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GA20T
09-03-2011, 10:27 PM
I'm gonna get to try out a 1981 JMP 50 on loan for a couple weeks:banana, with the option to buy if I like it. I've played a couple, but never at gig volume for any reasonable amount of time. Can anyone tell me whether this is a good year for the model, what recordings I might hear such a beast on etc. etc. Please feel free to offer your impressions of the model/year of manufacture...

Thanks!

jmp100watt
09-04-2011, 12:23 AM
I'm gonna get to try out a 1981 JMP 50 on loan for a couple weeks:banana, with the option to buy if I like it. I've played a couple, but never at gig volume for any reasonable amount of time. Can anyone tell me whether this is a good year for the model, what recordings I might hear such a beast on etc. etc. Please feel free to offer your impressions of the model/year of manufacture...

Thanks!


From my experience 1980 was the last year for the JMP and transitioned to the JCM800 series in 1981. Either way it should be a fire breathing rock machine if it's tuned up right and matched with the right speakers and player. I find the JMP and JCM 800 single channel amps to be quite similar with the 800 series having a slight nod to the harder rock side. Both are good; I also have a 1979 JMP 100 and a 75' Super Lead. As far as clips, below is my 84 4010 JCM800 combo ive posted before firmly in the rockin vein. Good luck with your amp and let us know what u think!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNXPK6qFY2g

charveldan
09-04-2011, 12:36 AM
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Awesome amps, 1978' is my favorite year, i have two 2203's.

suparsonic
09-04-2011, 01:35 AM
I thought AC/DC were using PLexis' back then?

deluxemeat
09-04-2011, 01:51 AM
From my experience 1980 was the last year for the JMP and transitioned to the JCM800 series in 1981.


i have a canadian jmp 2204 with a serial ending in 'P' designating it as an '82.

as for the op's question of what to expect:
you'll get one of the best rock n roll machines around and with the right settings- one very underrated clean amp.
you'll find dirt and boost boxes really expand the palette of colours a jmp provides and your guitar's volume knob will become as good if not better than many channel switchers.

charveldan
09-04-2011, 02:02 AM
I thought AC/DC were using PLexis' back then?If you look close at the Marshalls on stage the red power switches are not lit up, my guess is the amps on stage are for show. In the last 35 years Angus & Malcolm have use a host of amps.:beer

Malcolm likes a Super Bass and Angus a Super Lead.

jmp100watt
09-04-2011, 02:11 AM
[QUOTE=deluxemeat;11371140]i have a canadian jmp 2204 with a serial ending in 'P' designating it as an '82.



Ok.


Makes sense as Marshall tended to use up old parts and stuff. It's all good, set up right that 50 will bark.