A step into the future and a reissue of a classic.
Marshall, one of the most famous names in amplification, have never been a brand to ignore the ever changing needs of the modern musician, whether it’s the need for modelling capabilities, smaller more compact products for the touring musician or connectivity.
Whilst keeping one foot firmly rooted in their rich history of recognisable tube amp sounds, Marshall have continued to expand their catalogue of amps utilising the technology the modern musician needs, maintaining their position as one of the most recognised brands at any music orientated gathering (also known as a gig).
This year at NAMM 2016, the heavy hitting brand have announced two new series of amps, The CODE series and 2525 Mini Jubilee series. Here we take a quick look at the new products hitting shelves and music stores soon.
Marshall have created a new range of amps that can be fully programmed to easily recreate a range of classic and contemporary Marshall tones. In fact, it has 14 MST preamps, 4 MST power amps as well as 8 MST speaker cabinets loaded and ready to go. This means you can switch between the likes of a 1962 Bluesbreaker to a JCM800 2203 in seconds – ideal for recording and changing up your sound live.
The sounds have been created in collaboration with audio software pioneers Softube to create that perfect Marshall-Softube (MST Modelling) – so you know it’s going to sound good!
The amps also include a range of professional grade FX sounds built in, giving you the option to ditch that huge pedal board and save your back when loading gear. The range of FX include a compressor, Auto Wah, Pitch Shifter, Chorus, Phaser, a range of classic stomp box distortions as well as a Flanger and Tremolo. The CODE amps also include a range of Delays with tap tempo capabilities as well as studio quality reverbs that can all be activated and controlled by the programmable foot controller. Even better, you can run up to 5 FX at the same time – wall of sound anyone?
But this is the cool bit…
Marshall have created their very own app for iOS and Android users, aptly entitled the Marshall Gateway app. This app allows you to control your CODE amp via bluetooth and even share presets with other CODE users – ideal for allowing your band mate to have the same settings as you or even transferring your cool tones to an envious guitarist – it’ll happen.
You can even stream audio from a Bluetooth device through the speakers and headphones which is great for jamming along to tracks. You can also hook up your CODE to your PC via USB and allow it to function as a DAW.
Here’s the full specs from Marshall:
- 100 user editable Presets
- 14 preamp models
- 4 power amp models
- 8 speaker cabinet models
- 24 pro quality FX
- Up to 5 FX simultaneously
- Bluetooth & USB connectivity
- Marshall Gateway compatible
- Headphone output
- Line input
For those that remember (and missed out on) the original JCM25/50 silver Jubilee series originally produced in 1987, this is your chance to get your hands on a piece of history the second time around. The Jubilee series of amps was originally crafted to celebrate 25 years of Marshall amplification and to congratulate Jim Marshall for reaching 50 golden years in the music business, so you can imagine the amount of love, care and attention that went in to creating these amps back in the day.
The 2016 series is directly inspired by these sought after amps and comes in the form of a 2525H ‘small box’ head as well as a 2525C 1 x 12 combo. The new series partners Silver Jubilee preamp features as well as the original styling in a mini format. The preamp circuitry is actually designed using original 2555 Silver Jubilee diagrams too.
A 20 watt power house, the 2525 Mini Jubilee series has been crafted by Marshall engineers in the official Marshall factory in Bletchley, England and uses all the usual suspects that made the original so good, including Bass, Middle & Treble tone stack, Presence, Output Master (footswitch/pull channel), Lead Master and Input Gain (pull rhythm clip), with an ECC83 & EL34 valve set. The combo comes with a single 12” Celestial G12M-25 Greenback speaker so standing out against a drummer or playing live will never be a problem.
Here’s the full specs from Marshall:
- Classic Silver Jubilee preamp function and tone
- High/Low Power switching (20 Watt to 5 Watt)
- FX Loop
- ECC83 & EL34 valve set
- 4/8/16 Ohm speaker outputs
- Channel footswitch included
Check out the full range of Marshall amps at the Dawsons website now.
About Lee Glynn
Lee Glynn is a guitarist and multi-instrumentalist who lives in Liverpool, England. After moving to the UK from Perth, Australia, Lee enjoyed a successful career as guitarist in Liverpool based rock band Sound of Guns.
After releasing two albums, a myriad of EP’s/singles and touring extensively around the world for 6 years including stops at Glastonbury, Latitude Festival, as well as the coveted Reading & Leeds Festivals, Lee decided it was a time for a change of scenery.
Utilising his experience in music journalism, Lee now works within the web team at Dawsons Music, where he can still relay his passion for music by producing great content for the Dawsons blog and social media. Lee is still an avid guitar player and writer.
Here are some fun facts:
- Before moving to the UK, Lee used to host a radio show in Australia at the age of 18. Lee presented the unsigned bands segment at Twin Cities FM in Perth, WA.
- Sound Of Guns enjoyed a short but successful career in music with many of their songs being used in television adverts, sports channels and the extremely successful videos Road Bike Party and We are Not Crazy We are Amazing.
- He also can’t play bar chords due to an accident so learned to play power chords by studying Black Sabbath songs and Tony Iommi’s playing style.