1962HW - Marshall's Swan Song.
The hand-soldered, all-valve 1962HW is a faithful recreation of the classic Series II 1962, 2 x 12 combo. This legendary 30 Watt, two-channel amp was born in 1965 and was famously used by Eric Clapton on one of the most influential blues albums, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, in 1966 – hence the 1962’s commonly used ‘Bluesbreaker’ nickname.
The 1962HW’s circuit topology is taken from the first production run of the amp: four ECC83, two KT66 in the power stage and a GZ34 rectifier. It’s the GZ34 rectifier that helps create the joyous output stage compression and clean sustain associated with the 60s ‘Bluesbreaker’. And to accommodate the KT66 power valves, this re-issue has bigger cabinet dimensions, much closer to the original Series II. This makes the 1962HW sonically closer to the original than any other re-issue.
And to make the 1962HW as authentic as possible we have used original thickness, original pitch matrix, point to point tag boards and we have used valve-driven Tremolo.
Of course, the speakers are a vital part of the sound, and the 1962HW is loaded with a pair of 25 Watt, 12 Celestion G12-C Greenbacks.
What To Know Before Buying
The Marshall Bluesbreaker is undoubtedly one of the greatest amps ever made, with that said however this is a very specialized amplifier so we'll wrap this up with some essential tips and info to help in aiding your buying decision.
- Its Loud. Really Loud. - Remembering that these amps were originally designed in the early 60's for use without PA systems or microphones. Don't be fooled by the 30W stamp thinking that it will be quieter than your 100 Watt sitting at home. This amp really needs to be cranked to allow it to sing properly and is without question one of if not the loudest combo amp we've experienced. Definitely not suitable for home use, also be prepared to get shouted at by sound engineers if you're planning on taking this to a small venue. This is a seriously loud bit of kit though an attenuator will help to keep the amp quieter without loosing tone.
- Channel Diming - A trick players have used on old Marshalls since the 1960's. By taking a short jack lead and jumping a connection from channel one to channel two, The individual pre amps can be driven together for even more ungodly power. This can help to deliver some of those powerful early Eric Clapton tones.
- Incredibly Responsive - This amp is designed to interact with the player as much as possible, responding and cleaning up beautifully with the guitars volume knob without the need to adjust the amplifier. Purists will love this while those used to solid state amplifiers may find this difficult at first to find the sweet spots. Trust us though, they are there!
- Model Name – 1962HW
- Range – Handwired
- Technology – Valve
- Channels – 2
- Wattage – 30W
- Inputs – 2 x 2
- Controls – Presence, Bass, Middle, Treble, Vol 1, Vol 2, Speed, Intensity
- Size – 2 x 12”
- Output Power – 25W Each
- Name – Celestion G12C Greenback
- Impedance – 16Ohm
- Pre Amp Valves – 3 xECC83
- Power Amp Valves – 1 x ECC83, 2 x KT66
- Weight (kg) – 32.5
- Dimensions (W x H x D) – 815mm x 625mm x 270mm
|Effects||3-band eq, presence, speed, intensity, tremolo|
|Woofer Size||2 x 12" woofer|
|Power||30 watts - 4 x ecc83/12ax7 , power valves: 2 x kt66, 1 x gz34 rectifier|
|Amp Type||valve / tube amplifier|
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