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First thoughts and impressions on my TSR GT #018 ( Update with advice and a Strat + 1st audio file )

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10 Jan First thoughts and impressions on my TSR GT #018 ( Update with advice and a Strat + 1st audio file )

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Hello fellow SD members !

I am the lucky first who got to play his unit on this day, 10th of January 2014. I didn’t sleep much to be honest… Excitement all over my body; woke up at 7:30 ready to receive it 😆 . It arrived precisely at 10:39 am ( I’ve never opened a front door so quickly ), but I couldn’t play it until 11:45 ( had to help a friend of mine with university stuff, if you wonder,a girl… yeah girls right ? 😆 )

Franz kindly asked me if I was willing to make a review of my TSR, and the least I could say was ” Yes, of course “. After all Franz has done for us lately regarding the TSR project I had to say yes, and it’s an honor for me to do this :) !

So I walk into my room, put it on top of my Marshalls and take a quick picture for Fil & Franz. ( Pics will be posted here too ! )

Let’s start the review then :

First the look ! It just looks so badass having this little tower on top of two Marshalls. Sure the plexi proto was damn cool, but THIS IS IT ! Looks so damn cool. I could look at it for hours, I am right now actually 😆 !

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Soundwise now :

I used 5 different guitars and 3 different amps, and the results are amazing, will get to that in a few lines.

Started on my 1959 from 1976 with my VOS Angus Young. Settings were: P0 B6 M3 T3 Volume ( Started at 8, finished at 4 ). TSR was set halfway on compression and boost. First A chord : ” WHAT THE … IS THIS ?!! ”
Guys, believe me, I have never played something so powerful before. When you all play your first chord, do it without the TSR, and then you engage it, you’ll see what I mean. It’s like a wall is hitting you, but for the first time of your life you’ll enjoy a hit ! Cleaned back on the amp a bit, also on the TSR ( 10 o’clock for the compression and 11 for the boost ) and I came pretty close to what Master Fil has been looking to nail for years, the BiB tone ( if you wonder about my amp settings, it’s because of the pickup in the guitar which has way too much mids and treble ). The more I played, the more I loved it, but I had to take a break for a minute, to swap the guitar.

Next on the line was a VOS 62 Ri with 57 Classics from the custom shop. EQ from the pickups is pretty much the same as the modded Pearly Gates from the AY, but with even more output. And then ” BOUM “. A blast, really a blast playing it. Settings on the amp stayed the same through the whole time: Volume 5
The clarity in the sound is more than impressive. You keep all the clarity from your amp, it stays with you, your sound stays the same actually, it just gets a lot more bite and balls ! And it makes you play easier. Believe me or not, it really does. :)

Third guitar was my beloved 94 SG Standard, fitted with Manlius T-Tops, which a few of us here at SD.com got ! :)
You curious how it sounds ? So was I… and the result ?
Even better for my taste. There was vintage sound all over the place ( all over the street actually 😆 ). I love these pickups. They got such a well balanced EQ, smooth and clear sound, combined to a 1959 it was a blast, combined to a TSR now too, forget it… It’s a dream, a real dream. Guys, tell your girlfriends and wives you won’t have much time for them in the future…:lol: ! The TSR stayed pretty much the same for the 3 SG’s, I cranked it a bit more on the boost with the 94 Std to see how far it goes… yeah… it goes far and well, like the Rock N Roll Train ( also as loud actually :) ).

4th guitar: a 2012 LesPaul Traditional fitted with standard Pearly Gates. This is a newer guitar with kind of PAF’s, but rocks down your pants as hard as the three SG’s ! TSR + 1959 + LP = instant love ! These thin solos are past now, welcome to the big, fat, juicy and ballsy solos I wanted ! Clarity is there, you can still hear every single note out, even with the TSR pushed at the maximum !

Now one of my favorite tones of the day: 1990 stock LesPaul Custom, settings again the same except for the volume, rolled back at 4. I remember telling André ( JaiminhoPagina ) that it was almost an instant Jimmy Page sound plugging the LP into the 1959, and it is indeed, but there was something missing. Some fatness, balls ( Jimmy used echoplex to do most of this ) and I now do it with the TSR. The sound was perfect, it really was perfect. The clarity, drive, cleanish, ballsy, fat for solos, it was simply perfect. My dad asked me over FB how it sounds, my answer: 1959 + LP Custom + TSR = Rock N Roll Dream ( I just copied it from our FB chat ). I couldn’t want more coming out of this amp, the TSR turns a legend into even more, hard to describe guys.

Just for fun I cranked the amp up to 10. EVH says hello ! 😀 ( little note: 1959 has a master built in )

So after the 1959 I had a little break, pizza time 😆 !

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Okay break is over.

I mentioned earlier that I was trying it out on three amps. Second amp is also ( of course ) AC/DC related, a 1979 2203 ( I’m a spoiled brat right ? ). Had this amp for 11 months now, and I rediscovered it today. The most amazing thing though is, it reacts in an other way to the TSR, not so sensitive, which proves that the 1959 and 2203 are two totally different amps ( so I’m saying if you have to choose between a 1959 or a 2203, just take both, makes it easier 😆 ).

Only 3 guitars for this one: 1. Angus Young VOS 2. 1994 Standard 3. 1990 LP

Settings stayed the same all the time except for the pre ( from 4 to 8 ) : P0 B5 M4 T4 Master2

Guys, seriously… eargasm. I’m not kidding. Instant Powerage tone. TSR was set at first compression 10 o’clock, boost half. Preamp from the 2203 7, “Up To My Neck In You” was there. Generally I don’t say that, because I always find something to argue on, but not this time… I can’t remember the last time I started playing a song with a big smile on my face… cant’ remember, but I’ll remember this day for sure !
We all know that the 2203 has this typical rawish sound. Well with the TSR, multiply that 20 times at least, and it is what you get…A completely different sound from the 1959, to me at least as pleasant. I was just blown away by how incredible it sounded. I’m not doing this all here for Fil or Franz, because I promised them to tell the truth about the TSR, and this is the truth. <3
Gone almost full on the boost to see how it could sound, I had an overdose I think. Played ” Overdose ” and loved it, crunchy, thick, sounds like a cranked to the limit 2203 😀 !

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Next on was the 1994 SG with the T-Tops ( gone at 6 on the treble )… okay guys, how should I say this… Hard to believe but, you know this tune ” Highway To Hell ” ? Exactly, you’ll never be as close to this sound as with the TSR. One more magical moment when you strum 3 times this A chord. I can’t describe it ! It’s powerful, clear, precise all at once, it’s what not what you expect from it, you are getting much more than you’ll ever expect.

Last on this amp is the 1990 LP. This time I’ve set the pre on 8 and the TSR up almost on the max. POWER guys, BIG FAT POWER. Recommend this for solos, might be even too much for rhythm stuff, but for hard rock solos, awesome.

The TSR reacts really good with the preamp of the 2203, it’s a combination, it’s the perfect combination, once more 😆

So, done on Marshall, but I wasn’t done for the day, nope… Fender Blues Junior. Yeah you’ve read correctly, a Fender Blues Junior.

I was curious to how the TSR would sound on something a lot different. And you too I guess, because the TSR is not only for AC/DC. I’ll let my guitars plugged in the TSR 90% of the time now believe me.

So Blues Junior and 1990 LP. Settings: R7 B7 M4 T5 Volume 4 Master 2; TSR compression 10 o’clock, boost going from 10-12 o’clock.

I don’t know if you guys ever cranked up a Blues Junior at the max, I did it once and it is really a great sound. It’s Rock N Roll all the way actually, something you wouldn’t expect from a Fender amp. But with my settings it was really clean. Click on the footswitch, bääääm ! TSR on, you think you’ve cranked your BJ at the limits, but no… cranking up the volume on it and you have a pure rock sound. I was impressed, really impressed. The TSR turned a Blues Junior into a hard rocking amp, on which you could easily play some DC, Zeppelin, maybe even EVH.
Rolled back the boost and got a nice blues crunch, with the only difference, present and thick sounding solos. The magic of the TSR, it is on any kind of amp, really… I did two different worlds, Marshall vs Fender, and loved both.

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So this part being done, here comes something I noticed, and expected to hear.
There is a lot of hiss when the TSR is on, nothing to worry about, it was the same with Angus back then, and it is the same with Fil right now. One way to get rid of the hiss is to put a noisegate in the chain ( they didn’t have it back then ). Other way, which is delivered with the GT, the footswitch, a genius idea from Fil&Franz. As soon as you are finished playing hit on the switch and all is gone :) .

So this would be my review from my first two TSR-hours. I hope you guys can imagine something through all this. Unfortunately no sound demos, since I don’t have proper recording gear, but thanks to tips Fil gave me yesterday I might do this some time soon !
My dad loves it too btw. His face when he first heard it… priceless guys, I tell ya 😀

Thank you notes

Mr. Schaffer, thank you for creating such a cool thing back then, and thanks a lot for allowing and helping us to achieve something so magnificent now !

Markus, the tech behind the TSR, who’s done all the schematics, CAD drawings, entry production, and much more. Visit this little genius here :) : http://www.markussvarc.at

Huge respect for Jake, who’s done a superb job on the design of these babies and the manuel, bravo my friend !

A big thanks to Franz for his work in the past months, which hasn’t been easy at all. He packed the TSR perfectly, very robust, so that nothing could happen to my TSR. So guys, don’t worry at all about this, it is perfectly done ! BIG RESPECT for this Franz, you earn it ! :)

And of course Fil, for giving us this opportunity. This opportunity to have such an amazing piece at home ( talking about the GT and pedal ). Fil, you are one of the greatest guys I know, you know I really mean this, and it’s hard to describe how much I respect you ( it is as hard to describe the sound of the TSR 😆 ) . Love you brother :) !
A BIG THANKS to YOU from all here, you are/will make/ing a lot of guitarists happy with this my friend :)

The the future owners: Prepare yourselves for some serious shit guys, you won’t be expecting it to be this great haha ! Enjoy your TSR and long live SD.com ! RNR

Chris

* Update one day later !!

So, one day later, controlling ” The Beast ” ( that’s her name now ) a bit more.

Two friends past today, two with Strats actually ( and I, idiot forgot to record something … ).

A Strat on a 1959 sounds amazing, we all know this, that legendary twang we all somehow want. We tried it first without the TSR, awesome sound, really, loving it, bluesy, funky, THAT crunch ! TSR on ( both settings 9 o’clock to start slowly ). OH MY FREAKING ROCK N ROLL GOD ! Guys I’m not lying, but the TSR makes me want a Strat… Me on a Strat ( ask my friends, the last guitar I actually would play is a Strat 😆 ) . It is just, I don’t know, can’t describe it. You guys looking for some fat Hendrix ? THIS is it ! Really … Both of my friends were blown away, might even contact Franz for a pedal ! I literally rediscovered my 1959 and the TSR with a Strat. So present, and so fat sounding, never heard a Strat sound like this. Channels on the 1959 were patched, Vol 1 on 3, Vol 2 on 4. It was great, very responsive to our playing and to the volume knob on the guitar. The thin, often too thin sounding solos on Strats are PAST now, this is past… The future looks like this: ANY amp ( really ANY amp ) + TSR + Singles/P90/Minihumbucker/Humbucker = LOVE. This will just give you something you want, something you didn’t expect. And you have so many possibilities to adjust your tone.

So Strat users here, Are You Ready For A Good Time ? :)

Let’s come to some advice I want to give you.

The TSR is VERY sensitive to your playing, and also on her knobs ( Her, because The Beast is beautiful, sexy, rawing, listening to you, and giving you what you need and more 😆 ) .

1. Put your guitars maximum at 7 on the volume. It reacts a lot to the guitar volume. On 10 you get a whole bunch more on compression, great for solos, might be too much for rhythm. So this makes you work with your guitar volume !

2. Put your gain/volume ( depending on the amp ) max at the half. As I wrote yesterday, the TSR is very very powerful and sensitive, so start off slowly, if you want more just put more. Same with the EQ, just put all on half, play a few chords and you will adjust it then.

3. The TSR: My advice, put both knobs at 11 o’clock for a start. Then adjust them and combine them in different ways. Let’s say compression 3 o’clock and boost 11. You might like it ( I love it ), but then try it the other way round, just to listen how the frequencies will change. Actually, putting more on the right knob won’t give you very much more boost, but might give you some more bass and clarity ( yeah I know, crazy right ? ). There are literally tons of different sounds you can get out of it… Really amazing, and once more, the most impressing, you keep your classic amp tone, it’s the same, but just pushed way out of this universe !

