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[4 Jun 2010 | Comments Off on Slash Plays The AFD100 | 3,362 views]
Slash Plays The AFD100

So, if you’ve been following the story of the Marshall AFD100 guitar amp, you may be interested to know that Slash has finally got his mitts (and his Les Paul) on the prototype version.
The AFD100’s progress has been interesting. Since it was announced at NAMM, interested geeks have been able to follow its progress through design, construction and testing at its dedicated web site. Marshall, over at the AFD site, announced that Slash had just had a chance to play the prototype and they’ve, very kindly, videoed him doing so. …

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[26 Jan 2010 | Comments Off on Marshall AFD-100 Slash Amp | 9,522 views]
Marshall AFD-100 Slash Amp

Marshall Apmplification got a lot of attention at NAMM when Guns n’ Roses and Velvet Revolver guitarist, Slash, made an unusual announcement.
Slash announced that Marshall would recreate the amplifier he used to record the Appetite For Destruction album.
The amp, which will be called the AFD100 (Appetite For Destruction, get it?), will hopefully be released in the summer of 2010 but, and this is the unusual bit, the public can follow the development of the amp on a dedicated website.
From the concept, to the initial design work, to the circuit schematics …

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[22 Jan 2010 | Comments Off on Marshall Dave Mustaine Megastack | 5,194 views]
Marshall Dave Mustaine Megastack

Want to look like a Mammoth, Towering Colossus Of Rock?
You need the new, Marshall Dave Mustaine Megastack, then.
Park one of these in your backline and you will look monstrously huge on stage. Basically because, despite the mega name, this is essentially a microstack.  Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
The Megastack comprises a 15-watt head with four channels (yep, four) just like Dave’s own JVM rigs.  You can choose from clean, crunch and a couple of overdrives named New Wave Of British Metal and Holy Solo.
Nice.
A three-way tone stack and …

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[19 Nov 2009 | Comments Off on Hear It: Marshall Class 5 In Action | 4,504 views]
Hear It: Marshall Class 5 In Action

We talked about the Marshall Class 5 amp on it’s release a while back and it’s safe to say we were looking forward to hearing how it sounded.
The Class 5 is a low-powered 5-watt amp in the style of the Bluesbreaker combos (albeit smaller).  ECC83s in the preamp and an EL84 handling power promised Marshall valve crunch.
Now you can hear how it sounds.
Joe Bonamassa demos the Class 5, both in a band context and by showing how it sounds at different settings.
So, what do you think?  Does it do it …

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[12 Nov 2009 | Comments Off on Fit Marshall Stacks Together And Win Stuff | 2,066 views]
Fit Marshall Stacks Together And Win Stuff

Stack Attack.  That’s what Marshall and Guitar World are calling their online game.
You might recognise the concept – differently sized and shaped things (Marshall heads, cabs and stacks) descend the screen and have to be moved and rotated in order to fit them in at the bottom with no gaps.
Yeah, it’s a Tetrisy thing.  “What’s the point?”, you ask.
The point, my dear fellow, is that the top scorers win Marshall kit.
Top scorer overall will win a JVM205H – that’s a 50-watt amp head with six channels.  Six frickin’ channels.
Second highest …

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[8 Nov 2009 | Comments Off on Weekend Field Trip 5 – Marshall Amplification | 2,268 views]
Weekend Field Trip 5 – Marshall Amplification

We’ve had a few tours of guitar manufacturers up to now.  How about visiting an amplifier manufacturer?
Yeah?  Great.  That being the case, where else could we go but to Marshall.
Here you go, then.  The home of the Marshall Crunch.
Let’s ROCK!.
Too much?  Sorry.  Anyway, this is a long one but well worth it.  Check it out…

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[1 Oct 2009 | Comments Off on Five Star Class | 2,896 views]
Five Star Class

A five-watt, class A, all-valve, baby-Bluesbreaker? Yes please.
This is the Class 5 from Marshall who are, thankfully, jumping on the low-powered valve amp-wagon. Sporting a pair of ECC83s in its preamp stage and a single EL84 to perform power-amp duties, Marshall tell us it’ll do the necessary for home, studio, rehearsals or even small gigs. This latter may require using its handy speaker output but bedroom guitarists around the world should be ably catered for.
Simplicity is the order of the day. You get your Treble, Middle and Bass tone shapers …

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