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1972 Marshall Mercury 2060The Marshall Mecrcury 2060 was a small mail-order only valve guitar amp, made at the Bletchley Marshall factory, and available in the early 1970s. At just 5 watts, and with a 12" cone, it is not powerful enough to keep up with a live band, although louder than perhaps you might think. It does, however, make a great recording amp.

Sound-wise, this Marshall has a very bright tone, and when pushed to higher volumes, has a superb overdriven sound. It is a true hybrid, with a transistor preamp, yet powered by one EL84 valve. Listen to some of the sound clips below.

Feature-wise, this amp is fairly simple: just tone and volume controls, but with a foot-switchable tremolo effect, with a further two controls: speed and intensity.

Marshall Mercury 2060 schematic







Vintage Guitar Soundclip:
1966 Hagstrom HIII (F300)
through a
1972 Marshall Mercury 2060

1966 Hagstrom HIII (F300)1972 Marshall Mercury 2060
Recorded with a Shure SM57 microphone, into an M-audio mobile pre USB interface.

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Marshall Mercury 2060, volume 10/10, tone 5/10

Hagstrom III neck pickup only. Not dissimilar from a strat.
Hagstrom III middle pickup only. The vibrato is just so playable.
Hagstrom III bridge pickup. Searing lead sound superbly crunchy chords.
Hagstrom III bridge pickup with top boost. This is a great for dirty funk.
Hagstrom III all three pickups with bass boost.

Marshall Mercury 2060 again, but a cleaner sound (volume 5/10, tone 5/10)

Hagstrom III neck pickup with bass boost, volume 10/10. With a pick.
Hagstrom III middle pickup only.


Vintage Guitar Soundclip:
1967 Hagstrom H12 (F-12S)
through a
1972 Marshall Mercury 2060

1967 Hagstrom H12 (F-12S)1972 Marshall Mercury 2060
Recorded with a Shure SM57 microphone, into an M-audio mobile pre USB interface.

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Clean amp: volume 8, tone 1

Hagstrom H12 neck pickup only, volume 10/10. With a pick.
Hagstrom H12 neck pickup only, volume 10/10. Fingerstyle.
Hagstrom H12 neck pickup with the bass boost switch engaged, volume 10/10.
Hagstrom H12 bridge pickup, volume 10/10.

Getting crunchy: volume 8, tone 5

Hagstrom H12 neck pickup, volume 10/10. Played with a pick.
Hagstrom H12 neck pickup with the bass boost switch engaged, volume 10/10.
And this clip demonstrates the treble boost, or tone switch on the neck pickup. As can be heard, it produces a really glassy, chiming sound.
Hagstrom H12 bridge pickup, volume 10/10. Played with a pick.
Hagstrom H12 bridge pickup with tone switch, volume 10/10.
Hagstrom H12 - both pickups, volume 10/10.

Cranked: volume 10, tone 3

Hagstrom H12 - both pickups, volume 10/10.

And with tremolo... volume 10, tone 5

Hagstrom H12 - bridge pickup, volume 10/10.


Vintage Guitar Soundclip:
1967 Vox Ultrasonic
through a
1972 Marshall Mercury 2060

1967 Vox Ultrasonic1972 Marshall Mercury 2060
Shure SM57 microphone, into an M-audio mobile pre USB interface.

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Amp volume 8, tone 1

Guitar: Both pickups, volume 10/10, tone 10/10
Guitar: Bridge pickup only, volume 10/10, tone 10/10.
Guitar: Neck pickup only, volume 10/10, tone 10/10.
Guitar: Neck pickup only, volume 10/10, tone 0/10.


Vintage Guitar Soundclip:
1969 Gibson SG Special
through a
1972 Marshall Mercury 2060

1969 Gibson SG Special1972 Marshall Mercury 2060
Recorded with a Shure SM57 microphone, into an M-audio mobile pre USB interface.

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Amp settings: volume 2/10, tone 0/10. This amp only stays clean at really low volumes and/or with the tone rolled down.

Both pickups, volumes 10/10, tones 5/10, played with a pick.
Both pickups, volumes at 10/10, tones 0/10, played fingerstyle.
Neck pickup only, Volume 10/10, tone 0/10, played fingerstyle.

Amp settings: volume 5/10, tone 2/10. Pretty trebley for 2/10!

Both pickups, volumes at 10/10, tones 10/10, Played fingerstyle.
Both pickups, volumes at 10/10, tones 0/10, played fingerstyle.

Amp settings: volume 2/10, tone 5/10. Even at these settings it's already starting to get a little crunchy.

Neck pickup, volume 10/10, tone 5/10, played fingerstyle.

Amp settings: volume 5/10, tone 5/10.

Bridge pickup only, volume 10/10 and tone 10/10, played with a pick.

Amp settings: volume 8/10, tone 2/10.

Both pickups, volumes at 10/10 and tones 5/10, played with a pick.

Amp settings: volume 10/10, tone 5/10.

Both pickups, volumes 10/10 and tones 10/10. Played with a pick.
Neck pickup, volume 10/10 and tone 10/10. Played with a pick.
Neck pickup, volume 10/10, tone 0/10. Despite the high volume, the rolled down tone tames the amp significantly.
Bridge pickup, volume 10/10, tone 10/10. Played with a pick.


Vintage Guitar Soundclip:
1976 Gibson L-6S Custom
through a
1972 Marshall Mercury 2060

1976 Gibson L-6S Custom1972 Marshall Mercury 2060
Recorded with a Shure SM57 microphone, into an M-audio mobile pre USB interface.

Marshall Mercury 2060 vol 10/10, tone 5/10.

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L-6S custom varitone position 2 (front pickup only) midrange-10, tone-10.
L-6S custom varitone position 4 (both pickups, parallel out of phase) midrange-10, tone-10.
L-6S custom varitone position 5 (back pickup only) midrange-10, tone-10.

1972 Marshall Mercury control detail

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