Marshall Origin 20, real world reviews

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  1. RodeoTex

    RodeoTex Poster Extraordinaire

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    Now that these have been out for a while I'm wondering if anyone has any thoughts or experiences with them.

    I'm kind of a Fender amp guy (PR,DR, SCX2, Excelsior, etc.) but have always admired the classic Marshall sounds.
    Is this amp a good stepping-off point?
     
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    Ooops, I was hoping there'd be responses already.
    There's an Origin 20 Combo for sale on a local site, and the seller says that he is letting it go because it didn't have the headroom to keep up in his 2 guitar rock band. Apparently the power reduction, for bedroom level playing works fine.
     
  3. KC

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    I have one & like it quite a bit -- good little 30-lb grab and go combo. At full throttle it's plenty of amp for the gigs I play, even with a greenback in it, which is a less efficient speaker. But I play in a blues band, not a rock band -- not that we don't get flipped off by bartenders every now and then for being too loud. I feel like this is an easy amp to get a good sound out of, and for me it scales well from living room to gig.

    I'm not a Marshall guy, though, so I don't know the ins and outs of how this amp relates to the classic Marshall sounds, except that it sounds like one to me.
     
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    Danjabellza Friend of Leo's

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    They had some kind of a recall issue. One of the outputs was prone to failure if recall. I’ve played one twice at 2 different shops. The first time I was very excited and supremely underwhelmed. The second time I was trying out a new guitar and it was the only amp in the room that I’d played on at all and sounded great!
     
  5. tarheelbob

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    To the OP's original question: yes, YES, YESSS!

    The guitar sounds I've always heard in my head that I want when I play were very Fender-y. Vintage, Fender tube goodness. My hand-wired Princeton is my sublime, go-to amp.

    But. BUT. I cannot tell you how much I am loving my Marshall Origin 20C. Still absolutely blown away how I am getting incredible clean Strat tones out of it one day, and glorious over-driven sounds with my ES-335, the next. It is truly one of the great combo amps that have come out in the past couple of years. Tons of presence, volume, and tone, all priced at a great point. I sold my Vox AC10C (which I really liked), and took a leap of faith on the Origin 20C. I could not be more pleased. This amp really does something for me and my playing. It has become a great complement to my buddy using his Fender Deluxe Reverb when we are gigging or just noodling around.

    I am currently running a Eminence Red Fang 10" speaker that I ordered in 16-ohm. Tons of headroom and glorious tones. It is a bit harder to over-drive the amp with this efficient speaker, but that's what my pedal board is for. :)

    May have to try a Greenback, just for sh**s and giggles.

    - Bob
     
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    I bet that 20 watt Origin into a 2x12 or more would have kept up with his band
     
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    Well, I'm a head/cab guy so I was thinking that if I get one I'll build a 2x12 vertical cabinet, top half slanted of course.
    Maybe a greenback and a creamback.
     
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    I’ll be finding out first hand next week. I just ordered a demo 20 combo from Sweetwater this morning. More to follow....
     
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    I have had one for several months now.

    I. LOVE. IT.

    Love, love, love it. As @tarheelbob says, it gets the sounds I heard in my head, or at least in my youth.

    The first one I tried was a 50 Combo and I loved it. But, I knew I needed the lower wattage of the 20. It took me a week to find one in stock... When i tried it, i thought, man, that sounds funky. So, I compared ti to the 50C sitting right next to it and it sounded just as funky. I knew then, it was the room. I was right. Weird that a GC could make an amp sound that bad... that literally sounds f'ing fantastic anywhere else I've played it.

    As for it not being loud enough? I can see that... But, I haven't had any problems with it yet. I also used the DI out a few times. Once at an outdoor party... I had the amp on the 3 watt setting and used the PA to fill out the sound. What a great set up! Funny thing is, I did exactly the same thing at a gig a few days later and it worked out really well. Kept stage volume down, but helped me to push sound out FOH nicely.

    I also am a Blues guy. I wasn't looking for Judas Priest levels of gain... I was looking for late 60's Beck and Clapton kinda stuff, at the heaviest. Man, this amp delivers in spades! I've been putting a Lovepedal Super Sic Tone in front to get those fuzzy Tonebender sounds of Beck and Page and man, I cannot gush enough about how good this amp is! Running the amp, just guitar in, is fun. I mean just downright ear to ear smiling fun. I use all the different power levels to get the right tone for several different situations and they all sound great.

    This amp is better than I imagined! I mean really, it was so much better than my expectations. I've been excited about these amps since they were announced and so, I had built it up pretty good. The fact that I have not been disappointed is incredible.

    I am also a Fender guy. I use mostly tweed style amps... But, the Marshall has been a great addition to my small pile of amps.

    Mine was one that had the fault with the speaker outs. The fault is that it is labelled as two 8 ohm cabinets, but the way the jack was wired, whenever you plugged in a second 8 ohm cabinet, the first one stopped working.... No big deal, fixed under warranty. No questions asked. And, when I emailed Marshall to ask about it, the rep that responded did so quickly and we had a nice back and forth exchange. he was super helpful and nice. Overall a great experience.

    I would rebuy the 20C in a heartbeat and chances are, I may buy a 50 watt head further down the line....
     
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    Thanks @Axis29 .
    That was an awesome write-up.
    Thanks for taking the time.
     
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    Can't wait. I'm intrigued by these amps too. They got the aesthetics right. The videos sound great. The price is right. And I feel like I should own a Marshall at some point before I die.
     
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    Idle question perhaps, but why would you tilt the top half of the cabinet? What is the difference vs. straight up and down?

    Thanks :)

    JK
     
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    classic old school Marshall.... would get an Origin no doubt
     
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    I realy love my Origin 20C, fantastic amp.

    I also had the speaker out issue, but Warranty took care of that.

    But i have changed the Speaker to a Greenback 10" , sounds even better.

    I also have a 1*12 Palmer Cab with Greenback, that im use in rehearsals.
     
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    People have different needs. I got the feeling that the guy I quoted is in a loud band - and he wanted loud cleans.

    When you have the cabinet on the floor, or even on a low stand, a straight cabinet directs the sound at your legs. A slanted speaker points the sound more towards your ears.

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    I like it when I can go from "hairy cleans" to a bit of a growl just by picking more forcefully. I suspect an Origin will do that just fine?
     
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    I did the same with a Greenback. They should be selling them with these speakers. Save us all time
     
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    Well they should set greenback's in from the beginning, I didn't like the V-type speaker that was sitting in from start, but I guess it's all about saving a few bucks.
     
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    When will I learn to stay off this kind of thread,,, drool,droolo_O
     
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    The Origin is a perfect match for my Tele / Esquire :)
     
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    yeah, I don't know why they don't ship 'em with the greenback -- really makes a difference in this amp. the V-type feels louder, to me, which may be why, wanting the little combo to make more noise. but the GB10 really does wonders for the low end.
     
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