Marshall Astoria Custom 30-watt Handwired Tube Head

30-watt All-tube Guitar Amp Head with 1 Channel, 3-band EQ, Power Reduction Switch, Effects Loop, Gain Boost, and KT66 Power Tubes
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Vintage-vibe with Modern Features

If you want vintage British tone with contemporary features, then you want the Marshall Astoria Custom all-tube guitar amplifier head. The Astoria Custom delivers a classic British tone from a pair of KT66 power tubes and modern functions like a tube-driven effects loop and footswitchable gain controls. And a cool Power Reduction switch lets you bring the volume down for rehearsing and recording. The vintage-voiced and boutique-inspired Marshall Astoria Custom amp head has the features and tone a pro musician needs!

Marshall Astoria Custom Tube Guitar Amplifier Head at a Glance:
  • All-tube design delivers big sound
  • Boutique vibe and classic Marshall tone
  • Dial in practice levels with onboard power reduction
All-tube design delivers big sound

Utilizing a cathode-biased KT66 power section and GZ34 rectifier, the Astoria Custom amplifier head gives you a wide range of tones with a definite Marshall vibe. The Custom was designed for players who want vintage tone with modern features like an effects loop and footswitchable gain. The gain knob also houses a Body switch that adds a different EQ curve to your tone. Handwired in Bletchley, England, Astoria amps use turrets mounted to printed circuit boards that let complex switching and hand wiring exist in the same amplifier. Sweetwater knows that good tone is important to you, and we're confident that the Marshall Astoria Custom can do the job.

Boutique vibe and classic Marshall tone

The all-tube Marshall Astoria Custom tube amp head delivers fat British tones in a stylish and great-looking package. The top-mounted control panel, leather carrying strap, and the old-school Marshall logo badge are a nod to Marshall amps from the '60s. Eye-catching two-tone vinyl covering and boutique cabinet design is sure to set this amp apart from the crowd.

Dial in practice levels with onboard power reduction

Thanks to the Astoria Custom's onboard power reduction, you can retain all that tonal richness even at low volumes. Imagine being able to plug your guitar into the same thick, sustaining tonality in the practice room or studio that you get when it's wide open on the big stage. With the Marshall Astoria Custom amp head, all it takes is a simple pull of a knob.

Marshall Astoria Custom Tube Guitar Amplifier Head Features:
  • Single-channel all-tube amplifier with defined British tone
  • Footswitchable gain boost lets you boost your solos
  • Tube-driven effects loop for your modulation, delay, and other pedals
  • A pair of KT66 power tubes and GZ34 rectifier deliver bold and punchy tones
  • Shape your tone with the Body pull switch
  • Cool two-tone vinyl covering stands out from other amps
  • 2-way footswitch with LED lights included
  • Handwired in Bletchley, England
Get classic British tone and boutique looks with the Marshall Astoria Custom guitar amp head!

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Tech Specs

Type Tube
Number of Channels 1
Total Power 30W (5W pull switch setting)
EQ 3-band EQ, body pull switch, brightness pull switch
Preamp Tubes 4 x ECC83/12AX7
Power Tubes 2 x KT66 power tubes, 1 x GZ34 rectifier tube
Inputs 2 x 1/4" TS (Hi/Lo inputs)
Outputs 5 x 1/4" TS (4, 8 and 16 ohm outputs)
Effects Loop Yes (with loop level control)
Footswitch I/O Yes (boost, effects loop), 2-way LED footswitch included
Height 11.41"
Width 23.62"
Depth 9.05"
Weight 36.37 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number AST2H

Customer Reviews

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5/5

Excellent Amp!

Have been playing real tube Marshalls since the 90s. Bought this from Sweetwater just before Christmas so have had it for about a month. Saved the box to return because it was so expensive in case I did not LOVE it. Was looking for a hand wired boutique amp for home and some gigs. This is expensive for Marshall but relatively inexpensive for a boutique amp (and it was hand made by the company with probably more amp experience than any other). Materials and finish are top quality. Range of sound is fabulous. KT66s deliver shimmery cleans that are punchy when you have more pick attack. The Gain and Master Volume deliver that amazing Marshall OD sound at volumes that are tolerable for gigs or at home without attenuator. Built in effects loop is seamless with boost pedal - reverb and other effects does not change one bit. I usually set the gain at 50% to 75% and roll back the volume on the guitar to get nice warm cleans. The boost is really like a second channel and a simple execution of what you need to switch from rhythm to lead. The 30W to 5W switch works as expected making the breakup happen sooner. Paired this with 2x12 cabinet for nice full sound. With a five year warranty, attention to detail, Marshall reliability and all of their expertise building classic tube amps, how could you go wrong. It sounds just like excellent Sweetwater review. Highly recommended.
Music background: Active Musician
5/5

Best amp Marshall has made in years

I have been using Marshall amps since the 70s and have owned almost all of them at one point. I still have my wall of Marshall's at home but I record with my Kemper so they are all more for fun. Marshall did not do a good job rolling this amp out, also the styling is subjective (Sourmash is bullding me a classic 100watt box in black). Having said all that please do not any of that make you overlook this amp. If you love single channel amps and controlling your tones with your guitars volume you have to consider this amp. After a good week playing it I can say with confidence that not since some early JMPs has there been a Marshall that sounds as good as the Astoria Custom does, I do not say this lightly. It's that good. I have it paired right now with a 4x12 of Celestion G12H-30s and love it. The amp has power reduction taking it from 30 watts (really about 22) to 5 watts. The way it works and the way it sounds is better by far then then any other power reduction I have used in an amp. This includes Marshall's EPA system. The amp remains very punchy and articulate at 5 watts of power. The footswitch controls the loop and a built in boost, you can set the loop as a volume reduction or boost if you want. There is no need for any OD pedal with this amp, I never use more then 5 on the gain and it is more then enough even without the boost engaged. There is a "Body" control also in this which is great for those single coil guitars to really thicken up your solos. I cannot imagine any professional player with cork sniffing taste not falling in love with this amp once they play it. It really is one of the top 5 Marshall's ever IMO. I usually use two types of tones with my playing, one is a classic rock tone similar to the Scorpions or Dokken and the other is a blues tone in the style of Robin Trower. With a Supernatural Reverb and a TC Vibe this amp nails early Trower. I would say it is not suitable for metal but not a problem with hard rock. Out of the box with a Les Paul it is very vintage AC/DC with very little tweaking. The open chords ring out every note unlike most amps when using a good bit of gain. No mud here. I also want to comment on the build quality. As someone who has had some of the world best builders make me handwired amps over the years Marshall does an amazing job wiring this amp, very high quality which is reflective in the price. For the gigging musician this head is about as close to perfect as there is. 30 watts is surprisingly loud and even 5 watts would work well for small venues. Quality, tone, and flexibility make this a amp I think I am going to get a lot of mileage out of. If you dig the high end Marshall amps over the years give Astoria a go, I am absolutely loving this amp.
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