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Marshall 1974X Handwired 18W 1x12 Combo Amp

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Vintage overdrive-soaked sounds for the stage and studio.

The Marshall 1974X 18W 1x12 Combo Amp is a handwired reissue of the model 1974, a combo originally produced from 1965 to 1968. Introduced as a practice combo amp in 1965, it wasn't as loud as the terror-inducing heads Marshall was producing, but it could rock, giving up incredible lead and crunch sounds at low volumes. The 1974X combo comes with 2 EL84 tubes in the power amp, 3 ECC83s in the preamp, an EZ81 rectifier tube, and features valve-driven tremolo. A proprietary, aged reissue of the 20W, ceramic magnet Celestion T1221 speaker used in the original adds to the Marshall 1974X's tonal authenticity. Marshall includes a footswitch with your 1974X Combo Amp.

FEATURES
Handwired reissue of the model 1974
18W
2 EL84 power tubes
3 ECC83 preamp tubes
EZ81 rectifier tube
Tube-driven tremolo
Aged reissue 12" Celestion T1221
SPECIFICATIONS
24"W x 20"H x 9"D
42 lbs.
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Marshall1974X Handwired 18W 1x12 Combo Amp
 
4.7

(based on 22 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (5)
  • Excellent sound (5)
  • Good power output (4)
  • Portable (4)
  • Warm / comfy (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (4)
  • Amateur recording (3)
  • Performances (3)
  • Professional recording (3)
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    • Experienced (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Classic Marshall Tone

Again, you have to play this amp like an instrument using your guitars controls and your pick attack to get different textures and drive levels. It gives back what you put into it with...Read complete review

Again, you have to play this amp like an instrument using your guitars controls and your pick attack to get different textures and drive levels. It gives back what you put into it with incredibly rich and muscial harmonic content.
This is the best sounding amp for classic rock and blues that I've ever owned. The distortion kicks in with humbuckers at around 4 on the volume control and it just gets juicier from there. Channel 1 is voiced slightly darker than the tremolo channel, and with an A/B switch you can easily set up happening lead and rhythm sounds. The tremolo is amazingly quiet and has a great range, from subtle to insane. It's a very loud 18 watts with no master volume, so an attenuator is a must if you're going to play it at bedroom levels. I use a THD Hotplate (16 ohms) and it works great. To get the most out of this magnificient instrument, you need to work your volume and tone controls on your guitar. I set the volume at 7 and I can get excellent cleanish tones by backing off the volume control on my Les Paul or ES335. It works great with single coils as well, but the good stuff is up around the dusty end of the volume control. Got an SG? This amp will give you instant Angus! It's pure plexi goodness in a lightweight combo. Thank you Marshall for reissuing one of the best amps ever made.


Outstanding attention to detail1
Considering the cost of the originals, this seems like a pretty good deal.

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Overpriced.

Pretty cleans and ok dirty tones (which require maximum volume). The tone control easily makes the sound too muddy or too bright - really there is only one spot to run the amp...Read complete review

Pretty cleans and ok dirty tones (which require maximum volume). The tone control easily makes the sound too muddy or too bright - really there is only one spot to run the amp for clean. For dirty the louder it is the more convincing. Ok dirty rhythm tones but always needing more. Nice tremolo sound. The multi inputs vary the amount of signal slightly. This would be a good amp at $700 - total rip-off at the price it costs. It has a good feel - the handwiring seems apparent in the touch response of this amp - but overall its a bit thin and brittle and weak. It does not live up to its price tag. I used a Custom Classic Strat which was an awesome guitar - best Strat I have ever played - but with this amp the sounds were limited and disappointing considering the price tag. Maybe a good amp at a third of the price.

