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Marshall 1987XL Vintage Series 50W Tube Head  

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    Real all-tube vintage flavor from the original maker.

    The Marshall 1987XL Vintage Series 50W Tube Head gives you all the fabulous tube tone of the original 1987X from the 1966 to 1969 era plus a true bypass series FX loop. 3 ECC83 tubes in the preamp and 2 EL34s in the power section dish out that delicious, nasty overdrive behind Hendrix, Townshend, and scores of other greats. 3-band EQ and presence controls provide all the tweakage necessary to get the most out of this classic screamer.

    Features
    • 50W of classic all-tube power
    • 3 ECC83 tubes in the preamp
    • 2 EL34s in the power section
    • 3-band EQ

    To get the real sound, go for the real deal. Order today!

     

    1987XL Vintage Series 50W Tube Head Specifications:

    • 26"W x 8"H x 10"D
    • 34 lbs.
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    Marshall1987XL Vintage Series 50W Tube Head
     
    4.8

    (based on 30 reviews)

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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Sounds Amazing

    Got this head a couple months ago was supposed to come with a bx cab but they gave me a b instead.
    I have fallen in love with this amp I was a little...Read complete review

    Got this head a couple months ago was supposed to come with a bx cab but they gave me a b instead.
    I have fallen in love with this amp I was a little worried that since it was 50 watts that it wouldn't be as loud as I wanted... Do not start to even think about that. I have a 100 watt kustom half stack and and if I put the volume level at 3 on my new Marshall, its louder than 10 on my Kustom.

    I love the natural distortion, it starts right around volume 1.5. The loudness stops around 8 and just gets more of that Marshall crunch as you crank it to 10.

    This head is great for playing any old rock, you can get that great tone that you hear from AC/DC, and you can get the same sound that you hear from CCR. Being able to bridge the two channels makes it even more fun for finding "your" sound.

    The only thing I haven't figured out is the effects loop.. I have not been able to get it to work, but I do not need that with this amp.

    If you are thinking about this amp, I would definitely get it! You will love this amp too. You can tell how popular it is, Marshall can't keep up with how many people order it, mine was on back order for 4 months.

    This amp will not disappoint if you are a classic rock fan like me.

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    I think I bought a lemon

    I love old Marshalls and I bought this 50watt 5 years ago as a backup...Sounds great but from day one it would make a popping or crackling noise...No guitar plugged...Read complete review

    I love old Marshalls and I bought this 50watt 5 years ago as a backup...Sounds great but from day one it would make a popping or crackling noise...No guitar plugged in...sometimes it will not make the noise at all for an hr or so. Annoying when you are recording a good take and pop goes the sound. I had the 5yr warranty and it drove my amp guy crazy...now the warranty is no good but I finally found out the problem after the fact...a deffective Choke! Thanks to a tech who experienced the same problem with the same amp.

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    5.0

    "50 watt power house"

    By Tone hound

    from LI,NY.

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Marshall 1987XL Vintage Series 50W Tube Head:

      This baby screams tone from the get go. Save your pedel board for another amp. Plug in, crank it up, and you on your way!

      Comment on this review

      (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Sounds Amazing

      By Joe Ward

      from MN

      About Me Experienced

      Ask me a question

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Marshall 1987XL Vintage Series 50W Tube Head:

        Got this head a couple months ago was supposed to come with a bx cab but they gave me a b instead.
        I have fallen in love with this amp I was a little worried that since it was 50 watts that it wouldn't be as loud as I wanted... Do not start to even think about that. I have a 100 watt kustom half stack and and if I put the volume level at 3 on my new Marshall, its louder than 10 on my Kustom.

        I love the natural distortion, it starts right around volume 1.5. The loudness stops around 8 and just gets more of that Marshall crunch as you crank it to 10.

        This head is great for playing any old rock, you can get that great tone that you hear from AC/DC, and you can get the same sound that you hear from CCR. Being able to bridge the two channels makes it even more fun for finding "your" sound.

        The only thing I haven't figured out is the effects loop.. I have not been able to get it to work, but I do not need that with this amp.

        If you are thinking about this amp, I would definitely get it! You will love this amp too. You can tell how popular it is, Marshall can't keep up with how many people order it, mine was on back order for 4 months.

        This amp will not disappoint if you are a classic rock fan like me.

        Comment on this review

        (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Marshall 1987xl 50w

        By JunkYardDog

        from Austin, Tx

        Comments about Marshall 1987XL Vintage Series 50W Tube Head:

        This amp is Just about everything I could ask for. I?ve had it for over two years now. With the right tubes and speakers, I can get a very clean almost like a Fender. Almost. I bought a "power breaker" so I can crank it up to 10 and get that epic Marshall distortion. Outside of a tuner, I don't have peddles. I can get an amazing tone from the amp, speakers, and guitar. The power breaker is the only down side of it to me. I?ve seen other Marshalls that have something like this built in, and I hope to soon modify mine like those. I love the option of the four inputs and being able to mix them. However, I would love to just mix them all together or at least two and two. I could go on forever about this amp and still have a lifetime to say more about it.

