Ashdown AGM-5C Combo review

British bass company Ashdown presents the Guitar Magnifier series, with proper tube tone at tempting prices

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Guitar World Verdict

No matter how good digital tastes, there's something special about pure tube tone, and this compact and affordable Ashdown combo has a wealth of classic British amp sounds, and quite wonderful dynamics.


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    Very versatile, ideal for pedals.

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    Classic British sounds and style.

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    Legendary Ashdown build quality.

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    Very competitive pricing.


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    Fully enclosed chassis makes quick tube replacement difficult.

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Ashdown Music is well known all over the world as a leading purveyor of sound reinforcement to the lower octaves. With such a strong following in the bass community, its equally impressive guitar amplification has sometimes been a little unfairly overshadowed. 

However, the company’s latest range could change all of that. Introduced at the beginning of 2020, the new Ashdown Guitar Magnifier series takes its cue from the company’s world-beating Bass Magnifier amps. Handmade in the UK at Ashdown’s Essex HQ, the AGM amplifiers promise a tempting blend of real valve tone, legendary Ashdown build quality and affordable pricing. 

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Nick Guppy

Nick Guppy was Guitarist magazine's amp guru for over 20 years. He built his first valve amplifier at the age of 12 and bought, sold and restored many more, with a particular interest in Vox, Selmer, Orange and tweed-era Fenders, alongside Riveras and Mark Series Boogies. When wielding a guitar instead of soldering iron, he enjoyed a diverse musical career playing all over the UK, including occasional stints with theatre groups, orchestras and big bands as well as power trios and tributes. He passed away suddenly in April 2024, leaving a legacy of amplifier wisdom behind him.