and Reaper), and the V30 really suits the amp well. And of course the V30 is a take on the old Alnico speakers.
     
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  19. Midnight Blues

    Midnight Blues Well-Known Member

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    I don't think Alex will mind (at least I hope not?) and I would suspect that it's here somewhere too, but have any of you tried this?:

    Some Mods for Marshall Class 5
     
  20. Elliot Twist

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    I kept the Marshall Class 5 stock internal speaker, and added a Peavey 112-6 1x12 Celestion Greenback speaker cabinet underneath the Marshall Class 5.
    I use an 8 ohm resistor box in series with the two 16 ohm speaker loads (total 8 ohm load) for a return back to a 16 ohm load.
    The Class 5 combo is only 16 ohms.
    I like a TC Electronic Spark Booster Pedal in front of the Marshall Class 5 for a "crunch" sound.
    I use an Overdrive pedal to emulate channel switching between clean and dirty.
    My favorite OD pedals are the MXR Distortiion+ and the Blackstar HT-Drive.
    I can't help but mention the Behringer Vintage Tube Monster VT999 in front of a Marshall Class 5.
    At that point I use the TC Electronic Spark Booster Pedal as a solo boost.
    I mic the Marshall Class 5 and send the signal first through a Yamaha MG10/2 mixer, because there's insert on channels 1 and 2. So I can run any appropriate FX loop type effects before it hits the main P.A.
    This Marshall Class 5 sounds good.[​IMG]
    I often use a Bugera PS1 Power Soak on the Marshall Class 5.
    I run the Marshall Class 5 at around 11 o'clock on the volume dial.

    [​IMG]
     
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