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Photos by Erik Stenemo @ Backlineverket; Text by John Norum


War of Kings tour rig 2016

"War of Kings" tour rig 2016
The new rig is a WET/DRY/WET system with one 4X12 cabinet for the DRY "untouched" sound and two more 4X12 for the "effected" sound.

Schenker amps

The top amp is a 50 watt JCM 800 2205 model (1987) and it used to belong to Michael Schenker.
I've had it for 20 years now and used it on every record since the album "Worlds Away". A great sounding amp and the loudest 2205 I've ever heard!
The bottom amp is a JCM 800 100 watt 2210 model (1988), also a great sounding amp!
I've used this one a lot on the latest two Europe albums "Bag of Bones" and "War of Kings" mixed togheter with the 2205.
At indoor gigs I usually just use the 2205 because the 2210 or the 2555 (1988) 100 Watts are way too loud! (Well I don't think so, but the sound guy does ...he ...he.)
But if we do big outdoor festivals I sometimes prefer the 2210 or the 2555, because they are a little bit louder and they have a bit more head room.
So these are the 3 amps I switch between depends on the mood of the day.

Schenker amps

I use the JJ 6CA7 power tubes in most amps, they are "the best of both worlds kind of tube". You have the EL34 sound (British) and the 6L6 (American) sound mixed togheter. A great sounding tube!
But I also like the JJ E34L ones (big headroom) and the Svetlanas Winged=C EL34 for a more vintage sound.
The preamp tubes always starts with a JJ ECC83 cryogenic or a vintage Tesla in V1 position for gain and ends with a Sovtek LPS Cryogenic in V5 position (Phase inverter).
And the remaining 2,3,4 vary from NOS Telefunkens to old Mullards you name it. I always mess around with those.
And if you know which function each tube position has in the preamp it's quite easy to make it sound good.

1971 50 Watt bass model 1986 and 100 Watt 2555 model

The top one is a 1971 50 Watt bass model 1986. Sounds like it looks amazing!
The bottom one is a 100 Watt 2555 model.
One of the best amps ever made!

The back of the amps

The back of the amps

The top one is a JCM 800 50 Watt the 1987 model with 4 inputs. Modified by Dave Friedman.
It has the same features as his Friedman Brown Eye amps. Love this one!
The bottom one is another 2555 model.
They are identical to the Silver Anniversary models but in black instead of the grey vinyl and the silver panel. Sounds fab!

The back of the amps

The Marshall 4X12 cabs is loaded with Celestion G12H30/55Hz.

The new grey cabinets that has the WET sound are the Handwired 120 Watt cabs with 30 Watt Celestion speakers.

And the old "beat up" cab that has the DRY signal has the same speakers as the new Handwired models but original ones from 1970.

The new grey cabinets that has the WET sound are the Handwired 120 Watt cabs with 30 Watt Celestion speakers.

Marshall class 5

Marshall class 5
My warm up amp.

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