Guitar Interactive Issue 18 features three formidable artists with Shrapnel Records Legend Greg Howe gracing the front cover plus Jazz Guitar genius Mike Stern and LA Session Ace Carl Verheyen also inside. Not only that, but Tom Quayle brings you an exclusive Greg Howe Masterclass Technique Lesson with free TAB.
REVIEWS_HEAD AND CAB REVIEW
If we told you a mere 1 Watt amp shook the mighty Frankfurt Messe show, you
might think we were exaggerating. But if we then told you it was a Marshall
Custom Shop product that is possibly the most retro-looking retro amp yet... well,
like Michael Casswell, your eyes might start to light-up like a pair of EL34s!
Now this is a very cool offering indeed from
the Marshall Custom Shop and, indeed,
caused a sensation at the recent Frankfurt
Messe show, where it was unveiled. The story
behind the amp is that Marshall offered the
Offset to all their distributors around the
world for one month only. How many were
ordered in that month is how many were
made - and then they closed the order book.
So I have no idea how many there might be
out there, but essentially it’s a limited run
and I would say these things are going to be
quite rare and future collectible items.
Inspired by the original look of the fabled
JTM45 from the early ‘60s, the Offset head
and matching cab simply look fantastic. I’m
a sucker for old Marshalls, and even though
this is a new Marshall, the ethos behind it
is firmly placed back to the days when your
average guitar amplifier had military spec
transformers, and a man (or woman) with a
soldering iron wired it point A to point B by
hand. I own two JTM 45 amps from 1965,
and they work and sound just as good today
as they did in 1965. I wonder how many
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of today’s amps will be working in 40 or 50
So the Offset has definitely been touched by
human hands in its construction. The chassis
is made from hand formed aluminium and
that retro tone comes from single 12ax7 and
12at7 (aka ECC83 and ECC82) valves.
Your EQ is a single pot on the front, labelled
‘Tone’ and your gain and volume come
from the pot next door, called ‘Loudness’.
In days gone by we had ‘Loudness’ rather
than ‘Volume’. If you want a clean sound
then you keep the Loudness down and if you
want some bluesy break up then you crank
it up. This brings you into another world of
dynamics and the volume pot on your guitar,
which sadly seems to be overlooked by many
young players, or just players in general
(amen to that! - Ed).
Cranking the amp full blast and then
backing off your guitar volume gives you all
the sounds you need. Sticking an overdrive
pedal to push the front end will give you
any amount of gain you would need. This