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Rating and Reviews: Marshall CODE25 Amp

Step into the world of Marshall amplifiers with the versatile CODE25. Select from 14 different preamp models to recreate the sound of classic Marshalls.

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"Surprising value" submitted July 10, 2016

By Martin G in Cheshire, CT
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Musical Background: long time jam at home hobbyist
Music Style: rock, blues
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Overall: You've already read the specs above and you're wondering how can all of this be available for just under two bills inclusive of free shipping. Hard to believe isn't it. I wondered the same thing until I got it in the door yesterday. Yes, this is an early opinion. What about the 100 pre-sets? They are there but there are many "variation on a theme" pre-sets. ie. classic American sound, classic American Sound with Reverb, classic American sound with tremelo etc. To be sure, different sounds but not 100 totally unique sounds to play with. Nuff said. What about the Blue Tooth hook up to your iphone? I had to fiddle with this quite a bit before it actually worked with my iphone. My Ipad picked it right up. But it pays to get your phone working with it since this affords you the luxury of not having to bend over and squint when changing pre-sets and effects via the knobs on the amp itself....The entire amp can be redundantly controlled with the free App. That's a beautiful thing. There's even a tuner on the App. It's going to take me a bit of study to understand just what makes up the sound chain but the downloadable manual has lots of info on that subject. You'll want to get that in your hands if you buy the amp. To my ears, (and I own half a dozen smallish amps) the Code 25 delivers what it promises but sounds like a small amp. More so than my Fender Super Champ. But the sounds generated are truly reflective of what they are supposed to be, particularly the clean tones, of which there are plenty. The airiness of a larger amp just isn't there so don't expect it to be and you won't be disappointed. For my money this is a beautifully designed practice/small gig amp that has endless tone creation possibilities. It's priced well below what one might expect and in my early opinion,is worth every penny. Likely I will bond even more with it over the next few weeks. Oh, it's extremely light weight and very compact; a breeze to move around. That's how I like my amps as I'm a stay at home guitarist. BTW....hats off to zZounds. The Code 25 was delivered in less than 24 hours via Saturday Fedex when only 2 day delivery was promised. (Jersey to Connecticut) They are exceptional at customer service.
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"Follow Up review to first ..." submitted July 15, 2016

By Martin G
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Musical Background: long time hobbyist....stay at home guitarist
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Overall: One week into it.... The amp tones are wonderful and it is sounding more and more like a "big amp"....even though it transports like a small one....But alas, Blue Tooth connection on my iPhone6 is intermittent at best. Most times it won't hold a connection. Fortunately, my Ipad mini does connect most of the time and holds the connection. That aside, it's still hard to fathom how Marshall made this amp possible for $199. I'm guessing the fact that it is assembled in Viet Nam keeps the labor costs way down and we benefit.....Only one star deducted for iphone issues.....but the tones can be doctored via the onboard controls, just not as easily as on my iPad.....Still a keeper.....
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