#1
Hey guys (please excuse my lame username, made it a while ago and haven't been logged into this site for some time )

Anyway, I wanted to ask if any of you guys have had any experience with the Marshall Class 5 Head with regards to using it in a band type situation?

I play in a 5 piece blues rock band and the majority of gigs we do are in pubs/smaller venues. Our drummer isn't ridiculously loud so we play at a very reasonable volume. I currently use a 100 watt Fender frontman (solid state amp) and very rarely have to turn it past 4 on the volume knob.

I have played through the combo version of the class 5 in a guitar shop once and had the volume up half way if I remember correctly and I was scared to turn the volume on the guitar up full cause the acoustics hanging on the wall were shaking pretty violently But when I read about it on youtube/whatever sites I often see people say it's not loud enough for gigging so I really want to know if the head version is loud or not when paired up with a 212 or 110 speaker?

Probably a bit of a stupid question since it's essentially the same amp but I live on an island with a shitty music shop and I'm pretty skint (broke, for you american dudes) so when I go down to the mainland (scotland) I don't want to have to ask a guitar shop assistant to go set up an amp and cab for me to play it a few minutes and then not buy it right away..

I'm rambling a bit here so any helpful comments would be appreciated

Cheers!
#2
It'll definitely be loud enough for gigging in a club. Definitely.

My problem with the class 5 is not how loud it can go but the type of sound that comes out. It's basically a british amp undergoing an identity crisis.
#3
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5w should be loud enough for a pub, my 4 watter could probably handle that. When people say its not loud enough they probably mean for bigger venues.
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#4
Unless your drummer has arms like a spider monkey you're gonna want to stick a mike in front of it.
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#5
You may not get clean tones though. I love the sound of the class 5. I wish I lived in the woods away from society so I can play it cranked all day long.
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#6
I gigged with a 5w amp for a while (Blackheart Little Giant) and I could keep up with a drummer, unmic'd. However, getting clean tones was out of the question. Gritty cleans was the best I could get.

Maybe save just a bit more money and get a Vox AC15? They have a more bluesy tone than a Marshall (IMO) and are MUCH louder than the Class 5 (not that the Class 5 isn't a wonderful amp)
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#7
Marshall 18W'er > Vox AC15 for blues.
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Marshall 18W'er > Vox AC15 for blues.

vox ac15 used price 350 euros
marshall 18W'er used price over nine thousand

really i'd prefer a marshall 18w'er in any given time or space but for money i'd go vox ac15 or class 5

question is do you need cleans? if you play BB king style blues then get the vox but if you play more clapton thingys id take the class 5.
#9
18W Marshalls are one of the most cloned amps of all time. I think it was greg that said "Cloning 18W Marshalls is what old techs do instead of shuffleboard." He's about right. I clone them myself. There are so many clones out there it's crazy. There's a whole community based around them (18watt.com).
If you can't find an 18W'er for a decent price you aren't looking hard enough.
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#10
An 18 watt Marshall would be lovely but out of the question price wise of course. A Vox AC15c1 looks quite nice actually, I'll have to try them both out as soon as I can