Rowbi Investigates – Are Marshall Releasing a 2203BLS After all?

BLS You will likely have seen my previous posts that detailed rumours (and some confirmation from Zakk himself, see this article: https://rowbinet.co.uk/2012/01/04/marshall-golden-jubilee-the-holy-grail/ ) that Marshall were planning to release a new Zakk signature just, we assume looking like those in the picture above.  Zakk called them the Steel Curtain Of Doom – I and others referred to them as the 2203BLS.

Since my old pal Zakky announced last month that he is starting Wylde Audio, and other reports have confirmed that some of his main endorsements have ended, detective Rowbi has been hot on the trail of who will actually be building these new amps for Zakk – as surely he’s not reinventing the wheel?!?!¿¡¿¡

First, check out the 5:04 mark in the following video – hmmm, that mini stack clearly resembles that of a Marshall MG15CFXMS!
What really caught my eye was the flashing tap tempo light:
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Next, check out that same video at 5:09, and you’ve guessed it – another Marshall look-a-like!  This time it’s the Wylde Audio Master Practice 15, which is a real dead ringer for love a Marshall DSL15C:
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So, this got me thinking, is the Master 100 just a 2203 as Zakk has famously used over the years? The front panels seem to match up, and he’s also showed it off in a steel curtain cosmetic version that matches his current Marshalls:
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So, with the above points in mind, are Marshall making these Wyde Audio amps? Or has Zakk borrowed or ripped off the designs?
Only time will tell for sure – but I know what my money is on!
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NAMM 2015 – Marshall Reissue Silver Jubilee 2555X

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Remember this momentous occasion!  The reissue of the Marshall 2555 Silver Jubilee in January 2015 at the Winter NAMM show.

The reissue head will be called the 2555X, and the cabs (containing 4 x V30 speakers) are the 2551AV (angled) and 2551BV (straight).   Never let it be said that Marshall didn’t release a significant Jubilee model around their 50th anniversary (ok, so it’s their 53rd this year in 2015 🙂 )

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Full specs and the official press release below:

Marshall Launches a Modern Re-Issue of the Legendary Silver Jubilee 2555 Stack

1987 was a very special year for both Marshall Amplification and its founder, Jim Marshall, as it marked 50 years in the Music Industry for Jim, and the 25th Anniversary of his iconic British guitar amplification brand. To celebrate these two momentous occasions, Marshall released the Silver Jubilee Series of amps, clad in silver vinyl. Of this critically acclaimed series, the 100 Watt 2555 stack quickly became one of Marshall’s most popular and significant products. It was adopted by countless artists, including the one-and-only Slash.

Due to incredible public demand, Marshall is offering a UK made, modern re-issue of the highly sought after 2555 stack that exactly duplicates its features and legendary tone. The models are the 2555X head plus the angled-front 2551AV and straight-front 2551BV 4×12” cabinets (sold separately).

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Here are the features:

2555X 100/50 Watt valve Head Features
• 3 x ECC83 (12AX7) preamp valves and 4 x EL34 power valve
• Silver vinyl and silver front panel
• High/Low Output selection switch – this switches the power stage between Pentode operation (100 Watts) and Triode (50 Watts)
• 2 footswitchable channels – Rhythm and Lead.
• Presence, Bass, Middle and Treble EQ controls
• Output Master/Pull channel Control. This footswitchable push/pull control switches between Rhythm and Lead settings.
• Lead Master Control which sets the Lead mode volume.
• Input Gain/Pull Rhythm Clip Control. When pulled out if adds extra crunch to the Rhythm Mode of the 2555X.
• Series Effects Loop
• DI Output for PA or recording
• Footswitch included
• Made in Britain with Pride

Check out my buddy Chris George doing what he does best in the video below:

2551AV and 2551BV Cabinet Features
• Angled (2551AV) and Straight (2551BV) fronted 4×12” versions available
• 4 x Celestion ‘Vintage 30’ speakers (70 Watts a piece)
• 280 Watts
• Silver vinyl
• Mono/Stereo Switching – 16 or 4 Ohms Mono; 8 Ohms per-side, Stereo
• Castor wheels included
• Made in Britain with Pride
For more information on Marshall Amplification visit: www.marshallamps.com

NAMM 2015 – Marshall 50th Anniversary Of The Stack – Ltd Edition 4×12 Cabs

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Cool!  it’s the 50th anniversary of the Marshall 4×12 cab, so Marshall have quite rightly decided to release a 50th anniversary 4×12 cab.

