Legendary Tones Hot Mod V2 Evo Ultimate Marshall High-Gain Plug-In Tube Modification Module
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Legendary Tones Hot Mod V2 Evo Ultimate Marshall High-Gain Plug-In Tube Modification Module

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NEW and updated for 2021! Introducing the LegendaryTones HOT MOD V2 EVO, a plug-in dual tube module specifically engineered to dramatically increase gain in Marshall amps. The HOT MOD V2 EVO requires NO chassis cutting, drilled holes, or wiring modifications to your amp – it simply and easily installs in place of the middle V2 tube position. The circuit within harnesses the power of an additional gain stage now running an additional tube.

Want your classic Marshall to sing with increased sustain and pure vacuum tube tone? Your tube high-gain solution is here. No solid state tricks or clipping diodes. 100% pure tube gain. The HOT MOD V2 EVO circuit was carefully designed to give you gradual increases of gain when using the amp’s preamp control. From adding a touch of sweet sustain, to full on metal, your Marshall will now have greater flexibility and deliver a wider range of tones.

With the HOT MOD V2 EVO (HMV2E), because the increased gain is created inside the amp rather than through an external pedal booster running in front of the input, the noise level of the HMV2E is dramatically reduced even at higher gain settings compared to when using an overdrive or EQ pedal used as a clean boost. Additionally, because of the HMV2E design focus was articulation with sustain, your signal can still clean up well by rolling back your guitar’s volume control. And if for some reason you still wanted more gain from an external pedal to shape or increase the signal gain further, you can still do it. You likely won’t need to, but go ahead and hit the front end of your amp with a hotter signal and the HMV2E will take it just fine!

The Marshall JMP and JCM 800 series amps from the 1970s and 1980s are legendary. And back in the day, they were getting hot rodded in numerous ways and indeed were a fantastic platform to work from. The quality of the transformers and components used in those classic amps was unparalleled. Sad to say that it’s true that they don’t make them like they used to. Now you can get many of the same high-gain Marshall tones with the simple and easy-to-use HMV2E. With the quality build and components (transformers, capacitors) found in those original early Marshall JMP and JCM 800 series amps and pure tube signal and tone that’s straight-forward and organic, the HMV2E is a great way to modernize and get the most out of your amp.

The onboard Bass boost/cut switch is a customer request for those players who wanted to have a tighter low end. In the down position, the note articulation stays tight. When in the up position, a nice range of low-end resonance.

The 2-stage Gain switch gives high-gain boosts in both positions. In the down position it has more note clarity and attack, in the up position, even more sustain and compression. The down position is based on the tuning of the original Hot Mod V2.

HOT MOD V2 COMPATIBILITY :

MARSHALL (VINTAGE, JMP):1986, 1987, 1987T, 1959, 1959HW (reissue), 1962,1968, 1992, 2203*, 2204*, 2104, 2103, 1989, 2245 (JTM 45)

*2203 and 2204 amps (and related 2103, 2104 combos) made from 1976 until about early 1979 didn’t use shielded wire for pin 7 of the V1 tube. This wire is sensitive when added gain is put into the circuit and can cause oscillation/squeal when the preamp gain control is moved to about 6 or above. The correction, which Marshall did from the factory from around early 1979 and later, is to use shielded wire for that particular pin 7 and replace the non-shielded green wire. This is an encouraged update that should be made to the earlier amps by a professional tech so that they will operate more quietly, with or without the HMV2E added to the circuit:

MARSHALL JCM 800:2000 (V3 position), 1987, 1959, 2103, 2203, 2203KK, 2104, 2204, 2205 (1981-1983 models only), 2210 (1981-1986 models only), 4010, 4103, 4104, 4210, 4211,4212

MARSHALL JCM 900:2500, 2501, 2502, 2100, 2101

MARSHALL VINTAGE REISSUE:1987x (pre-2003 w/o Marshall factory effects loop), 1959 (w/o effects loop), 2245THW (handwired JTM 45 reissue), 2245, Bluesbreaker RI 1962, 1959 YJM

MARSHALL STUDIO*:This new series of mini 20 watt heads require the removal of the L bracket and thumbscrew so that the units can fit into the PCB-mounted socket in the amp which does not use a base tube shield.

SC20H/SV20H (Heads only – SEE NOTE BELOW as not all HMV2 models are compatible)

*NOTE: Standard non-reverse wired Hot Mod V2s that have an “H” “H+” or “SC” marking on the bottom plate ARE already compatible with the following Studio series heads.  All standard-wired Lynch Mod and 2021 HOT MOD V2 EVO models are already fully compatible with the SV/SC heads. 

