Marshall Amplification is pleased to announce the launch of the new SL-5C Slash Signature Amplifier.
The SL-5C is an all valve 5 watt amplifier incorporating various features, but above all else that distinctive Slash tone.
Working closely with Slash after the success of the AFD100, it was deemed appropriate to make a more accessible amplifier that is ideal for home or studio use. The SL-5C has two channels; Clean and Overdrive. A single volume control for the clean takes you from authentic Slash clean to Marshall crunch. The Overdrive channel, consisting of volume and gain, nails the AFD style tone and more. Both of the channels have obviously been approved by Slash himself. A master EQ section of Bass, Middle, Treble and Presence is included, as well as high quality custom voiced digital reverb. On top of providing 5 Watts of valve power, the SL-5C can also be switched to just 1 Watt at any time giving you perfect Slash tone at bedroom volume. The amp also has high and low sensitivity inputs.
At the heart of the amp are three ECC83 preamp valves and a single EL34 valve for its power stage. Slash’s favourite Celestion ‘Vintage 30’ 12” speaker brings the amplifier to life.
Power: 5 watts or 1 watt
Channels: 2 Custom Voiced footswitchable Channels – Clean & Overdrive (footswitch included)
Controls: Green/Red Channel Status LED’s, Full EQ section, Presence Control, Digital Reverb (footswitchable), High/Low Sensitivity Inputs
Power Tubes: 1 x EL34
Preamp Tubes: 3 – ECC83
Speaker: Celestion Vintage 30 Speaker
Power Output: Dual Output – 5 watts or 1 watt
Speaker Outputs: 8 & 16 ohm
Front panel includes Slash signature
Notes: Expected to ship May 1st 2013
News just in! Slash (@Slash) tweeted the following on 21st Jan 2013:
“I won’t be able to attend myself, but the new Marshall AFD 5w Combo will be making its debut appearance at NAMM this weekend. iiii]; )’”
Shortly followed up by none other than Paul Marshall (@PaulM1962)
Note: The photo above IS NOT the AFD5 (also called the SL-5). The photo above is of a custom 5 watt combo that Marshall made for Slash a while back, but is not the same amp as the AFD5/SL-5
It’s the eve of Musikmesse 2012, and despite the fact that I’m not going this year, I am totally excited about a few products that we’ve seen info or rumours about so far.
Blackstar have hinted about some important new products they’re releasing. My guess is either a solidstate amp including built in FX (see the tempo light flashing in the video below), or if it’s not solidstate, then a hybrid amp with digital preamp and tube power amp. At a push you could say it might be a full tube amp with built in FX, afterall that’s nothing new that Marshall haven’t already done (Marshall Vintage Modern has digital reverb).
Obviously if it’s solidstate or hybrid, they’ll have to put in some effort to win market share from Line 6 with their Spider IV solidstate amps and Spider Valve MKII hybrid amps which have sold in excess of a million units, and are the best selling amps in the US. The same could also be said for the DT25/DT50 amps which standalone include some very sought after HD amp models and built in digital reverb, but with the potential when connected to a POD HD via Line 6 Link to have access to a whole host of HD amp models, which then also control the true analog tube power amp in the DT amp for the best tone and best flexibility… I think it’s time for Line 6 and Blackstar to drop trousers, and see who has the biggest! That’s of course assuming Blackstar does release a product that’s in direct competition with Line 6….. You’ll have to wait and see
Here’s the teaser Blackstar video:
If you’ve been living in a cave in the Misty Mountains for the past 18 months, you may have missed that Joe Satriani is working with Marshall to create his new signature JVM. This we know is being released at Messe, and you can see more info HERE.
Propellerhead are also due to announce something this evening, at an invitation only VIP event. It would seem that the announcement will be something for the new iPad, because the invitations for this VIP event went out only 1 day after Apple announced its new iPad. A coincidence perhaps… I doubt it!
That’s all for now…
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
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!
No more needs to be said. Prices actually differ for the different models… I presume as some likely have more complex circuits to them (like the dual channel DSL1 and JVM1) compared to the more simple JTM1. Prices range from £479 for the JTM1H to £649 for the DSL1C and JVM1C
Pre-order your 1 watt 50th Anniversary Marshall at Andertons UK. Click Here To Order
Marshall has the first of the Golden Jubilee amps on their site.
Check out Marshall 50th Anniversary Amps
The Marshall JVM1 50th Anniversary is a Limited Edition 1w valve head based on Marshall’s current flagship model the JVM. It features all of the mod cons like dual footswitchable channels, presence control and speaker emulated line output
The Marshall JVM are the dirtiest Marshall amplifiers to date and likewise the JVM1 is the dirtiest of the 50th Anniversary 1w amps. 2 x ECC83 preamp valves and 1 x ECC82 power valve provide Marshall’s classic tone while the amp’s own voicing combined with Bass, Middle, Treble and Presence controls dishes up the most modern Marshall tone yet
The head version features 8 & 16 Ohm Speaker Outputs, and the combo also has an 8″ Celestion speaker.
The Marshall DSL1 50th Anniversary is a Limited Edition 1w valve amp based on Marshall’s JCM2000 Dual Super Lead amplifier. The 1990s bought with them new technology and new technology meant amps could be more flexibile than ever. You didn’t have to settle for a single tone anymore, you could have variety! The DSL1 is a dual channel tube amp that (like its forefather) can be controlled from an included footswitch.
The DSL1 offers up an impressive amount of gain and the tone can be shaped by the separate volume and gain for each channel and an overall 3 band EQ. And that’s not all! Further sculpt your tone with ‘Shift’ and ‘Deep’ switches that allow the mid/bass voice to be altered.
This combo version has an 8″ Celestion Speaker
The Marshall JCM1 50th Anniversary is a Limited Edition 1w valve amp based on Marshall’s sought after JCM800, considered by many guitarists to be the best amp ever made! The JCM800 was made to rock. Hard. And so is the JCM1! With 2 x ECC83 preamp valves and 1 x ECC82 power valve you can already tell the famous Marshall tone is going to be there, then factor in the Master Volume (They finally got there!), gain boast and the JCM1′s 0.1w all of which allow more and more gain at lower and lower volumes, you end up with a amp that gets the filthy saturated tones of the 80s at a volume that won’t cause the plaster in your walls to crumble.
The JCM features controls for Pre-amp volume (gain), Master volume, Bass, Middle and Treble, allowing you to dial in the exact tone you’re after.
This combo version features a 10″ Celestion speaker