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Marshall 1973X 18W 2x12 Handwired Tube Guitar Combo Amp

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The 18 Watt 1973X is an accurate reissue of the revered 1973 dual-channel, all-valve 2x12" combo, produced between 1966 and 1968. Just like the origi...Click To Read More About This Product

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Get vintage tube-driven Marshall sound without hunting through pawn shops.

The 18 Watt 1973X is an accurate reissue of the revered 1973 dual-channel, all-valve 2x12" combo, produced between 1966 and 1968. Just like the original, the 1973X is hand-soldered, with valve-driven tremolo and no negative feedback in its cathode-biased EL84-driven output stage. Its two-channel design is straightforward and effective - just volume and tone controls on channel one, and volume, tone, speed and sensitivity on the tremolo channel.

Because of its lower Wattage, the 1973X's power valves will overdrive sooner than an amp of higher power. This means that the 1973X produces harmonically rich and responsive, vintage Marshall tones at volumes that won't shift your hearing; this is great for the studio, and gives you greater control of your live sound. That said, at full volume, it still packs quite a punch.

The T1221/67 Greenback speakers used in the original 1973 combo would mature over time, their sound softening with age. The special 12" Celestion G12M-20 Greenbacks in the 1973X have been "aged" to get as close as possible to that vintage, '60s mojo.

Power: 18W
Two inputs ” standard and tremolo
Controls: Volume, Tone (channel 1); Volume, Tone, Speed and Sensitivity (tremolo channel)
Tube complement: 2xECC83 (pre-amp); 1xECC83, 2xEL84 (power amp)
Speakers: 2x12" 20W "aged" Celestion G12M-20
Footswitch included

Plug in and crank up that old-school overdrive. Order today!


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Marshall1973X 18W 2x12 Handwired Tube Guitar Combo Amp

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


The sound I have been looking for.......

By Dean


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  • Easy To Use
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    Comments about Marshall 1973X 18W 2x12 Handwired Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

    I was trying to recapture the sound I had with a plexi I owned years ago. I started with the hand wired Bluesbreaker which had amazing tone, but was way too loud for 30W. My Private Reserve contact was very accomodating in helping me return that amp and find an amp that would work for me. The 1973 is amazing! It has fabulous tone, from clean to screaming with everything in between. Two twelves sound very full and rich and the tremolo is really cool. Don't let the 18W fool you....this thing rocks!

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


    I expected better

    By JP

    from North East USA

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    • Easy To Use
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    • Amateur Recording
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    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Marshall 1973X 18W 2x12 Handwired Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

    I researched this amp and the hand wired bluesbreaker. I chose this one and was not pleased. I think when you are making a decision on these amps you have to pay attention to the tubes / valves that are being used. For instance, if you want or already have a vintage marshall JMP with EL 34's in mind, this amp will DISAPPOINT you. This amp has a smaller tube setup(EL 84's) than even the US based 6L6 which you will find in the fender bandmaster etc....This means the smaller tubes in the Marshall 1973X will break up nicely but will only deliver a certain volume and girth - For me, this was not enough volume or power. It's definitely ok for loud house play or those who never will play a club or maybe never have played a club. It is also ideal for those who want to record in the studio - In fact I think its a perfect 10 for lower volume studio tones. With that said, I feel there is no way this amp could cut above a solid drummer in a club setting. So 2 setbacks - sheer volume to cut above the band and sheer girth and tone if you are a traditional Marshall JMP lover - remember the EL 34's are much different than the EL 84's in this amp). Good luck! PS this was tested with a Fender Stratocaster though equally with a Gibson LP as well.

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