4. Not really an advice, but put use some variations and different kinds of combinations to hear first all you can do with the TSR. There are a lot of possibilities with this thing. You will freak out at the beginning, I freaked out 4 times in 2 days… so no worries guys, it’s totally fine ! 😆

1604820_577750852293296_1181455129_n Look at this… Looks so familiar doesn’t it, we can’t see the difference between a SVDS and a TSR from this angle, and not hear it 😆 The way the cable goes into the back of the SVDS, exactly the same on the TSR GT. 1 to 1 :)

Coming soon: TSR on an Orange OR15 + 2×12 cab loaded with G12H30, also using a delay, phase, wah and one more overdrive, curious to hear the result. Letting you know as soon as I did it ! :)

* Update

Saxoism asked me how the TSR would sound at very low volumes, so I snapped my TSR from the JMP’s and put it on my JCM 800 1 watt combo. I took my phone and recorded something very quick. Please forgive me for this really crappy playing. I promise there’s more to come, and way better actually 😆 ! Had no sleep at all, but I know that’s not an excuse 😉

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Started with no TSR, when I engage it you’ll hear it out. Settings on the amp were: Master 2 and preamp 2. For Hells Bells 4 and BiB solo on 10 just to show you how it reacts. Guitar was my 62 Ri SG

This is JUST to show you how it is on very small amps, and note that it’s recorded with my phone. Better stuff is on it’s way to you folks ! ( PS: @ Fil: If they don’t like it I blame you 😆 )

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Chris Moiny
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21, coming from Luxembourg, student, loving Rock & Roll

350 Comments
  • avatar
    jdscreamer
    Posted at 04:07h, 06 February

    OK a quick run down of the Schaffer Replica Gold Tag Edition #004 which is all repaired with the 2 resisters placed into their proper holes. Its apparently very important to place your little thingees into the proper hole! :-p The output of the first 25 as you know was way over the top and created a fizz in the tone from the amp on occasion, just because it was out putting too much power – not a good thing. This may have been picked up by some, it may not have been, but it was there when you pushed the amp and pedal together. It would have been hard on the amp to output this much into the front of the amp. This is all fixed now and the unit now acts as a normal run of the mill booster pedal with a compressor built into it, just the way it was supposed to function. The pedal works and does exactly what it is intended to do. You hear a little drive taking place and you hear a little compressor taking place at the same time. This is “NOT” a pedal to give you ACDC tone, it is a unit to “add to your amps already over driven state”, that has to be made clear, as some people will for sure think they will get ACDC tone from this pedal, NO WAY!!! It adds to the Marshall 1959, or very similar amp, a push into more drive with compressor added! This will give a little more sustain, but not much, it will give a unique fat tone and natural compressor sustain die off, more so based on compressor more than a driver of some type. Its more compressor to my ears than overdrive\booster. It really fattens up your overall natural amps tone. When the amp is set really low, the front dials at 2 or 3, the pedal doesn’t really give much benefit, and more so makes the overall sound / tone muddy somewhat, not really usable at all, this is why everyone knew that Angus pushed his amps to ten, and they thought this was all he used for many years. Thus, when your amp is going for it, then this pedal is added and bingo, Angus tone as it should be. My YJM100 loves it, yet only when the YJM has its front dials at “10”! The lower you go, the more muddy and lifeless the tone from the amp using this pedal will become. That’s normal! The YJM100 is amazing, because to push the amp, and its natural massive sustain, you get the Angus tone perfectly with this pedal. Now. Here’s an important thing I discovered. 90+ percent of everyone here and elsewhere will mainly use their amp while practising at lower volumes, thus, this pedal is usually not going to satisfy, as you are not pushing the amp into high sustain on its own first. Problem for your ears!!! A Marshall 1959, old school will kill you when turned to ten, so what are you going to do. Same thing as solo does, use an attenuator ofcourse, “YOU MUST USE ONE!!!! Reason, again, you must drive the amp fully to get the full benefit out of this pedal, as it is not a proper drive pedal / compressor. Its relying on the amp to be driving aswell quite a bit. I discovered a way to benefit the people without an attenuator out there. Get a clean boost pedal, cleaner the better, and place it ”
    after” the schaffer replica, then set the replica to 3 quarter ish both knobs, and then have the clean booster / overdrive on and turn the volume on that added booster pedal down – a lot. Like a volume pedal you will gain volume control of your old school marshall 1959 or similar yet from the front before the input. Then you can turn up the Marshall’s front knobs into natural overdrive, say 10 on both knobs jumped, and yet you will not kill your ears and get evicted. But I discovered the tone was amazing, and undiluted, it was incredibly pure as if you were running your amp fully open. I’m using an Okko Diablo Overdrive as a clean boost to achieve this effect without an attenuator. Ofcourse, I have a YJM100, thus I don’t need to do this, but, a huge amount of people will use this if they dare to try it. I used it “ALL THE TIME” on my Marshall JTM45/100 Hendrix amp, and it kept that 100 % pure, yet with massive sustain retention. Its amazing. A volume pedal on its own after the schaffer will kill the tone, you need a booster to hold up the tone after the replica – a little added drive in the chain from the booster, as the booster volume will be down low. Try it if you don’t have an attenuator, it will save you a whole lot of cash on buying an attenuator, and as I found out, I sold my attenuator and never used one again for many years. I’ll have demo’s coming shortly too. Hope this helps some rock stars out there.

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      SoloDallas
      Posted at 04:32h, 06 February

      Thanks much for your considerations JD!
      Just a note to rectify your findings: the TSR WILL make a considerable difference with the amp set at 2 or 3 still; with the TSR fully cranked (10, 10) you will actually hear a big difference. The opposite of what you said. Just as an example, my first video announcing the Pedal version has the amp set at 2 (it’s a 2014, which is a 2204 in combo format). In that video it’s easy to hear the massive difference of boosting with the TSR at lower volume levels. Not sure why you are not getting the same effect, as in reality, the more you drive your amp yourself, the less the amp lets you drive it by boosting it and the amount of compression will naturally increase. Along the lines of this, the idea that Angus was running amps at 10 has always been a wrong perception (and I smile thinking about this). It actually took me all of these years to probably demonstrate the opposite! 😆 Rarely I have used any amp at 10 to get into Angus Young territory. Actually, with the TSR finally engaged, we can dial in volumes at 4 or 5 and boost away (solo sounds on Back in Black and For Those About To Rock were obtained this way, with 50 watts heads). Also, Tony Platt confirmed just this: not at all maxed out settings! I think I have kicked the amps as far as 7 most of the times (which is Angus’ recommended setting of volume by the way). AC/DC (especially in the studio, to get those incredible sounds) are rather clean. Hope will enjoy your TSR for years to come. It may take some time to adjust to what it can do. Take care! Fil

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        jdscreamer
        Posted at 04:57h, 06 February

        Oh yes i agree with what you have said about the volume settings. Most people thought he set his amps to 10, that was most people everywhere, as you know, i worded not clear on that, but still enlightens people more so as you know. That idea of amps running at max all the time, is an idea that came out of thin air, not reality. Marshall amps have a funny persona in that case, you don’t actually need them at 10 for good results. The booster in the front is still a recommended usage for people who want “more” yet don’t want “more volume”, or “too much volume with an un-attenuated 100 watter”, and dont have the funds to buy a good quality pure attenuator like a dag unit that’s expensive. Doesn’t make the schaffer lesser unit, just allows for a person to get away very successfully without paying out for an attenuator, and still retain the tone of the schaffer. Remember, at 2-3 on a jumped 100 watter, its still far too loud for most bedrooms with the schaffer on, really is. Its all food for thoughts and another angle to help the million closest ACDC rockers with mums and dads in the next room. That was my goal in this experiment. The goal was very focused when the Gold tag was overpowered, as i tried ways to tone it down with the use of other effects and volumes so to retain the tone of the pedal. More food for thought anyhow. My settings i love most at present for bedroom use is: Amp: Presence: 0, Bass: 8, Middle: 1, Treble: 5, Volume one: between 5 – 10, Volume Two: around 8. Now remember, it all depends on where you have the rear power scaling on with this YJM, thus, ill have it on about 3 only, when i have these settings, and ill get a great schaffer tone, but if i want more loudness, i turn the scaling to 5, or 50%, and them add the okko booster pedal “after” the schaffer and then bring down the volume on okko, then i get bedroom volume without any tone loss what so ever, perfect back in black, nails it, very happy. Its all a way to try to create no loss in tone for your bedroom. This is important, because most people the pedal version sells too will be in the bedroom, i absolutely guarantee it. Yet for stage, i found less volume level, as you state, and full open output on the 1959 / YJM, and no booster pedal added or needed ofcourse. Main reason im trying to perfect low volume tone is that most people will want this situation most of the time. Been doing this part for years. To achieve perfect concert / gig level volume and tone “and” to perfect bedroom volume and tone out of the exact same rig at home. :-)))

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          d1m1
          Posted at 14:52h, 06 February

          whats about this little killer for low levels?
          check this jmp1 with some nos mullards out:

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdGN4Et336Y

          as for the yjm. no doubt its a great sounding amp. but in the end its imo just an overpriced pcb 1959 which comes not close to the old originals and with features i actualy dont need. i dont need the fx loop because i dont need 20 pedals for this particular amp, i dont need that 40 bucks build in boost, i dont need that 50 bucks noice gate and i dont need the build in attenuator etc. i have already better boost (and ordered the tsr!!), a noice gate, a better reverb (which i never use) and i prefer to spend that extra money to buy a jmp1 or real good attenuator (eg the acarom) which i can use for all my other amps too. built in means at least sole usage for only one amp. is the extra money woth it? to me not.. i would buy a real good 1959 (vintage, metro, or hw), or a pcb 1959 plus a good attenuator (or a jmp1).
          watch this video. its one of the poorest marshall amps i ever saw. those crappy pots, those almost touching resistors etc are a shame for that price.

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=–CSLX066J0

          again its just my opinion.

          • avatar
            jdscreamer
            Posted at 19:01h, 06 February

            i checked out the JMP1 with mullards, it sounded good for 1 watt, or more accurately, the microphone had a lot to do with capturing the tone for the video, wink. NOS mullards make no difference to tone compared to new tubes, as you can buy new watford tubes that are the “exact” same tone and much better construction now days. I’ve personally done that trip! We are lucky that we don’t have to search for vintage stuff at all any more. Do you really think we humans cant make quality today? Really!!! Also, you better tell solo he’s made a big mistake, as he just brought a YJM yesterday. “which he will love”, as he likes tone and finds all gear fun. Tone comes from trannys, capacitors and tubes and other little bits and peaces, not from the PCB or turret boards at all, glad i could help. That’s just my opinion though. Stay positive, as these forums are for positive sharing of tone and music creation. We are here to help each other. rock on!

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            jdscreamer
            Posted at 19:15h, 06 February

            Those crappy pots?? those almost touching resistors etc are a shame for that price. Wake Up! The useless old pots used in “OLD” gear were just that, OLD manufacturing techniques, not better, just the style of the day. the “OLD” or if we must call if by the horrible name, “VINTAGE”, were horrible. They caused no end of issues, were open to the air, they got filled up with dust and dirt and all engineers and repair shops hated them. They were not any better for tone and didn’t last that long anyhow, They still wore out like any other part. The new pots are sealed with greese and give no issues. if they do die, you replace it and perfect tone takes place again, JOY. What else would you want? Why have a pile of S%% of a vintage pot, when you can have a new much better engineered pot, which may last for 30 years without an issue anyhow, where, a vintage open to the elements pot will cause an issue within the first year of use. This is fact, everyone knows it. Crackle crackle pop anyone? P.s. those touching resisters are on the same track, they can touch as much as they want. Looks like a really really rock solid constructed Marshall amp to me. Roll on more PCB, the best thing to happy to amps ever!

            • avatar
              d1m1
              Posted at 17:26h, 07 February

              i´ll answere on your both posts.

              i wrote extra that the yjm is a great sounding amp (as all new pcb/hw 1959´s and in generally all marshalls) and that the rest is just my personal opinion because i was afraid that you could react like that (from how i estimated you from your other posts).. you should learn to accept other opinions and that other people have different tastes and needs.

              ok we got it, the yjm is the best amp in the whole universe…at least you wrote it alround 50 times on your posts 😀 and fil will like it as well but i´m pretty sure that he will hear a difference to his 78 1959. the rest its a matter of taste and not a mistake as you wrote because he payed a very low price in italy.

              as for the pots. the reason they use those pots are the lower costs. should i write as well “wake up”?! and as i wrote imo its a shame for an 2500 usd (rrp) amp to use those plastic pots etc. do you think that the tsr pots will be damaged in one year?? ..as all pots on all 60 year old lp´s, sg´s, strats, teles, amps etc right? also some people say that there is a spray for cleaning of cracking pots but thats propably a myth… to me it is important for many reasons to can change the pots easily with out being a technitian no matter if on a guitar or an amp. on the yjm most people cant because they re all soldered on a pcb. i also wouldnt like to have those “plastic pots” on a pcb in my guitars. but if you think they are the best pots in the world, you could give a try 😉 http://www.tonymckenzie.com/Site/images/latest_images/control-pots-front.jpg

              hmhm nos mullards make absolutelly no difference in tone compared to new tubes…ok thank you for helping us with this info. but maybe you should write that you cant hear a difference because i and many many others can. “exact” same tone as you wrote does not exist. to me even nos mullards do not sound exactly same but still better than new ones incl watfords cryogenic or not (my personal taste). it´s up to everyones ear and your ear is not the law right?? perception of audition is subjective. i also never wrote that pcb harms the tone. the production is just cheaper and faster in compare to hw because machines do the job (hello again 2500 usd). did i also wrote that humans cant make quality today? of course humans can make quality today but “tone-quality” is not only a matter of materials as you wrote but of expirience and tradition as well. back then they invented the tubes and had a continuous tradition and experience on tube quality and produced millions of tubes all over the world because all devices worked with tubes and it was also a lucrative business. today its an almost forgoten art and only a few manufactures produce/recreate just small quantities in compare to half century ago. if in 100 years exist only electro cars and someone starts to recreate ferraris or mercedes, they will be definitelly not the same because that long tradition, experience and philosophy of the ferrari factory will be lost. simple as that.

              stay calm and rock on

          • avatar
            Barthel
            Posted at 21:02h, 06 February

            A pcb 1959…………marshall uses pcb since 1974 I believe.
            Overpriced…………well over here (Netherlands) I have payed 400 euro less for it then a SLP reissue new.

            A JMP1…………I know they are great but if you want to talk about a overpriced pcb amp…..well

            • avatar
              jdscreamer
              Posted at 21:29h, 06 February

              yeah i agree! PCB is simply a place to place the exact same components as the turret boards used to use, thus, its simply a place that holds the parts that make the sound/ tone. Has no effect on tone. I don’t care either way aswell, all good to me, just as long as the tone ends up amazing and the amp is reliable! :-) vintage or modern amp, schaffer replica, gibson SG, rock and roll takes place. its all good news!

            • avatar
              d1m1
              Posted at 17:28h, 07 February

              you re totally right. the jmp1 is for his 1 watt with ca 1000 usd (rrp) another overpriced machine made pcb amp with the same plastic pots as on the yjm which are all together soldered on a pcb etc. but 300 euro for an used jmp1 combo is not bad i think. at least many of my pedals were more expensive lol

              if you read carefuly i wrote particulary about the yjm that its overpriced (new 2500 usd) for an new pcb 1959 marshall because of the reasons i mentioned. and that todays pbc marshalls sound intended(!) a bit different than the hw versions is also not a secred. a 74 pcb 1959 sounds by the way different as well. and as i wrote in the end its a matter of taste. i like the all but prefer the old ones.

              cheers

              • avatar
                dash8311
                Posted at 17:41h, 07 February

                Excuse me, sir, but I believe for the sake of this community you need to qualify your comments:

                Do you own and play a YJM100?

