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History of Marshall JCM800 Guitar Amplifiers

Marshall had introduced the MV or Master Volume Series which they called JMP; this new feature gave the guitarists more control over the Volume. Apart from the Master Volume, this series of amplifiers also added an effect loop. Marshall soon started calling this series the JCM800 after their deal with Rose-Morris ended. The name came from Marshall’s own initials and the number on the number plate of his car! Most notable in this range were the 2204 (50 Watt) and the 2203 (100 Watt) series. The look of the Amp unit was also redesigned with a grille cloth replacing the vinyl in the front. […]

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Malmsteen Gets a Marshall YJM100 Valve Head

Marshall YJM100 Signature Valve Amplifier is something like a dream for guitarists like me. It’s a near clone of the 1959 Marshall Plexi that Malmsteen has made a staple of his arsenal. Though, this baby’s got some features that really got me interested. First of all, it has reverb […]

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Slash & Marshall R&D Marshall AFD100 Videos

Marshall Amplifiers and legendary guitarist, Slash, have been working together to recreate the amp that was used on the 1987 Guns n’ Roses album, ‘Appetite For Destruction‘. Marshall have been posting a number of updates […]

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Puddle of Mudd – Guitarist Paul Phillips

I was kneeling down shooting some images of Paul’s rack when I heard Sparky say “Hey, Paul!” I turned around and there he was, the guitarist, Paul Phillips, right behind me. I stood up and shook his hand and introduced myself. His body language was really inviting; him talking gear seemed more like a pleasure than an “interview” to him. […]

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Guitar Amps 101 – Speakers: Does Size Really Matter?

Many different types of speakers have been used over the years to amplify electric guitars. The most common are speakers with 10-inch and 12-inch measurements. Generally speaking (pun intended), a smaller speaker produces more top end, or treble, than a larger one. Thus, an amp outfitted with 10’s usually has a brighter, tighter sound and the same amp with 12’s will be darker sounding. […]

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Music & Life

Judas Priest Screaming For Vengeance

Downing says the opening couplet of “The Hellion” and “Electric Eye” were originally intended to be two separate songs. With its speed and bombast, “Electric Eye” was tagged as the album opener early on. “That’s probably the second most memorable song off that album,” says Downing. “The Hellion,” meanwhile, was a little more than a multi-layered guitar piece, and the group, along with producer Allom, decided to experiment and use it as a lead-in to “Electric Eye.” […]