I had the pleasure of checking this guitar out in person last night at a PRS event – the ever-awesome Davy Knowles showed me his personal guitar – and I was blown away by the playability of the neck. It plays way too fast for how it looks, and the sustain is great. Haven’t had a chance to hear the pickups yet but Davy told me they were especially designed for authentic split-coil sounds, with the neck unit designed and placed to take advantage of the 24th fret harmonic location.
Here’s some info from the PRS site:
The Signature Limited Run reintroduces the concept of the popular “Signature Series” guitar first offered over 20 years ago and adds PRS’s top tier Private Stock appointments and a list of influential artists. Limited to 100 pieces, the Signature model showcases a culmination of years of artist input and boasts PRS’s first ever multi-endorsement guitar Tom Wheeler, Howard Leese, Michael Ault, Davy Knowles, and Paul Reed Smith all backing the model.
“Every update the PRS Tech Center (PTC) has to offer has been included in the creation of this model’s specifications, and the artist line up speaks volumes of this guitar’s capabilities,” said Paul Reed Smith.
Highlights include a brand new pickup system with proprietary 408 treble and bass humbucking pickups which produce eight sounds on a simple switching scheme. A highly figured Private Stock maple top, and ME (Modern Eagle) birds with brown mother of pearl centers create an arresting visual impression. This model’s filled in “sinker” mahogany neck gives the player a new but familiar unfinished feel.
Marshall Slash Signature, Limited Edition AFD100 Valve Head
December, 2010 – 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% pureSlash 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:
1. Two inputs – high and low sensitivity
2. 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.
3. Footswitchable* Series FX loop with Return Level control.
1. 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.
2. 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.
On NAMM Media Preview day I caught up with Def Leppard’s Phil Collen, who gave a demonstration of Agile Partners’ AmpKit (check out the video below to hear the huge tone in action), and he also used the opportunity to unveil his new signature Jackson PC Supreme model.
I know you’ve used the little Rockman in recording in the past. Do you think AmpKit might find its way onto an album?
Yeah! I actually don’t use amps to record guitar any more, and this [AmpKit] is the way to go! It’s very cool!
Now, this is a very sweet guitar. What’s going on here then?
It started with my Jackson PC1. It’s the same woods. [Brandishes guitar] That’s a mahogany body, that’s a maple top – well it would be if you could see it – that [bridge pickup] is a DiMarzio.
Which DiMarzio is that?
That’s a Super 3.
And the guitar’s neck?
The PC1 had a bolt-on neck, and this is obviously a neck-through. There are still some similar attributes, but this has the Sustainer [demonstrates with an extra-long whammy bar dive and some blues licks, then some mega-shred].
Nice! And I notice titanium saddles?
Yeah. I’ve been using them for a while. It really broadens the sound, I think. And I like my necks really chunky. This one is not as big as the other prototype that’s floating around. That one has like a one-inch radius.