An all-tube 100 Watt head that revisits the legendary tones of the classic rock album.
Introducing the Collectors Special Edition Slash Signature AFD100 Appetite for Destruction 100W Tube Guitar Amp Head– a dual mode, all-valve 100 Watt head that revisits the legendary tones of one of, if not the most important, rock albums of the last three decades. As well as reproducing what is regarded by many as the “Ultimate Rock Sound”, the AFD100 also contains some truly awesome features, the first being Marshall’s new electronic power attenuation. This incredible technology allows you to precisely adjust the maximum power output of the AFD100 without losing any of that sought-after tone. No limited wattage choices to click between and no compromising your tone, just smooth and consistent power attenuation that is simple to use and makes the AFD100 ideal for stage, studio and home use.
The Presence, Bass, Middle and Treble controls dictate the overall tone of the AFD100’s highly interactive EQ section, meaning that changes to one will affect the parameters of the others. This allows for a greater range of tonal possibilities, plus a more fluid and dynamic way of controlling your sound.
The power amp volume is controlled using the Master, while pre-amp distortion is governed by the Gain. By using these two controls, and depending on your guitar and playing style, it is possible to dial in both classic high gain Slash tones and biting bright cleans, with everything in between. Again, the overall output volume of the AFD100 can be governed by the Power control.
The twin modes – #34 and AFD – are based on two of Slash’s legendary tones. The first is taken from Slash’s ‘modded’ JCM800 2203 (complete with stenciled 34 on the side) that he has used since the late ’80s. The second provides an additional gain stage and is of course based on the infamous ‘Appetite Amp’, widely believed to be a modified 1959 Tremolo from the mid ’70s. Both modes provide a unique, harmonically rich, natural valve-driven tone, ideal for thick crunchy rhythm and wild soaring solos alike. As with traditional Marshall amplifiers, the AFD100 provides two sensitivity input options – one high and one low. Either input can be used and is a matter of personal taste.
The AFD100 rear panel features a series Effects Loop, where you can connect any outboard stomp boxes and/or rack equipment you may have. The Return Level control allows you to dial in the exact amount of Effects Loop signal you want and can even be used as a second master volume when left unconnected, providing a boost of up to +10dB or attenuating the signal to a lower volume. A valve fault indicator and self-biasing circuitry have been included as well, ensuring that any maintenance can be carried out quickly and that the amplifier’s bias is always correctly configured. You can also choose to have other types of popular octal pentode or tetrode power valves installed (see Rear Panel features, section 3). This work should always be undertaken by a qualified engineer – ask your local Marshall dealer for more information. The included two-way footswitch connects via the rear panel also, allowing for quick #34/AFD mode changes and Effects Loop on/off toggling.
Cosmetically, the AFD100 blends key characteristics of both an old-school ‘seventies’ style head and a mighty JCM800. The modern silver panel and matching knobs also pay homage to the 2555 Silver Jubilees on which Marshall’s inaugural Slash Signature amplifier was based. Classic black Levant vinyl covering, a small vintage script logo and white piping complete the unique livery of this incredible tone machine.