The new MK IV version opens up an unprecedented power reduction with a modified „Trainwreck“ Post Phase Inverter Master Volume WITHOUT any tone loss on the back and a real Varic on the front. All tubes are now from the expensive manufacturer Mullard, which make an incredible sound difference. The most significant change is the tone harmonization in single notes (also known as Plexi Ghost Notes). These 4 elementary innovations make the biggest difference in the history of Gladius Amps.
The JTM 68 leans on the 50 watts Plexi Marshall with diode rectification from 1968! It comes with a classic ECC83 pre-amp and as standard to all Gladius amps with the unique Variac power reduction in the front! Of course it is hand-wired and equipped only with the best components. An indispensable extra feature is the internal Channel-Patch, through which both inputs (treble & normal) can be interconnected without having to use a conventional patch cable. Rhythm & Lead can be switched by a foot pedal which in Rhythm Mode keeps even the fattest Les Paul clean and generates in Lead Mode the original singing Heavy Rock tone. By switching from Lead to Rhythm the amp turns 'clean' without the slightest loss of volume or even definition. In Rhythm Mode you can play the amp real tight, without getting the usual sludgy sound when playing a Humbucker-guitar, which is often criticized with Vintage-Amps. In combination with the Gladius cabinets, the amp can be played clean even at a level of 0,1 watt without loss of sound (also at high Gain level).
With the Rhythm-Lead function (Clearly visible through different colors from the Pilot-Light) as well as with the two different input, you get 4 completely different sounds!
As the name already suggests, in this setting the complete Vintage-Sound up to 1968 is covered. Extremely fat, round and smacky in response with heavy distortion as used by for example Billy Gibbons, Jimmy Hendrix and Jeff Beck.
With this setting you will get a clean and very stable tone similar to a Plexi 100, open however without the partially too lively Vintage-Character. Explosively quick in response, without sounding aggressively or harsh. Fat and round but merciless defined like with Eddie van Halen, or Joe Bonamassa, Slash and many others.
Class B 115/230V
0 Watt to 50 Watt (adjustable)
2x EL34 Mullard
Solid State Mullard
Treble (w/Channel-Patch Normal)
Normal (w/split of Hi-Treble Ch. for use with A/B Switcher)
Volume Treble, Volume Normal, Bass, Middle, Treble, Presence, Variac
4/8/16 Ohm Selector, 2 Outputs, Effect-Loop Send & Return, Rhythm & Lead Footswitch, Master Volume
Tube buffered parallel
orig. Black Levant
2.990,- Euros on order!