Richard Beech of SonicState.com caught up with Nick Bowcott of Marshall Amplification at this year’s NAMM (National Association Of Music Merchants) show at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California to discuss the new Marshall SL-5 signature Slash amplifier. Check out the footage below.
The SL-5 is an all valve 5-watt amplifier incorporating various features, but above all else that distinctive Slash tone.
Working closely with Slash after the success of the AFD100, it was deemed appropriate to make a more accessible amplifier that is ideal for home or studio use. The SL-5 has two channels; Clean and Overdrive. A single volume control for the clean takes you from authentic Slash clean to Marshall crunch. The Overdrive channel, consisting of volume and gain, nails the AFD style tone and more. Both of the channels have obviously been approved by Slash himself. A master EQ section of Bass, Middle, Treble and Presence is included, as well as high quality custom voiced digital reverb. On top of providing 5 watts of valve power, the SL-5 can also be switched to just 1 watt at any time giving you perfect Slash tone at bedroom volume. The amp also has high and low sensitivity inputs.
At the heart of the amp are three ECC83 preamp valves and a single EL34 valve for its power stage. Slash‘s favorite Celestion “Vintage 30′ 12″ speaker brings the amplifier to life.