Marshall Lead 12 (5005) Club

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  1. WildGuitar

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    From Vintage Guitar Magazine:

    "Lead 12: The Little Screamer - Greater distortion at low volumes was also the goal of one of the most interesting amps Marshall released in the early '80s - the model 5005 Lead 12. A 12-watt transistor practice amp with a 10" Celestion, it retailed for under $200 and for many came surprisingly close to capturing the great, warm sound of the distorted Marshall amps of years gone by. It was a favorite of many working musicians, including luminaries like Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top. The Lead 12 proved to be enough of a hit with consumers that Marshall has continued to make transistor mini-amps. The '80s and early '90s saw the introduction of the tiny one-watt MS-2, the popular 3005 solidstate Micro-Stack (based on the 5005), and the 10-watt 8001 Valvestate Micro-Stack (part of a series of Marshall amps launched in '91 where all models with 40 watts or more used a 12AX7 tube in their preamps, to drive a solidstate power stage designed to sound and feel like an all-tube power amp), as well as numerous more high-powered combo amps, and even separate transistorized heads."

    From "The History of Marshall" by Michael Doyle

    "...Naturally there are many modern Marshalls that can come close to approximating the Bluesbreaker sound but the most surprising one is the old 5005 (Lead 12) solid-state combo so beloved by Billy F Gibbons. He recorded such guitar greats as "My Head's in Mississippi" with this amp, and I am eternally in his debt for bringing it to my attention!."
     
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    I got this one today

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    The serial number starting with Z would indicate that your amp was made in 1991-92.Maybe your is a 4th version of the Lead 12? The cabinet looks sorta like the shape of the Marshall 8010 Valvestate. those were made around that time and they had an S301 speaker.

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    This is the third version of the Lead 12 made circa 1988.

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    This is the second version of the Lead 12 made circa 1985 I used to own

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    And my first version made in 1982 that bought this week

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    I joined the 5005 club last Thursday. Paid a great price ($50) for it. Seller was not a player, couldn't test it...just power on. When I got there I heard some hum and some scratchy pot sounds so I knew it worked. Other issues,,,busted gain pot shaft and a tear in the original speaker.

    When I got it home I hooked up to a Legend GB128 and this thing rocks. Will need to deal with speaker and gain pot but I feel good about this one. I thought I'd be buying to fix and flip, but hearing it with the 12" has me thinking it's a keeper. With the ripped 10" it sucks pretty bad, as you'd expect.

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    I’ve had mine since new, bought in Edinburgh in 1986. It’s the “version 2” which has the funky line-out jack which doubles as a headphone out when the plug is only partly engaged. Here’s my signed letter from Jim Marshall which if I’m honest I treasure more than the amp!
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    I had a 5005 for cheap and foolishly sold it. I kicked myself for that for months. I was just able to find a sweet Lead 12 ministack in white and a 1965b cab within the space of a week. The Lead 12 cabs are adequate, but the head into the 1965b is on a whole other level. Plus the cab is a match for my PRRI and has taken that amp up a notch too. Let's hear it for 80s budget Marshall.

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    What’s up all ? I have the Lead 12 with the 2 Ins and 1 Out / Headphone jack. Oddly there is a serial number pressed into the metal face on the front under the In jacks. All of these years later this amp still kicks ass.

    I also have the Bass 12 with same type of front. These amps are indestructible and refuse to sound bad.
     
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    I've got a Lead 12 combo and prefer a 12" speaker... for sure to the 10".
    What I really need is a 1965 cab to match my recently acquired Marshall Artist head. You have my envy on that one.
     
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    My first amp was the Bass 12 that my Mom surprised me with in the early 80s. I used that thing for gigs for years mic-ed up. I also used it as a preamp and / or ran it into different cabs. When I started playing guitar almost exclusively, “old reliable” still sounded great. All these years later I still use her for a lot of stuff. Wet / Dry, Stereo, Ping-Pong Delay, running drum machines and synths through it.

    The Lead 12 I got as an accident. A tenant that I kicked out of the apartment that I was renting left it behind. This was back in 2005 or 2006. It wasn’t until last year that I cleaned her up and really started to appreciate her.

    I got sucked into the whole digital modeling amp stuff when it came out for a while. I guess with age does come wisdom because all of the Line 6 amps went into storage years ago. PEDAL AMPS ONLY !!! LOL. All I need for any situation are my old Marshall and Peavy combo amps. I do like the Marshall DSL 20w /40w.
     
  12. gridlock

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    Back in the Lead 12 club. I believe that this is a later ‘80’s Amp. In very good condition.

    I did swap the original speaker (sounded a little thin) for a Greenback and it sounds pretty good now for 33 year old, 12 watt, SS amp.

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    I love these lil amps - I had 2 of them back in the day. Now my son is learning the guitar and had to get an other one - but the price of them !!! Seen a white Tolex for £250. Managed to get one in a charity shop for £60 After getting his (and playing about with it) I had to get one to play with (mod).
    Mods so far:
    Old style Marshall power switch and LED (poker chip to cover original hole)
    Kettle type power lead
    IC change to JCR4558

    Next to do
    12” Speaker (hopefully a 25watt greenback)

    Any other recommended mods please let know
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    here is mine. i purchased it in the 80s and still use it now and then thru a larger 12" speaker cabinet. gets some great sounds! i've thought about turning it into a tube amp but i've got too many other projects on hand and this amp really sounds great even with the 10" speaker. mine appears to be version 2.

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    Just got mine today, '84 according to the serial.
    Very good tone for a solid state amp, glad I pulled the trigger.
    Got it for a fair price.
     
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    Treated my Lead 12 to a little upgrade today, I’ve had it for almost 40 years so I think it deserves some love!

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    An early 80’s Lead 12. Nice, I recently also put a Geeenback in my Lead 12.
     
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