Winter NAMM 2016 – What’s Hot?

Well, it’s been a busy past year with work and family life – barely leaving time to blog.  But fear not, Rowbi couldn’t resist blogging after seeing all the news this evening about numerous guitar related gear being released at Winter NAMM!

Line 6 look to have come up trumps with the Firehawk 1500 – I recall when I first found out about this beast when it was only an idea, I was staggered that they’d fit in a 1500 watt power amp into a large combo – however when you think that the Line 6 StageSource PA speakers are 1400 watts then it seems sensible for a guitar amp come FRFR PA system.  Essentially for me, this is the Vetta III, and compared to other similar offerings it just has no competition for the great value ~£750 price tag.  Check out the cost of Boss’ new Waza Craft amp head and cabinet (it’s ~£3000, yes look again, that’s no typo) – silly money for the Boss.

Click here for more info on the Firehawk 1500.

Firehawk_1500The Amplifi range has a new baby in the Amplifi30 – Fab products all round (I have the TT and 75 courtesy of Line 6 beta testing) and the 30 watter will deliver a great solution to those needing a guitar amp/Bluetooth streaming speaker – but in a smaller and better value product.

Click here for more info on the Amplifi30.
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Next we come onto Marshall. They’re taking a very different approach with their new CODE modelling amps – only modelling their own valve amps. Of course they own prime examples of their own amps which I’ve been lucky enough to see first-hand in the Marshall museum – so who better to model Marshall amps than Marshall themselves. It’s sort of a competitor to the Amplifi range above, as there’s Bluetooth editing and streaming included – however with the range of amps only being Marshall some might say it’s a bit limited… Not me though, Everyone loves Marshall amps, and you’ve got every style of amp covered here – what’s not to like! Some of the demo videos so far released show they’ve recorded the demo on the CODE25 and CODE50 combos, thus showing that the best tones are available across the whole range – not just from the flagship 100 watt head!

Click here for more info on the Marshall CODE amplifier product line.marshall-code

There’s not much to say about the FBV3 – the previous version (the Shortboard MKII) has been around a while.  It’s great to see the long list of previous products that the FBV3 works with (Going back to the Spider II, POD2, Vetta, HD147) as well as of course supporting the latest products too.  It’s essentially a Firehawk style pedal with multi colour footswitch indicators – nice1.

Click here for more info on the FBV3.FBV3

OH MY GOD!!!!!! A 20 watt Silver Jubilee head (and combo)!!!! I’m sure many guitarists prayers are answered right here.  Combo includes a Celestion G12M Greenback, and both have a 5 watt low power mode.

I’ve nothing else to say except: AWESOME!

Click here for more info on the Mini Jubilee.

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I’ve owned  and gigged with Line 6 Relay G50 and G90 units in the past and they were absolutely solid and faultless.  Pro guitarists also seem to really rate the G90 units, so I’m pleased my thoughts on them are shared by those who are more qualified than I am to make judgement.  The introduction of the G10 is a stab at simplifying what was already a simple set of wireless systems – however with any settings came a tiny bit of complexity that the average guitarists just wouldn’t want or need.  Sure a pro player needs to be able to select up to 12 different wireless frequencies, but most do not.  The G10 is so simple that I’m sure it will be a big seller!

Click here for more info on the Relay G10.

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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.

Marshall’s Golden Rule

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Marshall Amplification posted this on their Facebook recently – with no real clues about what it is – and a hint that it will be released soon.

I’m guessing that it wont be anything to do with their golden jubilee 2 years ago, and to me it looks like a smaller headbox than a full width 750mm wide 100watt flagship amp…. But what do I know anyway!

Signature Tone Hunters

Some guitarists feel the need to engage in an everlasting and bloody (expensive) quest to replicate the signature tone of their favourite guitar hero(s). Is there rhyme or reason to this widespread madness? – We shall see…..

Take for example the distinctive ex GnR top hat toting Saul ‘Sweet Child Of Mine’ Hudson, aka Slash. Perhaps one of, if not the most hunted signature tone around. Thousands of bedroom guitar bandits have simply strapped on a saucy Les Paul standard, run it through a Silver Jubilee amplificator with Vintage 30s Speaker-me-bobs and put a top hat upon their bonce, and their transformation was almost complete – so long as their chops produce a high level of Riffability.
Sure, if you’ve already changed your name by deed-poll to Slash, you could then get a daft early 90s (aka dodgy) perm and engage in trying to Mod your vintage Marshall to sound like the fabled SIR #34. Or is it the SIR #39? Who knows!? But without Slash’s own fingers and style, you’ll only ever get close enough as to be a poor imitation at the very best.

But remember: Always condition your hands with snake oil each night – it really helps to better imitate guitar hero’s.

Possible Marshall Silver Jubilee Reissue

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Coming straight from the twitter feed of Marshall Amplification’s new product chap, Chris George, there seems a hint towards Marshall considering a reissue of the Silver Jubilee. What a great idea.

Here’s the info posted 2nd April 2013:

“@chrisgeorgeband: Hey y’all, wanna help me out with something?! How many of you would like to see a reissue of the @MarshallAmpsUK 2555 Silver Jubilee?”.

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

Marshall Prototype Sighting

Marshall’s very own Paul Marshall (@PaulM1962 on Twitter) has within the last 2 hours, posted a couple of photos of a “very very cool prototype” being tested out by Bernie Marsden. Bernie has in the past been linked to the use of Marshall JTM45s, and although the prototype photo doesn’t clearly show the details of the amp, we can see a few details: It’s a head and cab, there is gold piping like a plexi, and a rear panel similar to a JTM or plexi. There’s also an orange power light, also like a JTM, lighter colour grille cloth, and the top handle for the head has gold coloured end plates. There’s a Marshall custom shop logo on the cab and a square Marshall logo from the mid 60s.

Let the speculation begin….. My guess is a 5 watt Marshall JTM custom shop mini stack. Or alternatively something similar but with a little more power for gigging, like 20 watts.

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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.

Specs
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