Who makes the best clone of the Marshall Handwired 1974X?

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  1. Mike M

    Mike M Member

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    I heard one the other day and it smoked. Any clones out their that can get very close to it? What speaker is in the Marshall 1x12?

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  2. gearitis

    gearitis Gold Supporting Member

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    I have a Soultone Londoner 18 1x12 combo that I love. The builder posts here, and his build quality and service are exceptional. Oh yeah...the amp sounds great, too! It has an Avatar Hellatone 30 speaker, which is an aged G12H30.

    http://www.soultoneamps.com/products.html
     
  3. Red Planet

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    Dude your gonna get a gazillion different answers. We all have our favorites.

    Mine is the SDG Vintage 18 watter. It has higher quality components than the Marshall and is half the cost. I recomend one with a Celestion G12H30 Heritage in it. The Marshall comes with a Celestion G12M Heritage. You asked which one comes close - the answer is the SDG goes beyond what the 1974x ever thought of being. It has more Grind and more Clarity. Very sweet sounding. :AOK

    www.sdgvintage.com
     
  4. lgehrig4

    lgehrig4 Silver Supporting Member

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    Some names to get you started on your search. This is my favorite part of the gass process!

    Reinhardt
    Roccaforte
    Rockytop (had one of these. real nice!)
    Gabriel (gabtone.com)
    GDS
    Budda (a bit different, but worth a look)
     
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    If you heard my http://www.sdgvintage.com/ you'd **** your britches :drool
     
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    They've got many different Marshall clones or examples.

    I bought a used Voxer from a GearPage member. It's 1 channel Vox AC15 and 1 channel Marshall 18 watter. Incredible amp! I run it through an Avatar Vintage Premiere cab with two G12H30's.

    You could check out:

    65 Amps London
    Soultone
    Balls Amps
    SDG Vintage
    Bacino
    GDS Amplification
    Throbak
    Trinity Amps
    Blockhead Firstborn

    Those are some of the better known names. . .
     
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    Why not get the Marshall?

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    There are lots of choices nowadays and I felt like, for once in my life, trying a clone instead of paying an extra grand for the big name plus overhead. IMO I made a wise decision.
     
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    Tag Gold Supporting Member

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    The clones do not sound as good IMO.
     
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    Save up and buy the real thing...
     
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    Why not buy a used 1974X for around $1400 or $1500? You can always get your money back out of it.
     
  13. Red Planet

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    And of coarse a Bruno is better.

    I'm sure Tag has Played the SDG Vintage at Ultra Sound.:moon

    The two brand spanking new Marshall's I played were poor excuses for an 18 watt. Both Rastamans and mine sound way better. And we dont have the same amp at all.
     
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    The Voxer sounds like a very cool amp. I would love to try one.
     
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    the voxer is a great sounding amp! Had the pleasure to meet Gabi at the arlington guitar show and play the voxer very harmonically rich and great tone. I think that the clones are the way to go. Also marshall has had issues w/ the power trannies although those might be corrected by now!
     
  16. Mike M

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    I guess I amy have to go with the Marshall like you suggested. I never seem to learn my lesson and get what I want instead of paying a little less and not being happy about the purchase. On the other hand, I like to support the smaller builders. I was just trying to find a spot on replica of that amp and save a few bucks. Thanks for the opinions!
     
  17. Rusty G.

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    Mike, the Marshall 18 watt has been worked over by probably dozens of different builders. If you want a head a cabinet version, you'll have to go the boutique route. IN FACT, the Rockytop is less expensive and probably just as good as the Marshall 18 watter. You can choose between a Celestion Blue, G12H30, G12M, or whatever speaker combination you'd like going the boutique builder way. Before you buy, you might spend some time at www.18watt.com. Oh, I'd also like to through in the Reinhardt into the mix. He's got a smoking little 18 watt amp.

    There are lot's of choices, and I didn't go with a Marshall because I wanted a head and cabinet. If you want choice, go boutique. If you want a Marshall 18 because it spoke to you, then, by all means, buy THAT amp!

    Good luck!
     
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    Have you heard my SDG??? Well I've played a couple of 1974X's and I wasn't impressed at all. For $2399 I couldn't make the purchase, not for something that didn't do it for me.
     
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    Just so you'll know: Mine has Mercury Magnetics trannys, SoZo Caps, CTS pots, Carling switches, Cliff jacks, the speaker of my choice (Celestion G12 Heritage), + handcrafted in the USA! :AOK

    Do what YOU want to though. I've done what other folks wanted me to in the past and wasn't happy, do what you feel is right.
     
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