The legendary manufacturer reflects on 20 years of the Acoustic Soloist – one of its most successful guitar amplifier series to date
arshall Amplification is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its AS Acoustic Series. Despite the amp brand’s association with hard hitting electric guitar tones, since 1994 the iconic Bletchley-based amplifier brand has been producing their popular Acoustic Series for the past 20 years, selling over 148,000 AS combos worldwide.
Designed to be ultra clean and highly versatile, the Acoustic Series has been well road tested over the past 20 years and is today used by prestigious artists across the music industry, including songwriter Corey Taylor from Slipknot and Stone Sour, and acoustic guitarist Pierre Bensusan.
The launch of the AS80R saw the beginning of the series in 1994. Following its success, the AS100D was introduced in 2000 and the latest addition to the Acoustic Series came in 2007 with the AS50D. The AS100D and AS50D have since gone onto become the first choice of many acoustic musicians.
Craig Glover, Brand Director at Marshall Amps, remarked: “The AS Series has, from day one, combined faithful and detailed acoustic instrument amplification with workhorse dependability and over its 20 years it’s become the an industry benchmark for acoustic instrument amplifiers. Its longevity and continued popularity are testament to the AS Series’ straightforward design and its great sound.”
The 50 Watt AS50D has two specially designed 8″ Celestion speakers and a high fidelity polymer dome tweeter. Created for a variety of different acoustic instruments, it has a range of input features to accommodate instruments with magnetic pickups, piezos and microphones, whether passive or condenser. Its onboard digital effects, which includes studio-quality reverbs, are assignable to either or both channels.
Priced from £279 for the AS50D and from £500 for the AS100D, the range is available to buy through approved Marshall dealers. For more details visit www.marshallamps.com