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A player-friendly update on the amps that made Marshall great, the Origin series aims to prove that vintage can be modern. Richard Purvis puts the 20-watt combo under the microscope…


Look at the comments below any new product launch from the big guitar and amp brands and you’ll invariably find people queuing up to tell them what they should be doing instead, usually followed by a string of angry emojis. It’s hard not to feel for these iconic companies, because they made their names producing the definitive gear of the last century, yet still have to make a living in this one. One such brand is Marshall. The world’s most famous amp brand has been doing a decent job of balancing innovation with heritage, pushing on with hi-tech new products while keeping its vintage reissues in the catalogue for those who just want the classic tones of the 60s and 70s.

This brings us to the Origin range – Marshall’s big new release for 2018, which might be the brand’s most interesting launch in years. The Origin name suggests a return to the earliest days of the company, but in fact this is an attempt to please just about everyone. How? By combining traditional Marshall valve tones and styling with a bunch of useful contemporary features – let’s dive in.

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The September 2018 issue of The Guitar Magazine is on sale now! This month we find out if Marshall’s wallet-friendly new Origin series delivers what everyone has been waiting for from the legendary British amp brand. We also tip our hats to the 10 greatest Marshall tones in rock history and find out how they were made – Messrs Clapton and Hendrix feature heavily but there are one or two surprises, too... Originators and trailblazers are something of a theme in this month’s mag – inside you’ll also find interviews with Doors star Robby Krieger, a celebration of the genius of Seth Lover and a close-up and personal look at the solidbody electric that started it all: a 1950 Fender Broadcaster. Elsewhere in gear we round-up the best products from the recent Summer NAMM show in Nashville and review a pile of great new products from Rick Turner, Stone Deaf, Lowden, Eastman and more. As if all that wasn’t enough there are three fantastic competitions, giving you he chance to win a Fender Player Stratocaster, House Of Tone pickups and a luxury Pinegrove strap. Get your copy of the September 2018 issue of The Guitar Magazine today...