This is a very rare and historic "KITCHEN MARSHALL" It is a true green on black tolex small box JTM-45 guitar head. It is not a converted P. A. or bass head.
THIS AMP IS FEATURED ON PAGE 127 OF MICHAEL DOYLE'S THE HISTORY OF MARSHALL BOOK. I BOUGHT THE AMP FROM A STORE IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA CIRCA JUNE OF 1996 THAT SOLD IT IN BEHALF OF MR. DOYLE.
LETTERS OF PROVENANCE FROM THE STORE AND MR. DOYLE ARE INCLUDED I COULD GO ON AND ON ABOUT THE HISTORY OF THIS AMP AND IT'S RARITY BUT YOU PROBABLY ALREADY KNOW THIS IF YOU HAVE MADE IT THIS FAR. I'VE YET TO SEE ANOTHER REAL JTM-45 KITCHEN IN REAL LIFE. MICHAEL DOYLE'S THE HISTORY OF MARSHALL BOOK HAS PHOTOS ON PAGES 87/105 & 109 THAT SHOW A DIFFERENT SMALL BOX KITCHEN AMP (ALL OBVIOUSLY THE SAME AMP) SO WE CAN ASSUME THERE IS AT LEAST ONE OTHER "REAL" JTM-45 KITCHEN. I COULDN'T ADDRESS THE FACT OF THIS OTHER AMP BEING AN UNCONVERTED JTM-45 HOWEVER BUT IT IS A SMALL BOX SO CHANCES ARE GREAT THAT IT IS.
YOU CAN'T TELL BY THE PICTURES IN THE BOOK. I HAVE OWNED THIS AMP SINCE JUNE 1996 NOW SO HAVE BEEN REALLY LOOKING FOR OTHER KITCHENS TO FIND OUT SPECS/INFO ETC ETC... HARD TO SEEK INFO ... BELIEVE ME!
BASIC FACTS OF THIS AMP:
- IT IS A SMALL BOX JTM-45 WITH BLACK ON GREEN VINYL/LEVANT COVERING. THE BACK COVER IS BLACK LEVANT WITH THE GOLD GRILLE AND IS PROBABLY THE ORIGINAL BACK COVER AS THAT LEVANT WAS USED IN THE SAME TIME PERIOD.
- IT HAS THE ORIGINAL BLACK ON GOLD KITCHEN-MARSHALL STYLE PLEXIGLASS BLOCK LOGO.
- IT IS AN ORIGINALLY FITTED EL-34 DESIGN AMP WITH A GZ-34 RECTIFIER FROM (PROBABLY) EARLY TO MID 1966. MAYBE LATE 65 BUT MICHAEL DOYLE SOLD IT TO ME AS A 1966 SO I'LL JUST KEEP IT AS SUCH.
- IT HAS THE GOLD PLEXIGLASS (plexi) FRONT PANEL.
- IT HAS THE CREAM BACK PANEL W/ GOLD LETTERING/NUMBERING.
- IT HAS ORIGINAL CLASSIC MARSHALL KNOBS.
- IT RUNS AT 220 VOLTS SO A STEP UP TRANSFORMER HAS TO BE USED.
- IT HAS BEEN USED AND MAINTAINED PROPERLY SINCE MY OWNERSHIP!
CONDITION The condition of this amp is in very good to very good plus ORIGINAL condition. Everything is stock original except for:
- One knob that I've replaced with another original knob from the same period.
- Power tubes are not the originals but branded RCA MULLARD EL34 circa 1970 Blackburn factory.
- Two of the tube covers are later stock.
This amp has NEVER gone down on me. I correctly bias it when I change tubes (I actually measure plate voltage) and make sure the electricity used is good. It does have some wear but nothing to cry over.
- There are a few cracks to the front plexi glass at the input section (see pics.)
- The cream back panel has a crack as well at the output section (see pics.)
- It also has a few blemishes to the vinyl/levant which are minor (see pics.) This amp is in a nice vintage shape. If I had to do the number thing from 1 to 10 - I would conservatively say 7.8 to 8.0.
TONE Sound-wise this is what you would expect. A classic tone box. I recorded 40-50% of my first 2 albums with this amp (and others.) A great representation of this amp would be the melody/rhythm of APPLICATION FOR PRESIDENT from the OMNIUMGATHERUM lp or the guitars on LOT 49 from the S/T record. No MODIFICATIONs (mods) have been done to this amp in my time with it or any that I know about and can see.-Curtis Reid