"Anyone who truly knew Jimi was well aware of how seriously he took his instruments and equipment,â€� Janie Hendrix, the President/CEO of Experience Hendrix, states. â€œTo achieve the sound he heard playing inside, he had to have the right tools. Gauging from his performances, he clearly embraced Marshall amps. We too embrace Marshall because it allowed us to hear Jimi as we never would have before, with the truest sound and most feeling. We are happy to see the past re-birthed in the form of this Jimi Hendrix signature amp stack. It is our pleasure to partner with Marshall Amplification in giving volume to the legacy of Jimi."
The Jimi Hendrix Stack is sold as a set consisting of the Super 100JH head, the angled 1982AJH 4x12" cabinet and the extra-tall, straight-fronted 1982BJH 4x12" cabinet. The original versions of this iconic, tall, pinstriped stack were built in 1966 and the Super 100 head was the immediate successor to Marshallâ€™s first ever 100 Watt head â€” the dual output transformer JTM45/100, also currently available as the limited edition handwired 40th Anniversary Stack.
Aside from a minor modification to the tone network that Jimi often had implemented, research and discussions with technicians and roadies has revealed that Jimi Hendrixâ€™s circa 1966 Super 100 Marshall heads were completely stock. The limited edition Super 100JH head is a meticulous, handwired recreation of such a head, complete with the aforementioned modification to the tone network which adds more treble and bass.
The Super 100JH is an extremely straightforward amplifier. Its two channels â€” High Treble and Normal â€” each have two inputs (High and Low sensitivity) and separate Loudness (volume) controls. Both channels share the amplifierâ€™s four tone controls: Treble, Middle, Bass and Presence. It contains three ECC83 (12AX7) valves in the preamp and a quartet of KT66 valves in the power amp, the later being standard issue in mid-sixties Marshall amplifiers.
As the mains (power) and output transformers are vital to the performance, sound and feel of an all-valve amplifier, Marshall went to Drake, the company which supplied the transformers used in the original Super 100 heads. Fortunately, all of the original spec documentation remains intact in Drakeâ€™s archives and the resulting reissue transformers mirror the all-important electrical behavior of the originals exactly.
The Jimi Hendrix Stackâ€™s two 4x12 speaker cabinets â€” the angled 1982AJH and straight 1982BJH â€” have been designed to recreate the majestic look of the original, pinstriped stacks that Jimi used. Just like the circa 1966 original straight-fronted 1982 cabinet, the 1982BJH is nearly 7" taller than a standard Marshall 4x12", adding further to the impressive look of the stack. Also, just like the original 1982s, both JH cabs are loaded with Celestion G12C 25 Watt speakers, which have been specially developed by Marshall and Celestion to duplicate the sound of the original speakers found in authentic reference cabinets from that era.
Only 600 Jimi Hendrix Signature Stacks will be available worldwide and each head is individually numbered and comes with a numbered certificate signed by Dr. Jim Marshall OBE. Said certificate and specially prepared manual will come housed in a psychedelic artwork folder designed to look like a gatefold album cover of yesteryear. Each head and cabinet also bears the official Authentic Hendrix logo. Also included is a full set of dust covers featuring Jimi Hendrixâ€™s signature.
Price and Availability
The Jimi Hendrix Signature Stack is available late spring 2006 with a U.S. MSRP TBA