                Regards,

                Kris

                • avatar
                  d1m1
                  Posted at 18:10h, 07 February

                  hi kris

                  yes i played few times at a rehearsal room a yjm and as i wrote it´s a great sounding amp! which doesent mean that i have to agree with the rrp because of the reasons i mentioned on my first post. anyways. i also owned a 1959 slp which i bought used for 600 euro. also “same” great sound.

                  regards
                  dimi

                  • avatar
                    dash8311
                    Posted at 18:24h, 07 February

                    Thanks Dimi,

                    You and I can certainly agree the 1959 circuit, in all it’s variations, is a brilliant amplifier. As Fil says, the sound of rock and roll.

                    My second question for you, and a question on everybody’s minds is: how do you attenuate your amplifier? Volume 2 on a 1959 is extremely loud, as we all know.

                    You’ve mentioned multiple times the price of these amplifiers: I bought my first YJM for $1700 USD and the second $2000 USD, both used. The Aracom Pro2 attenuator I purchased for my ’79 2203 was an additional $750 USD (shipping etc), so when I add it up at the end of the day, I don’t feel we are very far apart on price and we need to be realistic.

                    In my very wise Father’s words, you have to pay to play.

                    I love my YJMs and there is a huge thread on the Marshall forum that will echo this sentiment.

                    Best,

                    Kris

                    • avatar
                      Barthel
                      Posted at 19:22h, 07 February

                      Hi Kris,
                      How do you like the Schaffer replica so far on the YJM?
                      The first one was not how it should be if i have my fact straight 😉

                      Regards,
                      Bart

                    • avatar
                      d1m1
                      Posted at 20:05h, 13 February

                      hi kris

                      imo attenuated high watt amps sound generally always different in a bad way. not only because of the attenuetion but also because you just cant get a good tone at bedroom levels through 12″ speakers. the cone of 12″ speakers needs to be pushed to swing and therefor to give a nice full ballsy tone at the whole tonal range. if you tickle a 12″ cone and specially a 4×12″ cab the soul of the amp disapears no matter what attenuetor is used. same for the yjm attenuator i´ve tried and all other simular principles build in att.. the tone sucks at the end imo. i would try the acarom wich is also a resistor attenuetor but with some sophisticated patents. it´s propably the best att. on the market at the moment. and also a “speaker motor” attenuator from weber. unlike all other attenuators some weber models are not resistor attenuators but use a speaker motor which applyes ractive load on the amp. the result suposed to deliver a more natural sound. well those two attenuators may improve a bit the tone but in the end the result will be that you cant get the same tone/soul/mojo of a high watt amp at low/bedroom volumes.

                      as for the price, you re right. at the end of the day we are not far appart on the price. the only difference will be that if you spend 800-900 usd for a 1959 slp plus 750 for the acarom pro2 (your are still below the price of an yjm) you can use the best attenuator around on all your amps and buddies amps and studio amps etc because it´s not build in.

                      best
                      dimi

                    • avatar
                      jdscreamer
                      Posted at 23:09h, 13 February

                      Power scaling and attenuation are totally different things and work totally differently. Not even on the same planet in all regards. YJM or the AFD doesn’t have any attenuation what so ever! Attenuation will squash the tone at some point, at really low bedroom volume settings on the unit, yet power scaling will not loose any tone so to speak. Both will loose “feel”, i.e loose that punch in the air, as they are not moving air, but the attenuator will loose tone at lower settings, “squash”, and the power scaling doesn’t do that at all. p.S. there is 100 million patents on failed projects or incomplete trials, i.e. the Aracom dag is one of them, as is the webber. Not failed, but still no where near where they want them to be, yet they needed to release a product. A patent doesn’t mean finished, it simply means, “I’ve made something that I don’t want you to use aswell”! Doesn’t mean that its good or brilliant, just means its MINE! Still great units though.

                      all best

                    • avatar
                      banane
                      Posted at 23:25h, 13 February

                      The Aracom isn’t a failed patent and neither is the Weber.
                      And to my ears (and I’m not alone here) the Aracom delievers GREAT tone at bedroom levels.
                      That’s why Fil is using them.

                    • avatar
                      jdscreamer
                      Posted at 23:36h, 13 February

                      I didn’t say it was a failed project anywhere? Or is that what you read into it. I bet you cash that Aracom will bring out a better version soon. I bet ya on that. Thus, what I am meaning if you read everything, is that gear is only as good as it it is now, and yet its all far away from where those companies want the units to be, even though they will state its a breakthorugh of some type. haha, how much gear has people brought from words stating that eh, lol. Its good as it is, but far away from their so called “final version”. Just because fil users it, doesn’t mean its the best, just means its the one he’s tried so far and it sounds great to his ears, it does a better job than others “he has tried so far”. :-)) Its not over!! The search will continue! More are yet to be tried. I mean, even fil couldn’t hold out and went out to buy a YJM100. WHY? Because he loves gear and tone and wants to try things first hand before believing words on a forum only. Its all creative and fun. Lets keep it that way shall we. Its not a competition!

                      rock on

                    • avatar
                      dash8311
                      Posted at 23:39h, 13 February

                      Franz is responding to d1m1.

                      More reading, more thought, less typing!

                    • avatar
                      banane
                      Posted at 23:44h, 13 February

                      I replied to jdscreamer, but I highly agree with your “More reading, more thought, less typing!” :)

                    • avatar
                      jdscreamer
                      Posted at 23:52h, 13 February

                      he was meaning towards yourself, i.e. more reading, more thought less typing. i agree too.

                    • avatar
                      banane
                      Posted at 00:11h, 14 February

                      Perfect. Then it’s up to you to start with it :)

                    • avatar
                      banane
                      Posted at 23:43h, 13 February

                      Quoting your own text:
                      “p.S. there is 100 million patents on failed projects or incomplete trials, i.e. the Aracom dag is one of them, as is the webber.”
                      I disagreed to this.

                    • avatar
                      jdscreamer
                      Posted at 23:48h, 13 February

                      you disagree with everything. read your comments! really! doesn’t matter what anyone will say, this is the route you prefer on these forums. patent doesn’t mean complete or great or finished or final, it just means ITS MY VERSION OF THIS PARTICULAR TECHNOLOGY – SO DON’T CLONE IT FOR SALES PURPOSES!

                      haha good luck in your search

                      cant wait for the reply

                    • avatar
                      banane
                      Posted at 00:10h, 14 February

                      If you have a problem with contrary opinions, Jason, there is an easy way to avoid being confronted with this problem: Don’t take part in discussions.

                      You know, there is always the risk of someone not sharing your opinion which seems to get you pretty upset.

                      Beside this, like dash8311 wrote: “More reading, more thought, less typing!”

                      In this context: I disagreed to your statement that the “Aracom and Weber are FAILED projects”.

                    • avatar
                      jdscreamer
                      Posted at 01:27h, 14 February

                      there is no problem, if you don’t want to be involved in discussions, all good, you dont have to reply to my fruitful chitter chatter with other members. all good news dont you think?

                    • avatar
                      banane
                      Posted at 06:53h, 14 February

                      Stop your senseless bashing on things you dont like. Calling Aracom and Weber “failed projects” is nothing I want to read here. Its far away from reasonable criticising.
                      Adjust yorself to the general mood of this site.

                    • avatar
                      jdscreamer
                      Posted at 06:58h, 14 February

                      this discussion has nothing to do with you, really, as you read into things your own way of seeing it then comment back in a convoluted way. You did understand but wanted to make something off it, that was pointless. you don’t really have to be like this, as this is a helpful forum. move along please!

                    • avatar
                      banane
                      Posted at 07:15h, 14 February

                      Again: adjust yourself to the site’s mood, no bashing. Then you wont have any problems with me.

                    • avatar
                      jdscreamer
                      Posted at 07:19h, 14 February

                      again, im sure you can adjust yourself and stop bashing and all will be fine. There are plenty of other topics here, but you seem to be obsessed with this one for some reason?? the mood is good here. what are you on about?

                    • avatar
                      banane
                      Posted at 07:25h, 14 February

                      Jason, stop trolling.
                      I never had the need of moderating any comments on this site for the whole time it exists. But let me assure you that I know how to do it.

                    • avatar
                      jdscreamer
                      Posted at 07:31h, 14 February

                      no trolling coming from me. Check out my tech info, all through the site, all helpful, all genuine and fil loves the info, as do many others do. Yet your silly threats now to moderate falls on deaf ears as you have no case to do so, as i have only been talking to others about gear and then you popped in and dished all the info. really strange of you don’t you think. the mood is good here. All your comments are above, dishing all the great info from people. reason for that is? there are other sites for getting at people for no reason. but, i feel you may not stop this rant eh. really. be happy, it does exist! rock and roll then takes place. p.s. I’m loving my fixed #004 gold tag unit, hows yours rocking?

                    • avatar
                      d1m1
                      Posted at 07:34h, 14 February

                      hey jd dont you realize that you re annoying the members with your rude bossy posts?

                    • avatar
                      banane
                      Posted at 08:12h, 14 February

                      I believe he doesn’t. The silence of the other members speaks for itself.
                      I’m a big fan of free speech, that’s the only reason why I’m still trying to get him behaving better.
                      If he only annoys me, I won’t care, this is not my site, but yours, the members site. Same goes for calling me silly, which pretty amuses me :) But I want a peaceful together here, and I believe that ,most people agree that this should not become another place in the net for rude bossy posts. Totally agree on your opinion.

                    • avatar
                      banane
                      Posted at 07:50h, 14 February

                      Thats right, I will not stop watching your comments and stop you when acting against our house rules. Thats part of my little job as site administrator, no? :)

                    • avatar
                      jdscreamer
                      Posted at 10:16h, 14 February

                      no not really! you can poke, but no one else can poke back at ya. doesn’t seem fair somehow? anyhow, back to gear talk eh, this was fun, but enough is enough, lets talk gear now

                    • avatar
                      Ant
                      Posted at 11:23h, 14 February

                      i like the Aracom

                    • avatar
                      jdscreamer
                      Posted at 11:28h, 14 February

                      yeah me too, its an amazing unit. I deal with destroyallguitars.com in regards to the unit. Cliff is the X manager of steve vai and joe satriani and other big bands and artists, he’s a really nice guy. They have great videos of the aracom on their web site. Have you seen the website? Amazing custom guitars and amps there.

              • avatar
                Barthel
                Posted at 18:34h, 07 February

                Hello Dimi, about preferring the old ones i think i can relate to you 😉
                But i find the YJM a great amp on its own, with some great features.
                The EPA and autobias did it for me so i bought one last year.

                All the best

                • avatar
                  jdscreamer
                  Posted at 18:45h, 07 February

                  yeah they are great amps eh. Who cars about the small pots, i bet they will last for many years anyhow. As for tone in regards to vintage and YJM, who cares!!! Sounds good to me too as all other owners will state. PCB or turrent board, that makes no differnce, its all to do with the trannys caps and tubes, and a little salt, makes for yummy rock n roll cake. lol Oh someone asked about the effects loop and when you have it on you hear a slight difference in the tone when playing the amp, very slight. i have a cable in the loop while its on like this, linking the send and return, just for those who asked.

          • avatar
            Barthel
            Posted at 02:09h, 07 February

            Hello d1m1, you say the YJM does not come close to the originals but I don’t think Yngwie would sign off an amp that is based upon a 1972 1959 out of his own collection if it did not sound even close.

            That said you would have a hard time finding 2 originals that sound the same. And the 1959 circuit has gone trough a lot of changes also in its career 😉

    • avatar
      banane
      Posted at 07:14h, 06 February

      Well…my impression is that you are a bit struggling to find something negative too, wrapped into some praise of the YJM but that’s okay for me.

      I actually set my amp to clean settings, maybe just a tad overdriven and then let the Replica work on the rest of the tone, together with the guitar volume and the attack of the playing hand. That give me pure AC/DC “clean dirty” tone, just as Tony Platt described it. Could be that it’s different with a YJM though :)

      • avatar
        jdscreamer
        Posted at 10:33h, 06 February

        Could simply be the tubes i have! I’ve found tubes to big so massive a difference that i was gob smacked about how much time i spent, when in fact the tube change got the thing i was after at one stage. That’s gear for ya eh. Its an art form, not a science, so we find something special while on the search for something else. Its really cool fun and we must never forget that part! I remember Stevie Ray Vaughan having a very serious break down and crying many times while his obsessive search for tone would end in so many failures to find just the right tone, so back to the bottle and needle he went. Yet, on this search, he did succeed in the end. Beautiful Tone from 2 Vibroverbs and a 200 watt Marshall major Mixture with a tube screamer throw in for good measure. Good story! :-)

    • avatar
      KyleSG
      Posted at 00:45h, 07 February

      Yeah you definitely don’t need your amp on 10 to sound good. If you have an amp and it only ever sounds good on 10 there’s something wrong lol. Angus plays everything around half maybe a little more or less sometimes depending on the show but of course he’s loud and has great tone as he uses more then one amp and cab. I ran my 79 2203 through two 4×12’s once instead of my usual one 4×12 cab and it sounded even better and better tone. If you watch the videos of the people playing the schaffer with fil at namm it wasn’t that loud and sounded awesome and you could hear a massive difference when turned off or on by them. It also helped that they have the hands for making it sound good as well :)

      • avatar
        Barthel
        Posted at 01:01h, 07 February

        Yep….I think I saw every video about the schaffer and on every amp a huge difference with the schaffer turned on.

        Can’t wait to get it home;-)

      • avatar
        jdscreamer
        Posted at 01:17h, 07 February

        Yeah but remember on that namm amp videos, there was an attenuator sitting there being used, i.e. i bet without it, it would have been hellish loud, even at the lower settings.

