Musikmesse 2012 – What Should We Expect This Year?

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…


Joe Satriani Marshall – Official Photo Leak!


Here is the first official photo of the Satch Sig Marshall!

What we can see from from the pic, and what can we learn from the chaps at Marshall who tweeted about it?

Well the tolex is a very nice shade of blue (Flying In A Blue Dream, cool), gold piping seems likely because of the cover having gold piping. The handle seems to be a cross between modern and vintage Marshall handles, with the actual handle part modern plastic style but the metal end piece, gold.

Did anyone else also notice the real amp name? JVM410HJS, or JVM Joe Satriani Edition!… That’s for the standard black one though, and the blue limited edition will be called JVM410HJSB (those names are confirmed by Chris George of Marshall… Thanks Chris).

We also learnt that Chris George is cool for posting this, but him and the Marshall Custom Shop guy like a good joke! Nice1 guys… Keep the pics coming.
Follow @chrisgeorgeband and @bubblephart to see more in the next few weeks!

Marshall Satch JVM Signature – Possible Sighting

Here are some photos from Chickenfoot on The Tonight show, 1st March 2012. You can clearly see in the photos here that one of those JVM heads doesn’t look like the other standard black JVMs. The details I can see are a smaller Marshall logo, tolex front panel (and not the modern Marshall black grille cloth), gold piping, blue tolex, a vintage handle (rather than the all black modern ones) and an extra button between the OD1 and OD2 controls.

Pictures taken from:!/media/set/?set=a.10150592879297308.380652.44512487307&type=3

There’s also more information about the blue tolex and extra button in a recent interview here:

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.

Satriani Signature Marshall JVM – Pricing Rumours

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:

Marshall Satriani Signature – First Details Emerge

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.

Marshall – Satriani Signature – More Snake Oil

Well Winter NAMM 2012 is over, and we still have very little information about the Marshall Satriani Signature amp.

Chris George from Marshall hinted that it would be released in a few months on Twitter and also in the 2nd video below he mentions that more gear will be released at Musicmesse in March.  Satch himself (When interviewed by The Tone King) only commented on the existence of a prototype and a few of the changes from the stock JVM410H, with no specific info about the release date. Check the videos further down this blog post.

Perhaps we will see the Satch amp released at Musikmesse at the end of March then, and I also assume some more gear will be released at Summer NAMM in July

Satriani Marshall Signature – False Confirmation of NAMM 2012 Release

UPDATE 23rd Jan 2012: It seems that despite this information, Marshall did not release the Satch Sig amp at Winter NAMM 2012.. Apparently it will be out in a few months.  Perhaps we should get a lucky Chicken Foot, to help speed things along.?

Satch confirms that his new signature amp WILL definately be released at NAMM.  Check the video below, and watch from around 1 minute 30 seconds for the info on the Signature Amp.

Marshall NAMM Hints – Possible JVM410JS Release 20th/21st Jan 2012


The word ‘on the street’ is to keep an eye out for the release of the Joe Satriani Signature Marshall JVM410JS tomorrow (20th Jan) or the day after (21st Jan).

Update 23rd Jan 2012: Obviously ‘the street’ isn’t to be trusted! It’s now due for release in a few months.