View Full Version : 18 Watt Marshall vs 20 Watt Model

05-25-2009, 07:25 PM
Obviously a little bit of a power difference, but what else? Tone and/or circuitry differences if you wouldn't mind.

05-25-2009, 07:30 PM
Very different sound. If you are talking about RI's, I much prefer the 20w handwired 2061x. The 18w doesn't have the mid precence I like. The 20w sounds virtually identical to my original '67 50W plexi on "tape". The voice of the the 20w is more traditional "Marshall" sounding to me.

05-25-2009, 07:39 PM
Thank you. I never really found any info about the differences before. I just got a Reinhardt 18 with a Modern/Vintage switch and a Rectifier switch, so I think I kind of have the best of both worlds maybe. In the Modern mode with the solid state rectifier engaged, it sounds just like all of the Plexi clips and recordings I've heard. I think out of the Marshall Reissues, I would like the 20 watt much better though.

05-25-2009, 07:46 PM
I had a 2601x. It was really cool. Definitely very marshall. The 1974 has a bit more sag and is not quite as loud. But I found the overall they both sounded great.

05-25-2009, 08:08 PM
I have the originals. The 18 has more gain and breaks up quicker. The 20 is cleaner and is not as aggressive sounding. I have a friend that also has both and he prefers the 20 watter. One reason might be that he plays his 20 through a 60s 4x10 cabinet. I like the 18s better but both are great amps.