ORDER REVERSE WIRE REISSUE (RI) VERSION OF THE HOT MOD V2 EVO TO USE WITH THE FOLLOWING AMPS: 

JCM 800 800 2203X reissue (all years), 2203ZW (Zakk Wylde signature)

1987X (model year 2003+ w/Marshall added effects loop)

1959SLP (w/Marshall added effects loop),

1959RR (Randy Rhoads Signature)

NOTES ON OTHER AMPS

CLONES:The Hot Mod V2 has been found to work well in a variety of Marshall 1959/1987/2203/2204 clone and similar circuits including: Ceriatone, Germino, Mojotone, Wangs, and Bugera (Bugera requires a reverse wired HMV2E model and is compatible with pre-Infinium 1960 model only. Bugera Infinium 1960 will NOT work properly).  If your clone amp is based on a 2203/2204 design and has any squealing/oscillation noise when using it with the HMV2E, it is likely because the amp doesn’t use shielded wire on pin 7 of V1 like Marshall amps use on their 2203/2204 designs from 1979+. This would be a good update to perform on the clone amp, regardless of the use of the HMV2E or not as Pin 7 of V1 tends to be sensitive.

FRIEDMAN AMPS:Runt 50 is compatible with the reverse-wire version of the Hot Mod V2 Evo (use in V3 position of Runt 50). The Small Box and BE-100 are also compatible but require use of standard wired HMV2E.

NOTE: Friedman amps are NOT compatible with earlier “pre-EVO” Hot Mod V2 units.

NOTE 2: While the Runt 20, JJ Jr. and Pink Taco 20 models are sonically compatible with the HMV2E, the head enclosures are too shallow and don’t have enough depth to fit the HMV2E chassis.

OTHER AMPS:The Hot Mod V2 is designed to work with amps which use a cathode follower design into the tone stack. It adds a gain stage essentially on top of the cathode follower. As a result, the HMV2E will function in other classic amps like Fender Pro, Super, Twin, etc. as well as others like Vox AC30 or certain Traynor amps, etc. However, the circuit of the HMV2E has been tuned and optimized for Marshall circuits, so we generally recommend they be used for the models in the list above only. If we were to make a design for a Fender for example, it would be tuned differently just like it would also be tuned differently for a Vox.

Popular amps that the HMV2E DO NOT WORK with include: Marshall Silver Jubilee series, Marshall Origin series, Marshall DSL/TSL series, Mesa Boogie amps, and Hiwatt. 

Now, there’s no need to cut up or drill into your classic amps and reduce their value. The HMV2E is a simple plug-in device that injects more gain and FUN into your Marshall! Isn’t that what it’s all about?

***All Sales Final***

NEW and updated for 2021! Introducing the LegendaryTones HOT MOD V2 EVO, a plug-in dual tube module specifically engineered to dramatically increase gain in Marshall amps. The HOT MOD V2 EVO requires NO chassis cutting, drilled holes, or wiring modifications to your amp – it simply and easily installs in place of the middle V2 tube position. The circuit within harnesses the power of an additional gain stage now running an additional tube.

Want your classic Marshall to sing with increased sustain and pure vacuum tube tone? Your tube high-gain solution is here. No solid state tricks or clipping diodes. 100% pure tube gain. The HOT MOD V2 EVO circuit was carefully designed to give you gradual increases of gain when using the amp’s preamp control. From adding a touch of sweet sustain, to full on metal, your Marshall will now have greater flexibility and deliver a wider range of tones.

With the HOT MOD V2 EVO (HMV2E), because the increased gain is created inside the amp rather than through an external pedal booster running in front of the input, the noise level of the HMV2E is dramatically reduced even at higher gain settings compared to when using an overdrive or EQ pedal used as a clean boost. Additionally, because of the HMV2E design focus was articulation with sustain, your signal can still clean up well by rolling back your guitar’s volume control. And if for some reason you still wanted more gain from an external pedal to shape or increase the signal gain further, you can still do it. You likely won’t need to, but go ahead and hit the front end of your amp with a hotter signal and the HMV2E will take it just fine!

The Marshall JMP and JCM 800 series amps from the 1970s and 1980s are legendary. And back in the day, they were getting hot rodded in numerous ways and indeed were a fantastic platform to work from. The quality of the transformers and components used in those classic amps was unparalleled. Sad to say that it’s true that they don’t make them like they used to. Now you can get many of the same high-gain Marshall tones with the simple and easy-to-use HMV2E. With the quality build and components (transformers, capacitors) found in those original early Marshall JMP and JCM 800 series amps and pure tube signal and tone that’s straight-forward and organic, the HMV2E is a great way to modernize and get the most out of your amp.

The onboard Bass boost/cut switch is a customer request for those players who wanted to have a tighter low end. In the down position, the note articulation stays tight. When in the up position, a nice range of low-end resonance.

