Marshall’s Studio Vintage SV20H amp head is a 20-Watt Plexi-style head focused on tube tones, just without the ear-bleeding volume of the originals. Announced back during Winter NAMM, the new head is hitting dealers now.
Marshall Studio Vintage SV20H
I’m a big fan of the classic Marshall Plexi tone and have owned a fair few variations and originals in my time playing guitar. The major issue for me was usually the volume required to get them to truly sing. Marshall are trying to solve that issue here by putting all those classic tones into an amp with a much more sensible output of 20 Watts. If it holds what Marshall promises in terms of tone, this amp will be attractive for both live and studio work – without the high decibel ratings of an original Marshall Plexi head.
This amp uses 2 x ECC83, 1 x ECC83 (phase splitter) and 2 x EL34 valves. It’s a single-channel amp with four separate inputs, just like the originals. It has high and low sensitivity loudness controls, plus treble, middle, bass and presence controls to dial in your tone.
The SV20H also has a useful DI cab-emulated output that lets you plug it directly into your recording interface and capture the sound of the amp. That’s perfect for player like me that wants to record cranked amp tones without too much hassle.
You can run the amp in either 20-Watt or 5-Watt modes which, again. is useful for studio work and home use. The amp features an FX loop on the rear panel, along with five out puts rated at 4, 8 and 16 Ohms.
This new studio/home friendly Plexi style head could be a hot seller for Marshall. And with boutique brands like Friedman taking some of their sales with the Pink Taco 20, this could help Marshall claw back some market share from the competition.
RRP – GBP 849 / EUR 929