Marshall JVM...What do you think?

How do you rate the Marshall JVM Series?

  • 5 Stars (Fantastic amp one of the best Marshall has put out since the 80's)

    Votes: 27 42.9%
  • 4 Stars (Great amp but there is better around that price point used)

    Votes: 15 23.8%
  • 3 Stars (Good amp not sure I would own one)

    Votes: 17 27.0%
  • 2 Stars (Definitely pass. Not a good amp at all)

    Votes: 3 4.8%
  • 1 Star (I only play acoustic and I am in the wrong sub forum...Anyone seen my James Taylor CD?)

    Votes: 1 1.6%

  • Total voters
    63

8len8

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I had a JVM215C but never bonded with it over the 8 years I used it in various rock cover bands. The tone had a midrange peak and graininess that was more modern sounding than traditional Marshall amps (Plexi, 800, DSL). Even tube and speaker swaps didn’t help.

I’m much more into the Plexi, 800, and DSL tones. I’m just happy that Marshall offers so many different amp options based on the sound and features I’m after.
 

Jabby92

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These seem to sound pretty good. I think the main complaints I've read over the years is they have a 'practice amp' build quality to them compared to older Marshall amps. I don't know if they're actually built poorly, I've read mixed reviews on it. If you like how it sounds then by all means you can probably make it work fine.
 

lessthan12

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The SK’s MV is touchy. The amp opens up a bit as you get to about 2/10 but it’s got decent volume by then. Not crazy loud, but not definitely apartment-at-midnight quiet either. It’s fairly easily solvable with an EQ (MXR 10-band for me) or volume pedal in the loop, or with an attenuator, but on its own I’d not recommend it for an apartment. With one of those fixes though...phenomenal amp.
I haven't played the Super Kraken but did try the regular Kraken. The MV is unusable in the low volume range. You would have to put a volume box in the loop to tame it. Tried it in a store through the Victory 4x12 and volume on 1 was already close to 100 dB @ 1m. It sounds good like that though but it's just not manageable. To be honest the Friedman BE50 Deluxe I tried has the same issue to a smaller degree - sounds good on a low setting, but hard to control accurately.
Yup, you 2 just confirmed what I read about the Victory amps so Im glad I didn't order it on a whim. I live in a duplex style apartment with the 72 year old hard of hearing landlord on the other side so my normal playtime volume is 2 or so on the Small Box, so definitely not low volume lol, at 2 that thing is running pretty open. But early in the morning and then after 8 pm I wind it down and it still sounds phenomenal. I also had a Be100 that was the same way but I DID NOT beed that much firepower so off it went. Ive had pretty much everything there is and just recently got rid of my second Axe Fx III to go back to tubes and couldn't be happier. The modelers are quite remarkable these days but still missing just a tiny bit of the equation
 

Coopster

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I’ve heard the Satch model is better but not clear what the difference are between the two.

You may have helped kill some of the curiosity I’ve had about the JVM since I generally like a looser feel.
My understanding is the original JVM was a modern Marshall voiced basically trying to compete with the other, newer amps that were coming out at the time. Mesa Rectifier, Engl's, VHT(Freyette) Which, what's it been now, 15 years? The Satch model is Marshall history in a box. Each channel is modelled after Joe's favorite amps with the best parts of the JVM tagged in. It's actually the one Marshall I still have a desire to get my hands on. But I'm a Satriani nut so there you go.

I’ve heard the Royal Atlantic is a killer amp but never came across one out in the wild to plug into to try out.

How cranked does it have to be to open up? I play pretty loud at home (everyone on my street is aware I play guitar ) I do have the PS2 as well and can use it if needed. If it’s as loud as my 1984 jcm 800 4104 I may pass. That 800 at 50 watts I swear is somehow twice as loud as my 20th Anniversary 90w Shiva.
Then you'll probably be ok, I don't think I ever cracked the MV past 10 o'clock. It's pretty loud but I could only ever turn up like that on a rare occasion.
 

Coopster

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OP you may also want to consider a Mesa TC series for multi-channel amp:


Its a solid contender and can get into Marshall tones.
This will likely be my next amp venture. It's not too far removed from my RA but has a few extra features like the CabClone and the third channel isn't sharing any knobs. I dig these a lot.
 

BigBadOrange

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Been gigging with mine since they came out. Rock solid and it is still my main gigging head, even though I now have many heads. I did see something here that caught my eye. A couple of the haters had the combos. I loved my 410h so much and had a chance to pick up the combo cheap. So I did. Everything I love about my head was gone. I couldn't do anything to that combo to make it sound the way I wanted it to. Then I plugged the combo into a 4/12, and boom, the magic was back. So I guess I do need to say something about that. If I remember correctly the combos are open back.
 

