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BY godgrinder
#804052
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Took delivery of a Wizard Modern Classic yesterday. These are made by AC/DC's long time (1990-2014) amp tech Rick St Pierre. This is one of the higher gain models (but not their most hi-gain offering).

It has a punchy articulation akin to Fryette, the massive 3D-ness of a SLO100, but it's unmistakably Marshall-based. It's got that "kerrang" of a good Marshall but without the harsh fizziness. I wasn't too sold on the Friedman's I've tried since they sounded too smooth and "polite", Wizard seemed to get the balance right.

Reamped from Ola Englund multitracks (drop A?):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7QXq0H6hh4

My own shitty playing (drop D):
https://soundcloud.com/godgrinder666/wi ... rn-classic
Last edited by godgrinder on Sun Oct 07, 2018 10:23 am, edited 1 time in total.
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BY Kris
#804077
id never heard of them-man you are building a goddamn WMD collection of tone!
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BY godgrinder
#804079
Clips added.

Kris wrote:id never heard of them-man you are building a goddamn WMD collection of tone!


It's hopefully the last hi gain amp I'd buy hahaha, basically got all grounds covered by now.
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BY Kris
#804083
sounds killer mate!
Good to see the voodoo is being put to work already heh heh!
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BY DongHua
#804105
Kris wrote:sounds killer mate!
Good to see the voodoo is being put to work already heh heh!


LOL,I need a damn day off to pick it up ASAP.
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BY Optical
#804154
Very nice amp.
The preamp is actually a Marshall jubilee with a plexi boost stage in front of it! It has the usual Marshall tone stack too instead of the Jube weird ass fx loop+ tone stack thing.
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BY godgrinder
#804187
Optical wrote:Very nice amp.
The preamp is actually a Marshall jubilee with a plexi boost stage in front of it! It has the usual Marshall tone stack too instead of the Jube weird ass fx loop+ tone stack thing.


From what I can gather (haven't found any schematic on the newer models), the older models were a bit more rooted in Jubilee (ie LED clipping that are always on). The newer ones seem to have a bit more tube gain but still have push-pull pots to kick in the LED/diodes if you want to. Gets a bit grainy for me with these on so I leave them off.
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BY DongHua
#804241
Thank GodGrinder to let me had a quick jam on it today, wish I could play some AC/DCs to justify the glorious tone, but my shitty Thrash riffs never sounded this ridiculously good, what a beast!

Fuck, time to quit buying fifis.
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BY Optical
#804276
godgrinder wrote:
Optical wrote:Very nice amp.
The preamp is actually a Marshall jubilee with a plexi boost stage in front of it! It has the usual Marshall tone stack too instead of the Jube weird ass fx loop+ tone stack thing.


From what I can gather (haven't found any schematic on the newer models), the older models were a bit more rooted in Jubilee (ie LED clipping that are always on). The newer ones seem to have a bit more tube gain but still have push-pull pots to kick in the LED/diodes if you want to. Gets a bit grainy for me with these on so I leave them off.


Yes you're right about the older ones -jube diodes are always on. On the older MC the boost switches were just cathode bypass caps and the jube diodes were always connected.
I'm not sure about the newer ones though... If you ever feel like letting me look inside it I'd be keen as :D