I've alway's wanted a JCM 800, but just haven't got around to owning one YET. So, my question to you is, with all the variations between them, what do YOU concider to be the best model, and why?
Mine!Originally posted by PRSplaya
what do YOU concider to be the best model, and why?
It's a good place to start but there will always be those however that prefer the later horizontal models with extra didode gain, channel switching capabilities and reverb. I'm not one of those but you might be.Originally posted by PRSplaya
So basically, an early 80's 50 watt with vertical input's would be a good place to start looking?
Just so there's no confusion for PRSplaya...Originally posted by gizmo
It's a good place to start but there will always be those however that prefer the later horizontal models with extra didode gain, channel switching capabilities and reverb. I'm not one of those but you might be.
hear and play is correct...I'm guilty of oversimplifiying the vast array of JCM 800 models that were made. Nonetheless, playa should first consider if he wants "plug -n- play" or "bells and whistles."Originally posted by hear and play
Just so there's no confusion for PRSplaya...
Not all horizontal input models are diode/channel switching/reverb. Later 2203s and 2204s have horizontal inputs but none of those features.
Agreed! The ONE stock newer Marshall I really like! If you can find an SLX with EL34s, JUMP on it. FAT sounding amp with tons of overdrive. Not nearly as buzzy as most Marshalls. The ones with the 5881s do not sound nearly as good imo.Originally posted by jonny guitar
A dark horse that you should look into is the JCM 900 SL-X -- no diodes in this one. It is a great sounding, very organic amp that sounds like a hotrodded 2204 due to an extra preamp tube and it has cascading preamps so there is a ton of very useable sounds in it (except for clean). I have owned 3 JCM 800 and I liked the SL-X the best out of all of them. I sold it to a guy who has a Vert - 2203 and he is really happy with it because it is plug and play at even the lowest of volumes. These are great deals so don't write it off because it says 900 -- it is very different from the Dual Reverb 900s which I hate.