1970 Marshall JMP 1930 Popular 2x10 Mini BluesBreaker w/ Tremolo
This vintage 1970 Marshall Popular model 1930 looks super cool and delivers classic Marshall rock tone at your fingertips.
When cranked it has got the best mid 70's Clapton/Stones/Faces tone you've ever heard. With a Rangemaster or a TubeScreamer in front the tones are absolute KILLER. These amps are pretty rare and they have become expensive little rockers!
It comes in a 2 x 10 combo that you will LOVE to record with in the studio. An original vintage set of matched tubes have just been installed. It'll take pedals (like for example a Tube Screamer or a Treble Booster) extremely well but honestly the superb tone that comes from hitting this amp on full gain with a set of humbuckers will be enough to please even the most uptight tone junkies.
The tremolo sounds wonderful. It's warm, lush and dynamic without stepping out in front too much. If you read about these amps you'll see that some people claim they produce quite a bit of noise and hiss at lower volumes. While this is true to a certain degree, it is equally true that once the amp is cranked up this is no longer an issue. It is a great vintage amp to add to any collection and I know that several Les Paul Players and Clapton afficionado's would love to have this amp when they hit the podium.
This Popular has seen some work over the past 5 decades but it still houses it's original transformers, cabinet, Elac speakers, chassis etc. The serial number, transformers, pots and parts indicate that the amp was manufactured in 1970, and so does the tag board. The tolex is nice and clean which you can see in the photos. The grill cloth has been replaced by a lovely Marshall Salt & Pepper cloth and so is the upper back panel and most electrolyte capacitors and some electronics.
With its 110/250 Volts 40/60 cycles trafo it can be used in the US, UK, Europe and just about anywhere else in the world!!
PS: The Marshall 1930 Popular was made on the exact same chassis and in the same cabinets as the famous 18 watt Marshall mini Bluesbreaker amps like the models 1974 (1x12), 1973 (2x12) and 1958 (2x10). These are the little brothers of the magic Bluesbreaker Eric Clapton played with his Les Paul that made these amps so extremely coveted these days. That's why there are plugs in the extra chassis holes, it is to house another 12AX7/ECC83 preamp tube! Marshall drilled the chassis for an 18 watt and used them for both amps which was cheaper to manufacture. It will be a fairly easy conversion from this model to the 18WATT EL84 Mini Bluesbreaker whilst using all the original components!