Here is a vintage 1972 Marshall 1930 “Popular” 10w Lead electric guitar amplifier. This particular example, serial number 52846, is in near mint 100% all original condition and includes the original footswitch as well as the original cover! This post-Plexi hand-wired pre-PCB 1×12″ amp is like a mini-mini-bluesbreaker, with incredible early Marshall tone. Of the numerous Popular variations, including the 2×10″ and 4×10″ models, the 1×12″ 25w Celestion Greenback is by far the superior setup and most similar to the 18w mini-bluesbreaker.
Serial Number: 52846
Cabinet Serial Number: 26475
Speaker Code: BE T1221 102/3
The Marshall 1930 Popular utilizes: (2) ECL86 and (1) ECC83 original tubes through the original 1 x 12″ Celestion Greenback speaker.
The original tolex is in pristine condition. The original Chequerboard grill cloth is in correspondingly excellent shape and does not exhibit any fading, fraying, tears, or rips. All of the original hardware is intact and void of oxidation. The control panel displays slight wear, but is void of oxidation and distracting wear patterns.
One capacitor in the tremolo circuit was replaced, which is quite common, but as can be seen it otherwise remains all original. The amp would be best suited for intimate live performances and studio recording applications. With tone like that of a VOX AC-10 with more presence and personality, this is the sort of amp that becomes a mainstay favorite, and will most likely be the amp left persistently plugged-in. With awesome early Plexi-era tone in a cute and compact cabinet, this is a highly under-rated, under-valued example, with an incredible potential to increase in value and desirability.