Several models have contributed to the Marshall mystique, but the Super Lead was undeniably the big boy of them all – the amp that took genuine rock stars onto the big stage. But a plethora of players quickly discovered that the Model 1992 was just a click around the dial from the Super Lead, and therefore a total rock monster.Through the playing of Hendrix, Clapton, Page, and Kossoff – and that of countless others who plugged in through the ’70s and beyond to achieve that tone – the gut-punching thud, midrange grind, and crispy crackly high-end sizzle of the Super Lead’s beating EL34-fueled heart became the sound of rock for decades, virtually unrivalled in that arena until recent years. With an alternative look and badge, these creations by Marshall for the Kitchen Music chain in North London often included minor circuit twists, and were among earlier Marshalls to use EL34 output tubes.Comprehending the complexities ain’t for the faint of heart and mind!
In today’s world, the role of an amplifier’s output transformer (OT) is well known.
As guitarists discover this critical link between your power tubes and the speakers, the important effect it has on your amplifier’s character becomes obvious.
Since that time Deluxes of all ages have passed through my hands, and I’ve loved them all.
The focus of this blog, however, is the one that sits patiently at my feet as I type away; born in 1967, she’s a still-sexy 46 year old.
By every imaginable yard-stick, the Fender "Deluxe" is one of the most popular musical instrument amplifiers of all time.
The Fender Deluxe Amp has been around since 1948, that’s longer than most of you reading this.
It features four drivers — two woofers and two tweeters — for 120W of power, both RCA and 3.5mm aux jacks for hooking up audio sources, and comes in a wooden enclosure.
The Newport is comparatively weaker, only driving 30W of power with two woofers and a single tweeter.
To understand the role of the stack, a trip back to Leo Fender’s world of the 1950s is in order.
Back in the day, the most common source of amp failure was the speaker.
The most valuable amp on the market today, the most revered tonally, and lately, perhaps the most copied design, the Overdrive Special (featured in the May ’11 issue of VG) drips with a creamy, thick voice that players, literally, can’t get enough of.