Marshall Origin50H review

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While I truly love multi-channel guitar amps for the undeniable versatility they can provide when performing live, I often wonder if we guitarists were actually better off when we didn’t have such a wide variety of tones, all easily accessible simply at the flick of a footswitch. For example, when I think of the greatest guitar tones of all time, most examples come from players who used single-channel Marshall heads during the Sixties, Seventies and Eighties. Even the great Marshall tones that emerged during the Nineties and new millennium often came from players who used older or reissue single-channel amp heads.

Marshall’s new Origin series guitar amps provide a welcome return to the philosophy of less is more. The Marshall Origin50H amp head is kind of like a long-lost brother of a Seventies JMP 50-watt head, providing a single-channel design and a dead-simple control panel. Marshall did manage to add a few modern and highly welcome conveniences like variable power output, a boost function and effects loop, but at its heart the Origin50H is all about providing the most beloved classic Marshall tone in its most pure and unadulterated form. Even better, Marshall Origin amps are affordably priced, making genuine classic Marshall tone more accessible than ever.

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Chris Gill

Chris is the co-author of Eruption - Conversations with Eddie Van Halen. He is a 40-year music industry veteran who started at Boardwalk Entertainment (Joan Jett, Night Ranger) and Roland US before becoming a guitar journalist in 1991. He has interviewed more than 600 artists, written more than 1,400 product reviews and contributed to Jeff Beck’s Beck 01: Hot Rods and Rock & Roll and Eric Clapton’s Six String Stories.