JCM800 Alternative???

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  1. guitarshaman

    guitarshaman Supporting Member

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    I'm looking for an amp, preferably a head, that gets a JCM800 tone on a budget. Any ideas? Oh yeah, a decent clean channel would be nice ;)
     
  2. FrankieSixxxgun

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    If you look around right you can get a used JCM 800 for a pretty good deal. I paid $750 for my head and I just recently saw a whole JCM 800 stack selling for $1400 on CL. How small of a budget are we working with here?
     
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    I've heard that the Sovtek Mig amps were an 800 and a bassman in one. I have seen those around cheap.
     
  4. guitarshaman

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    $750's not too bad. I guess my budget is the best amp I can get at the cheapest price :D

    Just lookin' for ideas.
     
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    There's no replacement for a real JCM 800 IMO. Beyond it sounding bad ass, people will recognize and know what you're playing. I get complements ALL the time on my stack. :D
     
  6. guitarshaman

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    I've looked into those a little bit, can't find too much info about the Mig 60, but the EL-34's make me want to buy it over the others.
     
  7. guitarshaman

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    This is true. I borrowed one from a friend for a few practices and a show, and now I've got the itch.
     
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    Traynor YCS-50H.
     
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    peavey VTM series.
     
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    Get the Marshall. You'll always have that nagging feeling that you're missing something. And you will be.
     
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    pro tube models are incredibly cheap like around 200 bucks here on CL and if it goes down you can buy two for a spare
    i have hear the circuit is quite similar
     
  12. TheGuildedAge

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    When I bought my JCM800, I tried a pre aor laney 100 watt head next to it, the difference is hardly worth the extra. The Laney is a great sounding head. I don't know if the build quality is great compared to older jcm800s, but the tone is solid. I bought the Marshall for resale, otherwise I'd have gone laney.
     
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    The Pro tubes are lackingin myopinion. Yep they are half the cost or less than an 800 but the circuit is missing the beef for me if you play it wide open.(yes I have used NOS tubes in the Laney) .Its sterile. My JCM800 kills it. And yes i have used the push-pull pots for more bass but it gets muddy...
     
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    In this market you could probably score an Orange Rocker 30 head for under a grand easy.Some Marshall tones in it,and a lot of other great stuff as well!
     
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    Ceriatone makes clones of an 800 2203 and 2204. I'd love to have one myself, and Ceriatone from all I can tell makes great clones at great prices.
     
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    The Peavey VTM's are easily the best bang for the buck if you're looking for a JCM 800 type tone.
     
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    Anyone have a Laney GH50? Many of the reviews I've read seem to compare it to a JCM800.
     
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    I played through a VTM60 a few weeks ago and it seemed to have a really fizzy gain to it, a bit to harsh. It also could have been that the thing was sitting at a practice space unused for a long time though, and it probably hasn't been retubed in quite some time.
     
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