        • avatar
          SoloDallas
          Posted at 05:28h, 07 February

          Loud yes – driven and fat? Nope. We did that JD – we tried that with some customers, to make them hear the difference without attenuation – on clean settings the difference with or without TSR is even more impressive. Which I say again, makes total sense, since the amp is not compressing much at lower settings yet, so the kick the TSR gives is just massive. Good stuff 😉

          • avatar
            jdscreamer
            Posted at 10:46h, 07 February

            Yeah im learning more all the time with the pedal. I changed the preamp tubes in my amp and now i get a lower volume setting that sits better with the pedal. I had bland preamp tubes in there, which allowed me to take the volume dials on the amp much higher, even cranked, but ive placed some harma STR 7025 tubes in the preamp and WOW! more drive at lover settings big time. Try those tubes, they are amazing. i used them in my Hendrix amp too, and they give a drive breakup much earlier and are even quieter than stock tubes, go figure. Another great trial for you towards tone. :-))

            • avatar
              SoloDallas
              Posted at 11:04h, 07 February

              A-HA JD, NOW we’re talking!!! Now it makes sense.
              Good for me to know as I bought one of those YJM amps because of you guys – will also tell my friend Kris about this maybe he has the same v1 tube as yours (v1 is the preamp tube) – Kris are you reading this?

              • avatar
                jdscreamer
                Posted at 11:21h, 07 February

                good on you for buying one, it will be handy to not have to lug around an attenuator to gigs etc. YJM, SG, AND GOLD TAG. GOOD RIG INDEED! :-) Yeah, i used the 7025s in my JTM45/100 and actually filled the entire preamp with them, not just V1, a balanced version of the 7025 in V3. It was very nice indeed. The YJM has 4 Preamp tubes as you know, V4 is simply for the effects loop to make sure when you turn it on the volume doesn’t drop, thats all, yet i have discovered something cool about that tube in the mix. Turn on the effects loop, but have nothing in there, or none of the effects in the loop turned on, only the loop itself, it gives a “different” tone to the whole amp with the added preamp tube, its subtle, but it gives a looser tone, not as tight overall. try it, you will see what i mean. Depending on the cabinet you use, having the effects loop on may help with some bass response adjustments if needed with some speakers, in a good way, trial and error.

                • avatar
                  SoloDallas
                  Posted at 11:23h, 07 February

                  GREAT! Can’t wait to put my hands on me YJM. Coming to me from Sicily next week. PS I will also be using it live shortly. A band just called me to fill in as a guitar player, will do happily

                  • avatar
                    jdscreamer
                    Posted at 11:28h, 07 February

                    Great stuff, love to see a video of the gig if they do one. Hey, i just went to my local stock car race track to support our local stock car team tonight as they are the reigning NZ champions, its the 2 biggest nights in new Zealand speedway, just got home from it, its now 11.25pm. The nice thing to know, is the theme for the local team known as the Panthers is: THUNDERSTRUCK! AC/DC. So i was thinking of your site here as they played it very loud over the stadium loudspeakers. So i can say i sort of went to an actual AC/DC concert tonight. haha :-p

                  • avatar
                    Barthel
                    Posted at 15:04h, 07 February

                    Hi Fil, I’m very curious how the YJM will fit in your impressive amp collection :-)
                    You have and played so many high-end and boutique amps, would love to hear your findings……………….and of course with the Schaffer 😉

              • avatar
                dash8311
                Posted at 17:55h, 07 February

                Si signore, always.

                Pre-amp tubes are stock in my YJM, however I have Groove Tube EL34M Mullard Reissues in the mail. Excited to hear the difference.

                Regarding breakup at lower volumes, I can run Vol 2 on the amp with the TSR and have it breakup, so I’m not sure what the point of this exercise is.

                Also, jdscreamer, I’ve read your comments regarding the ‘effects loop tone change theory’ a few times now and chosen not to respond until further investigation. I’ll request you qualify your comments with further detail: do you need to put a patch cable to connect the loop or is it open?

                You haven’t mentioned these details and it is now swaying readers thoughts. The experience with both of my YJMs have had absolutely no difference in the amplifier’s tone with the with the effects loop on, albeit not connected together.

                Cheers,

                Kris

    • avatar
      livewiredmike
      Posted at 13:08h, 14 February

      How does the THD Hotplate compare to the Aracom or Weber attenuators?

      • avatar
        jdscreamer
        Posted at 19:09h, 14 February

        ive had all of them, tried them all and i found that the weber and aracom are better, as i found that you can go lower volume / closer to bedroom volume easier / keep the tone intact with the aracom and weber, and the THD squashed the tone earlier. The THD still was great to a point, just like the aracom and weber, yet squashed the tone “eventually”. “They all squash tone”, muffle tone and create wooly tone eventually, but some simply can go a lot lower in volume before the tone is un-usable. It all depends on how low a volume you want to go. If you only want to cut the power of the amp by half so its easier at small pubs / small gigs, then any of the three will do, they are all pure of tone until you go “too” low. What amp are you using?

        • avatar
          banane
          Posted at 19:20h, 14 February

          Seems like a well-known guitarist has a bit different opinion.
          Just like me: http://www.solodallas.com/playing-with-a-marshall-yjm-quick-initial-impressions/
          Don’t know which Aracom you had, but mine doesnt squash the tone of my 1959 on bedroom level.

          • avatar
            jdscreamer
            Posted at 19:54h, 14 February

            absolutely fantastic playing and tone from the YJM , thats for sure, i absolutely disagree with the attenuation findings, (or it was the same for me when i first got the amp aswell) but that’s only because ive had the YJM amp for ages and fil only just got it. Im still finding the best tones ive ever heard from an amp after all this time. Same for many people, as It takes time to get your head around the settings on that amp as they are different than a regular 1959. Cant wait to hear more playing.

        • avatar
          livewiredmike
          Posted at 19:51h, 14 February

          I’m using a JTM45 and a 1987x. I never attenuate live. If the place is small, which is rare, I just aim my 4×12 cabs to the rear wall. I’m just looking for opinions/ comparisons. The Aracom seems great but a bit pricey.

          • avatar
            jdscreamer
            Posted at 20:03h, 14 February

            yeah pointing the 4 x 12 away from direct crowd projection will work, aswell putting perspex in front of the 4 x 12 and point it at the crowd, that’s a cool way too, but the aracom will do the trick and you will have more clarity as you can still keep the amp fully open and pointed at the crowd. If you are a regular gigging musician, then i recommend the aracom – worth paying the bucks in the long run. You will keep the high notes more pure and intact, rather than pointing the amp away to keep the volume down.

  • avatar
    JaiminhoPagina
    Posted at 00:18h, 31 January

    OK guys, to avoid further confusion, here’s what happened.

    As Fil explained, two components got switched around on the final construction plans for the Gold Tag replicas. Nothing big, just two little guys that ended up on the wrong place. So, when final production started, the units were built with said “spec deviation”.

    It was really unfortunate, but it did happen. Because it was such a small thing, it went undetected until now. The only thing that happens is that there’s a lot more boost/compression than the intended. Basically, running with the knobs a little back fixes this problem, but you know, it ain’t exactly the same. Now we (the SD team) are trying our best to make sure everyone gets what they want.

    ALL of the first 25 GOLD TAG units are affected. Everyone probably received a mail from Franz with further instructions on what to do if you wish to have your unit “restored to original specs”. Units from the second batch onwards (starting on #026) are going to be built following the correct specs.

    So, no need to make “a bustle in your hedgerow”. lol (sorry. Couldn’t resist….)
    Take your time to decide if you want to send your unit back for re-work. If you do, neither you or your wallet will be hurt. You just got to have a little patience, but everything will work out, you’ll see. 😀

    • avatar
      nickbond1968sg
      Posted at 01:04h, 31 January

      Has any one had an update, with a returns address yet, for getting the TSR reworked? I’ve not heard anything since the original recall email. I’m still loving the unit but I think my rectifier is sagging big time on my 45. Just bitten the bullet and ordered an Aracom DAG :-)

      • avatar
        jdscreamer
        Posted at 01:06h, 31 January

        aracom dag is fantastic, good on you.

        • avatar
          nickbond1968sg
          Posted at 01:16h, 31 January

          Been wanting one for a long time since Fil first started reviewing them. I’ve been using GR4 for home use, but since the TSR arrived and running it through my 45, there’s no comparison. Gonna get a decent mike, and plan to record the cab with it along with the line out signal from the Aracom.

      • avatar
        JaiminhoPagina
        Posted at 01:12h, 31 January

        Franz is currently taking a small break from Replica business until Tuesday, I believe.

        The first few units were sent back for rework this week. Just get in touch with Franz and he’ll give the returns address etc. as soon as he’s back.

      • avatar
        Chris Moiny
        Posted at 08:40h, 31 January

        The address is the same one as from where it came from. Not a big of a deal right 😉 ?

        Franz is currently off a few days, he needs a well deserved rest with his family :)

        • avatar
          nickbond1968sg
          Posted at 09:24h, 31 January

          No, not a big deal, just don’t have the address and it’s boxed to go. I’ll wait till next week.

  • avatar
    KyleSG
    Posted at 23:17h, 30 January

    The Funny things is the the guy that sold his on ebay because he only had it a short time and thought it made his amp to distorted and what not….Well if he had of waited and sent it back…. as if it was one of the problem ones he might have liked it but now after fixed but will never no.

    • avatar
      jdscreamer
      Posted at 23:24h, 30 January

      can i get some information about “THE FAULT”! What is this fault everyone is talking about? What is happening to the unit?

      • avatar
        AngusRudd1019
        Posted at 04:01h, 31 January

        They put 1 too many condenser’s in the thing or the WRONG condenser was put in… Atleast that is how I understand the situation.

        • avatar
          JaiminhoPagina
          Posted at 06:44h, 31 January

          Simply two parts that went into the wrong place; like spelling “CA/DC” instead of “AC/DC”. :)

          And the so called “fault” is just loads of extra boost.

          • avatar
            d1m1
            Posted at 09:03h, 31 January

            yep and CA/CD is a metall band 😀
            i have to say that i was happy when i read fils post, that the tsr is overpowered because on some reviews it sounded to me too extreme with a kind unnatural distortion and also fuzzing and mudding in the lower hz. i´m also doing everything possible to reduce the volume of my amps and this thing would blow my eardrums.
            imo i need just a slight of that unique sounding boost and compression to get that ballsy articulated cleanish angus tone. everything else would go in a artificial direction.

  • avatar
    sellen
    Posted at 15:42h, 30 January

    Had it a week and wow this thing is powerful!!
    Currently trying it on a Mesa Boogie Stiletto Ace head.
    Started on crunch but moved over to clean channel, recorded “shook me” today. Notin’ superb , needs a little tweaking on settings and the solo wasn’t exactly brilliant:) But it was really loud so only one take on all parts, as i don’t wanna piss folks around me here
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktqtyzHr1W8
    Overall i’m really happy to own such a cool thing like this.

    • avatar
      SoloDallas
      Posted at 15:52h, 30 January

      Wow. NICE. I have to say, even with the overpowered TSR, it’s sounding great! SUPERB job. Please let us know if you have second thoughts and want to send it back to be fixed. Thanks! SD

      • avatar
        sellen
        Posted at 22:57h, 30 January

        Thanx for your kind words Fil :)

        Mine TSR is 22#, is that one also with the fault?
        If so it would have been nice to get it like it supposed to be.
        Gonna play in a party next weekend so i wait to return it then if mine is one of the units with a fault.

      • avatar
        jdscreamer
        Posted at 23:30h, 30 January

        To be fixed!! What needs to be fixed? What is happening to the unit? For some reason mine went all fizzy, as if it was struggling to work, like the compressor was turned way too high, yet it wasn’t, but wasn’t sure if it was the TSR or something else. Today it was ok, but i cant seem to get a great tone with the unit without having my amps booster on, to bring down the output using the amp boosters own volume / output knob. More so, i like the tone better with the YJMs booster on, but, is there an issue of some type with the unit/s? If so, WHAT? Just in case i do in fact have one of those units with an issue.

        • avatar
          d1m1
          Posted at 23:49h, 30 January

          hi jd

          fil wrote to you on the latest update. your 004 unit has the fault as well. its a wrong cap which let the unit run overpowered. you have to send it back to be fixed. here is what fil wrote:

          Hi JD,
          sorry for the late reply (to your original review) – taking the chance of a late night jet-lag to get some work done (just back from NAMM!). We’re sorry you were not reached by our recall email, because you bought that one off of ebay, so your name was not in the list of the first customers! That slipped through our fingers (only temporarily): that unit is unfortunately faulty! As a few others that have already been re-called back to the shop. Basically, a condenser was put in lieu of another in a few units. We already corrected this, and the units now sound as they were intended to!
          No worries, we are still going to help you. Even if you didn’t buy direct from me, but bought on ebay, I am still going to cover you fully, meaning you will ship at our cost back to Austria and then back to you. Please get in touch with Franz for the details – we want you (and all the early folks) to have the right sounding one. The very first ones are definitely overpowered sounding AND way more hissy than they would be normally. Sorry for the incident, thanks, Fil :)

        • avatar
          Barthel
          Posted at 23:55h, 30 January

          Hello JD, If I understand things well, your unit has an issue. I hear Fil talk about it being overpowerd.

          • avatar
            Chris Moiny
            Posted at 08:38h, 31 January

            Exactly, I discovered that beginning of last week, and Fil confirmed it at the NAMM. But there’s nothing wrong with it, it gives you even more power, really much more power. If you like it you can keep it like that, or otherwise just return it for a few days :)

            • avatar
              dash8311
              Posted at 09:21h, 31 January

              Fil & I confirmed at NAMM that the production TSR wasn’t to spec, which was verified by the builder. Not a big deal, in my opinion, a minor issue that will be quickly rectified.

              I personally played Fil’s prototype at NAMM through a 1959 & 2203 and it is brilliant. I would encourage everybody to return their unit to have this fixed and have that specific tone he has intended to replicate.

    • avatar
      Chris Moiny
      Posted at 15:57h, 30 January

      sounds great ! What were your settings on the TSR ? I’m curious 😛

      • avatar
        sellen
        Posted at 23:04h, 30 January

        Thanx Chris :)
        Settings on TSR was Input at 10 and output 12.
        The amp was pretty much on 12 at the clean channel, and i backed the guitar volume down to 6-7 for rhythm.