Jabby92

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This will likely be my next amp venture. It's not too far removed from my RA but has a few extra features like the CabClone and the third channel isn't sharing any knobs. I dig these a lot.
Yeah, its definitely in that ball park. Some Mesa fans don't like it at all since its really not like a Dual Rec or anything.. but if you're sort of wanting some inbetween a Plexi and Dual Rec, I think you would enjoy it. Its basically a 3 channel RA with a few tweaks/improvements. Lots of gain in channel 3 and the tube bias thing is nice.
 

Coopster

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Yeah, its definitely in that ball park. Some Mesa fans don't like it at all since its really not like a Dual Rec or anything.. but if you're sort of wanting some inbetween a Plexi and Dual Rec, I think you would enjoy it. Its basically a 3 channel RA with a few tweaks/improvements. Lots of gain in channel 3 and the tube bias thing is nice.
My feeling is if you want a Dual Rec, get a Dual Rec. I went after the JVM originally because I thought what I wanted was a Marshall that could get in to Mesa territory without being a Mesa. Turns out what I REALLY wanted was a Mesa that can get in to Marshall territory without being a Marshall. :D Only took me about ten years and too many amps to figure that out.
 

Matteo11

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OP you may also want to consider a Mesa TC series for multi-channel amp:


Its a solid contender and can get into Marshall tones.
Thanks. I actually owned the Mesa TC-50 for a little bit. It is a great amp and I enjoyed it for awhile but in the long run I just could never bond with it. That seems to be my experience with other Mesas I’ve tried before too. They are imo some of the best engineered well thought out amps on the planet and Mesas customer service is top notch I just haven’t struck gold with them yet.

I’m stil interested in trying out the Royal Atlantic, TA-30 & Electradyne though.
 

MjS88

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I played a JVM half stack a handful of times in a rehearsal space. I was very impressed! It’s pretty versatile and modern but the classic sounds are there. I ran it on OD1 or 2 I believe, green mode with a Bad Monkey for boost. Killer hard rock sound.
 

Deadpool_25

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This will likely be my next amp venture. It's not too far removed from my RA but has a few extra features like the CabClone and the third channel isn't sharing any knobs. I dig these a lot.
I had the TC-50 and now have the TC-100. Bother are great, but the TC-100 is definitely better imo. Seems like it has more low end and the power scaling is very useful.
 

Sir Don

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The Satch version is the way to go, I've been using two of them in my live rig for the last four years without problems. The noise gates are fantastic. Midi switching is also great with my GT8 in the loop.
 

Simto

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I voted 3 because I think it's a great line. Would have voted 4, but the "but there is better around that price point used" line ruined that score for me hehe.
Hard to beat this amp really at that price range and that style.
 

jabps

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Been gigging with mine since they came out. Rock solid and it is still my main gigging head, even though I now have many heads. I did see something here that caught my eye. A couple of the haters had the combos. I loved my 410h so much and had a chance to pick up the combo cheap. So I did. Everything I love about my head was gone. I couldn't do anything to that combo to make it sound the way I wanted it to. Then I plugged the combo into a 4/12, and boom, the magic was back. So I guess I do need to say something about that. If I remember correctly the combos are open back.
Same here. Got mine about a year after they came out and has been my main amp since that point. At one time when I was gigging, rehearsing and recording I had two, one just for backup in case needed. Never needed it. During that time frame I probably played close to 200 shows, tons of rehearsals and not one issue.

It's incredibly versatile from clean to massive high gain. If you want great hot rodded 800 style tones, OD1 Amber is pretty much dead on. And I grew up on 2203's and 2204's. Effects loop is fantastic and if you change channels via midi, as I do...it's pretty dang simple. Amp also sounds great through most cabs as well. Further, I don't use a noise gate as well, never have with any of the high gain amps I've owned. Never had any issue's with noise. Mods - only thing I ever thought about doing is having someone mod OD2's three channels to sound like OD1's three modes. OD2 is eq'd lower. Not as Marshally.

I've literally not had gas for an amp since I bought it. Tried the Satch model and it's fine as well, just more refined but I preferred the stock JVM as it's more hairy. Really amps that I want to buy these days are just for fun or maybe go back and buy something I owned in the past that I liked...just to have them. I cannot see the JVM not being my main amp. Frankly IMO it's one of the most underrated amps Marshall has ever made. Yeah, it's got alot of knobs but the tones are all there.
 

jjjp

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I can only comment on the the 205H, which is what I have and gig with. I think this is the best original Marshall design since JCM800 and is the most versatile amp they have ever made. I've been through a lot of heads and this one easily holds it's own. One of the biggest complaints is the noise and feedback on the OD channel. However by swapping one preamp tube this is solved. There is a lot of misinformation and overhyped negative opinion about the amp. It's a deep amp and with the footswitch or a midi controller it's the most versatile high gain amp I've ever played that also has great cleans and low to medium gain sounds. Plus 2 master volumes. Reverb is the only weak point, but it's useable. Good loop. Everything is controllable with the footswitch or midi. Plus you can find them used for under $700-800. If you go to the Marshallforum.com page you'll find a lot of useful info on the amp. If you like the way Marshalls sound you will not be disappointed.
 




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