NAMM 2013: Slash Marshal SL-5

NAMM 2013: Slash Marshal SL-5

The first product that caught my attention from NAMM was the new Marshall Slash SL-5. This new 5-watt combo amp is a collaboration with Slash and Marshall and is aimed at those that might be living in an apartment, or who might not need a high powered Marshall stack. It provides 2 channels – clean and overdrive – both of which are Slash approved, although I’m not quite sure what exactly that means. The amp is also all tube for that classic sound. When I first read about this amp, I have to admit to being a little skeptical – it seems like just another Marshall amp with Slash’s name on it. However I’ve since warmed to the idea and I think it will be a great addition to the Marshall line, mainly because of the fact that it is one of the first Marshall amps at only 5 watts to provide 2 channels. It should fill a nice little niche of apartment bound guitar players and similar situations, while still providing that classic Marshall sound.Marshall SL-5

Christian de Looper was born in Canberra Australia, and since then has lived in Europe and now lives in sunny California. When he's not tinkering with the latest music gear, Christian is devouring news on new consumer technology.