If only this were the real Golden Jubilee… I’d certainly be happy with a JCM800 as the Golden Jubilee (perhaps with a few extras like an additional gain stage that’s switchable with a pedal, power scaling and 50 watt switchable, and of course gold tolex)…
Just to be clear though, we have no official word from Marshall about whether there will be a Golden Jubilee (although all the hints suggest their will be), and the photo above is a production model JCM800 2203X reissue, with a custom shop option of an image printed on the grilles of both cabs and the head, specially for Marshall’s 50th anniversary year.
For more info on custom shop options, visit the Marshall Custom Shop
The first time I saw Zakk’s ‘Iron Curtain’ was at the Cambridge Corn Exchange in February 2011, and what a sight it was! There were no fewer than 24 Marshall amp heads, and 28 4×12 cabs all arranged in full stacks with double amp tops, and another 4 cabs centre stage…. Or was there? I can assure you that I wore ear plugs and it was LOUD, and some friends I went with who didn’t wear plugs had cotton wool ears for a couple of days! It certainly seemed like a very loud gig!
In reality Zakk and Black Label Society’s 2nd guitarist, Nick Catanese, both use three Marshall 2203ZW amps (Zakk’s original signature, from 10 years ago, released in 2002), and some of the cabs that are on stage (probably 6 each). Some more cabs (as you can see at the bottom of the stacks in the photo above) are bass cabs, and the rest are dummy cabs. The Iron Curtain heads (2203BLS it seems they may be called) are just front panels and tubes that light up to look like they’re real amps (see the link below for photos of these dummy amps/cabs)
The interesting question is when will Marshall release the new Zakk Wylde signature head, and will it look like the Iron Curtain head? If it does, I’m sure Marshall will sell a lot of these amps, as many Zakk fans have shown interest in these new amps being used on tour (even though they were dummies). I know I’d love to own one when they’re released (a man can dream!). Zakk’s also been interviewed in various guitar magazines recently stating that a new signature Marshall will be released in 2012, and will be a copy of one of his currently owned heads. Whether he means an existing 2203ZW or another amp he uses, we don’t know. But he’s famous for using JCM800 heads, so I can’t believe it would be anything other than a JCM800 2003 clone, with perhaps a couple of little extra features (FX loop and built in OD pedal perhaps (like the YJM100), and maybe even power scaling like the AFD100 and YJM100).
Some info and photos of ‘The Iron Curtain’ are here:
If you haven’t already read my Relay G50 review, take a quick detour as some of what I’ll say about the G90 is related. Rowbi’s G50 Review
Essentially the G90 has all the same great features of the G50, but with a few extras thrown in for good measure.
The cutting edge Line 6 DT50 is where it all started just over a year ago, but Line 6 certainly didn’t finish what they wanted to achieve in a single product. The DT25 is the new kid on the block, and while you could initially be mistaken for thinking of it as the DT50′s little brother, it is in fact very capable tube amplifier in its own right, with a couple of extra features that the DT50 itself doesn’t have to boot!
If you’ve been reading all the rumours about the Satch Marshall signature amp that looks like it’s on its way soon, you may have also heard the information from Santiago Alvarez about the mods he made to the stock JVM410H, and one of them being the introduction of a choke.
Well if you’re not sure what a choke is or how it can affect your amp tone, check out the following link for a great description:
That’s right Satch Fans!
If you want to pre-order a JVM410JS Satch Signature, the black head (looks like a JVM410H but with gold piping) is available for pre-order for £1399 and a limited (to 500 units) blue head and blue 1960A package are available for £2199 (and a 1960B blue cab are available as a seperate order). The blue head will not be available seperately from the blue 1960A cab. The shame is that you can’t just buy the blue 1960B with the blue limited edition head, as Satch has stated many times that he uses a 1960B cab… Oh well, best you limited edition hunters buy the package and a seperate 1960B-Blue too!
Info isn’t being released by retailers, as I assume Marshall want to do an official release at Musikmesse in a month, and rightly so. But there is a photo in circulation to dealers, showing a medium resolution picture of at least the black production model (with the gold piping). That’s under tight wraps though, and only dealers are able to see it… For now.
Delivery is in May 2012 for those lucky enough to get an order in quickly, and here is the info I have:
Well it looks like someone is either guessing, or do they know some inside info?
The rumour is that there may be a September 2012 release of the Marshall Golden Jubilee 100 watter (although as yet we have no idea what that amp will be). Realistically anyone could have a guess that at some point near the end of this year Marshall will release their Golden Jubilee amp…
Anyway, the hint comes from the Marshall Forum, and the poster actually links to a video where a Marshall demonstrator also suggests (as Chris George has hinted at in the past) that the 1 watt amps are just the start of things to come in this 50th year of LOUD!
As previously mentioned, the ‘word on the street’ is that Marshall will release a standard production model of the Satriani JVM signature head, and also a limited edition model in blue.
The rumour at the moment is that the standard production model will be around £1400, but final pricing details have yet to be announced. The pricing for the limited edition model are to follow… So remember to subscribe to this blog, or bookmark and keep checking back to the Satriani Signature Marshall category on this blog here:
Those of you in the know will obviously recognise the photo above as one of Marshall’s limited edition 30th anniversary 6100 heads and 4×12 cabs… Boy don’t we wish those were still available to buy as production models!
But fear not, your wanton desire to own a Marshall covered in sleek blue tolex may be fulfilled! I’ve just heard a rumour that the Joe Satriani Marshall signature amp will be released in March/April 2012 (which will coincide with Musikmesse in Germany) as a production model in black tolex, and as a limited run of 500 in blue tolex (similar to the photo above). Details of the exact number in the limited run aren’t clear yet, but there should be a matching blue 4×12 available too.
Guide prices are to follow soon, and here’s the link to all my Satriani JVM blog posts for you bookmark: CLICK HERE.
Note: Actually if you want a blue covered Marshall, you can of course custom order any production Marshall in blue for only a very small extra charge at the Marshall Custom Shop.
Recently he has prepared a very interesting and in-depth guide covering the wide-ranging and all-encompassing topic of guitar tone. But if you’re pushed for time the contents page at the beginning will help you narrow down to the section you are after to get some good general advice on what parts of you and your rig make up your guitar tone or what part of your POD HD setup needs some more work to improve your tone.