Finally played a Marshall 1974x!!!

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  1. KissTone

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    Come to think of it, I finally played a Marshall . . . period! I've been playing 25 years and never played a Marshall.:eek:

    Anyway, a buddy has the reissue 1974x, and he offered to loan it to me for the weekend. I played for about an hour this afternoon with my Strat. Wow! Great, thick sound!

    I was surprised how much high end it has---well, too much, really with the Strat. I kept the amp's tone knob below 3 or it would get harsh.

    The trem really pulses and throbs.

    It didn't really like my TS pedals as much as I thought it might --- both a Maxon OD9 and a Silver Analogman --- they made it sound a bit hollow. But really, who needs a TS with this thing? I did use my Ross compressor clone and sometimes either verb or delay---and it was awesome.

    I may have to sell my tweed Deluxe clone and get a nice 1974x kit so I can mix my two favorite activities ( . . . . burning myself with a soldering iron and swearing).:rolleyes:
     
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    Great amps, I think the clones generally sound better than the reissues. That may be due to a new speaker in the reissue. They may sound 10 times better once broken in.

    Check out 18watt.com if you are really interested.
     
  3. KissTone

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    This speaker may be broken in as my friend is the amp's second owner. But it sure sounds great regardless. I also ran my Deluxe through the speaker/cab just to hear it---and it sounded really cool. I wonder how much of what I'm liking has to do with that big box?

    Also, I think I spoke too soon on the TS pedals. The more I try them today, the better I like what I hear. Oh, this is GAS, isn't it?
     
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    Nah, it's not gas. You actually do need one. :rotflmao
     
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    Really?!?!??!?!


    1974x are pretty sweet.
    I love the weight too!
     
  6. stratman89

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    I love my 1974x........ killer amp. I have a few Strats, a Tele and a SG that I play through it and they all sound sweet.

    I usually A/B my Dr Z Maz 18 and the 1974x at gigs........covers everything I need for Blues and Classic rock.

    These two amps have stopped my GAS for a while now!
     
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    AMEN brother!:bkw
     
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    True. Also, general consensus seems to be you really need a good output transformer with a 18 watter to really deliver the goods. I suggest going for the kits that include Heyboer or MM or GDS transformers. They are very good for the money.

    Having said that, I built mine with a generic Hammond output transformer, and it sounds fine... But I can't help thinking it would sound even better with a OT made especially for a 18 watter...
     
  9. KissTone

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    That Soultone kit looks like it's got the good stuff. And I just told myself that I was done for a while: no new gear . . .

    I have no willpower.
     
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    I have one of Mickey's Soultone Wilbur amps (based on both the 1974x and 2061x circuit architecture). It is a killer amp for that 18watt tone. The kits look like a great buy for the money.
     
  11. jmp

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    It's my only amp. I want for nothing else at the moment.

    Strats definitely prefer the non-trem channel. A lot thicker on that side. The non-trem channel is also more pedal friendly. An OCD sounds great with this amp.

    -Mike
     
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    :rotflmao
     
  13. 59Vampire

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    I have an 18 watt clone that has the TMB channel instead of the trem. It also has a speacial pu;; boost that can pull the tone circuit out of that channel and put it in the vol tone channel. It is built into a bluebreaker 2 x 12 cabinet. I have been waiting for this tone my entire life. It is just awesome. gives up the goods t low vols and sounds killer
     

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