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post Jan 17 2011, 12:16 PM
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not really NAMM 2011 news but still maybe an affordable (edit: bang for the buck) new amp from Marshall.

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Like with the YJM100 it has a power scale, possible to switch to other octal tubes, auto bias, bias fault/tube fault indicator. Where YJM also has a boost and a noise gate.

Slash's sig amp has a switch between JCM800 2003 mode and AFD (Appetite For Destruction) mode

Nice. Two killer amps from Marshall. I don't think you need to be either a Shals or YJM fanatic to use either.


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Marshall is proud to present the AFD100 Slash Signature amplifier: a dual mode, all-valve 100. head that captures the tone and spirit of one of rock’s most celebrated and sought after sounds: Slash’s guitar tone on Guns ‘N’ Roses legendary, Appetite for Destruction (AFD). Released in 1987, this highly influential has sold in excess of 18 million copies worldwide and is the best selling debut album of all time.



Using the original AFD master recordings, Slash and Marshall painstakingly worked together to replicate his AFD sound. “This is an idea I’ve had for quite some time,” the guitarist reveals. “So many fans have been trying to duplicate that sound. I thought, ‘who better than to really perfect it other than Marshall?’ We spent a lot of time together developing this amp. We stripped a couple of guitar tracks off the original AFD masters and basically got in there with a fine tooth comb so we could suss out exactly what made that sound the way that it was.”

After countless hours and several prototypes, the AFD100 was born with two distinct, footswitchable modes labeled #34 and AFD, both offering 100% pure Slash sounds. The first is based on the modified JCM800 2203 he’s used since the late ‘80s and had “34” stenciled on the side, hence the “#34” name. The second is, of course, pure, unadulterated AFD. “We used ‘Night Train’ as one of the man reference tracks and the amp sounds just like it.” Slash concludes. “I think we’ve been totally successful!” The amp boasts a mixture of both traditional and modern Marshall aesthetics – a unique blend of Plexi, JCM800 and Silver Jubilee cosmetics. In addition to its dual, footswitchable modes, the AFD100 also has the following features:

- Two inputs – high and low sensitivity
- Built in Electronic Power Attenuation. Controlled by a front-panel knob, this allows you to adjust the amp’s output from 100% to 0.01%, and anywhere in-between, without sacrificing the tone and feel of those all-important power valves.
- Footswitchable* Series FX loop with Return Level control.
- Valve Fault Indicator: meaning that if one of the output valves develops a fault, a visual indicator on the rear of the amplifier shows which one is working incorrectly. This “roadie friendly feature” will save valuable time getting the amplifier back up and running again, should a valve issue occur.
- Auto-Bias & Bias Current Trimmer to ensure correct power valve biasing and optimal valve life and function

*NOTE: A two-way, LED Footcontroller (PEDL-00054) comes supplied with the AFD100, facilitating switching between the #34 & AFD modes, plus FX Loop on/off.

To commemorate the 23 years that have passed since the recording of “Appetite for Destruction”, the AFD100 is Limited to 2300 units worldwide, 500 in the US. Retail price is $2899.


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post Jan 17 2011, 11:47 PM
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Very interesting head indeed. I would like to hear the tone, it should be great. Marshall may be hitting a spot with these two heads, by keeping the famous tone and adding modern features.
I'm not that sure about electronic attenuation, not sure well that behaves, need to plug and feel it myself wink.gif


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post Jan 18 2011, 12:30 AM
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seems yummy, love marshall actually


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post Jan 18 2011, 12:39 AM
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I saw somebody post this video, I thought it was from here, but apparently not:


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post Jan 18 2011, 10:12 AM
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Edit: Removed text. Looks similar to London Power's Power scaling but Marshall calls it EPA


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post Jan 18 2011, 02:49 PM
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I bet it's gonna be expensive biggrin.gif


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post Jan 19 2011, 11:26 AM
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QUOTE (Toni Suominen @ Jan 18 2011, 02:49 PM) *
I bet it's gonna be expensive biggrin.gif

"only" £1199 in the UK smile.gif
Still that's almost twice as much as a vintage modern 50 watt head which Slash used to record a Velvet Revolver album (actually he used a 100 watt head). Incase someone would want the AFD100 to get Slash's tone.

It's not so much that for me, to strive for his sound. It's more to find that Marshall seem to be on the right track with this and the YJM amp. Killer Marshall tone.


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