        • avatar
          Chris Moiny
          Posted at 08:42h, 31 January

          What I thought, same as I use most of the time, depending on my mood I even crank the output 😆

  • avatar
    Spellbound
    Posted at 21:57h, 25 January

    Unit number 6 made it right as I was on my to Corey’s gig!

    • avatar
      Spellbound
      Posted at 23:04h, 25 January

      Huston, we may have a problem. The power cable appears to be European? Do I need an adapter?

      • avatar
        nickbond1968sg
        Posted at 23:09h, 25 January

        Hi there, are you in the UK? I’m using a shaver adapter at the moment… will get round to fitting a 13 amp plug with a 1 amp fuse… too busy playing it at the moment though… you’re going to love it :-)

        • avatar
          nickbond1968sg
          Posted at 23:23h, 25 January

          Sorry, just looked round the back of cab and forgot that the adapter is part of the plug… so can’t fit a UK plug… does work fine with the shaver adapter though…

          • avatar
            Spellbound
            Posted at 17:33h, 26 January

            Nope, located in the US. I don’t have an adapter in the house, gonna have to get the one dash posted.

      • avatar
        dash8311
        Posted at 23:41h, 25 January

        The TSR operates on 15v, 800mA power, which the supplied power adapter will produce.

        Input power on the supplied adapter is 110-240v, therefore you just need one of these:

        http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3932601

        I don’t suggest using any other power supply for the TSR.

        • avatar
          banane
          Posted at 11:13h, 26 January

          Thats totally correct.
          Please don’t use any other power supply. The power supply works worldwide in every country, you just need the corresponding wall plug adapter.

          • avatar
            Spellbound
            Posted at 17:57h, 26 January

            Oh Franz, I won’t be able to get the recordings done, let alone actually play with the replica, anytime soon because I busted a string a day or two before the replica came in and I just sunk a bunch of money into the repair and for tickets to see Corey’s band play. No string money left over. :(

            I’ll try and get it done ASAP though.

            • avatar
              AngusRudd1019
              Posted at 02:00h, 27 January

              Will it be the same deal with the pedal?? Do I need to get the adapter?

              • avatar
                banane
                Posted at 09:49h, 03 February

                Not sure yet. We are checking sources and are trying to get a power supply with a US wall plug for a reasonable price.

                They are more expensive and in order to be flexible enough with orders to different countries, we would have to buy way more power supplies than we build pedals, because we don’t know how many pedals will go to US/GB/elsewhere.

                • avatar
                  Spellbound
                  Posted at 18:03h, 03 February

                  Would buying adapters for specific countries in bulk help/be cheaper?

                  • avatar
                    banane
                    Posted at 18:12h, 03 February

                    We are buying them in bulk, of course :) But the bulk is too small for getting wholesale prices.

        • avatar
          Spellbound
          Posted at 17:36h, 26 January

          Alright. Thanks Dash!

        • avatar
          headwhop26
          Posted at 04:25h, 04 February

          I think Target has these for like… 8 bucks, if I remember correctly.

          for those folks in the states, that is

  • avatar
    sellen
    Posted at 23:53h, 24 January

    Just got home from 14 days of work offshore, and nr 22″ is ready to pic up at my post office. Perfect timing:)

  • avatar
    Angusrocks101
    Posted at 19:07h, 24 January

    A little technical question for those of you who use 9s. Are you using low/medium or high action. As you know 9s can bend almost too easily at lower actions. I would really for Fil to chime in since he tweaks his truss rods and has been adjusting his guitars forever. I know it’s personal preference but I would like to know a starting point for 9s as I just switched from 10s and the 9s are a lot different feel-wise. Plus I’m trying to find the sweet spot for the best the intonation can be.

    • avatar
      KyleSG
      Posted at 19:31h, 24 January

      I always stick with 10s because much easier to get a stronger harder and defined tone unless like Angus you can blast a bunch of stacks night after night then yes it loud enough that even 9s will sound big and be easier on the hands for him playing on a tour.

      • avatar
        dash8311
        Posted at 20:38h, 24 January

        The TSR is the missing link, you don’t need to crank it or play hard at all to get the tone.

        It’s a super light touch only.

      • avatar
        Angusrocks101
        Posted at 21:28h, 24 January

        I do like the playability of 10s but 9s can have good tone as well. I think the action and relief play a part in that. 10s don’t have as large of an oscillation as 9s bc they are under more tension. Meaning 9s generally need more relief and an action that allows it to fully oscillate. Pickup height plays a role too. In spite of this I am using 10s on my les Paul because it’s good to switch between the two I believe because it makes you focus more on notes you play and bend to.

    • avatar
      dash8311
      Posted at 20:36h, 24 January

      I’m standing with Fil here at NAMM. His answer, via me, is as follows:

      Use your 9s as much as possible to get use to them. Will take some time.

      Regarding action, Fil plays around the 12th fret and sets the action low where there is no buzzing (he plays very lightly), and truss rod adjusted in order to move from the high E to B to G smoothly without having to ‘reach’ around each string with your fingers.

      Make sense?

      • avatar
        Angusrocks101
        Posted at 21:21h, 24 January

        I appreciate the answers guys. And yes it makes sense for low action as then it’s easier to have complete control over vibrato but it’s hard (for me) to play certain phrases without pressing to hard and being slightly out of tune. I think I have the action right now in the same ball park as Fil as its very playable now. As far as relief I understand but I don’t know if that means the neck needs to be straighter or more relief. How’s NAMM?

        • avatar
          Angusrocks101
          Posted at 21:40h, 24 January

          It seems like the truss rod adjustment, just my theory, that Fil makes is to make it easier to apply vibrato on bends without excess noise from strings hitting your fingers which isn’t very noticeable with my technique because I’ve practiced to get it out and 9s are easier. This noise is more apparent on 10s. Is this even close or is it just for smooth transition?

          • avatar
            jdscreamer
            Posted at 22:10h, 24 January

            My 2 cents suggests, use 9s, set string height low, make sure you have a dead straight neck without either relief or tension, and simply play like there’s no tomorrow. I feel that we can focus too much on the least important things sometimes. 1959 with good tubes, Schaffer replica, custom SG with t-top and a pick. Rock n roll forever!!

            • avatar
              dash8311
              Posted at 22:41h, 24 January

              Our thoughts exactly ^^^

              NAMM is great, busy, loud, noisy!

              • avatar
                Angusrocks101
                Posted at 00:30h, 25 January

                All good advice. I just needed to know whether to have relief or not so thanks. I really wished I had a 1959 but for now I have a class 5 and it’s way dark. Darker than a jtm 45 IMO. I have ordered the TSR though. That’ll be the highest quality piece of equipment I’ll own as I only have an epiphone SG and the 5 watter but hopefully it will for some reason make the C5 work for acdc. Working on getting that 1959 though.

  • avatar
    jdscreamer
    Posted at 06:13h, 21 January

    Hey, is there a thread here based on what tubes people are using?? Reason I ask, is that its such a massive difference when using different tubes, (quality tubes) that bass response is so utterly drastic, that the gold tag or pedal will sound totally difference in that respect when using different amp power tubes, that’s a fact. Maybe I’ve missed this discussion somewhere?? “Different tubes will give totally different plexi front EQ dial settings”, thus, the effect from the gold tag or pedal will be different, no matter what speaker cab you use. Has this been talked about much?

    • avatar
      KyleSG
      Posted at 07:34h, 21 January

      Yeah tubes whether power or pre-amp make a huge difference. I have a 79 2203 and still had the original tubes up until a few months ago when one tube leaked so I had to put new tubes in it. The new tubes where great on the fact they sounded fresh, sustained more and could here each note better, and before moving some settings such as the bass knob didn’t do much but know it does alot more. Although the over all tone I loved much better of the original ones and better for ac/dc as well lol.

      • avatar
        06AngusSG
        Posted at 15:51h, 21 January

        What did you put in there? I have a ’78 2203 and I believe it’s in need of fresh tubes.

        • avatar
          KyleSG
          Posted at 17:37h, 21 January

          My 79 2203 is a 6550 It Had GE 6550A tubes in there which were some of the best back then and yeah the tone of them other then the fact they probably didn’t sustain as much and not quite the punch as when new they still sounded killer and nailed the highway to hell tones. The new ones I went for were tung-sols. There ok but for what I want not 100% happy with them. The bass is great on them as my amp knob is alot more sensitive to it now and they have good sustain and note clarity but Maybe alittle to clear but muddy sounding at the same time and just not quite the crunch of the originals. The pre-amp tubes except 1 new jj in V3 which only is used by the transformer and not for tone like v1 and v2 are still the originals which have no names on them but sound great!

          • avatar
            jdscreamer
            Posted at 19:03h, 21 January

            Have you tried WatFord Tubes in England?? Anyone? I was trying to get my Hendrix stack to have better bass, then i done 2 things: #1 Change the caps to NOS vintage miniwatt mustard caps,#2 install a set of cryogenic KT66 retro tubes – new made in England tubes. The amp was the best ive ever heard, so does the gigging player who owns the stack now. I also re-tubed a slash marshall head with the cryogenic tubes and same result, everything was cured and simply right, especially the bass response. So that is a company to look at if you want to try some other options. A few big names like joe satriani and brian may use them exclusively, as the tubes have much thinker glass and last a very long time. Also, even if you have a more modern amp like a 1959, you can still install mustard caps, they are really amazing – if you are not totally happy with the dial settings and overall tone adjustment.

          • avatar
            06AngusSG
            Posted at 05:56h, 22 January

            Ha! Thanx. Mine is also loaded with 6550’s. I had never actually bothered to look at what was in there (brand wise). I’m not really having any noticeable problems or anything, I’m just not sure how old the current ones are (I’ve had the head for two years and these were in when I got it) and was considering a change. What’s in there now are Svetlana 6550C’s. I am happy with the sound. I have a lot of noticeable adj. on all the knobs but just at certain levels they can be a little muddy/sloppy sounding. Nothing bad though.
            As far as the pre-amp tubes there are no labels on the glass I have no idea what they are. Could that mean they are original?

            • avatar
              jdscreamer
              Posted at 06:01h, 22 January

              has anyone else here used the cryogenic tubes? the bass response is amazing! Also, ill be receiving my #004 gold tag in about 5 days

            • avatar
              KyleSG
              Posted at 17:54h, 22 January

              Yeah the Winged “C” (SED) 6550C tubes are supposedly one of the if not the best 6550’s tubes you can buy right now as far as new ones go and there are suppose to sound just like the originals that would have came in our amps but didn’t go that route when I bought some because they cost a lot more. Yeah if your pre-amp tubes have no label there most likely originals. All mine says is 12ax7 but nothing else so there probably originals.

              • avatar
                06AngusSG
                Posted at 01:22h, 23 January

                Mine are not the “winged C.” I did some digging last night on tubes and did learn about them though. (And their price! Sheesh!) My pre-amps don’t even have the 12AX7 on them. Totally blank. I’ll have to see how they sound with the GT when I get it before I do anything.

  • avatar
    nickbond1968sg
    Posted at 22:47h, 20 January

    #020 arrived last week, and I’ve spent the weekend putting her through her paces. I’ve got to say that this thing lives up to it’s billing… absolutely amazing. Been using it with my JTM45 clone and wow what a difference compared to the OCD I’ve been using up until now. It took some time to get to grips with it though, at first the amp input was at 10 and the TSR was dimed and it was too much. I think I’ve got the sweet spot now though… p0 b0 m5 t6 ht5 and TSR input 11o’clock output 12 o’clock. Man it sings!

    Next up I want to try it through my Marshall vintage modern (which I’ve never really got into), my JMP1 and GR4.

    I’m also really impressed with the build quality, and attention to detail, this truly is a labour of love. Many congratulations Fil and Franz, and the others who made this happen. It’s a fantastic achievement. Really hope Angus gets his unit…

    • avatar
      banane
      Posted at 23:05h, 20 January

      Hello Nick, thank you! Yes, the TSR has a lot of power output-wise, which can be just too much in several cases. Have mine also around 11/12 with my 1959. I’m very happy that you like it and I’m very curious how it will sound with your Vintage Modern. Was always looking at this amp, from the beginning on. Could you please tell us then how the TSR goes with it?
      Thanks for your great feedback, made me happy. And Fil (who is sitting at Mc Donalds somewhere in LA i believe), too, forwarded your comment to him and Mr. Schaffer :)

    • avatar
      banane
      Posted at 23:06h, 20 January

      Oh, and I forward all compliments on the build quality to our tech Markus (who did the pre-production QA) and the build shops. They get all your feedback too! :)

    • avatar
      SoloDallas
      Posted at 23:27h, 20 January

      Dear Nick,
      Just finished going through two cheesburgers, fries and 10 pcs chicken mc nuggets and despite feeling swollen like a wild pig, I’m happy! I agree with your findings and I am eager to hear something recorded by you with the TSR. Shoot videos/audio guys, we want to hear you! THANKS for reporting in the pleasing news. Fil :)

    • avatar
      Chris Moiny
      Posted at 23:44h, 20 January

      Glad you’re digging mate !

      Files, send us files !
      Will be working on files from tomorrow on :) !

      Little advice for the VM: Keep it in the low channel all the time, otherwise it will just be too much

    • avatar
      nickbond1968sg
      Posted at 00:26h, 21 January

      Thanks guys. I hope to record some stuff soon. Will let you know how it goes with the other gear.

      I’m thinking of getting a later Marshall… the JTM45 is great, getting some real nice rhythm tones, but not BIB yet. 1987, 1959 or 2203???

      • avatar
        SoloDallas
        Posted at 00:31h, 21 January

        Nick,
        By ALL means, get a 1959.
        Vintage or reissue, still going to sound amazing. TSR+1959 = pure BIB.
        The JTM could be good to replicate some soloing on FTATR, When you hear them clean and bassy, that was a 50 Watts with SVDS. Bib is 1959 all the way.
        2203s are nice but my vote goes for 1959s.

        • avatar
          nickbond1968sg
          Posted at 00:44h, 21 January

          Thanks Fil,
          I must admit the 1959 is probably what I’ll look out for… can’t beat a four holer… I built my 45 but it took 2 years and I can’t wait that long :-)
          I know what you mean about FTATR… that outro on Breaking the Rules… one of the best.

