Marshall 1974X Combo Guitar Amp

Manufactured from 1966 to 1968, the model 1974 (1974 is the model number, not the year it was made) was an 18-watt 1x12 combo with tremolo. It just may be the holy grail of low-wattage Marshall combos, providing classic Marshall attitude and aggressive growl, but at lower volume, of course. The 1974’s cosmetics are similar to those of the model 1962 “Bluesbreaker” 45-watt combo made famous by Eric Clapton, from the grey-and-white-striped grille cloth to the gold Marshall logo. Hence, it is often called the “mini Bluesbreaker,” a distinction it earns for its looks and stellar tone.

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Chris Gill

Chris is the co-author of Eruption - Conversations with Eddie Van Halen. He is a 40-year music industry veteran who started at Boardwalk Entertainment (Joan Jett, Night Ranger) and Roland US before becoming a guitar journalist in 1991. He has interviewed more than 600 artists, written more than 1,400 product reviews and contributed to Jeff Beck’s Beck 01: Hot Rods and Rock & Roll and Eric Clapton’s Six String Stories.