2 amps you've been searching for available? Buy BOTH! Marshall Lead 12 NAD!

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  1. Guitar Rod

    Guitar Rod Senior Member

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    I've been wanting a Vox amp for a long time, and have been actively searching for a Marshall Lead 12 as well. In a matter of days, both came available at the same time. Since the Vox was at a great price and something I wanted forever, I jumped on it (and of course, start a NAD thread here). The little Lead 12 would have to wait for another day.

    I tried to avoid the ad. But it stuck around. Taunting me. Though expendable funds were tight this time of year, I kept checking. "I want a head, not a combo!" I told myself. Continued to check. Finally I just couldn't take it. Even though the price was firm (and a very good deal), I made an offer. Accepted!

    Though it gets rave reviews, and Johan's videos and others make them sound phenomenal, my expectations were reserved. Fired it up with an LP, and it sounded good. Very good. Much bigger and better than it should. A bit of tweaking the EQ and gain, and it sounds great! Better than great! Better than it should. It's completely apparent why people collect multiples of these. It's just enjoyable to plug in and play. Very vintage Marshall sound with no tubes, and the 10" speaker handles it well. A bit trebley, but easily addressed with the EQ. This little thing sounds more Marshall than any Mustang preset. It's now my TV room amp for putzing around on. I'm finding myself very attached to it. Like a puppy or something.
     
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    ALL RIGHT. CONGRATS. I've thought about pulling the trigger on one myself, but invariably, something ALWAYS comes along that I would prefer a little bit more.
     
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    Thanks! Yeah, this was the first I had ever seen pop up locally so I knew if I didn't jump, it would be a long wait until another came along.
     
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    Great little amp! Congratulations :)
     
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    I just got a Lead 12 also!

    Hey what amp settings have you been using?
     
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    Same as the pic, but it's hard to see. Works best with my LP with WLH pickups. They're a bit fuller than most.

    GAIN: tick above 7
    TREBLE: About 3.6
    MIDDLE: tick above 4
    BASS: tick above 8
     
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    Cool! Congrats and HNMAD! :applause: :rock: :dude: :headbanger:
     
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    Thanks! :)
    Thanks! :cheers2:
     
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    Gridlock Senior Member

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    Congrats, cool, good sounding, and fun little amps.

    I picked up a mint Reverb 12 (Lead 12 with real spring Reverb) a few years ago for $100.

    Thought it sounded great, planned to someday look for the 12” speaker version (20 or 30 watts) and gave this one to my brother.

    He still has the little Reverb 12.
     
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  10. Who

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    Which Vox did you pair it with?
     
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    You're a good Brother
     
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    Thanks! A Reverb 12 would be even cooler. I'll keep an eye out.

    And yes, you're a good brother.
     
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    A Vox AC15C1. Love it too. I am keeping an eye out for a Vox Pathfinder 15R. Start a little collection of the best SS practice amps by each major manufacturer.
     
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    @Guitar Rod -

    Have you experienced any sort of faint crackling noise on your Lead 12? Mine has this sort of cracking artifact that occurs on the end of notes. It's not horrendous but it's there. It sounds a little bit like distortion but I'm pretty sure that isn't it. It's like a fading faint crackling noise towards the end of sustain of the chord.

    I wonder if my amp is need of servicing?
     
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    Yes, I did notice that when I got it. Crackling on a decaying note. Just assumed an old amp or old speaker.
     
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    Old memory here but I think Jim Marshalls favorite was a solidstate out of his entire production.

    I'll let a Marshall fanatic/historian chime in if they know the model. (8020 or something like that...heck I can't remember)

    Friend had one of those little Marshall Leads back in the day and with his Electra LP it sounded crazy good.
     
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    I just picked up a Lead 12 last week. It had an upgraded speaker (Eminence Patriot Rajin Cajun) in it and a much longer replacement power cord for 130.

    Yesterday was the first day I had a chance to really play it. Damn if it's not the poor man's plexi. It's a bit of a one trick pony, is still very solid state but...it has a really cool sound. I played it from 9:30 pm to close to 1:00 am. Can't wait to get on it again today.
     
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    Congrats! Popular little amps. As soon as I saw one locally, I pounced.

    How does the Ragin Cajun sound? If i see a 10" Greenback that pop up once awhile, I'll get it for the little beast. It's big brother, the Lead 100 sounds great through a Greenback, and G12T-75s as well for that matter. Like you said, solid-statey, but classic Marshall as well.
     
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    The Cajun sounds great but I'm kinda curious about putting a 10" greenback in there...just because. I'm jamming along with some youtube now with it. BTW...mine does not crackle as the note fades. Maybe it's the speaker in yours?
     
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    Yeah, I'm thinking it's an artifact of an old cheap speaker. If it had a speaker out I'd run it into one of my other amps or cab to check.
     

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