Daily Gear Obsession: Marshall Jubilee 2555X

I was happy to see this was being released at NAMM last week. In 2002, I bought a Slash signature Marshall 2555 and really enjoyed playing that amp. That was one of those pieces of gear that I regret selling. The Jubilee was the first Marshall to offer Pentode/Triode switching, which cuts the power output in half. The Jubilee has been regarded as one of those special amps in Marshall’s long history and now that it is being re-issued, it allows for more people to experience this great amp.

The amp will sell for $1899

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Daily Gear Obsession: Earthquaker Devices Park Fuzz Sound

Photo Credit: Earthquakerdevices.com

Photo Credit: Earthquakerdevices.com

Earthquaker Devices Park Fuzz Sound

Park Amplification, a company started by the legendary Jim Marshall, also produced a few pedals including a wah and the The Park Fuzz Sound. The scientists at Earthquaker Devices have resurrected that pedal, using the specs from an original one that they had.

This pedal sells for $175 and will be available in February.

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Day 1: The AfterNAMMth

Today was a busy and tiring day. I clearly did not do enough pre-NAMM training in preparation for what was ahead. I arrived at the Anaheim Convention Center shortly before 9 a.m. and waited somewhat patiently for the doors to open at 10. Once the doors opened, there was a mad dash of every other impatient person trying to find the first of their many booths of the day.

I checked out the Ibanez booth and saw the new Paul Stanley Iceman models they had on display. The cracked mirror one is so cool …and also so expensive. They also had three of the Joe Satriani Art Series models, which all looked very cool and very unique.

The people and products at Earthquaker Devices are really awesome. I had a chance to talk to a couple employees about their new pedals and am eager to try out a few. It’s a bonus when Andy Summers of The Police is checking out pedals right next to you.

I stopped by the Ernie Ball Music Man booth and was welcomed with a number of new colors for the John Petrucci Majesty Artisan Series. They also had a new JP15 model that features a sahara burst and a roasted neck. They were all very cool.

I went upstairs to check out the new Kramer Satchel signature Pacer guitar. This is a great looking guitar and has a very strong “hair metal” vibe.

The Fender booth was very crowded, but I was able to check out some of the offerings from the Fender Custom Shop. Wow, those master builders do not disappoint! I have included some images of their handy work and will post more when I get back tomorrow. I was also happy to see the updated Steve Harris Precision Bass. This new bass is white and features the graphic of his favorite team, West Ham United.

My next stop was the ESP booth which was filled with some crazy looking guitars. A few of the guitars I saw were more art piece than instrument and were priced out at $75,000! I was also impressed by the new Gary Holt signature series. Gary was previously with Schecter Guitars and this is his first signature line with ESP.

What’s better than a wall of Marshalls? Nothing. The Marshall display never disappoints. It’s a towering behemoth of sound and it looks so damn cool. In looking at my pictures from last year, I realized that I took the same shot this year, but from the other side.

A stack of Orange cabs was really sweet and I was impressed with the layout of their booth. They have a wide variety of products ranging from the aptly titled Rockerverb to the new Crush series of amps.

I also got to meet some fantastic musicians throughout the day. First was the great bass player, Marcus Miller, who was very gracious with his time and demoed a couple pedals at the Dunlop booth. Next was Devin Townsend, who is another nice guy that loves to talk gear. While waiting in line at the Music Man booth for John Petrucci, Uli Jon Roth walked by and I got a picture with him.

Warning: If you find yourself in Hall E of the Convention Center, do not walk to the end of the hall unless you’re a drummer or really love cymbals. The amount of noise and overall sonic chaos left me looking for the quickest way back up the escalator.

…also, if you’re ever walking next to Rickey Medlocke and Gary Rossington of Lynyrd Skynryd, make sure you don’t have a slice of Sbarro pizza, 2 breadsticks, and a Coke in your hand. It makes it really hard to approach them to say anything. I didn’t get a chance to meet them, but I did pay $10.25 for the above mentioned combo.

 

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Order of the Pedals

IMG_0244I have been playing guitar for 18 years but didn’t start using pedals on a regular basis until the last 5 years. I took a very simplistic approach to things when I started playing. I relied on the distortion of the amp and rarely used the clean. Like a lot of people, I cut me teeth by learning Metallica songs and the first song I learned to play was Sweet Child O’ Mine. I was more concerned with trying to develop my pick attack and not really much more. I took my Epiphone Les Paul, plugged it into my Marshall Valvestate combo, and was on my way.

A few years ago, I took a trip to Truetone Music in Santa Monica and was overwhelmed with the amount of pedals they carried. They had a much more varied assortment than I was used to seeing at my local Guitar Center. I ended up picking up a Fulltone OCD from Truetone and then I was bit by the pedal buying bug. In the weeks to follow I purchased an Electro-Harmonix Big Muff and Small Clone (Cobain used one) to go along with the OCD. I then picked up a a Road Ready pedalboard that looked like a fancy silver briefcase and a couple of more pedals to fill it up. I felt that I now had enough pieces to get me going and give me some tonal variety.

What do you mean they should be set in a particular order?

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