The 2-stage Gain switch gives high-gain boosts in both positions. In the down position it has more note clarity and attack, in the up position, even more sustain and compression. The down position is based on the tuning of the original Hot Mod V2.

HOT MOD V2 COMPATIBILITY :

MARSHALL (VINTAGE, JMP):1986, 1987, 1987T, 1959, 1959HW (reissue), 1962,1968, 1992, 2203*, 2204*, 2104, 2103, 1989, 2245 (JTM 45)

*2203 and 2204 amps (and related 2103, 2104 combos) made from 1976 until about early 1979 didn’t use shielded wire for pin 7 of the V1 tube. This wire is sensitive when added gain is put into the circuit and can cause oscillation/squeal when the preamp gain control is moved to about 6 or above. The correction, which Marshall did from the factory from around early 1979 and later, is to use shielded wire for that particular pin 7 and replace the non-shielded green wire. This is an encouraged update that should be made to the earlier amps by a professional tech so that they will operate more quietly, with or without the HMV2E added to the circuit:

MARSHALL JCM 800:2000 (V3 position), 1987, 1959, 2103, 2203, 2203KK, 2104, 2204, 2205 (1981-1983 models only), 2210 (1981-1986 models only), 4010, 4103, 4104, 4210, 4211,4212

MARSHALL JCM 900:2500, 2501, 2502, 2100, 2101

MARSHALL VINTAGE REISSUE:1987x (pre-2003 w/o Marshall factory effects loop), 1959 (w/o effects loop), 2245THW (handwired JTM 45 reissue), 2245, Bluesbreaker RI 1962, 1959 YJM

MARSHALL STUDIO*:This new series of mini 20 watt heads require the removal of the L bracket and thumbscrew so that the units can fit into the PCB-mounted socket in the amp which does not use a base tube shield.

SC20H/SV20H (Heads only – SEE NOTE BELOW as not all HMV2 models are compatible)

*NOTE: Standard non-reverse wired Hot Mod V2s that have an “H” “H+” or “SC” marking on the bottom plate ARE already compatible with the following Studio series heads.  All standard-wired Lynch Mod and 2021 HOT MOD V2 EVO models are already fully compatible with the SV/SC heads. 

ORDER REVERSE WIRE REISSUE (RI) VERSION OF THE HOT MOD V2 EVO TO USE WITH THE FOLLOWING AMPS: 

JCM 800 800 2203X reissue (all years), 2203ZW (Zakk Wylde signature)

1987X (model year 2003+ w/Marshall added effects loop)

1959SLP (w/Marshall added effects loop),

1959RR (Randy Rhoads Signature)

NOTES ON OTHER AMPS

CLONES:The Hot Mod V2 has been found to work well in a variety of Marshall 1959/1987/2203/2204 clone and similar circuits including: Ceriatone, Germino, Mojotone, Wangs, and Bugera (Bugera requires a reverse wired HMV2E model and is compatible with pre-Infinium 1960 model only. Bugera Infinium 1960 will NOT work properly).  If your clone amp is based on a 2203/2204 design and has any squealing/oscillation noise when using it with the HMV2E, it is likely because the amp doesn’t use shielded wire on pin 7 of V1 like Marshall amps use on their 2203/2204 designs from 1979+. This would be a good update to perform on the clone amp, regardless of the use of the HMV2E or not as Pin 7 of V1 tends to be sensitive.

FRIEDMAN AMPS:Runt 50 is compatible with the reverse-wire version of the Hot Mod V2 Evo (use in V3 position of Runt 50). The Small Box and BE-100 are also compatible but require use of standard wired HMV2E.

NOTE: Friedman amps are NOT compatible with earlier “pre-EVO” Hot Mod V2 units.

NOTE 2: While the Runt 20, JJ Jr. and Pink Taco 20 models are sonically compatible with the HMV2E, the head enclosures are too shallow and don’t have enough depth to fit the HMV2E chassis.

OTHER AMPS:The Hot Mod V2 is designed to work with amps which use a cathode follower design into the tone stack. It adds a gain stage essentially on top of the cathode follower. As a result, the HMV2E will function in other classic amps like Fender Pro, Super, Twin, etc. as well as others like Vox AC30 or certain Traynor amps, etc. However, the circuit of the HMV2E has been tuned and optimized for Marshall circuits, so we generally recommend they be used for the models in the list above only. If we were to make a design for a Fender for example, it would be tuned differently just like it would also be tuned differently for a Vox.

Popular amps that the HMV2E DO NOT WORK with include: Marshall Silver Jubilee series, Marshall Origin series, Marshall DSL/TSL series, Mesa Boogie amps, and Hiwatt. 

Now, there’s no need to cut up or drill into your classic amps and reduce their value. The HMV2E is a simple plug-in device that injects more gain and FUN into your Marshall! Isn’t that what it’s all about?

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