UK based Marshall have been making heads and cabs for as long as the guitar has been important in mainstream rock and roll – many of Marshall’s heads have become iconic (for this check out any amp modelling unit/software and you’ll be hard pressed not to
find at least one marshall imitated.)

New for 2007 is the Mashall JVM410H head. On first glance – it’s a plethora of buttons and knobs and just from the visuals, it’s clear from the outset that Marshall wanted to provide an unprecedented range of versatility to the modern guitar player.

First off, and typically Marshall, it’s all Valve – 5 ECC83′s adorn the pre-amp and 2 EL34′s go in the poweramp, featuring 100 watts of output, with four channels there’s enough for everyone here with a clean, crunch and two overdrive channels (all footswitchable) but it doesn’t stop there. Each channel has 3 modes, Green, Orange and Red (selectable via a pushbutton)- what that effectively menas is that there is 12 channels, fully footswitchable each with thier own gain settings – hey that’s 12 amps in one!

With all of this diversity the head does look a trifle complicated with it’s multitude of knobs and switches – the good news is that there sensibly laid out – each channel has a volume, bass, middle and treble controls, there’s a reverb control for each channel and
and four further master volume controls. Another good bonus is that the channels can be controlled by MIDI.

With built in digital reverb (again for each channel and footswitchable) and a dedicated emulated line out, the JVM410H is capable of producing crystal clear sounds to rip snorting overdrive. This makes it the ideal head for those that a broad range of tones which can easily be swapped over (covers band anyone?).

At around $2,500 list price – at first glance this is a bit expensive but when you consider the versatility that’s on offer here it’s a small price to pay. Marshall have a rich heritage producing quality amps, we can’t help feel a little that there trying to appeal to everyone here and I’m sure some will complain that the end result is a little unfocussed but considering the tonal possibilities and potential ease of use – it should be another great seller.