Full specs and press release below:

2015 is the 50th anniversary of the iconic Marshall stack, and to celebrate this we are delighted to announce the launch of two very special 4 x 12” speaker cabinets: the 812A50 angled cabinet and the 812B50 straight cabinet, which will be launched at NAMM 2015. The 50th Anniversary cabs are limited edition and will be available only until the end of the 2015.

These British built commemorative 4x 12”s will feature original cosmetics: authentically reproduced fret cloth, leather strap carrying handles, and era correct Celestion G12M speakers with solder tags. Both angled and straight cabs will bear a special plaque identifying them as limited edition 50th anniversary. And because not every guitarist will want or need a full stack, each cab will be available to buy separately.

For more information on Marshall Amplification visit: www.marshallamps.com.

Line 6 AMPLIFi Detailed Review

 

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As a father to a cheeky but adorable 2 year old girl, I often find myself with a little time to spare late in the evening to pretend that I’m the next Joe Satriani or Angus Young.  With the aforementioned dozer being fast asleep at such hours of the evening, it would be ideal if I had a whiz bang tool that allowed me to very quickly plug in and jam along to some Satch or AC/DC in my living room, or with the possibility to use headphones if I wanted to play loud without anyone else hearing it. The same features would also make such a product ideal for any bedroom rock star or a student who cant make too much noise in their dorm room.
I suppose it would also make sense that such a tool has super flexible features like streaming music from any Bluetooth device (phones/tablets/PCs/MACs) and is loud enough to rehearse and gig.
What about making it look especially cool and edgy with a funky updated vintage vibe going on so that it looks as good in a living room as well as on stage. Then lastly give it a price point that is affordable for even the smallest budget.

Well prepare yourself….. As those clever boffins at Line 6 have only gone and delivered an innovative and feature rich amp that fits all those requirements and more to boot! Its called the AMPLIFi, and is apparently such a new take on the humble guitar amp, Line 6’s marketing material suggested that the AMPLIFi is ‘The guitar amp, reinvented’. That is perhaps an overstretch, and I would have gone for ‘The guitar amp, evolved’.
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Line 6 POD HD500X First Play

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That’s right faithful readers and Line 6 fans, I have a lovely new POD HD500X that Line 6 have kindly loaned me to do some product reviews…

It only landed on my doorstep yesterday, and the first thing I wanted to try was to compare the more powerful POD HD500X to a POD HD500 or POD HD Bean (both the HD bean and HD500 have the same processing power and I have the HD bean to hand so that’s what I’ll use).

Above is a preset I created on the POD HD500X (above top picture).  Then the lower of the 2 above pictures is as far as I got on the POD HD Bean.  The next effect I tried to add on the HD bean was the 63 Spring Reverb, and I got the DSP over limit warning.  Now I do appreciate that this isn’t a full test, it’s just me creating a preset in the order that I usually do it, and that’s as far as I got.  For reference: I usually add amps, then delay(s) and then reverb.  Perhaps adding the FX in another order would mean I can add more less DSP intensive FX to the POD HD bean preset before the DSP limit is reached (as the 63 Spring Reverb is well known to use a large amount of DSP processing resources), but that’s a test for another day.

Guitarists Dreams Can Come True Part 3! – Line 6 DreamStig (DreamStage+DreamRig)



That’s right, the wait is over! Welcome to the third and final part of my ‘Guitarists Dreams Can Come True’ series of blogs.

