I think this is a great example of a Marshall JCM800 2203/2204 in a live situation

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  1. SgtThump

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    I just happened to run across this and thought I'd share. This is pretty much the exact tone I shoot for live (medium amount of distortion.) Love it!
     
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    Here's another one.



    This dude may have the looks, personality, and humor of a college math professor, but that's some good tone to me!
     
  3. demea26

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    Yep. Saw them at the Troc in Philly a few years ago and thought their tone was great
     
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  4. michael.e

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    That's IT right there.
     
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  5. TTBZ

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    Yep. Last night at practice I was playing my SG straight into a JMP 2104 combo and it sounded pretty much exactly like that. Can't beat it.
     
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  6. BADHAK

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    Love my 2203's

    Do the clean/dirty thing great and sit in the mix perfectly. Those Marshall guys knew what they were doing !!
     
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  7. el34power

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    Hey Sagre!.. Good to read ya!
    Yeah. Love my 2203. After a couple of decades. I found my tone.. 2x12 with a Scumback H55, and a Weber H75.
     
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  8. Tommy Biggs

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    It's amazing that plugging a guitar straight into one of those amps gets you such a great sound.
    Love my 2204. They do other things well too, but that sound is sooo classic.
     
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    Can anyone tell if the JCM800 he's using is an original or a reissue? I'll also do a google search.
     
  10. fuzzyguitars

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    when i saw them in new york city circa 1998-99 he was an slx
     
  11. Veritas

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    Yes!!!! Man, I really miss my old 2204. There's no secret to that tone he's getting in that video. All it takes is plugging the guitar in.
     
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    Except he steps on a pedal before the first chord.
     
  13. TTBZ

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    Why can't marshall just make a modern 2204 with a few useful modern features like fx loop and maybe power scaling. Surely it'd sell like hot cakes if they did it properly?

    There's plenty of builders who can do a boutique one but they're way more expensive than an old Marshall.
     
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    Raw and just right :aok

    I few years ago I had JCM800 2204 on extended loan from a band mate and loved it. I hated giving back. So, I just recently traded a guitar for Granger clone. Happy days are here again.
     
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    I'm thinking that flag over the front of his speakers makes a big difference in the actual tone.
     
  16. Tommy Biggs

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    I'm not 100% sure he's not stepping on his tuner to un-mute his signal. Noticing that there's no buzz when he plugs the guitar in.
    You may be right though. A rat into a JCM800 is great to get some more gain and girth. but honestly that sounds close to straight in (I'm listening on Computer speakers).
     
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  17. Veritas

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    I assumed he was stepping on a tuner pedal to unmute his signal. I've owned those amps before and you can easily get that tone plugging straight in, which was my point. I played a 2204 as my main amp for 3 years straight, so I know those amps pretty well.

    You can also get a killer tone with a Rat going into the low input of that amp. For a bit of a different flavor, it's a great option. The low input on a 2204 is WAY underrated. It's actually a killer pedal platform. I utilized this a lot with one of the bands that I was in a number of years ago. I used a Rat and Fulldrive with a few effects pedals and had a really nice sounding rig. Now, if I wanted to go with just a raw rock tone for the whole evening, than I just plugged straight into the high input.
     
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  18. Tommy_G

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    My 2204 sounds more 80s glam. my first thought when I plugged in was... this sounds like Faster Pussycat.
     
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    Agreed. I do this with my 4014 a lot.
     
  20. bartmcartman

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    Think I had read somewhere that he used JCM 900's back in the day.
     
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