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(10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Classic Marshall Tone

By Jeffrey Bauer

from Colorado

Comments about Marshall 1974X Handwired 18W 1x12 Combo Amp:

Again, you have to play this amp like an instrument using your guitars controls and your pick attack to get different textures and drive levels. It gives back what you put into it with incredibly rich and muscial harmonic content.
This is the best sounding amp for classic rock and blues that I've ever owned. The distortion kicks in with humbuckers at around 4 on the volume control and it just gets juicier from there. Channel 1 is voiced slightly darker than the tremolo channel, and with an A/B switch you can easily set up happening lead and rhythm sounds. The tremolo is amazingly quiet and has a great range, from subtle to insane. It's a very loud 18 watts with no master volume, so an attenuator is a must if you're going to play it at bedroom levels. I use a THD Hotplate (16 ohms) and it works great. To get the most out of this magnificient instrument, you need to work your volume and tone controls on your guitar. I set the volume at 7 and I can get excellent cleanish tones by backing off the volume control on my Les Paul or ES335. It works great with single coils as well, but the good stuff is up around the dusty end of the volume control. Got an SG? This amp will give you instant Angus! It's pure plexi goodness in a lightweight combo. Thank you Marshall for reissuing one of the best amps ever made.


Outstanding attention to detail1
Considering the cost of the originals, this seems like a pretty good deal.

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This amp rocks!

By Bob the Strat Player

from Springfield, MA

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Comments about Marshall 1974X Handwired 18W 1x12 Combo Amp:

I bought this amp used, over a year ago. Being a huge Clapton fan, especially of his work with John Mayall on the "Beano" album, I've been searching for that tone since the 60's. Finally found it with this amp paired with my Les Paul Standard. First of all, you need to know what to expect with this amp....Very, very early break up; very sensitive tone control ( that's a good thing!) and the tremolo is the most intense I've heard when you max it. I play in a classic rock band and need the entire spectrum of sound from Fender clean to overdrive for leads. There is no Fender clean with this amp at gig volumes...however, at the other end of the spectrum, if you use an LP, you will NOT need an overdrive or distortion pedal. this amp is made to turn up to 10 and control the actual volume with your guitar's control. In order to surmount its inherent limiations, I use an A/B switch and alternate between the 1974X and a Fender Deluxe reverb or Marshall Haze (more headroom and great sound in its own right once I switched the stock speaker for an "aged" Scumback speaker). So while this amp is almost a one trick pony, it has amazing sound and will not disappoint you! If you are a blues or classic rock fan and you want a simple to use, beautifully made amp you can't go wrong with this one!

(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Just Add A Les Paul

By The Redge

from Northern Colorado

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Comments about Marshall 1974X Handwired 18W 1x12 Combo Amp:

I have owned two of these amps. The first one, years ago, was when I was pretty much playing my tele and not much else. I was underwhelmed. These days, my main guitar is a 59 Les Paul reissue and that has made all of the difference in the world with this amp. It absolutely sings when you attach a set of humbuckers - the dead on sound of classic rock of the early to mid seventies. If you have a ton of time on your hands, turn on the tremolo, set up a looping pedal and try not to stay up all night.... Enjoy! Oh, one more thing... Iplugged in the tele again and I'll stand by the humbucker statement. This amp requires a steady diet of humbuckers and solid chunks of mahogany.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Ultimate Marshall

By NoCaster

from North East, US

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Portable
  • Powerful
  • The Perfect Combo Amp

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Events
  • Home Studio
  • Performances
  • Professional Recording
  • Solid Rock N Roll Amp

Comments about Marshall 1974X Handwired 18W 1x12 Combo Amp:

Forget about the fancy boutique amps. This handwired combo is a monster. Very expressive to the touch. The tremolo is stunning. All the power you will ever need. I feel this is the best amp Marshall is building today. Sounds great with my Paul, and screams with my strats, tele's and old esquire. Buy it, you will never regret the purchase. Pure Marshall sound !

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

One wicked amp. Highly cool.

By emainge

from Chicago, IL

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Portable
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Marshall 1974X Handwired 18W 1x12 Combo Amp:

      The Marshall 1974x (and I'm guessing the original 1974 combo) must be one of the nicest amps ever created. It has useful tones just about anywhere on the dials - from beautiful thick clean tones that seem to bring out the best in any guitar plugged into it, to awesome crunchy gain tones that are completely responsive to pick attack, guitar volume, all shades of dynamics. I'm pretty picky when it comes to gear, and I find this amp flat out magical. I sat there last night with my 58 vos LP plugged into a diamond compressor, a little slapback delay, and into the Marshall turned up to maybe 4 or so on the volume, and it was highly inspirational. In truth, it's one of the few amps I've tried where I find it fun to jack straight in with no effects at all. Not cheap, but I'd put it up against any boutique builder for quality of wiring, components, cabinet, etc. Much thanks, Mr Marshall.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      An amazing amplifier

