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JCM 800 bass capacity?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by Jack, Jan 6, 2008.

  1. Jack

    Jack Member

    Aug 27, 2005
    New Mexico
    I'm a total noob when it comes to Marshall amps. I'm checking out these JCM 800 heads. I understand the earlier ones with vertical inputs are the highest build quality.
    My question is are these heads capable of massive bottom end? I think of them as having a tighter bass, but can you get some ridiculous bottom if you want it?
    I think I'm a Marshall guy, but don't know it. Is there another Marshall model I should be considering? I play mostly distorted rock, but without a bassist ala White Stripes, so I compensate by adding a lot of low end though every possible means.
  2. BadAssBill

    BadAssBill southofnash.com Silver Supporting Member

    May 15, 2006
    I'd say they do have a very large bottom end, yes. Of course cabinetes will vary this as well as to how tight it is, but I've always had a LOT of bottom end no matter the cab.
  3. Twangzilla

    Twangzilla Member

    Nov 25, 2003
    Atlanta, GA
    Try a 100W 2203 with KT88s, that should have some low end.
  4. lcjc800

    lcjc800 Member

    Nov 13, 2005
    in a van, down by the river
    There's a local Metal Guy, Andy Williams, in Every Time I Die, that uses RI 800's and his tone is huge for a metal player. I played an 800 channel switcher for years that would make hollow stages resonate lie earthquakes when I wanted it to. Great amps for the right gig.

  5. Austintone

    Austintone Member

    Apr 29, 2007
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Check out Roccaforte's amps- I own a JCM 800 and a Roccaforte Custom 80. The Marshall shakes my house, the Roccaforte makes the foundation move.

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