Marshall JVM410HJS Joe Satriani Tube Guitar Amp Head
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Satriani and Marshall tweaked a classic to create a new generation of tone.
The Marshall JVM410H Joe Satriani Edition 100W head is an addition to the Marshall Signature Series. Marshall's R&D engineers worked vefry closely with Satriani to craft the JVM410HJS. After much experimentation and an assortment of trials that involved Satriani using prototypes during recording and touring, they signed off on the final version and the JVM410HJS went into production.
The most notable difference from the original JVM410 is that the reverb pots have been replaced with four nose gates, one for each channel, and each with their own threshold. A Mid Shift button has been added and can be used with both the OD1 and OD2 channels.
The Clean channel is based on the 6100 when on the green mode, with the orange and red modes being hotter variations. The Crunch channel takes the original JVM410 crunch and adds some of the popular Marshall "AFD" circuit to it. The OD channels are voiced identically, based on the JVM410 OD1 but with the gain scaled back slightly and a smoother transition between modes. The Mid Shift button determines the difference in mid character between the original JVM410 OD1 and OD2 tone, moving the mids from around 650khz (Mid Shift off) to around 500khz (Mid Shift on).
The JVM410HJS is powered by EL34 tubes and has two Master volumes, the supplied footswitch allows you to switch between Channels, Modes, Master Volumes, FX loop and now the Noise Gates and Mid Shift as well. There is also a full MIDI implementation.
- Power: 100W (tube)
- Tubes: four 12AX7 (preamp); one 12AX7, four EL34 (power amp)
- 4 channels
- 3 modes per channel
- Super punchy super dynamic
- 4 noise gates, one for each channel
- 2 Master Volumes
- Simplified FX loop
- Clean channel based on 6100
- "AFD" circuit
- Resonance and presence retuned to Satriani specs
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Comments about Marshall JVM410HJS Joe Satriani Tube Guitar Amp Head:
An investment like this should come with a story. Here's mine! After watching & reading Satriani and Santiago Alvarez (Marshall engineer) interviews that were done over 2 years, it seemed like they were finally making the amp I've wanted for decades! AFter MANY delays, I hunted down one of the first ones in the USA to use it on a recording project. WORTH THE WAIT!
I waited a while before reviewing this amp because it is so versatile and has so many features that I wanted to be more experienced with it before I comment.
I'll give you the obvious stuff first. It sounds GREAT! It was designed while being used with a standard Marshall 1960B cab. I use a 1960 B and a Gibson Les Paul with a Duncan SH-5 in the bridge. I may go back to the SH-12 with this amp. I think that may be even better! I play original music, BUT with a 1960B cab and your guitar and the JVM410HJS head and pedal that's in the box, you could set presets and play a set covering Robert Cray to Tom Petty to old Aerosmith to new Aerosmith to Jimi to Zeppelin to Chickenfoot to Guns N Roses to Alice in Chains to Lynch Mob to Metallica to Motorhead and STILL have more gain if you want it without a software sound, but with the actual sound of a real Marshall in all its glory. Of course, you can easily nail the current Satriani solo sound too! The 3 clean options are the best Marshall cleans I've ever heard. Great clean sounds by any standard. You could play a jazz gig with them. The crunch and OD channels bring you through the 70, 80s, 90,s & into the future. I played pubs, piers, parks, big rooms, small rooms, opening slots for national acts and have a lot of studio and amp experience. I've always returned to Marshalls after straying and eventually stopped straying.
If you want "That Marshall Sound", don't buy an amp that emulates it. Buy an amp that IS it!
You can thin each of the JVM410HJS's channels out or add more tone to get fatter warmer sounds. Some players complained that the regular JVM410H is unable to achieve warmth and that it can easily give unwanted feed back at times. THIS model, the JVM410HJS delivers what those people were looking for. It is easy to get desired feedback on some channels, but doesn't squeal unpleasantly (unless you want it to!).
The noise gate on each channel(replacing reverbs in the original JVM model [JVM410H]) is so easy to adjust and it lets you roll your guitar volume down naturally if you set it that way. You can set it differently for each of the 4 channels. If you put reverb or delay in the effects loop, when the gate kills any high gain amp noise, it still lets the reverb or delay carry. Beautiful! You can use the included pedal to change presets or use a midi pedal for up to 128 options. This amp reacts big time to different pick ups and different pick up height, giving you even more control over your sound.
If you're wondering about the line out, I did some recording with that too and it definitely is a good sound, but I prefer the sound of a cab and a mic.
When I first got this amp head, I started recording with gain maxed because I always had to do that to get the amount of gain I wanted with older amps. I compared my new maxed gain tracks to tracks that I started with my old Marshall JMP1 and I now had a HUGE amount of added gain. More than I needed for those songs. I decided to back down the JVM410HJS gain to get closer to my previous tracks with maybe just a little more gain. I had to make quite a few adjustments to get there. I was so used to playing at max gain that I'm not used to having to back it down. I still love the sound of the old JMP1, but I can get the sound, midi options, effects loop and gain of it and more with the JVM410HJS.
This is the end of the Jim Marshall era. He went out on a screaming loud, high gain, big tone, beautiful note! Thanks Jim! The world would not have been the same without you!