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        (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        It will make you want to play....

        By Tomwatso

        from Eden, NC

        Comments about Marshall 1987XL Vintage Series 50W Tube Head:

        I have owned this amp less that a year and find it will make you want to play. While this amp is rated 50 watts, it is a very loud 50 watts. I have it mated with 2 x 12 cabinet filled with Private Jack speakers (4 0hms). The harmonics are to die for. You put this unit with a Boss PH-3 or EHX Small Stone phaser and one has found a lot of 1970s rock tones. I bought my used, but no real issues with it. Please do read the manual. There are things that one can learn about the amp from looking over it.I like the effects loop. One can put a Boss NS-2 in and cut some of the high gain noise. Note: In the original 1987xl, no loop existed.I wish it had a reverb. That is my only real complaint. I did have the unit vented to prevent the heat from the power tubes warping the covering. That is another thing to consider when purchasing the amp. It does stay a little warm.Overall, if one is going for the rock sounds of 1970s (Led Zep, Van Halen, etc...), you are going to find it here. Buy it and enjoy.

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        (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        RI vs. Vintage

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Marshall 1987XL Vintage Series 50W Tube Head:

        I don't own this model, I do own a 1959slp RI which I've had for a few years. I compared this exact head to a 72 50 watter for quite a while yesterday. Vintage isn't BETTER its just different! Not by much, but the vintage had more distortion (a tube change will effect that). It was easier to get some usable feedback from the vintage but I like the bold clean power of the RI as well. Slightly different beasts but not far apart. And the RI's are very reliable. These are very tweakable amps. Once you get one everything else just doesnt seem good enough anymore!

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        (3 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Misleading...

        By AC-zeQWU

        from Earth

        Comments about Marshall 1987XL Vintage Series 50W Tube Head:

        I have a vintage Mk II with PTP and this RI doesn't even touch the sound of the classic rock. I was shocked when I turned it on, very sterile and not dynamic. There was something magic about the old era. Save your money!

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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Tone!!!

        Comments about Marshall 1987XL Vintage Series 50W Tube Head:

        What a great amp! With pedals you can dial in anything except a fender clean tone. Be aware of this before you buy....this amp is LOUD! I mean really loud! Did I mention the volume? Once you tame the volume, you get incredible tone. Put an OD pedal in front and you get classic rock to metal. The distortion in this amp has tons of harmonics and overtones. If you crank it up, you can hear reminents of Van Halen. Although, I will say it gets a little "flubby" when cranked. Higher end components would take care of this. I would never part with this amp. Had it for a year and haven't looked back since. It took a little while to dial in my tone but be patient. If you haven't messed with a non-MV amp, it will take some time. I can't compare the RI to an original but I can honestly say this sounds GREAT! You wont' be dissapointed!

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        I think I bought a lemon

        Comments about Marshall 1987XL Vintage Series 50W Tube Head:

        I love old Marshalls and I bought this 50watt 5 years ago as a backup...Sounds great but from day one it would make a popping or crackling noise...No guitar plugged in...sometimes it will not make the noise at all for an hr or so. Annoying when you are recording a good take and pop goes the sound. I had the 5yr warranty and it drove my amp guy crazy...now the warranty is no good but I finally found out the problem after the fact...a deffective Choke! Thanks to a tech who experienced the same problem with the same amp.

        Comment on this review

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Amazing

        By LockHavenRock

        from Lock Haven, Pennsylvania

        Comments about Marshall 1987XL Vintage Series 50W Tube Head:

        I've had this amp for about three weeks and I've had the privalege of already getting to use it for four shows in that short amount of time. My band plays classic old school inspired rock n' roll. (AC/DC, GNR, similar originals). It is a screaming monster of classic rock n' roll tone. It delivers the classic AC/DC tone in spades. When I use this at gigs, I usually turn my cabinet facing the back wall...and even UNMIKED it still cuts through the mix when I play leads...with the volume on 2!!!

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Tone

        By iQ5cXhOMT

        from New Haven, CT

        Comments about Marshall 1987XL Vintage Series 50W Tube Head:

        This amp is great. Loud, but great. its volume is not to be underestimated if you have never played it before. Its tone is best with no pedals, but because of its massive amounts of volume (and i play a 2x12, with 25w greenbacks) you will probably need to get your distortion with a pedal at most average sized shows. i am somewhat disappointed on such occasions, because i didnt buy this amp to be using pedals, but at the times when it is used for my intentions, i am never let down. Ive played it with my Strat and bandmates SG, and it responded nicely with both, although takes longer to break up with the mellower strat pickups (aka distortion comes at a louder volume than a guitar with p 90s or humbuckers). Amp does Hendrix, Allman, and prime era Clapton no problems, what more can i say?

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