Marshall JTM 45, guitar amplifier head,  Serial No. P.A. SER 1178
Lot 123
A circa 1965 Marshall JTM-45, Serial No. 1178,2
Sold for US$ 26,840 inc. premium

Lot Details
A circa 1965 Marshall JTM-45,
Serial No. 1178,
PA model, cabinet with tolex removed and varnished, gold plexiglass plate with MARSHALL in block letters, gold plexiglass control panel with six rotary controls with gray discs, two toggle switches, one orange pilot lamp, four jack inputs, aluminum chassis with three Mullard ECC83 pre-amp valves, two GEC KT66 valves, Mullard GZ34 rectifier valve, output transformer with impedance selector, lay-down mains transformer with voltage selector and a sticker REPAIRED AND SERVICED BY DEN CORNELL TEL: (0702) 610964, one replaced valve base, white back-control panel with two jack inputs (one marked by hand D.I.), fuse holder and Bulgin power cable socket, replaced handle; and flight case (2)

Footnotes

  • This very early Marshall JTM-45 is distinctive in appearance, stripped of its covering and with its exposed wood casing varnished. It was one of Clapton's studio amps and came to be widely recognized after its photograph was featured in Michael Doyle's reference work, The History of Marshall with the caption: A mid-1965 amp in original condition except for the removal of the vinyl covering. This particular amplifier has been owned for some time now by Eric Clapton. As a result, the phrase 'Clapton knobs' has arisen, a reference to its noticeably large gray control knobs.

    Whilst it was a JTM-45 2x12 combo that Clapton used at the Bluesbreakers 'Beano' album recording sessions at London's Decca Studios in April 1966, he played through an early Marshall JTM-45 head with a block logo, identical to this amp, through a white grille cloth 4x12 Marshall cabinet whilst on stage with John Mayall's Blues Breakers as photographed here. It is reputed that at the end of the infamous Glands residency in Greece, a twenty year old Clapton left his Marshall amp there and returned with only his Les Paul guitar thereby losing the amp. It is possible that it was the set-up in the photograph that was lost and Clapton began using the combo amp instead. It follows that Clapton's recordings that pre-dated the Glands trip including Telephone Blues, I Am Your Witchdoctor and Bernard Jenkins with John Mayall were in fact recorded, not with a 'Bluesbreaker' combo amp, but with a JTM-45 head like the one included here through a 4x12 cabinet.

    Literature: DOYLE, Michael The History of Marshall, Hal Leonard, Milwaukee, 1993, p.19
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