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    Default INTERESTING READ FROM WIKIPEDIA ABOUT THE MARSHALL

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    It's been widely claimed that Eddie Van Halen's #1 Marshall amplifier has either been completely stock or heavily modified. Techs who claim to have seen inside his amp such as Chris Merren and Doug Roccaforte allege[22] that at the time of recording Van Halen's first album, the Marshall amplifier was completely stock. However, amp tech Mark Cameron claimed he found a schematic of EVH's amp in amp tech Jose Arredondo's shop after he died that showed numerous modifications that had been performed by Jose. As well as the "Jose" 16 Ohm load box, it had a transformer-coupled line out that was used to create a line out signal, which was then run into another Marshall amp's input. Basically it uses the first amp like a tube stompbox, and getting increased distortion, feedback, and gain that way. Regardless of whether the amp was modded, its serial number was 12301, which dates it to the transitional period at Marshall of 1967-1968 when the circuit of the 100 watt Marshall 1959 changed gradually from the 'Bass' circuit to the 'SuperLead' circuit. The fact that most '12000 series' (serial number in the twelve thousand range) transitional amps made during this period were a mixture of the two circuits makes it more plausible that Ed's amp was in fact stock, since the mixture of the two circuits provides a tone not dissimilar to Eddie's

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    Eddie's been saying more recently that his tone was actually just the Marshall stock, and I'm apt to believe him simply because the man could play a lunch pail with strings and it would still sound like him; it's in his hands, head, and heart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Len75 View Post
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    It's been widely claimed that Eddie Van Halen's #1 Marshall amplifier has either been completely stock or heavily modified. Techs who claim to have seen inside his amp such as Chris Merren and Doug Roccaforte allege[22] that at the time of recording Van Halen's first album, the Marshall amplifier was completely stock. However, amp tech Mark Cameron claimed he found a schematic of EVH's amp in amp tech Jose Arredondo's shop after he died that showed numerous modifications that had been performed by Jose. As well as the "Jose" 16 Ohm load box, it had a transformer-coupled line out that was used to create a line out signal, which was then run into another Marshall amp's input. Basically it uses the first amp like a tube stompbox, and getting increased distortion, feedback, and gain that way. Regardless of whether the amp was modded, its serial number was 12301, which dates it to the transitional period at Marshall of 1967-1968 when the circuit of the 100 watt Marshall 1959 changed gradually from the 'Bass' circuit to the 'SuperLead' circuit. The fact that most '12000 series' (serial number in the twelve thousand range) transitional amps made during this period were a mixture of the two circuits makes it more plausible that Ed's amp was in fact stock, since the mixture of the two circuits provides a tone not dissimilar to Eddie's
    Eddie said in an interview some time ago the whole Jose mod was a rumor meant to drum up business for his friend. However, Ed has always kept the secrets of his rigs in the dark, so who knows ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrewThomas.net View Post
    Eddie's been saying more recently that his tone was actually just the Marshall stock, and I'm apt to believe him simply because the man could play a lunch pail with strings and it would still sound like him; it's in his hands, head, and heart.
    Very true because no matter what rig I play through it still sounds like a lunch pail with strings...rusty strings at that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrewThomas.net View Post
    Eddie's been saying more recently that his tone was actually just the Marshall stock, and I'm apt to believe him simply because the man could play a lunch pail with strings and it would still sound like him; it's in his hands, head, and heart.
    agreed a guitarists playing style is as different as his fingerprint each of us uses a different amount if force when we fret a note btw i have heard the same thing from numerous places other than wikipedia. the only way for any of us to know for sure is to say "hey eddie is your marshal modded or completely stock". things keep popping in to my head lol. i seem to remember seeing a photo of eddies marshall and it looks like the front cover has been ripped off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Len75 View Post
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    It's been widely claimed that Eddie Van Halen's #1 Marshall amplifier has either been completely stock or heavily modified. Techs who claim to have seen inside his amp such as Chris Merren and Doug Roccaforte allege[22] that at the time of recording Van Halen's first album, the Marshall amplifier was completely stock. However, amp tech Mark Cameron claimed he found a schematic of EVH's amp in amp tech Jose Arredondo's shop after he died that showed numerous modifications that had been performed by Jose. As well as the "Jose" 16 Ohm load box, it had a transformer-coupled line out that was used to create a line out signal, which was then run into another Marshall amp's input. Basically it uses the first amp like a tube stompbox, and getting increased distortion, feedback, and gain that way. Regardless of whether the amp was modded, its serial number was 12301, which dates it to the transitional period at Marshall of 1967-1968 when the circuit of the 100 watt Marshall 1959 changed gradually from the 'Bass' circuit to the 'SuperLead' circuit. The fact that most '12000 series' (serial number in the twelve thousand range) transitional amps made during this period were a mixture of the two circuits makes it more plausible that Ed's amp was in fact stock, since the mixture of the two circuits provides a tone not dissimilar to Eddie's

    Problem with Wikipedia is anyone can log on and edit an entry or add their own thing, so it is completely unreliable as any kind of a serious source. There is a LOT of bad info on Wikipedia, not just for guitar stuff, but everything else. I tend to go with the stock Marshall scenario myself, but that's just my opinion.

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    the "transformer-coupled line out that was used to create a line out signal" kinda struck me as being true(unless i'm mistaken). i remember reading something by James brown the guy from peavey responsible for designing the original 5150 series of amps and he said that when he visited ed at 5150 studios during the recording of f.u.c.k. ed had his old marshall head plugged into the input of a soldano head...and thats what the guys from peavey had to beat, im pretty sure it was in issue 1 of peaveys monitor magazine, which i had but since then ive moved house twice and i fear that the wife used it as packing matereal....as for other mods all we will ever know was he used a variac....anything beyond that is anybodys guess
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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrewThomas.net View Post
    Eddie's been saying more recently that his tone was actually just the Marshall stock, and I'm apt to believe him simply because the man could play a lunch pail with strings and it would still sound like him; it's in his hands, head, and heart.
    Who knows what to believe with this guy. Personally I believe he says whatever is best for the current product-du-jour that he's whoring out at the time.

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    When he first went to Peavey he said he finally found a company that "got it". He just said that about Fender too. For christ sake, the guys is about to endorse a wha pedal and, until now, he's barely used one. Funny how some of the early reports from the current tour said he was using his wah a lot on songs that he's never used it on before, isn't it?
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