In the unlikely event that you haven’t already read the previous two parts of this blog series on the Line 6 M20d smart mixer and L3t/m advanced PA speakers, you can find them here:
Part 1 from March 2013
Part 2 from April 2013

In this third instalment I will shift focus a little to satisfy the guitarist within me, and look more closely at using a POD HD with L3t/m speakers. As I’m combining part DreamStage with part DreamRig, I will refer to this as DreamStig 🙂 and will detail some steps to help you get up and running with your own DreamStig in only a few minutes.
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Musikmesse 2013 – Marshall Custom Shop JTM1 Offset

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According to Guitarist Magazine’s twitter feed (@Guitarist_Mag): this is “the final word on Marshall Amplification’s 50th anniversary”.

So that begs the question of what Marshall is planning for 2013? Marshall Amplification’s 51st year of loud…. Speculate away, but only time will tell.

Marshall Slash SL-5 Official Demo Video – Coming Soon

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News just in:
Chris George, Marshall Amplification’s official demonstrator and new product coordinator said the following in relation to the Marshall Slash SL-5 demo video:
“We shot the usual full demo yesterday for the website too. Will be online on the 15th.”

Also in an earlier tweet, posted the photo above and said:
“About to film the official @MarshallAmpsUK online demo for the SL-5. Should be a good one.”

For those interested, no I’m not a stalker, I’m just a big fan of Marshall gear. If you are too, get following @MarshallAmpsUK and @ChrisGeorgeBand

NAMM 2013: Line 6 Expands Functionality of DT-series Amps and POD® HD-series Multi-effects with Free Firmware Updates

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DT-series amps and POD HD-series multi-effects now offer guitarists more tones, features and flexibility than ever before

ANAHEIM, Calif.—January 24, 2012—Line 6, Inc. (NAMM room 212A), is pleased to announce the availability of two firmware updates that dramatically increase the functionality of DT-series amps and POD® HD-series multi-effect processors. These free updates feature new HD tones, more configuration options and unprecedented flexibility.

V2.0 Firmware for DT-series amps

Co-designed by Line 6 and tube-amp guru Reinhold Bogner, DT-series amplifiers combine reconfigurable analog topologies with Line 6 technology to provide boutique feel and sonic versatility. Firmware v2.0 introduces the following features:

  • 30 HD preamps (increased from 4) give guitarists the ability to create unique amp tones by pairing any preamp with any combination of dynamic topologies—including negative feedback loop, operating class, power tube mode, and more—within Reinhold Bogner’s reconfigurable tube power amp
  • Musicians can load a DT amp with up to eight unique voicings (four on channel A, plus four on channel B), providing a wide array of tones for performance and recording
  • Each voicing can be configured with a choice of 12 reverbs, all of which feature unique parameter settings
  • Reverb spillover allows the reverb to finish its decay when switching between Channel A and Channel B
  • Each amp model can have its own unique 12AX7 boost setting*

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NAMM 2013: Line 6 Expands StageSource Family: L2t & L2m Loudspeakers

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Line 6 Expands the StageSource Family with New L2m and L2t Loudspeakers for Musicians on the Go 

Exceptional sound, unparalleled DSP power, modular architecture and easy digital networking make the new loudspeakers as powerful as they are portable

ANAHEIM, Calif.—January 24, 2012—Line 6, Inc. (NAMM room 212A) today announced the new StageSource™ L2m and L2t loudspeakers, expanding the StageSource family with models designed for even greater flexibility and portability. With unmatched sound, unparalleled DSP power, modular architecture and proprietary L6 LINK™ digital networking, the new StageSource L2m and StageSource L2t loudspeakers deliver more than any other loudspeaker for musicians.

“StageSource L2-series loudspeakers are designed to deliver great sound from solo performances in coffee shops to full-on rock shows,” said Max Gutnik, Vice President of Product Management, Line 6. “We took the same unsurpassed sound quality, powerful DSP, feedback suppression and digital networking technology as our award-winning StageSource L3 series, and placed it within an even more portable form factor. As a result, StageSource L2 provides more than any other powered loudspeaker in its class—and delivers unparalleled power, ease and flexibility when combined with StageScape M20d as part of the Line 6 live sound ecosystem.”

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