Satch JVM Released – Unofficially

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:

Marshall Amplifications are pleased to announce the JVM410H Joe Satriani Edition. This new addition is not only the latest in the Signature Series range, but also an addition to the award winning flagship, the JVM. This collaboration between Marshall and one of the world’s most respected guitarists take the well known front panel features of the JVM410H and overhauls the tone to a completely new level.
Joe Satriani has long been associated with Marshall, in earlier days often citing the 30th Anniversary model, the 6100 as his amp of choice. After Satch’s departure to experiment with other brands, he found his love again for Marshall as he was recording the self titled debut album from Chickenfoot in 2009. Joe initially opted for stock JVM210H units, and after discussions it was deemed appropriate to add Satriani to Marshall’s Signature Series list.
At a first glance, the JVM410JS may look familiar. Taking a more detailed look (and listen) though, will make you realise just how different this amp is from its stock counterpart. So, how is the JVM410JS different from the JVM410H?
Firstly, and probably most notably is the fact that the four reverb pots from the original JVM410 have now been replaced with noise gates; four noise gates no less, one for each channel and each with their own threshold. Another visible change to the front panel is the addition of a “Mid Shift” button that can be used for both OD1 and OD2 channels, shifting the mid character of the sound to that of Joe’s specification.
Tone wise, the amplifier is very different. The Clean channel is based on the aforementioned 6100 when on the green mode, with the orange and red modes being hotter variations of that tone too. The crunch channel takes the original JVM410 crunch and adds some of the popular Marshall “AFD” circuit to it, and the OD channels are now transition between modes. The mid shift button determines the difference in mid character between the original JVM410 OD1 and OD2 tone, moving the mids from around 650khz (Mid Shift off) to around 500khz (Mid Shift on).
The rest of the JVM410JS plays out in familiar territory; the amp is still powered by EL34 valves, there are two master volumes, the supplied footswitch enables you to switch between channels, modes, 2nd master, FX loop and now also the Noise Gates and Mid Shift too. There’s also full MIDI implementation to the unit.