      • avatar
        SoloDallas
        Posted at 00:34h, 21 January

        PS you
        Must have noticed how bassy your JTM becomes with the TSR? That’s normal with ANY 50 watts. This is EXACTLY what Malcolm refferred to as “warmth”.

        • avatar
          nickbond1968sg
          Posted at 00:52h, 21 January

          I actually think the bass is more controlled with the TSR. I built it with stock caps and it’s always had flubby bass after 6 on the high treble…

          • avatar
            AngusRudd1019
            Posted at 06:05h, 21 January

            Isn’t it categorized like this:
            Powerage & HTH Days = 2203s
            BiB & Earlier albums = 1959

            • avatar
              jdscreamer
              Posted at 06:09h, 21 January

              it most circumstances, it wouldn’t matter, as a few turns of the EQ dials and you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference what amp you were using. blinded folded test often fools the best amp tone addicts. So a 2203 or 1959 can pull off the same tone when using the gold tag or pedal, ill put my money on that one. I think people will get “too” obsessed on occasions, as we must remember, its all in the fingers after! :-)

      • avatar
        jdscreamer
        Posted at 06:10h, 22 January

        jump on ebay and buy a Marshall YJM100, you will never turn back and it will become the go to only amp you own. :-)

        • avatar
          SoloDallas
          Posted at 06:25h, 22 January

          I’m SO tempted myself. Just heard a friend’s YJM with the TSR, great sound.

      • avatar
        nickbond1968sg
        Posted at 20:46h, 05 February

        Decided to go for a 1959 and been looking at either a 1959HW, Metropoulos 10,000 or 12,000 or maybe a mid to late 70’s model if one turns up. Does anyone have any thoughts?

        • avatar
          banane
          Posted at 20:56h, 05 February

          If you are a lot into Angus’ tone, a standard 1959 might be a good choice too. The 1959 HW is voiced after a 1959 from 1969, the standard 1959 after a later 70s 1959 model, if I remember correctly. The later versions of the 1959 have more gain and crunch and are slightly brighter.

          • avatar
            nickbond1968sg
            Posted at 21:06h, 05 February

            Thanks Banane, that’s interesting… the standard would be cheaper as well:-) BIB is what I’m after

            • avatar
              banane
              Posted at 21:16h, 05 February

              Yes :) Fil uses a 1978 1959 I believe. Check the Marshall Forum at http://www.marshallforum.com, I believe this has been discussed there a few times.

            • avatar
              Dries
              Posted at 00:37h, 06 February

              For the price of a new one.. don’t hesistate and get a late 70’s 1959 or 2203. They might be even cheaper, and wayy better.

              • avatar
                jdscreamer
                Posted at 00:45h, 06 February

                Wayy better in what way??? Do you think Marshall themselves cannot create a good amp these days? They are the makers of their own amps throughout the years, thus, could they not create their own new amp better than their own old ones? Wouldn’t a brand new amp sound better and be more reliable than a used one?

                • avatar
                  Chris Moiny
                  Posted at 06:47h, 06 February

                  For someone who compared a 2013 1959HW and a 1976 1959 I say, the is 1976 is way better… Yes, I just did…
                  The 1959HW is a great amp, but it still is too modern you can hear it out. Treble is cutting way too deep ( it hurts your ears ), mids got some modern touch.
                  Big point for a vintage Marshall compared to a reissue. Try it out for yourself in a little battle, and you’ll see :)

                • avatar
                  SoloDallas
                  Posted at 06:54h, 06 February

                  Nah not better, different though, yes.
                  I love Marshall – even the contemporary Marshall. They do what they can to stay up in the current amp business. But their contemporary amps do sound different from the older ones, and by older ones I mean the 1960s and the 1970s. I am not sure of why they do – in the sense that, I don’t know if it’s a choice or it just happened to be that way – but a contemporary 1959 does sound different than an older (1970s for example) one. I am not by far an expert of circuits, never been (never will be!) but my ear hears it. I am interested in the YJM – matter of fact I think I am buying a used one today, just found it here in Italy at a killer price (of course: Italians are almost starving because of the current economical conditions and I will benefit of this – sigh) but I do remember owning reissue ones years ago and not being able to like them (including my 1987XL reissue that I liked only after David Bray modified it). And it still sounded pretty different than my actual 1973 1987 model. Different is the word. Some of us refer to “better sounding” because it is closer to what we’d like to hear, being used to the sounds of early AC/DC (and by early I intend up to 1984). Warmer, creamier etc. Heh. Let’s go with the term “different”, suits us better 😉

                  • avatar
                    Chris Moiny
                    Posted at 06:58h, 06 February

                    Indeed, I should have written down that “better for if you look after a real vintage sounding amp”. As I said 1959HW still a great amp, but if you really are after a vintage 1959 sound, get a vintage 1959, nothing will sound like it, except maybe a Metroamp or a Friedman ( which I have never tried )

                    • avatar
                      d1m1
                      Posted at 08:09h, 06 February

                      the old marshalls have kinda magic which is hard to recreate. marshall hw`s supose to do that but they actually dont. pcb marshalls are far away from that.. metro´s and friedman´s are the best choices but they have different philosophies. friedman´s are awesome but on the modern site. metro´s are awesome as well and one to one replicas and come very close to the old ones. to me only a vintage marshall or a metro can give you that old magic.

                      here two nice clips on a “naked” A/B comparison. have also in mind that the tubes are different on the compared amps.

                      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fcabc00kZ7w

                      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Uh2I_z3MVE

                  • avatar
                    jdscreamer
                    Posted at 07:14h, 06 February

                    Oh yeah, the word “different” is a better word, yet for some, they will have a melt down hearing that word, as they are still stuck with real bad GAS (gear addiction syndrome) and still cant seem to find the right tone, only to find out that they are tone deaf and everything actually was right in the first place afterall. hahaha That’s funny, as its quite real. Worse still there is plenty of people who don’t know what EQ EAR is!! Changing the EQ changes the response the ears can perceive, and the ears actually take some time to change to hear things correctly after experiencing a change in the EQ on an amp, thus, the person thinks there is something not quite right with the amp or some other part of the rig, only to find that is it find 10 minutes later, and now they cant figure why the F$#$ it happened, thus, they sell some gear and buy more gear then experience it all over again. hahaha its a syndrome that happens to everyone at some point and some people constantly. You know it eh. The air that gets pushed has a weird response on the human ear. Now that is a bit of food for some on here to know, and there would have been so many who didn’t know it was a huge factor in getting the tone correct. OH SHIT, i think i have had that. lol Its like the EQ on a MESA Boogie Amp. ANyone had one. You turn it on and off, and holly S%%# the whole room changes and everything is now different, or WRONG, for many, after they switch it back off. Randell Smith from Mesa Boogie speaks of it very clearly and in detail, and warns to watch out for EQ ear when switching the EQ on and off. Same for the dials on a Marshall when turned. EQ!!

        • avatar
          jdscreamer
          Posted at 22:25h, 05 February

          Buy a YJM100!!!! If you buy a hand-wired or another type of stock 1959, all that’s going to happen is that you will need to fork out more cash for an attenuator that does somewhat squash your tone even if it is a aracom dag, and both the hand-wired and separate attenuator are big bucks for no gain in tone at all. The Marshall YJM100 has the best attenuator you can get in it, no tone change at all, and a pure analog noise gate and its a stock 1959, its exactly the same tone in all regards. Oh yeah, and a studio quality reverb. Also, you can place any output tube you like in it, its self bias. nice. DO IT! p.s. its built like a friggin TANK!! Really nice quality from Marshall on this one, a lot stronger than the vintage ones in all regards. For some reason, people think that vintage or hand wired means strong or strength for some reason, yet its a long way from the truth.

          • avatar
            banane
            Posted at 22:41h, 05 February

            No need of an Attenuator is actually a great advantage of the YJM. I rather disagree to the Aracom squashing the tone, but its an additional device that costs additional money. Big advantage if you dont need one. Plus the ability to change and bias the tube on your own. Very cool indeed.

            • avatar
              jdscreamer
              Posted at 00:42h, 06 February

              Aracom DAG is the same as any other attenuator on the market, it will do a great job until you get the dial to a certain level of attenuation, then it will squash the tone a whole lot, cant get away from it. It does a great job at all the other settings, and is a great unit, but it certainly will squash the tone when set high enough for bedroom volumes – it simply wont sound right anymore. As for the YJM100, it does not attenuate the output “after” the output tubes like after market attenuators do, instead, it adjusts the output tubes themselves to bring down the output volume, and correctly adjusts the output voltage to compensate, thus has zero squashing effect, as its not attenuating the wires going to the speaker. The after market units are very limited to only dealing with the wires to the speakers and what’s going through them, that’s all they can do. But if you don’t adjust the voltage at the same time, then you will get severe squashing of the tone at some point on the dial turn on the external attenuator.

              • avatar
                SoloDallas
                Posted at 07:00h, 06 February

                Ouch JD, “same”? Not sure. I mean, eventually, the purpose is the same, no doubt (attenuate) but I am not sure they sound all the same. I am actually sure of the opposite, JD. And mind you, I didn’t get a dime (nor I will) off of Jeff at Aracom. Paid for my two units in full. I was also speaking with Robert of tonemerchants.com (Friedman guy) about their STFU unit (nice name!!!) and he told me “Fil we’re not sure of how to price this unit, not sure if we can even do it – i.e., place it on the market – these things cost too much to make to us”. Which I know was a similar problem to Jeff at Aracom. Again, I’d love instead to go for the opposite term, “different”. Better? YOU decide. I give my opinion of course (and my preferences). But we must be careful in being too generic with products here. Not because we can offend someone (that is only a byproduct of how one expresses himself these days I think) but truly, for the different technological content, etc. I never like to generalise in fact!

              • avatar
                banane
                Posted at 07:03h, 06 February

                No, thats totally wrong, sorry. I had several attenuators before the Aracom and the only differences one can hear between my unattenuated 1959 and the ame 1959 attenuated to bedroom level with the Aracom come from the less moving speakers.
                Just because you are a huge YJM fan, it doesnt mean that the other alternatives are all bad :)

                • avatar
                  jdscreamer
                  Posted at 07:18h, 06 February

                  didnt say they were all bad anywhere, sorry, i only just got the YJM, ive always actually used only handwired originals thanks, and have done the journey through gear. im not guessing. I have dealed with aracom via destroyallguitars.com a dealer. They are great, one of the best, but if the air stops, the tone is not the same. Hey, it is a fantastic unit, i never said they werent, not anywhere, just saying, not everyone can afford one on here, thats for sure. just trying to help many who will want tone without too much volume and trying to get best results, sorry for trying./ rock on

                  • avatar
                    SoloDallas
                    Posted at 10:01h, 06 February

                    Nah JD, no worries – don’t say sorry for trying. This unfortunately starts to happen (misunderstanding) when our own descriptions of certain things get out of hand (this is the best, this is the worst, this is better etc.) which is why I always tried to keep an “this is different” approach over time. I do know you have your own experience (for example). And I am also extremely curious about the YJM – so much that I just bought one used here in Italy (confirmed it with the seller). I will also probably use it in a live situation I have here at the moment, so it will all be interesting. Let’s not fight over gear or preferences! Remember you are always welcome here. Thanks, Fil

                    • avatar
                      Barthel
                      Posted at 16:54h, 06 February

                      Hello, After 23 years of playing a 2210 I have to say the YJM100 for me is the better amp.
                      I have played and gigged with a vintage 1959 (think it was early ’70) and since then i always wanted a 1959 but ended up playing a 2210 which was a nice amp also.
                      Fil if you get your YJM try it through your Aracom and then I would like to hear from you how it sounds.
                      Regards, Bart

                    • avatar
                      Barthel
                      Posted at 17:09h, 06 February

                      You could compare the YJM trough the Aracom, and with the YJM’s own EPA is what i meant.
                      The EPA saves tubes wich is very nice i think. :-)

                    • avatar
                      jdscreamer
                      Posted at 21:41h, 06 February

                      yeah most of the time at home, i have the EPA turned quite low actually,. which i think i may get years of use out of my tubes, which is nice indeed, or i turn it up more and use a booster pedal after the schaffer to bring down the volume that way. So many options for tuning, its all fun and nearly always a quality result when you own good gear. I look forward to solo playing his YJM on youtube for everyone to hear as he has great recording gear and microphones to make a nice audio recording so we can all hear it. Great idea to do a recording “with” and “without” the aracom dag and EPA. now that will be nice to see and hear. Either way will be different and both will be good in their own ways. look forward to it. Takes a lot of time comparing, as dials turned to different places on the front make such a huge difference.

  • avatar
    saxosim
    Posted at 10:03h, 19 January

    Hi Chris thanks for recording the clip of the TSR at low volumes I appreciate it. Sounds great I don’t think I can push to the gold tag but am almost certainly going to get the pedal version once I sell a few bits I don’t use

    Enjoy the gold tag thanks again for answering my question

    Cheers :)
    Saxosim

    • avatar
      Chris Moiny
      Posted at 10:29h, 19 January

      Anytime my friend :) !

      And don’t worry, purchasing GT oder pedal, you’ll make our FF’s happy, and tonewise it will be exactly the same, so you’ll get that too :)

      • avatar
        saxosim
        Posted at 10:53h, 19 January

        Cheers Chris I can’t wait to try one :)

  • avatar
    tonedeaf
    Posted at 06:35h, 18 January

    My gold tag will live hooked to the 2203 but I really can’t wait to try it on my 50 watt Vintage Modern, that thing needs a bit of front end push.

  • avatar
    jdscreamer
    Posted at 19:07h, 17 January

    Hey guys. Check out this little video below i put together of a similar journey to create a pedal that i build. I dug up some old prototype pedal pictures from years ago and created a small history of the evolution of The JD Screamer True Vintage Pedal. I played the music in the backround using a PC1 Jackson Guitar with powerful 18volt sustainers as you will hear. I played one track myself then over dubbed with myself playing another track – so 2 guitars. That’s actually the name of the song – Two Guitars! Hope you enjoy, love a comment!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvQhCnoRTbs

    • avatar
      livewiredmike
      Posted at 19:54h, 17 January

      Well done! I enjoyed the video and the history of your build. You sir are a fine guitarist! You seem to be very passionate about your gear! I wish you the best of success! Cheers!

