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 ... Click To Read More About This Product
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.
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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!
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