Come to Jesus


She said "huge bag of dibs".
Nov 4, 2012
washington iowa
Ok.......I'm getting more excited than I have been in a really long time.

I've been struggling a lot with tone the past year and it has been so incredibly frustrating. I have been involved in a long term recording gig and it has forced me to change the way I approach tone.

First, I bought a marshall class 5 a year or so ago. I hoped it would be in the plexi territory but it is just too dang harsh and didn't soften up much. I actually had it for sale and a couple of people inquired about it but moved on.

I was messing around in my room and decided to pull out some OD pedals to put in front of class 5. Wasn't diggin that either but I cranked up OD on my wampler pinnacle deluxe and brought guitar volume pot down to about 50%. Holy cow does that sound good!!!

Volume on class 5 about 50%. OD level about 75% guitar volume pot down to 50% and control overall volume with sig level on pedal.

Some of the best tones i have ever pulled out of an amp ever. Fairly clean but very thick rich tone.

My McCarty sounds absolutely KILLER with this setup. 8515 neck is even more incredible than it was before if that's even possible!! Dragon 1 bridge sounds insane with volume down and with it in SC mode I can bring volume up a bit and get a dang nice fender kind of maybe tone.

Bottom line, this amp is going nowhere!!!!

I had purchased a jcm800 studio head this summer and was liking it but I traded for an actual marshall jcm800 4x12 with G12-75 drivers to go with the head and BOOM. KILLER

My cu24 with 5909s sounds amazing through this amp cab setup as does my triple p90 cu22. The p90 wasn't seeing as much play time as I thought it would but that may change now.

Bottom line is this. I am actually excited to plug in and play. More than I have in a very long while and it is all due to landing some great tone settings.

I am actually finding ways to put off other stuff just so I can play and that hasn't been the case for some time.

Now I'm thinking about booting my 5150 head out the door as there is no place for it here anymore. I've had a taste of the good stuff and I want more.

Next is a vintage marshall 4x12, I'm on the hunt!!!!

El Fenix

New Member
Jan 28, 2020
The Class 5 is good up to about 6 or so with humbuckers. I used to run mine at about 5 most of the time, straight in.

Glad you're enjoying it now!


Historical Entity
Apr 26, 2012
It's great when you're happy with your sound. It's its own creative thing, and it frees up your ability to create music as well.