      Mike H

    • avatar
      banane
      Posted at 20:13h, 17 January

      Hello Jason,
      discussing any other pedals is totally okay, of course. It should just not lead into advertising or marketing or sales of competitor products. Alright? :)

      • avatar
        jdscreamer
        Posted at 01:27h, 18 January

        I put this link up as solo liked the fact that I had a similar journey in Regards to building cool pedal over many years, and also I thought some people maybe would like the music I made for it. But without hesitation I will contact solo to get all of my postings on this website removed entirely, as it seems as if this is getting misinterpretation, even though it is simply a sharing process. Can’t help it if people came across another pedal non related to the gold tag in the process. Sorry to offend!!!

        • avatar
          banane
          Posted at 01:43h, 18 January

          No problem with your current postings, Jason. Lets keep them, they are great. No offense happened at all.
          Like I said, its fine to discuss any pedals, no matter if you build them or someone else build them.
          This site is about learning and sharing, and if you share your experiences, knowledge, whatever you like to share, its very welcome.
          We just need to draw a line between sharing experiences, knowledge, joy of playing, discussing gear and advertising products, to keep this place being what it is now. The Replica is a big part of this site at the moment, but its not the purpose of this site. The purpose of this site is, broken down to one simple thing, enjoying great rock sound. You do, I do. Lets continue with this :)

          • avatar
            jdscreamer
            Posted at 02:44h, 18 January

            Yeah i get ya! But i don’t want to make anyone feel weird about misunderstandings. There is only one vega, or gold tag, there is 1000 tube screamers, and mine is simply one of them. Thus, no way im getting in the way of progress here mate. :-)

  • avatar
    coogans
    Posted at 09:31h, 16 January

    #008 has landed in Wales! OMG this thing rocks! After just an hour I can’t imagine ever playing without it! First, played my RNR relics Angus model with 2203 head and g12m 25 loaded 1977 cab (actually a 1935 bass cab favoured by many) and I couldn’t believe my ears, instant Powerage..first thing I played was Rock n roll damnation and all I can say is AMAZING! Second for my new favorite tone EVER RNR relics angus model/ 2203 and my g12m 65 loaded 1960 lead cab from 1979. Never “loved” this cab, always found it way to bright but with the TSR the cab is transformed to a magical place, instant Back in Black! I actually laughed out loud at myself in amazment! Previously used a zvex box of rock for a little boost but that things now redundant!! Anyone still undecided wether to buy a TSR? It’s a no brainier! You want Angus tone…you NEED this! Congratulations to Fil and Franz and all involved for creating this labour of love and I wish you both the best of luck in making some money from it! You deserve it! Enought typing, got an hour spare…let’s rock!!

    • avatar
      jdscreamer
      Posted at 09:35h, 16 January

      Great stuff indeed! My #004 arrives in about a week, so rockin gonna take place!

    • avatar
      SoloDallas
      Posted at 15:43h, 16 January

      Mark,
      we’re SO happy. It doesn’t sound as nice as when you say it (because I am the one who is selling these) but I too won’t play without my TSR. Gotta be at least connected. Especially for the solos, I need that chunky, FAT lead tone that will further break if you hit the string harder (have you noticed? if you hit softly, you get one sound; hit harder, it gets harsher). Would also love to hear your takes if you care to share. Thanks again for sharing, Fil & the gang

  • avatar
    wilson
    Posted at 08:18h, 16 January

    Hi everyone :-)

    I was just thinking after reading and turning green of jealousy about all this Marshall talk :-) would there be any intrest on hearing how my bugera 1960 head sounds with the TSR :-)?. it’s a plexi clone :-).

    • avatar
      jdscreamer
      Posted at 08:22h, 16 January

      If your plexi clone sounds close to a real Marshall plexi, then I should think that the pedal will create a great result in your tone search. Not sure if anyone else has the same amp as yourself.

      • avatar
        wilson
        Posted at 08:32h, 16 January

        yep that I’m hoping :-), I’m waiting my gold tag :-)

    • avatar
      Chris Moiny
      Posted at 10:19h, 16 January

      OF COURSE we want that ! We want to hear the TSR on all of your amps ! :)
      That’s why I used it with a Blues Junior, and incoming on an Orange :)

    • avatar
      SoloDallas
      Posted at 15:40h, 16 January

      I’d love to hear your Bugera!

      • avatar
        frankjoss
        Posted at 22:03h, 16 January

        Once the stomp comes through, I’ll video test it on a small V22 Bugera and an old Peavey Classic 50w 410 at home and
        I’ll ask the people where we rehearse if I could use some of their amps ( Vox 15w, Koch, Bogner)
        Get a real palette of sounds that way

  • avatar
    dash8311
    Posted at 05:11h, 15 January

    My TSR is in import customs, waiting for it to clear and final shipment… a few more days.

    • avatar
      Spellbound
      Posted at 06:26h, 15 January

      Mine is still making it’s way across the pond… What amp)s) do you plan on using it with?

      • avatar
        dash8311
        Posted at 06:34h, 15 January

        Yes, mine has just arrived in Canada, hopefully it’s trip was uneventful.

        I have a YJM100 and JMP1H 1 watt.

        • avatar
          jdscreamer
          Posted at 06:45h, 15 January

          good on you having a YJM100 aswell, i love mine more and more as time goes on, its really one of the best Marshalls in my books now.

          • avatar
            dash8311
            Posted at 07:04h, 15 January

            Yes, it’s great. So great in fact, that I sold my 1979 2203 and just have the YJM and 1 watter.

            • avatar
              jdscreamer
              Posted at 07:14h, 15 January

              Yeah to change my whole rig i cut my head off, and sold my beloved Marshall Super100JH full signature stack. arrrhhhh! that hurt, but i got “a whole wad of cash” for it, so the other guy is happy, sniff sniff, but hey, cash in pocket only means one thing, BAD GAS, and gear re-buy time, YAHOOOO! .lol we have all been there before eh! hahahah

            • avatar
              Spellbound
              Posted at 07:17h, 15 January

              Wow, really? What does the YJM have over the 2203?

              • avatar
                jdscreamer
                Posted at 07:20h, 15 January

                nothing really in tone, mainly in the back of it, all the mods. The infinity attenuator that lets a 1959 go down to 0.1 watt in the bedroom, and that allows you to put the front plexi knobs both at 10, yummy! Then theres the “analog” noise gate, and that crazy clean booster on it that creates more gain than a JVM, and ofcourse a 1959 with a studio reverb is nice icing! The front, the same, the back, ton of mods and built like a tank.

              • avatar
                jdscreamer
                Posted at 07:20h, 15 January

                nothing really in tone, mainly in the back of it, all the mods. The infinity attenuator that lets a 1959 go down to 0.1 watt in the bedroom, and that allows you to put the front plexi knobs both at 10, yummy! Then theres the “analog” noise gate, and that crazy clean booster on it that creates more gain than a JVM, and ofcourse a 1959 with a studio reverb is nice icing! The front, the same, the back, ton of mods and built like a tank.

              • avatar
                jdscreamer
                Posted at 07:21h, 15 January

                double button push, lol

              • avatar
                dash8311
                Posted at 07:23h, 15 January

                1) EPA (might sell the Aracom Pro2 attenuator)
                2) Noise Gate, think this will be great with TSR
                3) Reverb, just a little
                4) Auto-Bias (drop in any tubes you’d like)
                5) Boost / Fx Loop (which I don’t use)

                Tone for days.

                • avatar
                  banane
                  Posted at 07:39h, 15 January

                  Yes. The YJM seems to be the better modern 1959, if the tone is right. Much easier to handle than my 1970 1959. Very curious of its tone.

                • avatar
                  SoloDallas
                  Posted at 15:59h, 15 January

                  Same, been wondering about one of those myself.
                  A few of you own them, curious of your take with the TSR on them!

                  • avatar
                    dash8311
                    Posted at 08:33h, 17 January

                    Chances are with shipping that I’ll see the TSR at NAMM before my own 😉

        • avatar
          KyleSG
          Posted at 00:53h, 17 January

          Hey Dash where abouts in Canada you from? I am from there as well and just curious how close we may be :)

          • avatar
            dash8311
            Posted at 08:32h, 17 January

            Best coast, west coast 😀

    • avatar
      Spellbound
      Posted at 19:15h, 14 January

      At least one’s out there for someone to nab if there isn’t any left here. 😀

      • avatar
        banane
        Posted at 19:25h, 14 January

        Ah yes. Replica #004. Well. Doesn’t fit with high gain Marshalls perhaps. Just funny that the guy never told us a word. I know who it is.

        • avatar
          Spellbound
          Posted at 19:28h, 14 January

          Ah well. Tastes change, can’t blame him for that. :) I’m curious to know how it sounds with high gain Marshalls (despite not being a fan of them at all) though.

          • avatar
            banane
            Posted at 19:33h, 14 January

            No no, can’t blame him either. Just wondering why he didnt give any feedback. But will watch the auction to see what will happen.
            By the way, we have still 10 units for sale too :)

          • avatar
            jdscreamer
            Posted at 19:35h, 14 January

            id say its simply not needed for a high gain Marshall. most likely just making everything out of wack more than creating a better tone. Gain can only go so far before it fuzzes out really. The perfect with the pedal is a medium low to gain only id say. Suits me just fine, i haven’t even received mine yet and you wont see mine on eBay. My YJM100 has more gain than a JVM, but that’s only with the booster turned on. In stock 1959 plexi setting, its simply a low/medium old school monster, perfection, just the way we here like it to be eh.

            • avatar
              drucker
              Posted at 10:26h, 15 January

              Hi, it was me that sold my TSR and to be absolutely clear I was not using it with high gain marshalls.
              I normally use high gain marshalls they are Jose arredondo circuits and they are what I use 99% of the time and they most definitely do not need the TSR.
              I bought the TSR to try out with a 2203 and a 1959 just like a lot of people here and the truth is the TSR does exactly what it is meant to and it is outstanding at producing those tones but that is also the reason I decided to sell it , I honestly do not see myself on a daily basis making the jump from the sound of my Jose Mods to a much much lower gain setup which would be a waste so someone else can now get some use from it
              I have tried the TSR and I am glad I did get to hear it but realistically I do not think I would get much use out of it.
              this is certainly not the first piece of gear I have bought to try out of curiosity and then quickly moved it on and it will definitely not be the the last either .

              • avatar
                Chris Moiny
                Posted at 10:44h, 15 January

                Well, at least it will make someone else happy now, am I right JD 😉 ?

                • avatar
                  jdscreamer
                  Posted at 11:21h, 15 January

                  you are correct mate. i have also done the same with certain bits of gear in the past, to buy and try and sell it on if it didn’t suit, as many people have done. The gold tag will not be sold by me, as it is certainly what im after, so all good there. ill stick around in this forum annoying the buggery out of everyone for years to come. hehe.

          • avatar
            SoloDallas
            Posted at 19:35h, 14 January

            I have tried one TSR on a 6100 head with drive at 16/20. It’s not that it sounds bad but it adds little to nothing. At THAT level of drive and compression (NEVER used by Angus) you dont hear much of a difference.
            If you clean it though, EVEN on the 6100 it Will sound just fine!

            • avatar
              jdscreamer
              Posted at 19:40h, 14 January

              i would have to say, that the guy selling his on ebay right now, should have waited for a year or two, and then maybe, just maybe, you will catch a klon or vintage dallas arbiter fuzz face price for the gold tag. Just saying. But i have a nice spot on my rig where my gold tag will sit for years to come. cant wait! – waiting waiting waiting – :-p

              • avatar
                SoloDallas
                Posted at 19:46h, 14 January

                Cant wait for you to play it on your YJM, even with the boost on – really curious

                • avatar
                  jdscreamer
                  Posted at 19:51h, 14 January

                  Yeah will do videos mate, a few for sure. The booster is extremely clean, and if you don’t push it hard, then the gold tag will work to perfection i should think. I will use it without the booster, but it will work either way because of the clean-ness of the booster. Hey, I don’t play like you, but please i would love for you to watch this demo below all the way through, and enjoy my solos maybe. I made it up on the spot into my Hendrix stack the day that Jim Marshall died. Out of Respect! Using my John Mayer strat into The JD Screamer True Vintage Overdrive Pedal etc.

                  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJ4SZMTv5ww

                  • avatar
                    SoloDallas
                    Posted at 19:56h, 14 January

                    JD,
                    With pleasure! At disneyworld atm but will listen asap – thanks for sharing brother!

                    • avatar
                      Chris Moiny
                      Posted at 19:58h, 14 January

                      be careful, not that you drop your phone on a rollercoaster 😆

                    • avatar
                      rjofig
                      Posted at 19:23h, 15 January

                      Disney? Fil, rent a car, drive 2 hours north and I’ll bring you to AngusRudd1019’s gig this Friday night :)

                    • avatar
                      Spellbound
                      Posted at 22:02h, 15 January

                      Are you going to his gig at the South Florida fair next week too?

                    • avatar
                      AngusRudd1019
                      Posted at 01:13h, 16 January

                      No he’s not, he’ll be at my gig in Gainesville!! Fil, will you be in South Florida next weekend, January 25th???

                    • avatar
                      AngusRudd1019
                      Posted at 01:15h, 16 January

                      Spellbound is lending me TSR for the gig at the South Florida Fair. It will be on top of my Marshall stack in all of it’s glory.

