Marshall Origin 20 VS 50 (Comparison)
Our pick: The Marshall Origin 20
Unless you need the extra power of the Origin 50, perhaps for outdoor gigging or larger-scale performing, we'd recommend saving the money and going with the Origin 20, which is still plenty loud.
Whenever you have two amplifiers that have essentially the same name with the exception of a differing number, you usually have a variation in wattage. That's exactly what's happening with the Marshall Origin 20 and Origin 50.
With some subtle exceptions, these two amplifiers are almost identical.
The biggest difference is the wattage rating, at 20W and 50W respectively.
If you're looking for the simple answer, that's it. But if you want a little more information about these two amps and you want to see them side by side, read on into the comparison tables and details sections below.
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Marshall Origin 20 VS 50 Comparing Tool
The compare buttons will give you pricing, but otherwise there isn't much to distinguish these two amp heads. Even the full specs sheet below is pretty much identical.
Marshall Origin 20
Marshall Origin 50
In-Depth Specs Sheet
Note the difference in size and wattage rating. The Origin 50 is slightly bigger.
20W (3W/0.5W power settings)
50W (10W/5W power settings)
3 x ECC83
3 x ECC83
2 x EL34
2 x EL34
3-band EQ, Tilt Control
3-band EQ, Tilt control
What's unique about the Origin 20?
The Origin 20 is a vintage-leaning amp with a classic Marshall tone, driven by ECC83 tubes in the preamp and EL84 tubes in the power amp.
As mentioned and indicated by the numbering convention, it's a 20 watt amplifier that's slightly smaller than the Origin 50.
If you're trying to decide between the two, the one significant aspect of lower wattage is that it will be more ideal for indoor playing or more confined spaces, since it's not as loud and can be more easily turned down without losing tone.
What's about the Origin 50?
Predictably, the Origin 50 gives you 50 watts of power with selectable 10W and 5W options.
But unless you need the added volume, perhaps for gigging or playing in outdoor venues, it doesn't seem like a necessary expense to incur. The Origin 50 is $100 more than the Origin 20, and doesn't provide any significant features beyond the added wattage.
If you don't need that wattage, you don't need the Origin 50.
Your decision between these two amps should come to where you're planning to use them. If you need the extra volume and power of the Origin 50 for outdoor venues or medium-sized gigging, then spending the extra $100 makes sense.
But for indoor playing, small venues, and most general use, the Origin 20 will be enough and it'll save you $100.
Props to Marshall for - if nothing else - giving us plenty of options.
Do you have questions about the Marshall Origin 20 or Origin 50? If so, leave it in the comments section below.
We'll jump in and help out as much as possible.
See you there.
Written by Bobby on Amps and Roundups
I have the Marshall Origin 20H with the 212 Origin Cab. I’m using a Player SSS Strat with the Friedman BE-OD Deluxe. I am not able to get a meaty enough tone with this pedal and it sounds thin even with the gain boosted on the amp. I have tried several settings and I know the limitations of single-coils with overdrives, but is there anyway I can get it to sound meatier? Will a tube-screamer stacked with the BE-OD help in adding more body to my tone? Any suggestions will be appreciated. Thanks!
Are you looking to replace the pedal? Part of your problem is the single coils. I’d replace the pedal with an Empress Heavy or AmpTweaker Tight Metal. If you want something cheaper go with the TC Electronic Dark Matter ($50ish). But yeah, the SSS pickup configuration is a major piece of this puzzle.
Mike Sadler says
The BE-OD has some internal adjustments that might help. I use the Deluxe version (two ‘identical’, but adjusted differently channels) with a Tonemaster Deluxe (Creamback) and get great ‘Marshall-esque’ tones, admittedly with P90’s. I’m shopping for an Origin 20H now, to get my clean more Marshally too. I suspect that you may even want to turn the gain of the BE-OD DOWN a little so you can drive the front of the amp with volume to push it closer to its sweet-spot, then add some gain to get the crunch character you’re after. IMHO, FWIW, YMMV, break-a-leg 🙂
You need an Humbucker at the bridge!