Marshall combo that's sounds closest to a old plexi head?


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Jun 5, 2022
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Just on another note, if anyone wants a cheaper type of SV20c on a 1K budget, you could have a Marshall Origin 20c and a Plexi tone pedal, of which there are dozens. Wampler, Carl Martin, etc. The Origin itself leans Plexi-ish in tone but you need to dial it up.

If you want to go even cheaper, then a Helix Stomp and FRFR will do it also.


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I don't see a 2x12" combo as "compact".

If you are tight on budget, maybe you can find one of these cheap:

While Blackheart amps are great amps , they don’t sound like a Plexi to me. I’ve owned a couple of of them, and they sound great and they’re built like a tank!

Solid, quality construction everywhere, also they’re made of birch plywood, at least my two were.

They just don’t have the bite of a Marshall especially vintage Marshalls. The Blackhearts I’ve played had a thick, creamy tone, slightly reminiscent of Leslie West.

Maybe the really clean tone is similar to a Plexi, but anything with hair on it gets thick and un-Plexi like to my ears.

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