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Marshall 1974X Handwired 18W 1x12 Combo Amp  

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  • Handwired reissue of the model 1974
  • 18W
  • 2 EL84 power tubes
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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

Simple, easy-to-overdrive, and tons of fun! Order today!

 

1974X Handwired 18W 1x12 Combo Amp 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 20 reviews)

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    (15)

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    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

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    (1)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (3)
  • Excellent sound (3)
  • Good power output (3)
  • Portable (3)
  • Warm / comfy (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

      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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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      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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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best Amp Ever

      By Jerry

      from NY

      About Me Novice

      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.

      Comment on this review

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      The Ultimate Marshall

      By NoCaster

      from North East, US

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      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 !

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      One wicked amp. Highly cool.

      By emainge

      from Chicago

      About Me Experienced

      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.

          Comment on this review

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          This amp rocks!

          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!

          Comment on this review

          (5 of 5 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.

          Comment on this review

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Just Add A Les Paul

          By The Redge

          from Northern Colorado

          Ask me a question

          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.

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          5.0

          THE Marshall

          By Kris Pence

          from Bakersfield, California

          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

          Comment on this review

           
          5.0

          1974X

          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!

          Comment on this review

          (2 of 2 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!!!

          Comment on this review

          (0 of 7 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.

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