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PHIL JONES PJB M300 BEAD AID IE0P0WER 12B CABINET PRiCE
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Genius or m averick? Phil Jones has alw ays had a unique approach to bass amp and
speaker design. kev Sanders checks out this com pact rig
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M 300
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Following the success of his small combos, the first amp head Phil
Jones designed and built was the mighty M500. He put all of his
experience as a bass player, engineer and hi-fi boffin into that amp
and the results were spectacular - without doubt one of the finest
bass amps ever made. It was big, powerful, beautifully engineered and
redefined what 'accurate' meant in terms of amplifying bass guitar. It
made perfect sense, then, to use this design as the basis for a smaller,
but perhaps more usable amp head, and that's exactly what we have
here - the M300. It's less powerful, certainly, but just as well made and
with its comprehensive two-channel layout, it is one of the few mid-
sized amps that's perfect for someone who wants to use both acoustic
and electric basses on the same gig.
The two channels are identical and laid out side by side. Each has a
low and high impedance input (you can use either channel for acoustic
or electric) and each has its own gain, overload indicator and five-band
graphic EQ. The switchable studio quality optical limiter serves both
channels. Set below the large master volume is a stereo headphone
socket and, to the right of this, there's an FX loop and tuner out. Lastly,
there's a large old-school nickel toggle switch for on/off with a blue
status light. Round the back you'll find everything necessary on a pro
quality amp: two Speakon outs, a balanced line (XLR) DI with ground
lift, spare fuse holder and two preamp outputs. These have a neat
feature: they're separately buffered, meaning that a dodgy cable or bad
connection into one side will not affect the other.
Inside, the amp is built around a solid 2.5mm steel chassis and
silver solder is used throughout, meaning dry joints and crackling
connections should never be a problem. The case is well-built, too.
Constructed from dense birch ply, it's covered with tough black Tolex.
This looks great, with chromed steel corners, vent plates and chassis
bolts. All of this hardware is made in-house, as is the sturdy strap
handle on top. Four chunky rubber feet help keep the amp solid and
leave space underneath to allow free flow of air around the amp to
help keep things cool.
n e o p o w e r
12B
cab
Like the M 300 head, the first impression of the 12B cab is one of
quality. You just can't fault the amazing fit and finish here, something
perhaps influenced by the high-end hi-fi speaker enclosures that
Jones also makes. The front-ported cabinet itself is made from Baltic
birch, with 18mm MDF used for the front baffle. The same hard
Tolex that covers the amp is used, and again all the hardware is
top quality. In fact, there are no clues that material costs have been
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ALMOST IN A CLASS Of ITS OWN"
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