Marshall Amplifiers West Des Moines IA

Although The Remedy Head Is based on the classic Marshall plexi circuit, Dr. Z’s Mike Zaite hasn’t just cloned an old and proven classic. Instead he has turned the classic plexi recipe on its ear by using four 6V6 power tubes instead of the more common British equivalent, the EL84. Zaite has also added a half-power switch that cuts the wattage from 40 to 20. But perhaps the hippest feature of the Remedy is its “pre-jumpered” channel scheme, which allows you to mix the amp’s High and Low Volume controls.

Rieman Music
(515) 225-8755
1905 Ep True Pkwy
West Des Moines, IA
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Professional Music Center
5-15/-440-1820
1710 NW 86th Street
Clive, IA
Lesson Information
Lessons: Yes
Instrument Repair Information
Guitar maintenance and repairs of all types. Excellent stock of vacuum tubes for amplifiers.
Hours
Mon - Thurs 11:00 am to 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am to 6:00pm
Sunday 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

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Last Chance Guitars
(515) 274-5976
1710 Nw 86Th St
Clive, IA
Types of Instruments Sold
Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Rieman Music
(515) 278-4685
6501 Douglas Ave
Des Moines, IA

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Critchett Lowrey Organ Cen
(515) 278-1000
3304 100Street
Urbandale, IA
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Organs

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Keyboard West Street
(515) 987-1585
2200 Nw 159Th St
Clive, IA
Types of Instruments Sold
Organs

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Guitar Center
(515) 267-9501
3910 University Ave.
West Des Moines, IA
 
Nash Music
(515) 276-3833
7109 Horton Ave
Des Moines, IA
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Ye Olde Guitar Shoppe
(515) 278-8780
3403 70Th St
Des Moines, IA
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Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Youngerman Music Co., Inc.
(515) 244-5518
8561 Hickman Rd
Urbandale, IA

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Marshall Dr. Z Amplifier

gp0510_gear0308ALTHOUGH THE REMEDY HEAD IS based on the classic Marshall plexi circuit, Dr. Z’s Mike Zaite hasn’t just cloned an old and proven classic. Instead he has turned the classic plexi recipe on its ear by using four 6V6 power tubes instead of the more common British equivalent, the EL84. Zaite has also added a half-power switch that cuts the wattage from 40 to 20. But perhaps the hippest feature of the Remedy is its “pre-jumpered” channel scheme, which allows you to mix the amp’s High and Low Volume controls. This eliminates the need to physically connect a jumper cable between channel 1 and channel 2, as Marshall players have done for decades to be able to blend the different-sounding channels.

Inside the Remedy we find the pots, jacks, tube sockets, and switches all sturdily mounted to the folded brushedaluminum chassis. A single fiberglass board highlights the clean-as-a-whistle turret board circuit layout, while the amp’s birch-ply cabinet, cleanly applied Tolex covering, and white piping give the Remedy an air of vintage U.K style. Well done, old boy!

1.0000gp_edpickI tested the Remedy through an openback 2x12 Fender cabinet loaded with Naylor Special Design 50s, and a Marshall 4x12 loaded with Celestion Vintage 30s. Running my Fender Telecaster, I put all of the Remedy’s tone controls at 12 o’ clock, and set out to find if could get killer tones using just the High Volume control. Whoa baby, could I! The Remedy’s string-to-string clarity is flat-out remarkable. At low volume settings, the slicing jangle and sweet top-end complexity are breathtaking. In fact, the amp’s preponderance of juicy top-end slice damn near turned my Gibson SG into a jangle machine. No matter what guitar I used, whether I was screaming on the rear pickup for lead lines or comping coolly on the front pickup, the Remedy’s unbelievably musical treble response never disappointed, and the blooming bass response and chewy mids made for an unbelievably satisfying bedroom volume experience.

As I cranked the High Volume well past apartment volume standards, molten, super-dynamic Brit-esque grind began creeping in with a rich, fang-laden top end that stayed clear and present, never harsh or spitty. And with a simple twist of my guitar’s volume knob, I was back in the clean zone. Sustaining single-note lines are easily attained without any pedals, and roaring power chords are par for the course as simple EQ adjustments dialed in every instrument with out fail. The Remedy also has great dynamic response. Lay into it and it will bark and moan, lighten up, and it’ll whisper sweet, toneful nothings into your ear.

gp0510_gear0309Compared to the High Volume, the Low Volume control yields a much huskier tone, with a stout midrange, beefier bass response, and more burnished treble frequencies. The Remedy’s EQ is voiced so brilliantly, however, that you can still dial in what you need with the simple twist of the Treble knob. The Remedy’s raison d’être is its blendable Volume controls, and with my Telecaste...

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