Testing 1, 2, 3 (Marshall "Boost" Test)

Okay, here we go:

Please note: at about the end of the video clip, clip will turn black while audio is still working. Canon camera heated up and turned off automatically. The audio will continue for a few more seconds.

Used the 1987 for this one, as the 1959 was heating way too much (I put new tubes yesterday, but didn’t BIAS: I will have to put the old ones back in if I want to avoid foolish damage) . And also, as I wanted to concentrate a bit on solo’s (though I played quite a bit rhythm, too) I gave it a go.

The chance was good to remind myself that even this reissue – though modified – Marshall 50W head is pretty good. Judge for yourself, but I like it much.

Consider that I used only one setting for the amp (Presence 0, Bass 8, Middle 5, Treble 5, Volume 6: now it makes sense to use the volume at 6 as Angus stated in many interviews… of couse, with a BOOST!!!) and only setting for the microphones equalization (Sonnox Plugins, Professional Equalizer for ProTools). Didn’t change it across the whole video/audio session.

The boost unit is a custom made, by hand, unit made by “Cloe Guitars” (my Luthiers/PLEK shop).

Still, I think you can now “recognize” a decent studio tone.

I am only scratching the surface.

We just started today, imagine what “we” can deliver tomorrow, once we know better which boost works wonders and which one is instead to be avoided. The proper amp settings (the above ones are standard, though excellent ones), the proper boost settings. We’ll have the CETEC Vega opened up, debunked and copied.

I mean boys, a “bright” future awaits us.

I am very proud of all this. I think that only in a few months, we found out things, discussed them over, learned a hefty hunk of stuff. I’m loving it, and I really do hope you do too.


Fil 🙂


The bottom line of this video is, that I think that Angus used extensively his Vega boost system, even for rhythm in the studio. I believe it has been an integral part of his sound since (and including) Let There Be Rock.