Marshall Handwired – Point To Point Perfection!
The Handwired Series is ongoing and will feature some of the world’s most sought-after, vintage, all-valve Marshalls. This represents the first time Marshall has offered a handwired product in recent years. Like the originals, these new handwired amps share simplicity of operation and natural valve tone! If you demand the very best, a Handwired Series amp is for you!
Marshall Handwired 1974X at a Glance:
- The 1974X 1 x 12″ combo amp: an authentic re-issue
- Aged Greenback T1221 speakers
- Original components live up to point-to-point perfection
The 1974X 1 x 12″ combo amp: an authentic reissue
The 1974X is an authentic reissue of the fabled model 1974 combo of the late sixties (1966-1968). Just like the original, it boasts a point-to-point, handwired, tagboard circuit housed in an aluminium chassis, plus a valve-driven tremolo circuit. At the very heart of its simple yet effective 2-channel design can be found six valves: three ECC83s in the preamp, an EZ81 rectifier, and a pair of cathode biased EL84s in the power stage. As the output and mains transformers are vital components in any amplifier as they influence performance, sound, and feel, Marshall worked extremely closely with their associates at Dagnall in order to duplicate the original, off-the-shelf transformers in all areas.
Aged Greenback T1221 speakers
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 Greenback T1221 speaker, and aged it. The result is a new speaker proprietary to Marshall.
Original components live up to point-to-point perfection
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. The 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 idea of point-to-point perfection.
Marshall Handwired 1974X Features:
- 18-watt, 16-ohm, mono 1 x 12″ combo amp
- Exclusive, aged reissue of the original 20-watt, ceramic magnet, Celestion Greenback T1221 12″ speaker
- Replica of the grey and white striped Bluesbreaker grille cloth used on the originals
- High-grade baltic birch cabinet with finger-locked joints
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.