The Marshall 1974X is a handwired reissue of the classic, late '60s guitar amp. The original versions of this 18 watt amp (made from 1966–1968) are now extremely rare and highly sought after. The new, all-valve combo (3 x ECC83s* in preamp, 1 x EZ81 rectifier, 2 x EL84s in power amp) features two channels and a valve-driven Tremolo circuit (on Channel 2). Each channel offers two inputs plus volume and tone controls. Channel 2 also has Speed and Depth controls for the Tremolo.
A contributing sonic factor in the original 1974 is the way the sound of the Celestion Greenback speaker softens with age. For the 1974X, Celestion revisited the recipe for the original 20 Watt, ceramic magnet, 15 Ohm, Greenback T1221 speaker, and “aged” it. The result is a new speaker proprietary to Marshall that yields all of the sonic characteristics of the original.
Newly added, user-friendly features on the rear panel include two speaker output jacks (the original internal speaker was hardwired to the output transformer) and an impedance selector. In addition, both the Mains and H.T. fuses are now accessible via the rear panel (in the original, fuses were internal and difficult to access and change). Most importantly, these new features have no tonal impact on the amplifier whatsoever.
Marshall 1974X Guitar Amp Features
18-watt, all-tube, 1x12" combo with Tremolo
- Authentic, handwired reissue of the late '60s classic
- All-tube design: 3xECC83, 1xEZ81 and 2xEL84
- Point-to-point, handwired, tag-board circuit
- Two channels, one with valve-driven Tremolo
- Dagnall made, exact-replica transformers
- Butt welded, Aluminium chassis
- Exclusive, "aged" reissue of the original 20-watt, ceramic magnet, Celestion Greenback T1221 12" speaker
- Exact-replica, diecast Tremolo on/off footswitch included
Marshall Handwired Amplifiers and Speaker Cabinets
This ongoing series will feature some of the world’s most sought after, vintage, all-tube Marshalls. Other than the limited edition Offset JTM45 Halfstack available in 1999 (only 300 were produced worldwide), this represents the first time Marshall has offered a handwired product in recent years. Like the originals, these new amps share simplicity of operation and rich, natural valve tone.
This new series was created to meet growing public demand, and to pay homage to models that, for many players, represent the ultimate in organic, all-valve guitar tone. Marshall’s primary objective was to achieve maximum authenticity in terms of components, circuitry, construction methods, materials, specifications, aesthetics, signal path, performance, tonal characteristics and feel. All of the original components and materials were used or reproduced, and the original methods of construction employed in the late 1960s were revisited. All transformers - output and power - have been meticulously re-created by Dagnall Electronics, and each amplifier’s handwired tag-board lives up to the slogan, ‘Point-to-Point Perfection’.”