Saturday, July 6, 2019

Review: Marshall JVM 410H

Hello everyone and welcome to this week's article!
Today we are talking about the latest flagship of the Marshall high-end tube amplifiers, the 100w 4 channels Marshall JVM (Vintage/Modern)!

Marshall amps have been through the whole rock history the most known, most legendary guitar amps of all times, they have literally shaped an unmistakable sound (the so called "british sound", together with Orange and Laney) which can be heard in most of the rock albums from the 60s (Jimi Hendrix) to the 70s (Led Zeppelin) to the 80s (basically everyone, from Slayer to Guns n'Roses), and still today are considered an industry standard.

The sound obviously has evolved through times, from the classic Jmp head, to the Jcm 800, to the Jcm 2000 DSL, and with every iteration new functions have been added: the JVM is the latest version of this noble legacy, and it takes the best of the past times tone adding the maximum of the versatility achieved so far (thus the name "Vintage/Modern", both for tone and build quality.

The look is in line with the tradition of the brand, and so is the wattage (100w all tube), but unlike the previous models, this one features 4 independent channels (each one with 3 levels of gain), 2 master volume (to switch for example when playing a solo), digital Reverb, presence and resonance controls, and it is controllable also via MIDI.
On top of that, there are 2 effects loop: one serial and one parallel, and power outputs for 4, 8 and 16 Ohm.

Throughout its history, Marshall has offered products for every price range, from the bedroom players/amateur live players to the high end ones, and this amp places itself as the latest top-tier level of the lineup: there is a lot of volume, a lot of presence (the classic mid range tone with a lot of highs and "zing", capable to cut through every mix like butter)

By playing with this amp you can achieve all the sounds that made legendary the previous ones all in one head, from the warm cleans on the verge of breakup to the Ac/Dc style crunch, up to a good amount of gain that, with the right eq, can take easily into thrash metal territories, even if for more extreme genres the use of an overdrive is suggested.

If you're a fan of Marshall and its classic sound but you want also to be able to play more modern styles (meaning with a less "nasal" mid range) this is the best the brand has to offer, and in the lineup there is also a 2 channel version 100w and 50w.

This is definitely an amp to try, especially when playing with a band, you will understand why these brand is so popular: the frequency range of a Marshall can cut still today through any mix, and cover the sound of most of the other guitar amps.

Thumbs up!

Specs taken from the website:

- Channels: 4 (Multi)

- Output wattage: 100w

- Outputs: Speaker outputs: 5 x 1/4" jack sockets (16Ω load / 8Ω load / 4Ω load), Emulated Line Out (XLR), MIDI Thru

- Inputs: 1 x 1/4" jack instrument input, MIDI In, Footswitch

- Controls: Channel and mode select (button), gain (per channel), treble (per channel), middle (per - channel), bass (per channel), volume (per channel), reverb (per channel), presence, resonance, master volume select, master volume (switchable for each channel)

- Effects: Digital reverb

- Effects loop: 2, 1 x series parallel, 1 x series

- Preamp valves: 4 x ECC83, 1 x ECC83 (phase splitter)

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