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Marshall Code 212

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A great amp with a nice Marshall sound (Marshall - Code 50)

By le massadel, 25/04/2018
- What musical styles do you use this amp for?
Rock, punk, jazz-rock, reggae.

- Given its weight and power, is this amp feasible for practicing, rehearsing with a band, and/or using live?
Yes. It’s both light and powerful. Haven’t tried in for an outdoor show or in a big venue, but in all other situations the answer is yes.

- Are the clean, crunchy and distorted sounds suitable? Are the parameters efficient and effective?
You can choose from all kinds of sounds (clean, crunch and overdriven) and effects that get along with them (distortions, chorus, flanger, phasing, reverb, delay...). Of course, as with just any given guitar amp, the sound will of course depend on the guitar you use with it. Some sounds will be great with a Strat but only sound so-so with a Les Paul, or the other way around. Also, even with a same guitar, the sound will widely differ depending on the selected pickup. I’ve read some users claim this is a bad amp. I believe these people just don’t take the time to adapt the settings to their own guitar, and this is what makes all the difference. Considering the number of Marshall amps modelled here, you can only find something for you.
I’ve tried it with a Strat, an Ibanez Sabre FM540 (with Di Marzio pickups), a Telecaster and a homemade guitar. There’s always a great sound to be found depending on the pickup selected, though sometimes it will take a little tweaking.
In all cases, don’t hesitate to change some settings (EQs). The sound is sometimes a bit shrilly, just tweak a few settings and the amp’s sound adapts to your guitar. As for the settings themselves, they are really efficient and to save the change you’ve made all you have to do is press a button!

-What are the pros and cons of this amp?
I’ve been pleased to find the sound of my old JCM800 which I used to play with a Strat: this unmistakeable Marshall soundgrain, and a quite surprising string attack dynamics. It takes pushing the sound a little (1 or 1.5/10 at least). The 12” speaker provides nice low frequencies.

As for its cons, all of its sounds are not really useable, but it’s always a question of taste. If you like the Marshall sound, then go ahead, this one won’t disappoint and you’ll always manage to find sounds that suit you. It’s a real Marshall sound Swiss army knife, to be adapted depending on your guitar. Most importantly, TAKE THE TIME to tame it, it’s worth it!!!

EDIT :
I had sold it 6 months ago :oops2: to get a Fender Mustang IV, which has great sounds (clean, crunch and overdrives). I’ll keep it, but I haven’t found the same, so peculiar Marshall grain with it. So, as there was a great offer (reduced price for a set including the Code 50, a 4-switch controller, a d’Addario string set and a guitar stand for a total 236€), I decided to buy one again. Finally, I got this unmistakeable Marshall sound back!!! :bave: Last but not least, now I can play in stereo using both amps :bave: :bave: :bave: :-D
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Many sounds in a small, lightweight box (Marshall - Code 25)

By buelltitou, 16/04/2018
The title sums up why I couldn’t resist this new Marshall… in a 25-watt version.
First of all, it doesn’t take much space up – and when you add up several other pieces of gear space definitely IS a factor… Then, I won’t compare it with the original amps or cabs (I’ve never even heard the original models for some of them), but with other comparable small modelling amps which sounds seemed less natural. Of course, this small Marshall doesn’t look as good as its bigger brothers, but just listen to the presets and you will see how hard it rocks!!! Not enough still to play with a bass and drummer who deliver a combined volume reminiscent of a 747 airplane taking off, but if you want a pleasant sound while playing alone then it does the job…

Its other main asset is how modular the sounds are: pick your amp type, effects, mixing and cab style, and the CODE25 will provide you with a very nice modelled sound. It’s also a way to add to your sound panel when recording: keep the 50 or 100W tube amp you use live, and this tiny box will bring you additional sounds for studio recording on alternate takes…

As for the presets – well, there are good and bad ones, some sound very good as is, others will need tweaking to one’s taste… but that’s also what they’re here for.

I don’t really care about the connectors, I just put a mic in front of it for an old-school recording! Ergonomics is perfectible: since I don’t have a pedalboard controller I have to either turn the preset knob or modify the effects manually. A direct access through entering numbers would have been a great idea, but not too much to complain, especially considering the price as for under the 300€ mark you get a new amp that brings you several amp sounds.

So in the end I don’t regret buying this small secondary amp, which won’t prevent me from buying a big, “real” stack one day (I’m a big fan of old JCM900s) with its assorted 4x12… But maybe that’s a bit oversized for playing in one’s living room. So in the meantime, I’ll go with the CODE25…
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