The “Raiders” strike again! SVDS tone on a Mini Marshall MS-2

05 Mar The “Raiders” strike again! SVDS tone on a Mini Marshall MS-2

And another SVDS test recording. Probably with the smallest possible amp to test with: A one watt battery driven Marshall MS-2: marshall ONE watt mp3

Recorded nonetheless with our usual high standards:

Now, even such a small amp can have a lot of balls when pushed with a SVDS, right? And the replica will do the same great job!


Franz Farklas

I'm born 1970, a big AC/DC fan since 1982, when I got the "Back in Black" cassette tape together with a little cassette player from my grandpa. Fully classic rock addicted, don't like "modern" music styles like HipHop. 2009 I got a Gibson SG standard ebony, learning to play AC/DC songs from tabs and videos since then. Beside that, I'm a totally computer addicted guy and Linux Server specialist. Working as internet server and network admin and part-time IT consultant. So, when I'm not behind my guitar, I'm behind the keyboard :-) Feel free to contact me at ICQ 71095781 or MSN banane@exception.at or skype ffarklas@exception.at.

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    Posted at 23:09h, 22 December

    This, above all else, is what’ll sell this thing.
    You really nailed the X element of the ever elusive ac/dc tone, here’s the proof. Well done!!

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    Posted at 14:22h, 19 September

    LOL – this is quite cool actually ha ha ๐Ÿ™‚


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    Posted at 23:12h, 14 March

    Hi Fil !
    Iยดve just watched a video where you tell some tips to play AC/DC.Well in that video you say that to get a great tone (i think you said “crunchy sound” or something like that) itยดs good to place the pick up close to the string.So i am wondering if you still use this “trick” and if is there any video or post about it.
    This is the video: (you mention it near the end)


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      Posted at 00:59h, 15 March

      I’m interested in that as well and also, can it be done easily without any knowledge or technical skill. Is it like adjusting the seat of the bike or is it more complicated than that?

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        Posted at 01:16h, 15 March

        It is very easy guys, the 2 screws that are on the outside of the pickup and centered with the pickup are the height adjustment screws.Just screw them down more to bring the pickup up.


        If you look at that picture, it’s the screws right next to the pickup that you adjust to adjust the height

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    Posted at 23:02h, 11 March

    Had to look twice if i had downloaded the right mp3 file there ๐Ÿ˜€

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    Posted at 23:01h, 08 March

    imagine doing a gig with that little beast lol

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    Posted at 22:46h, 08 March

    hehe little monster of a thing

    i remember you saying fil that its one of your best amps ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Posted at 20:05h, 08 March

    So this is a stupid question. i know your laughing out there :D. So this SVDS is a wireless system? never been using a wireless system but i would like to have one. Does it work this way that you connect receiver to your amp and then you connect your guitar to transmitter which you connect to receiver? help me guys i am lost ๐Ÿ˜€

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      Posted at 20:18h, 08 March

      Don’t worry, your question is just fine. Basically, you are right. A radio sender is attached to the guitar, and a radio receiver to the amp. That’s it.

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        Posted at 20:24h, 08 March

        Hey! Thanks for the quick answer!

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    Posted at 00:42h, 08 March

    Yeah, little amps can sound cool… having a good mic helps.

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    Posted at 21:28h, 06 March

    After this you should give it a try on the Backtracks 1 watt app. I wonder how close the results would be to this one? Ha ha! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      Posted at 00:34h, 07 March

      I second this emotion! lol

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    Posted at 06:03h, 06 March

    Lol you know youre cool when you have a $3000 microphone on a $40 battery-powered amp!

    Sounds way better than any little amp ive ever hear though! Awesome stuff

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      Posted at 08:08h, 06 March

      You know what I used to think – and always thought since I got my first Marshall (valvestate it was) and MS-2 amp, together, likely 20-25 years ago? That the MS-2 sounded BETTER! Always thought that. I had always thought the MS-2 makes a better 1959 than most more expensive, solid state counterparts.
      I EVEN said that not long ago. Now it was time to prove it ๐Ÿ˜† I truly think this thing sounds superb (with the SVDS) and it COULD be used on an album.

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    Posted at 01:11h, 06 March

    Wow, what a surprise to my ears! Very cool sound indeed!

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    Posted at 00:51h, 06 March

    Dayum! lol

    Wonder what it’d do to that little “Amp” thing that the Backtracks Boxset came in,

    This sounds pretty good actually….

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      Posted at 05:36h, 06 March

      that would be interesting to hear lol

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    Posted at 00:37h, 06 March

    Hi !

    The SVDS Replica seems to be in the good way ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I have one question : you’re testing it on different settings, but do you think it could work with a pedal which emulate a Plexi ? The combination of the two could work or it would not be compatible ?

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    Posted at 23:22h, 05 March

    hahaha, this is really amazing !!!!
    Even this little thing sounds after Angus with the SVDS, oohhh maaan, who did expect this ????

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      Posted at 23:30h, 05 March

      We didn’t. Was more a joke to try it, but then amazing to find out what we heard.

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    Posted at 21:34h, 05 March

    Haha, that picture is hilarious!

    Do you have any post-recording details for this and the GuitarRig post, Fil? I can certainly hear the reverb…

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      Posted at 21:59h, 05 March

      Yep. Reverb and EQ; particularly I scooped the mids with the EQ; way too many on this little beast! Plus, being driven strong by the SVDS, it even put out some more (mids) ๐Ÿ˜†
      I basically shaped a bit HMF and LMF only; rest unchanged.

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        Posted at 22:50h, 05 March

        I see. So an actual reduction in high-mid and low-mid’s then? Correct me if I’m wrong, but don’t you usually add mids to achieve that boxy tone? I suspect this is from the small speaker pushing lots of mids, whereas the 4×12 you have to increase these…? Thanks Fil, lots of questions!

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    Posted at 20:57h, 05 March

    Isn’t Mr Schaffer such a genius? Hell, we all know that he is!

    I think that even he wasn’t fully aware how BIG impact the SVDS was going to have. I mean, it has been almost 36 years since the invention (in 1976) and this gadget is still going strong. And after its resurrection – stronger than ever!

    Just thinking aloud…

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      Posted at 21:58h, 05 March

      Your thoughts are not only agreed here, but also appreciated ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Posted at 18:25h, 05 March

    Yep. actually sounds awesome!
    Probably it can’t beat the old JMPs, but….. c’mon! It’s a 1 watt solid state toy! lol

    Respect to the SVDS to make it scream like that – lol

    Not to mention the player, huh? ;D

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    Posted at 18:12h, 05 March

    it actually sounds great lol, never would’ve expected that

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