NAMM 2013: Marshall Slash SL-5C First Photos + Specs


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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
Type: Combo
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


Confirmed: Marshall Slash SL-5 (aka AFD5 combo) will be released at Winter NAMM 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)

@Slash absolutely true, the all new @MarshallAmpsUK AFD 5W combo can be seen @NAMM on the Marshall stand, super cool combo”

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

Marshall SL-5 Slash


Well it seems there are some real listings of the Marshall SL-5 showing up on European retailer sites, with prices starting as low as 719EURO but also rising up to 895EURO RRP.

There is little info about this amp yet, or photos, but I am told there may be a little more released in the coming weeks…. Perhaps 😉

Note: The image above is of a custom combo Marshall made for Slash several years back. Chris George (The new product coordinator from Marshall) has confirmed that the SL-5 will not be the same as this photographed amp.  Chris George (Follow him on twitter @chrisgeorgeband) also said when referring to the amp photographed above: “That amp that’s done the rounds on the net was a one off 5w gift for Slash a few years ago. The SL-5 is completely different.”

So there we have it, we still know nothing about the SL-5, other than a rough idea of price, and that it’s likely to be released at winter NAMM in around a month.

Marshall AFD100 and YJM100 @ Musikmesse 2011


Above you can see a couple of pics I took on my iPhone, in the Marshall demo booth at Musikmesse 2011 in Frankfurt.

In one photo you can clearly see the Slash AFD100 on the far left, then the JYM100 to the right of it.  Then on the far right the JMD100.  There’s also a pic of The Chris George band actually playing, and I was lucky enough to shake Chris by the hand and have a discussion about how good the new Slash and Malsteem heads sound.

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Marshall AFD100 Slash Signature – RELEASED

If you’re reading this, I’m sure you need no dull specs of this amp, as it’s already well publicised. What you may not know already is that the Marshall AFD100 Slash Signature has officially been released, and is available on Marshalls website, if you want to know more. CLICK HERE.

Marshall AFD100 Slash Signature Guitar Valve Amplifier Head

So it looks like my mocked up picture of the AFD100 actually looks quite accurate. Mine’s the picture on its own. The real prototype is the one on top of the other amp (The Silver Jubilee)

For more info please click HERE to go to the Marshall AFD100 blog

Slash Appetite For Destrubtion Epiphone Les Paul Signature

Each Limited Edition Slash ‘Appetite’ package will come with a hardshell case featuring Slash’s artwork, a certificate of authenticity personally hand signed by the guitarist himself and 12 custom Slash guitar picks. “You don’t get picks with the other models,” Slash says, chuckling. The Epiphone Appetite will be in shops in October.
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Marshall AFD100 Slash Signature Unofficial Design

Here is a possible mockup for what the new Marshall/Slash AFD100 head will look like. There are some hints that it will have a snake skin covering, but we’ll have to wait and see if that’s the case.

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Note: This is a picture I created from a stock 1959HW amp and the possible control panel drawing from