1974 MARSHALL 4x12 STRAIGHT SPEAKER CABINET, CUSTOM COLOR ORANGE RARE CUSTOM COLOR ORANGE, ORIG. 30w BLACKBACK CELESTION SPEAKERS, MINT COND, SOUNDS AMAZING!

By the early 90s, the low wattage tube amps were almost forgotten in favour for the transistor.

But trends tend to get their rennaissance and once again, guitarists demands the timeless sound of the tube amp.

No doubt, most guitarists’ dream is to own a 100w tube head and a matching 4×12” speaker cabinet but in truth, they’re quite a hassle.

A 100w or even a 50w Hiwatt or similar, would be all too much for a 300 seats club, not to mention having to carry the whole thing to and from the gig.

In a studio environment, a smaller amp would usually be easier to tame and to mic properly, compared to a loud stack.

High wattage has little to do with how fat or huge your guitar sounds on the recording.Not least, a bedroom setup require something small that doesn’t piss off your neighbours and wife.In this feature we’ll look at a handful of models with David Gilmour’s tones in mind.The large tube stack phenomenon started in the late 60s, when bands moved to bigger stages and needed more volume and wattage.Prior to this, a small combo would do the job nicely.The whole thing escalated in the 80s with the ridiculous, although cool looking, walls of Marshalls.