"The JVM410, I have three clones of each other. These are modified by Santiago Alvarez, the Head Engineer for Marshall - also a really good guitar player. He's been working on these things for me for over a year. We've kept the basic design of the 410s, which is four channels and three modes for each channel, so you do get a lot of flexibility. Any working guitarist out there is going to love the fact that it's pretty much got the history of Marshall tones in one head. I'm using about four different settings right now. So I'm using a clean channel, one for a sort of overdriven 800 tone, then two settings in an overdrive channel. My gig is mainly playing melodies and solos full time, so I don't do a whole lot of rhythm work during the show. What Santiago is able to do with the existing 410 is get rid of a lot of the inherent compression that was a little more popular a couple of years ago. So now it's an ultra punchy, super dynamic amplifier. We got it way more quiet, and we got rid of the reverbs and we put it four noise gates - one for each channel. We reshaped the resonance and the presence controls so that they would be a lot more friendly for me. Basically I didn't want the presence to be so harsh and I wanted the resonance to be a little more flexible, let's say, not so overwhelming in the 100-hertz area. Other than that, I'm using just one head during the show and two cabinets. We keep a half step back for guests: John Petrucci was playing through that one the other night in New York City. A spare head is always available just in case something gets finicky with this one. All the heads go into that to keep the power regulated. For the tubes, I don't think we change anything about them, they're EL34s 12AX7s. I don't think in the last twelve months we ever tried anything else, like 6L6s or KT80s. We've kept the EL34s for the whole thing."more
This head can crank out some sound. Seriously, if you play guitar where there are people within miles of you, you may want to consider another option. It can be played at lower volumes, but the tubes really kick in around 6+ volume, and that is loud enough to harm someone. I have used it at a variety of performances, and it is more than enough power to rock a venue.
I wanted this amp for a long time. And now I have it. It's perfect. The cleans are beautiful, the crunch is crunchy, the overdrive is really nice and the reverb is a studio quality reverb. And I mean like a real expensive studio. The programmable footswitch is great as well. I programmed mine for clean - crunch - a balls on overdrive - a slightly more balls on overdrive - boost - and finally reverb. I wanna play it just writing about it. I LOVE IT! (if that wasn't already clear)
Let's talk about the Marshall JVM 410.
I've had this amp for 2 years, however for the last 8 months it hasn't worked at all. It powered up, the tubes glowed, however there was no sound. No hum, no buzz. Nothing. I tracked this down with the help of a friend and discovered it was a preamp fuse that was blown.
Now, let's actually hear about what I think of the amp.
Hands down one of the best amps out there in my opinion. And this is coming from a guy who used to be ignorant and naive and hated Marshall amps. From their MG's (which I still hate) right through to the JCM 800's. I use this amp mainly for my pop punk band and let me tell you, it is perfect. The clean channel is the prettiest thing I've heard besides a Rockerverb and is beautiful and glassy sounding and it's pretty much perfect for my desired tone besides having not dialled it in with my POD HD500X yet.
The OD channels are absolutely gorgeous. I use the OD1 Channel for my less gainy, crunchier tone. This works incredibly well when myself/my band are playing our more modern pop punk stuff (kinda Neck Deep, TSSF inspired). And the OD2 channel works brilliantly for my heavier, ADTR-esque tone. It's tight, has the perfect gain structure for what I want and I'm incredibly excited to dial it in with my POD and/or a nice OD pedal. The crunch channel, I haven't played around with heaps as I haven't YET found a desirable use for it. However I'm sure I will at a later date.
(Note; I haven't finished dialling in my tones to perfection with my POD HD500X and this amp, so to say this amp sounds perfect for me WITHOUT completely dialling it all in, is saying a lot)
The fact that each channel has it's own EQ, volume, gain and reverb, AS WELL as there being two separate master volumes really makes this stand out among others. The reverb for each channel (although I don't use it) is also quite stunning, considering I'm not usually a huge fan of inbuilt reverbs on amps.
The resonance and presence control is really good and I'd be lost without it.
This amp is absolutely perfect for almost anything (Unless perhaps you're tuning real low). I use it for pop punk. You may want to use it for rock, grunge, metalcore, deathcore, blues, jazz. It will you do a lot of good. If you want diversity and versatility, this amp is what you want. There's plenty of dials to fiddle with and countless hours of fun in dialling in your perfect tone.
Definitely recommend this if you're looking into getting a new 100 Watt head. Amazing, amazing amplifier. Hats off to Marshall.