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Marshall 1987XL Vintage Series 50W Tube Head  

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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 byp...Click To Read More About This Product

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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
  • Presence control

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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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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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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

It will make you want to play....

By Tomwatso

from Eden, NC

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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.

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sounds Amazing

By Joe

from MN

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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.

    (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.

    (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!!!

    (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!

    (3 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Misleading...

    By AC-zeQWU

    from Earth

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    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!

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Tone

    By iQ5cXhOMT

    from New Haven, CT

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    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?

    (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!

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    BLOWS YOUR EARHOLES OPEN WITH KILLER TONE !

    By Jholdener

    from Piscataway , NJ

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

    I got this amp to play Live gigs , It is a really Loud Amp , I have a Marshall cab with Vintage 30's and it does take a little while for the Amp to start to get the Killer Distortion , I tried many Pedals to push the dirty sound to the Buzzsaw sound like the Smithereens or Thin Lizzy and to my surprise the Digitech "Grunge" pedal set to 1 on the volume provides the amp with the bottom end to make the amp purely Smoke ! Strange as it seems , I never could get my JCM900's to produce the sound that this Amp can make , If I wanna Sound more AC/DC or ZZtop , I just bypass the Foot Pedal , So I can have both sounds I need , I can roll back the volume on the Lester Paul and It Cleans up really Good ( for a Marshall ) I use the Marshall for the rythm parts and A/B Switch to the 100 SLO Soldano for the Lead Parts , So it seems to work out for all the Guitar Parts , If I need to Play at a lower volume I can used the THD Hotplate without causing my sound to suffer too much , Be sure you Full understand that this Amp is to be Played Loud and that may not suit your place of residence , The Amp Does what Marshall set out 40+ years ago , To allow Guitar Players to Puncture you Earholes with Great Tone

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The small Plexi is sweeeet!

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

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

    I now own this amp. I traded in an AVT150H and AVT412cab on the 1987X and a 1960AV cab. What a difference. I don't play out much, but this amp and cab can do it all. It has a good bluesy clean tone and can break up nicely, too. I didn't really need the power of the 1959 Plexi. The 1987X has a sound all it's own. It sounds great with my Strat, 336 or PRS. I also have a Marshall DSL401 and Fender Hot Rod Deluxe for practice, small gigs and studio work, but I can't leave the 1987X alone. It's purity and simplicity is amazing. Bell-like tones that sustain. My search for "the tone" has ended.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Tone

    By iQ5cXhOMT

    from New Haven, CT

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    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?

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Ahh..to be Eric or Angus

    By iTiger

    from NW IN

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

    This is the real McCoy, the amp that made English Rock and Roll! If you want Clapton "Cream" tones and the "Angus" sound buy this, this beats Fender in that arena. Of course Fender is a top runner too.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Amazing Tube Head

    By ADP SCHOOL OF MUSIC

    from West Haven CT

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

    I own this head and play out with it constantly.The tone is amazing with the correct floor pedal and the pick attack is the best. I also own a marshall jcm 2000 100 watt super lead and the plexi wins hands down. I would say if you play out...buy it.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A living breathing Marshall

    By razarfingers

    from Ma.

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

    I own an an original big brother to this component, the 1959, and it was always just too much. As soon as I played through this amplifier I knew I had found my amp. It is so versatile and gives me the room to go where ever I need to go. Awesome response. Even an FX loop with an bypass switch. A level switch for different loop levels. I blend both of the channels, high treble and normal, and you can part the heavens. Huge difference depending which cab you run and what type of speaker(s). The Celestion Greenbacks sound so classic and the Celestions G12T's have a bit more hard edge. I have been running my 1960A slant cab with the G12Ts. Each have a very distinctive sound. I have tried a few other type cab/speaker options but the mentioned seem to sound the best. This amp lives and breathes. Try one if you can handle it.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best Marshall Amp

    By Scorpion Fangs

    from Los Angeles, California

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

    If you choose to buy a Marshall amplifier, and you dig Jimmy Page's sound, then this is the amp you want. I run a Black Gibson Les Paul Custom into a heavily-modified Fuzz Face, then into the front-end of the 1987, which feeds one slanted 1960-AX cabinet with 25-watt Celestion Greenback speakers, and that's all I'll ever need. This is the Rock and Roll sound of the early-to-mid 1970s. It won't do anything even close to the sound of Modern Heavy Metal, Surf, Jazz, or Country, but it will do the BLOOOOZE like no other. I personally have no-need for modern amp-channel switching. I use the volume control on the guitar to clean up the overdrive, with the Fuzz Face either on or off (good-quality germanium FFs work the best for this style of playing). Long Live ROCK and ROLL.

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Rock ON!!

    By Slammintone

    from Indiana

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

    This my friends is a great amp. Other than *possibly* having a competent tech remove or lower the bright cap on Vol. 1 nothing else needs to be modded or changed for this puppy to deliver the goods! Keep the bias in the 65-70% max plate voltage range and you're good to go. Marshall gives you the best currently made output tubes, preamp tubes, transformers, filter caps etc. and this amp really delivers sonically. The is the sound of old school hard rock from Led Zeppelin and Free through AC/DC the Scorpions and Van Halen. Face it, you don't want no poseur amp. You don't want no wimpy, almost like a real amp. This is the amp you really want, JUST DO IT!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    DANG!

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

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

    This is by far the most versatle amp that I have ever played. It breaks up really nicely, has plenty of overdrive when cranked, and you can vary the channels however you want them! IT was between this and an Ac-30, and my mind is long made up! Well worth the money.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    This amp Rules

    By Metal Dude

    from Fort worth Texas

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

    I played this at Guitar Center and the clean you get its nice but Punchy I love warmth. I put a Digitech Grunge Pedal threw this Amp and Damn I was impressed the Digitech Distortion mixed very well with the tube clean very well. The sound I got reminded me of Almost a 6505 or the Tone Iommi had on the Heaven and Hell albulm but As soon as I can get the cash for it I am Buying this amp. Regretfully I cant crank it to the max cause I live in a house but I know with a good Distortion Pedal this amp really sings.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Stump Puller...!!!!

    By BoneMan-q0982

    from Carlsbad, CA

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

    THE amp for rock tone. No effects needed. Use the guitar volume/tone to go from clean to heavy distortion. Not best choice for metal, but all else it plays with ease. Great amp!! Use THD Hotplate for lower volume distortion.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Gotta have that tone!

    By Chuck

    from North east

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

    I bought my 1st Marshall Plex 1987 model in Brooklyn, a birthday gift from my grandfather for my 17th birthday, in 1970. I got the top and 8-10" bottom covers too! My friend suggested that I "Y" chord the 2 channels together, and that is exactly what I did. Needless to say, my SG special w/ P-90's, (1969 model) and this rig, made one luscious connection! Unfortunately, a few years later, I met up with a local amp tech in love with Fender amp modifications, and told me that "Marshall's suck". I sold my set-up for $300 bucks, and had regretted doing so for years. The lesson here is to never compromise what feels right to you, no matter how much your peers or "experts" try to tell you otherwise. This newer version is very good, with some modern improvements. It's all about tone, and this baby has it. Rock on!!!

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