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2061X Help

Marshall Man

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I have the 2061X and matching cab, but I can't get my SD-1, Bad Monkey or Vintage RI Rat to sound decent through this with my GO LP, what gives? Does anyone have any secrets to running pedals through this thing?

Thanks!
 

Marshall Man

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I can't turn the amp to ten, I was hoping to get a nice smooth overdrive with a pedal at lower volume. I tried my hot plate as well. I also have the Carl Martin PlexiTone, but I did not get good results with that. Anyone else?
 

rnm14

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I don't know if I can be of any help, but as owner of an original 1974x I can assure you that these amps need some volume to sound good. If the volume isn't turned up most pedals sound weak, flat and somewhat nasal with my amp. The cure is to get a good attenuator (my TAD Silencer sounds way better than any other device I've tried) or to get a pedal with a treble/middle/bass tonestack. The t/m/b toenstack let's you dial out some of that aenemic tone. For the best results though buy a good attenuator like the Ho or similiar. Do a search for ulysses clips with the 2061x and the Ultimate Attenuator for great tones with different guitars.
 
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DS88

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Which channel are you using? I blend the channels, I usually have the lead channel up a few more notches than the bass channel.
 

Marshall Man

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Which channel are you using? I blend the channels, I usually have the lead channel up a few more notches than the bass channel.
I have tried both channels as well as blending the bottom lead into the top bass channel.
 

rockbutt

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MarshallMan

You have to start out by getting a clean tone from the amp. I too have the Marshall 2061x/2061cx. Here is what you do:

1-plug the guitar to the top input of the Bass ch.

2-set the Tone knob of the Bass ch. to 10.

3-set the Tone knob of the Lead ch. to 0.

4-set the Volume knob of the lead ch. to almost 8, just barely below 8.

5-Finally, turn the Volume knob on the Bass ch. anywhere from 2 to 6(this depends on weather you are using single coils or humbuckers and personal taste in volume.

WARNING: DO NOT JUMPER the LEAD with the BASS ch. As strange as it may sound, the Lead ch. Volume and Tone controls interact with whatever you are doing with the Bass ch. without jumpering them.

The sound coming out of the amp will be crystal clean with lots of top end sparkle and with a rounder and deeper bass, very different in tone from the sound produced by the Lead ch. by itself.

This very clean tone will be the foundation for you to use your pedals.
 
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Marshall Man

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MarshallMan

You have to start out by getting a clean tone from the amp. I too have the Marshall 2061x/2061cx. Here is what you do:

1-plug the guitar to the top input of the Bass ch.

2-set the Tone knob of the Bass ch. to 10.

3-set the Tone knob of the Lead ch. to 0.

4-set the Volume knob of the lead ch. to almost 8, just barely below 8.

5-Finally, turn the Volume knob on the Bass ch. anywhere from 2 to 6(this depends on weather you are using single coils or humbuckers and personal taste in volume.

WARNING: DO NOT JUMPER the LEAD with the BASS ch. As strange as it may sound, the Lead ch. Volume and Tone controls interact with whatever you are doing with the Bass ch. without jumpering them.

The sound coming out of the amp will be crystal clean with lots of top end sparkle and with a rounder and deeper bass, very different in tone from the sound produced by the Lead ch. by itself.

This very clean tone will be the foundation for you to use your pedals.

Thanks! I'll try that tonight and let you guys know how it sounds.
 

big mike

Cathode biased
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I had one for awhile...it was a good amp. I never thought it took pedals all that well though. I usually attenuated it, and ran the volumes up to about 7 and used an HBE Dos Mas for leads.
 

pepperco

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I had one for awhile...it was a good amp. I never thought it took pedals all that well though. I usually attenuated it, and ran the volumes up to about 7 and used an HBE Dos Mas for leads.

I agree....I have one and it is not that great with OD's or distortion pedals. Better with fuzzes or rangemasters. Not a lot of headroom to
work with..

The CRUCIAL question is......what kind of tones are you going for.
Which Marshall sound ....there are plenty,they run the gammut.
 

rybass

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My soultone clone sounded steller on low volumes once I dialed in my blended tone. I used germanium based fuzzes, a rangemaster clone and a big green muff with a DOD 250+ pushing it.

Issue may be the g12h celestions. I really don't like how they handle low volume and dirt. I ran mine into a cab with g12h heritage speakers and it was pretty smooth.
 

traviswalk

In the Great State
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I had tremendous results when running the lead channel at around 5 on volume, Les Paul and then a Octafuzz (or any kind of fuzz really). Huge, beautiful sound.
 
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JJ EL84's are crunchy and won't run clean usually. You probably should get some TAD EL84's if you're looking to run clean. JJ's break up pretty quickly.
 

rockbutt

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My 2061x came with JJs stock. I tried some Ei El84 that I still have from my Vox AC30/TBX, but they sounded too bright for my tastes...however, very clean sounding.
 

pepperco

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I'm looking for Skynyrd to early VH type tones since this is supposed to be a mini-Plexi!
okay, where have you been setting the knobs on the amp before
you plug in any pedals ? Classic rock sounds are the best thing
about the 2061x IMO.
 

Marshall Man

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Lead channel input; Tone at 3 o'clock, Vol - varies. I'm trying to keep it to bedroom levels and kick it up with a pedal.
 




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