Monthly Archives: April 2011

Musikmesse 2011: Marshall introduce new Class 5 head alongside updated combo

Marshall’s original Class 5 combo is one of the company’s biggest success stories in recent years, and 2011 sees not only an updated combo but a brand new C5H head and C110 cabinet.

The five-watt C5-01 valve combo comes equipped with a low power mode perfect for bedroom practice and quiet home recording.

Marshall’s official release explains: “The rear panel offers both 16-ohm and headphone outputs, with the latter doubling as the C5-01’s new low power mode. Selecting this option without headphones connected routes the low power signal (about 50mW) directly to the amp’s internal loudspeaker.”

The C5H head is built to rock in louder studio settings and miked up at gigs, so it doesn’t feature the low power mode. It does, however, make a seriously cool mini half-stack atop that C110 cabinet, which contains a single 10-inch Celestion G10F-15 driver.

To hear the new head and combo in action, check out Marshall’s Chris George  in the following video demo:

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Musikmesse 2011: Fender Introduce Pawnshop Series, Supersonic 100/25 amplifier

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Musikmesse 2011: Gibson introduce new 2011 Melody Maker models

Not to be confused with the company’s traditional Melody Maker design, the new range comprises four models utilising the iconic Les Paul, SG, Explorer and Flying V outlines.

Key specifications across the board include maple bodies, mahogany slim-taper necks with torrefied maple fingerboards and wrap-around tailpieces. All four shapes are available in satin blue, satin ebony and satin white, and they come stripped-down and ready to rock with just a single 491T humbucker at the bridge and a master volume control.

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