      By Charles Marlow

      from CT

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Marshall 1974X Handwired 18W 1x12 Combo Amp:

        I'm mad about this amplifier. Turn it on, turn it up, and out comes amazing vintage Marshall tone. I prefer simplicity in amp design, and this is it. The tremolo is stunning.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Best Amp Ever

        By Jerry

        from NY

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth
        • Makes Even Me Sound Great
        • Portable
        • Powerful

        Cons

        • I Can't Find Any

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Marshall 1974X Handwired 18W 1x12 Combo Amp:

        This amp is so simple to use right out of the box.
        Makes all my Guitars sound GREAT.
        I can get the sound you here on records that i never though i could do with NO pedals.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Defines classic marshall sound

        By Mony

        from Estonia

        Comments about Marshall 1974X Handwired 18W 1x12 Combo Amp:

        I wandered in a local guitar shop and spotted this baby. Just out of curiosity took a les paul and tried it out.I played it for 2-3 minutes. I shaked and shivered all over my body... drove back home and put all of my stuff on sale (car, pedalboard filled with rare boutique items, even one of my beloved guitars, Computer etc.).2 days later took it at home.You see, this is not a good amp. This amp IS THE GREAT CLASSIC MARSHALL TONE!IT REALLY IS THAT GOOD!!!

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        1974X

        By Cody-miNc.

        from MO

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        Comments about Marshall 1974X Handwired 18W 1x12 Combo Amp:

        I saw this in a magazine and thought to myself, "I wonder if this sounds as good as it looks?". So I was eager to play one, the only problem was that noone had any around. So I took a gamble and ordered one with the trade of my Marshall DSL 100 w/ two 1960 A cabs. (Too much to lug around from show to show). I wasn't and still am not dissapointed what so ever! I've owned it over a year and a half and have never had a problem 250 shows later. I run this in stereo with a Fender DRRI, MAGIC!

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        THE Marshall

        By Kris Pence

        from Bakersfield, California

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        Comments about Marshall 1974X Handwired 18W 1x12 Combo Amp:

        i got this amp about three weeks ago and just love it to death. the crunch is unbelievable and it likes pedals more than i thought it would. its sounds great through the G2D Creamtone at low volumes. this is the marshall sound i have been looking for. no questions asked

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Classic crunch, high volumes

        By TonyTubes

        from Montreal, QC

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        Comments about Marshall 1974X Handwired 18W 1x12 Combo Amp:

        I wanted this amp for a very long time. The idea of a hand wired Marshall made me very excited, and the 1974x seemed so awesome. When I went to try it, I was blown away by the amazing crunch tones it had. Sadly, this was a short lived test session, as the guys in the music store got pissed I had cranked it (hey, I got permission from one clerk, the others were just cranky). The clean tones are decent, with loads of Marshall character. The tremolo was a nice addition, however, the lack of reverb concerned me (I'm an ambiance whore). Now a quick thing about this amp: it is louder than a pack of 12 year olds (which if you've never experienced, is LOUD). For 18 watts the cranked crunchy sounds are enough to blow someone's head off, and therefor not suitable for club gigs unless an overdrive of power attenuator are used. If you dig the classic Marshall crunch, and don't mind insane volume levels (or have a good attenuator), get this amp. You won't regret it.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        magic box

        By jamme

        from NJ

        Comments about Marshall 1974X Handwired 18W 1x12 Combo Amp:

        This amp is fantastic. I loved it at the store and i loved it in my house and then out on the gig it just rocked. I'm in a four piece loud classic rock band and I was able to use this 1x12 combo on the floor without a mic. It was a small gig but still we play loud and I never put the voule over 12 oclock. I used a AB swith to set up both channels one for rythm and one for leads and it was fantastic. It looks cool and it feels cool and it sounds cool it is! It cost a ton but but it really is the sh!@ IMHO.

