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Review: Marshall Custom JTM1 Offset

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Marshall Custom Offset – teaser

Last year Marshall celebrated their 50th anniversary by releasing a whole range of limited-edition one-watt combos and half-stacks.

Now we’re in for a cool reprise, as Marshall announced a limited edition of 1,111 of a Custom Offset half-stack in Frankfurt earlier this year. The Custom Offset is based on their JTM1 50th Anniversary amp.

A couple of these rare amps even made it to Finland. Kitarablogi.com managed to get hold of one half-stack for a quick review.

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Marshall Offset – full front

The Marshall Custom JTM1 Offset (price in Finland approx 1,000 €) takes the JTM1 as its starting point, but takes the concept even further down the vintage road to give the Custom Offset the look the company’s first batch of JTM45 models. There’s the famous light grey/beige grille cloth, and the offset control panel, which has given this amp its name.

Marshall Offset – full back

As can be expected at this price…

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Review: Diamond Del Fuego

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In Europe Jeff Diamant’s company Diamond Amplification is still a new name in the amp business.

Each Diamond amp and cabinet is hand-made from start to finish at Diamond’s factory in Houston, Texas.

Diamond amps are thoroughbred, hand-soldered valve amps, but this doesn’t mean that Jeff Diamant and his team are stuck in the past. The company’s products are modern amplifiers designed for maximum reliability.

In this video Premier Guitar goes on a factory tour:

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Kitarablogi.com tested a Diamond Del Fuego -head (current price in Finland: 1.750 €) and a matching Open Back 1×12 -cabinet (current price in Finland: 650 €).

The Del Fuego is a 22-Watts class A amplifier with a vintage two-channel layout. “Vintage” means there are two channels – one with tremolo (Ch 2) and one without (Ch 1) – but you cannot switch between channels on-the fly, unless you use a separate A/B-box…

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Review: Blackstar HT Club 50 and HTV-412A

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Blackstar is one of the hottest guitar amp companies around at the moment. Their first Series One -heads have found their way into many a professional’s back line, due to their muscular tone and extreme versatility. Their more recent sweet little HT-5 and HT-1 combos can already be found in many studios and living-rooms around the globe.

New from Blackstar comes the HT-Venue-range. This series promises to offer more affordable amps that still aim to give you the full “Blackstar Experience”.

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Kitarablogi.com got the 50 Watts HT Club 50 head (current price in Finland: 591 €), as well as the Celestion-equipped HTV-412A cabinet (current price in Finland: 435 €) for reviewing.

The whole Blackstar range is engineered in the UK, but built in South Korea. The Venue-half-stack looks very stylish, with somewhat more of a vintage-type charm compared to Series One models.

Workmanship is top-notch…

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