marshall super bass 1974

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  1. sggibby

    sggibby Member

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    Hi, there's one up for sale in my area and I wanted to know what you guys knew about that specific year? Were they still handwired? Do they sound as good as earlier years'?
    I play blues rock in a band and like to have a fat sound.
    Thanks for your answers.....
     
  2. Blix

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    They are PCB, sounds awesome. A good bit cleaner than a Super Lead circuit, but that's a fairly easy mod.
     
  3. illini

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    I owned a 74 for a few years. Wish I still had it. As said PCB. I loved the sound but very loud. The one I had only had two volumes, very loud clean to very loud dirty. If you need a amp that can be played quiet you will need an attenuator.

    If I were in your shoes and were looking for a blues amp in the Marshall family I would look to the JTM 45's
     
  4. BADHAK

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    Ive got a 74 Superlead coming next week.....cant wait.
    But yes,i expect i will need an attenuator or a MV.....or maybe both!!
     
  5. illini

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    As far as sound quality goes, that is an area that will always be debated among amps. They sound very good, but are different than the earlier "Plexi" models. Marshall kept brightening up their amps in the 70's to meet the needs of the time.
     
  6. Echoplexi

    Echoplexi Silver Supporting Member

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    I had a 74 Superbass. They are pcb by that time but no big deal. I thought it sounded better than the 69 plexi panel superbass I had
     
  7. sws1

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    The Superbass didn't really change over time, like the Superlead did. It pretty much stayed the way it was designed back in '67 or '68. Of course, the parts changed, but the circuit stayed the same.

    You can buy modern versions of the superbass, but with less power. The PRS HXDA (which I have) is switchable between a bass spec and a lead spec amp. (Not full bore lead, but 1/2 way there.) Only 30 watts and with a master volume. I play it through a single '65 watt Scumback greenback. Killer.
     
  8. blues

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    Middle 1973 was when the the changed happened.
     
  9. michael.e

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    I had a '75 that was dead mint. I Recall paying $1,500 for it. I wish I still had it. One of the best amps I owned.
     
  10. illini

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    Good clarification. Thank you.
     
  11. sickboy79

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    I've got a 73 SB - PCB. It's absolutely fantastic. Seriously great amp. Think Super Lead tones but, bigger and fatter. A bit more headroom than a SL as well. Can't recommend SBs enough.
     

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