        (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        1974X Handwired

        By Sorefingers-3eusj

        from Austin, TX

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        Comments about Marshall 1974X Handwired 18W 1x12 Combo Amp:

        Bought this one on the advice of a friend/salesperson. It sounds almost as good at low volume as it does at higher volumes which my wife appreciates greatly! Accepts pedals well. Would have loved to see a Channel volume as well as master volume or Gain/Volume combo. That would have made this amp killer and is why I did not give it 10's. Sounds good but does not have good low end and overpriced due to the "handwired" label. However, it is built very well and overall I do not regret buying it.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        The Best

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Marshall 1974X Handwired 18W 1x12 Combo Amp:

        I tried this amp and was blown away! It is gorgeous! I want it so bad I don't know why anyone could possibly have problems with it. As far as the features go it doesn't have much but thats what I prefer with too many it starts to get kind of lame. When I get 2000 dollars I'm buying this amp!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        The Holy Grail = This Amp

        By OldBluesman001

        from Western, MA

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        Comments about Marshall 1974X Handwired 18W 1x12 Combo Amp:

        I tried this in the shop and thought it sounded great. I bought it and took it to band rehearsal. The guys all laughed at how small it was. I plugged in my Strat and started playing and they all but fell over. I now use it at every gig and mic it if needed. The tone is unreal !

         
        5.0

        Classic rock tone!!

        By Minerchasan

        from Youngstown, Ohio

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Marshall 1974X Handwired 18W 1x12 Combo Amp:

          Amazing tone. Would be better with master volume. Will probably have one installed after warranty.

          (0 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Overpriced.

          By Odysseus'_Bow

          from Los Angeles

          Comments about Marshall 1974X Handwired 18W 1x12 Combo Amp:

          Pretty cleans and ok dirty tones (which require maximum volume). The tone control easily makes the sound too muddy or too bright - really there is only one spot to run the amp for clean. For dirty the louder it is the more convincing. Ok dirty rhythm tones but always needing more. Nice tremolo sound. The multi inputs vary the amount of signal slightly. This would be a good amp at $700 - total rip-off at the price it costs. It has a good feel - the handwiring seems apparent in the touch response of this amp - but overall its a bit thin and brittle and weak. It does not live up to its price tag. I used a Custom Classic Strat which was an awesome guitar - best Strat I have ever played - but with this amp the sounds were limited and disappointing considering the price tag. Maybe a good amp at a third of the price.

           
          4.0

          Awesome little box

          By Tom-3aRq8

          from NJ

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          Comments about Marshall 1974X Handwired 18W 1x12 Combo Amp:

          Fantastic sound and feel. Not a bad sound to be had in this combo. I loved the tremolo and the overdrive sound is second to none. I wish it had a little more headroom; It starts to break up right away depending on your p/u's. It sounds fat and rich with strats and les pauls. The feel of the amp just makes you want to dig in and play. I wish it had a little more volume for gigs. I think you'll need the extention cab or have to mic it with a loud drummer. The volume is perfect for your house or apartment it gets loud but it sounds great even at low volumes which I guess is the point of the amp. It looks fantastic too. The only thing that kills me is the price. If you're a plexi or JTM 45 Marshall fan the run and buy this amp. if you're into fender clean (which is great too) then don't buy this amp. Feel and sound are everything and this thing's got it in spades. i just wish it was alittle cheaper but hey it's hand made PTP.

          (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Decent, but nothing special

          By Relax

          from NY

          Comments about Marshall 1974X Handwired 18W 1x12 Combo Amp:

          This amp has beautiful clean tones. Distortion is nice but you have to turn it all the way up in order to get it. With todays amps that Marshall just put out like the new JVM and VM series amps it is really not worth getting this featureless amp unless you grew up with it and want it again. I recommend getting a Marshall Vintage Modern or a JVM410c. You will be much happier with either one of those because you can get beautiful cleans with both of them and distortion at any volume with out paying the premium for the "handwired" marketing gimmick.

           
          5.0

          Honest Old School Marshall Magic

          By LesBradola

          from Toledo, Ohio

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          Comments about Marshall 1974X Handwired 18W 1x12 Combo Amp:

          This amp has the magic. It just has that 'something'. True Marshall overdrive, feel, and it even has that 'smell'. While I give it a '10' for quality, I have to tell you that the first one I got, out of the box, had a fairly large dent in the fron right side/corner, all this after Korg had supposedly inspected it. Got another one in and it is fine. Doesn't smell quite as much and isn't as loud, but still has the magic. If you want bottom end, you can try the 2061x and cx. I have both. There oranges and apples. Both have the magic, but the 1974x has the magic, as someone said, in spades.

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