                    • avatar
                      SoloDallas
                      Posted at 01:30h, 16 January

                      I am being asked (rightfully) “what’s the best settings Fil?”. So, here it goes (we will speak louder if needs be). Read carefully: usually, by written word of Mr. Ken Schaffer himself (interview of 1979), the sensitivity knob of the X10 transmitter was all the way to “maximum” (obtaining this way, maximum output & compression from the X10). We estimate that the same level is approximately achieved on our TSR by setting the compressor knob at 90%. There seem to be slightly more power in terms of output and compression coming form the TSR (but the SVDS was in any case “configurable” with internal switches and little knobs), both on the transmitter and the receiver. Therefore, I suggest try and start at 70-90 percent with the compressor. This alone adds also some boost already to the amp (as it DID on the SVDS). Regarding the boost, you are using the SVDS front output, where “monitor” was labeled. Now, some SVDS units really boost little (one of my two or three adds little boost), some others add a terrific boost. Franz’ own SVDS is in this respect, amazing. It has a STRONG boost. It will be good for you to know that your TSR was modelled after Franz’ unit (and one of my two was there too, just to see if there were differences). Again, this is mostly configurable inside the transmitter/receiver, but we wanted you guys to get the most “pumped” version, because the big sonic differences happen there. So with regards to the boost, below half you start actually “detracting” drive from your amp, cleaning the sound; above half you start adding more drive than the amp own. This is also why most of the time you saw (and will see) me with TSR settings with comp between half and full, and boost also between half and full. THOSE are the things you want to play with. Enjoy your TSR, all of you. Love, Fil :)

                    • avatar
                      Spellbound
                      Posted at 09:24h, 17 January

                      Hey Fil – what happened to your other SVDS units? Didn’t you have the 4 Mr. Schaffer sent you and another you bought on eBay?

                    • avatar
                      SoloDallas
                      Posted at 01:20h, 16 January

                      LOL just came back to Miami (sheesh took us forever today, there is really an unbearable amount on traffic on I95) and I will be leaving the day after tomorrow for California. Landing in LA first, staying at a friend’s house, then will head to Anaheim, where I will be waiting for Mr. Ken Schaffer in person (first time I meet him). Kind of excited. So brother – no, I (we) will be in Anaheim on the 25th! NAMM is from 23rd to 26th included – sorry bro. Once we make it to live here (which we pray will happen soon) hopefully I will be able to enjoy live music way more than I have been doing for the past few years in Italy. Hopefully :)

            • avatar
              Chris Moiny
              Posted at 19:57h, 14 January

              I am gonna demo the TSR on a more ” gainy ” amp… with a few different levels of gain… Article in progress, got something to record with today, getting a 57′ custom Strat tomorrow, all will be done.

              • avatar
                SoloDallas
                Posted at 19:58h, 14 January

                GREAT!!!

                • avatar
                  jdscreamer
                  Posted at 06:38h, 15 January

                  Just received my custom T-Top bridge pickup that you recommended and fitted it to my Custom vos 61 SG. Here is a convoluted review! lol Nothing is different than the burstbucker 2 that was in there except “everything”. ok, that’s about it for the review. haha. I mean, its so similar, yet every aspect is ever so yummy and nice and “vintage”. I cant explain it, so ill call it a big success because i love subtle sweetness, instead of radical. it was amazing before, now its something special indeed. It will take a little time to get my head around it, but there is these wonderful overtones that come through the more you play. that’s the key! Roll on gold tag!

                  • avatar
                    dash8311
                    Posted at 06:43h, 15 January

                    Jason,

                    After watching a few of your youtube videos, I notice you’re changing direction away from the plinky strat sound and headed towards Fil / Angus. Excellent choice.

                    The Custom Shop SG VOS w/ Manlius T-Top is the exact guitar I have, if you remember. I’d like to hear your thoughts in comparison to your JD Screamer pedal (the so called “best overdrive on earth”) compared to the more humble TSR.

                    Shouldn’t be difficult, seeing as you have two incoming now. 😀

                    • avatar
                      jdscreamer
                      Posted at 07:00h, 15 January

                      First off: (the so called “best overdrive on earth”) and The Gold Tag! Absolutely NO Comparison! They are completely different types of pedal in all regards! No Ego Allowed! :-p I have been building The JD Screamer True Vintage since 1991. A long road to perfection. Its all relative ofcourse. I have a nice record of 100% trying it, and 100% buying it. I came here as i like very much to travel to Angus land, lol, but also, i liked what solo has done, his journey to perfect the tone and recreation of classy real mcoy rock n roll, the whole energy behind something with tone like some boutique pedals is very respectful. My story is: I worked in the biggest recording studio in NZ, got asked a lot for “more drive” “more tone adjustment”, and “more boost output” from early 80s TS808 style pedals. Thus, over 20 years later, and i “bettered” (bad gramma) the original TS808 and kept the holy grail organic open tone, then some. I’m not the only builder who succeeded. The Gold Tag is totally different pedal. I personally cant wait. May even plug them in together. wink!

                    • avatar
                      dash8311
                      Posted at 07:10h, 15 January

                      Nice to have you here. Looking forward to hearing your videos with the TSR.

                    • avatar
                      jdscreamer
                      Posted at 07:38h, 15 January

                      im not a great player, i was usually the guy giving the wires and knobs a tweak rather than being recorded myself, but i will do my best and can create some really good tone over and over, thus, rock n roll will take place in my house! yes sir! Check out The JD Screamer Pedal on youtube, and see me play, or not play, but the tone is there in spades.

                      here is me below the try hard player, lol, testing The JD Screamer overdrive with a little fuzz pedal. love some feedback on here if you like to watch it. I made it up on the spot, never played it before.

                      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqvrTC2U1aI

                    • avatar
                      dash8311
                      Posted at 07:45h, 15 January

                      Great tone indeed.

                      How do you record your audio from the cab?

                    • avatar
                      jdscreamer
                      Posted at 07:55h, 15 January

                      Oh, well, that’s a funny part. I use this little high end microphone i got from eBay from this japanese company for use with my iPhone. It is a microphone that is designed to handle “very high direct volumes” like at concerts, i.e. it doesn’t ever crack up or peak when huge volumes are pushed its way. I simply place it in front of the cab, like a normal mic and there ya have it. the iPhone 5/s has a really fantastic audio recording chip, surprisingly! I could go better quality, but the demos come out good with the mic i got – quite precise. I had pro quality demos aswell, but my hard drive died and i lost a whole swag of pics and videos, dam it all.

                    • avatar
                      dash8311
                      Posted at 08:27h, 15 January

                      Sounds good, where can I get one? :)

                    • avatar
                      jdscreamer
                      Posted at 08:37h, 15 January

                      ill find out more info on it and get back to you tomorrow ok about eh make and brand etc etc.

                    • avatar
                      jdscreamer
                      Posted at 21:56h, 15 January

                      Below are links to eBay, to the microphone for my iPhone i use to record my bank tones. And also a link to a page with extension cables you will need to have the mic on the speaker and the iphone on the other side of the room for the video part – nice portable setup.

                      You have also got to see this true comparison youtube video of the microphone. NICE CRISP CLARITY INDEED! Should capture ANGUS TONE quite good eh!

                      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-nLLv81PnU

                      http://www.ebay.com/itm/Edutige-EIM-004-Sensitive-Microphone-For-Recording-Band-Live-Music-Iphone-Ipad-/320884471545

                      http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_trksid=p2047675.m570.l1313&_nkw=3.5mm+Male+to+Female+Audio+Extension&_sacat=0&_from=R40

                    • avatar
                      dash8311
                      Posted at 05:43h, 16 January

                      Thanks Jason, will take a look.

                      Cheers sir

                    • avatar
                      jdscreamer
                      Posted at 06:50h, 16 January

                      Hey all, check this other True Vintage series pedal I build, The JD Distortion. Built only using 1950/60/70s components. It was created to nail Randy Rhoads tone into a clean amp. It does a great job. The demo is played into a dead clean amp with a Gibson. Naturally the guy trying it out in the video, brought it. :-)) Hope ya enjoy, and love some comments. Captured with a mic and iPhone.

                      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z17VRF0JSyI

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                      Chris Moiny
                      Posted at 09:04h, 15 January

                      Diggin’ your stuff mate, you got one mor subscriber :)

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                      banane
                      Posted at 07:30h, 15 January

                      Wow, thats a great story. Good to have you here, and it really seems like unit #004 got a great new home. Good to have you here, and very curious what you will say to its tone :)

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      Chris Moiny
      Posted at 20:25h, 14 January

      About what’s been posted on eBay: What kinda pisses me off ( sorry for using this expression ) is this part of a sentence:” its great if you want to cop angus youngs tone but… its not for me ”

      Coming up this/next week: “How to use the TSR in a completely different way than Angus ” or ” How to use the TSR without sounding like Angus “

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        banane
        Posted at 20:32h, 14 January

        I’m not pissed at all. Price is fair, he is not gambling for a higher price he paid paid. He baught it, so it’s fully on him what to do with it.
        Of course its a little bit disappointing from the view of being the guy who was deeply involved in the creation, but it would be wrong to have any hateful feelings.
        May the buyer have more success with #004 and love it :)

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        SoloDallas
        Posted at 20:36h, 14 January

        Nah dont be disappointed: Im actually proud it admits the TSR can get you Angus’ tone! Good publicity!
        We are ALL different. We MUST respect such differences (as long as these are respectfully expressed). This is the core meaning of our community, lets keep rocking brothers!

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          banane
          Posted at 20:40h, 14 January

          Thats for sure: we must respect such differences as long as they are respectfully expressed. It’s impossible to make everything right for everybody. That’s why I hope #004 gets a nice new home :)

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            Chris Moiny
            Posted at 20:53h, 14 January

            Wish it was my home, even if I already have one…
            TSR feels like guitars to me, you have one, but want more 😆

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              AngusRudd1019
              Posted at 03:08h, 15 January

              Wow, that’s a surprise. It’s weird for him to wait all that time, listen to it in all these videos, BUY IT and then sell it. If anything, I would’ve held onto and waited for Fil and Franz to get famous and then sell it because the GT’s will be rare since they are limited. Oh well, as Fil said, at least it accomplished it’s MAIN purpose, Angus Young tone. BUT also as Chris said, The Actual SVDS was used by multiple artists not just Angus, so it can accomplish much more BUT it is ideally meant for ROCK N ROLL and blues music I would say.

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                Spellbound
                Posted at 06:19h, 15 January

                It’s been sold to a lucky guy in New Zealand. Wonder if he’s a user here? 😀

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                  jdscreamer
                  Posted at 06:29h, 15 January

                  I certainly are a user here. WINK! I got him to sell it to me for exactly what he paid for it off solo. I am still number #079 on the list, but now i am also #004. So now ill be able to play it next week and start creating youtube demo’s hardcore. OK, before someone goes, wtf, why two? greedy little sucker ain’t you?? I will say, nah not really, i will add the second to my other guitar head, yippy. I’m here to stay guys and girls, ( if there is any girls here), hope so! lol p.s. I wouldn’t have paid any more than what solo is selling them for, that’s the only reason i brought it by the way.

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                    banane
                    Posted at 06:51h, 15 January

                    Congratulations, mate! We have a few more people who ordered two units, so its not greedy at all. I was also happy with the way he sold it and already thought it will go for the original price. It’s a really fair deal. Hope, you will like it! :)

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                      jdscreamer
                      Posted at 07:10h, 15 January

                      Thanks mate! Boy i have gutted my present rig on this SOLO journey, lol, all the pedals out the door, bar a couple. My rig will be for the time being: 2 x Gold Tag, 1961 Vos SG, YJM100, 1936 vintage Cabinet (for now), TU-3 Tuner, Dual channel JD Screamer / JD Distortion True Vintage Pedal, OKKO Diablo PEdal (which may be on the block this week aswell), And a Boss DD20 delay pedal for some other solo work (which i quite like as a delay actually), only just got it. Nice. Run the lot through a furmen power conditioner, oh, and my trusty 1970 thomas organ wah, and jamman solo for ACDC backing tracks! YEAH!

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                      dash8311
                      Posted at 07:18h, 15 January

                      It’s time for another 4×12, this time with G12-65 speakers. It is your final piece of the puzzle, sir! I bought a regular A cab and gutted it, found a quad set of 1980 G12-65s, it rocks.

                      Rocks.

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                      jdscreamer
                      Posted at 07:24h, 15 January

                      yeah you are correct it will come along soon. I can get brand new G12-65s here in nz, so will look at a quad of those aswell. new ones should do the trick eh. I must say though, i am amazed by the tone of the 1936 CAB WITH VINTAGE 30s IN IT. i HAVE NAILED ANGUS tone AT HOME ALREADY, FREAKY INDEED. whoops caps lock! lol

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                      dash8311
                      Posted at 07:31h, 15 January

                      Haha… my friend, just wait until you play a broken-in 4×12 with G12-65s…

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                    Chris Moiny
                    Posted at 09:06h, 15 January

                    I’m glad you bought it ! 😉

                    Don’t worry, will have two units too ( GT and pedal ), just waiting to get some cash again to order the pedal 😆

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                    keithjdavey
                    Posted at 09:15h, 15 January

                    Gone to a better home :) Welcome

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      KyleSG
      Posted at 01:08h, 15 January

      That’s Crazy to buy it and then say it’s not for me and want to sell it. You would think with spending that much money on an effect the person would have being following the process closely and know pretty much if not exactly what he’s getting tone and sound wise. Plus if someone was just buying it to try they should have just paid less and bought the pedal cause the people spending more on the gold tags know 100% what there getting, what they want and also want the correct look and shape…That’s why it’s more money right :)

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    spook
    Posted at 09:06h, 14 January

    Can’t wait for my pedal version. Going straight between my wireless and 2203 stack for my DC tribute band. Hopefully cranked powerage tones on stage as we ain’t quiet to start with!

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      Chris Moiny
      Posted at 10:28h, 14 January

      Hopefully ?
      Nah, there’s no ” hopefully ” in the TSR. You WILL have it :)

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        spook
        Posted at 10:34h, 14 January

        That’s what I like to hear!! Is there a rough estimate on when the pedal versions are likely to start shipping guys?

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    banane
    Posted at 19:02h, 13 January

    Audio file should now work on all browsers.

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    jdscreamer
    Posted at 18:48h, 13 January

    thanks for the demo. Cant wait to see all the video demos roll in shortly, going to be a rockin website indeed!

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    Ant
    Posted at 12:08h, 13 January

    That sound!! its amazing! that poor 1watt amp just got owned Lol i can hear that compression working and that boost….. just Wow!

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