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Marshall AFD100 Slash Signature Head
Appetite for Destruction is one of my favorite albums of all time—it has resonated within my soul since I first played air guitar to it years ago. It’s been 23 years since the iconic album's release, and now Marshall is officially unleashing the AFD100 Signature head. The AFD100 is powered by four 6550 power tubes, features five ECC83 preamp tubes, and has two footswitchable modes labeled #34 and AFD. The first is based on the modified JCM800 2203 head that Slash has used since the late ‘80s (“34” is stenciled on its side), while the second is the instantly identifiable sound from Appetite. Noteworthy features include built-in power attenuation and a Valve Fault Indicator feature that lights up to indicate if an output tube goes bad. The run is limited to 2300 heads and will retail at $2899.
Mesa Boogie Royal Atlantic
The 100-watt Royal Atlantic RA-100 can be powered by EL34s or 6L6s and runs on class AB power. Tonally, the combo launches off the TransAtlantic platform and mixes both classic and modified British sounds with Boogie's trademark high-gain thump. It also has the company’s proprietary new Multi-Soak feature, which lets you notch either channel down 16, 12, 8, or 4 dB. Front-panel Clean channel controls are Master, Bass, Middle, Treble, and Gain, while the Hi/Lo channel has vintage high-gain and vintage low-gain modes and front-panel Master Hi, Master Lo, Bass, Middle, Treble, and Gain knobs.
EHX Neo Mistress Flanger
Mike Matthews and EHX always provide a good belly laugh and plenty of tone treats, and this year the big snack is the Neo Mistress Flanger—a compact pedal that delivers lush flanging. Rate and Feedback knobs provide a variety of flange sounds, ranging from subtle to ultra thick, while the Filter Matrix disengages the automatic sweep and lets you manually control the filter bank to achieve chiming metallic tones. MSRP $109.80.