My next Marshall - 18 watter or JTM45?

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  1. soldano16

    soldano16 Member

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    I have made a decision that in the same way I only play Les Paul guitars, I am only going to play Marshall amps. With my Ultimate Attenuator and my 68 50 watt plexi, I can get the great Marshall tones I always dreamed of at the lower volumes I tend to play at. And I realize that it's the Marshall tone I want. There are other great tones out there but I want MARSHALL. Since I'll have funds from selling my vintage AC-30, I want to get either an 18 watter or JTM45 as my next Marshall style amp. I don't need gigging headroom. I have the plexi for that.

    I'm just thinking what would be best as a 2nd flavor of Marshall?

    My gut feel is JTM45 as being more classic Marshall tone. And I've never tried KT66's so that could be cool.

    I have my Ultimate Attenuator so roaring at low volumes is no issue. Is there any special reason to try an 18 watter over the JTM45?
     
  2. Flameout12

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    18 watters are more like an AC30 (EL84s). They tend to be very chimey amps but neither of these are hi-gain without external help as I'm sure you know. You may also find both of these too similar to your JMP to get you excited.
    Ever consider looking at JCM800s? :BEER
     
  3. soldano16

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    I have a 2554 in transit as we speak. I'm taking this Marshall stuff very seriously.
     
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    I figure it must be the same as when I owned a Deluxe Reverb and a Super Reverb. Similar but different. That's different enough for me at the level I want to explore.
     
  5. plexirocker 68

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    For a next Marshall flavor I would go 2555 or jCM 800. With the plexi you'll be very close tonally to those other amps mentioned. Those 800's and 2555's are great amps but toned a little more modern .

    plexi
     
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    I do have a 2554 in the mail. :p
     
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    My vote:

    JTM45
     
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    1974X, just cause I'm gassing for one at the moment.
     
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    I have had a jcm800 combo for 20 something years...a great amp that can do clean to nasty.
     
  10. soldano16

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    Is the 2554 not somewhat like an 800?
     
  11. Kitarist

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    get the 18 watter it sounds different than a plexi while jtm is more similar to a plexi
     
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    A nice healthy jcm800 2204 or 2205 is the best rock/hard rock/heavy metal amplifier ever made..With a pedal or 2 it can do absolutely anything. Nothing else even compares.
     
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    Get an 18 watter with a ef86 side as well. you will have the marshall flavor but with a bit of vox/matchless thing going on. I reccomend Ceriatone.

    dk
     
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    Aw....don't say that! You give me some of that GAS (whatever that means...I assume it's gear addiction syndrome). :D
     
  15. boogieongtr

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    If you want great Marshall tones this is the best sleeper amp out there. It is 2 amps in one, the 1974 and the 2061X, also has power scaling. I have one with the TMB and would never give it up. The Wilbur by Soultone. I also have one of the Super Plexi's on order. http://www.soultoneamps.com/#end


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  16. FractalGarden

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    I hear ya. Gibsons and Marshalls are like peas 'n' carrots, peanut butter 'n' jelly. I only have one amp, a TSL series, and I've slowly replaced my guitars with Gibsons since I'm so smitten with the sound. If my other guitars don't sound good in the Marshall, they don't stick around long.

    I'll be watching this thread, and hope some clips come into being.

    Oh yeah, you may need to change your name if this amp decision is final!
     
  17. pepi

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    I gigged with a JTM45 and presently I own an 18 watter. I would go for the JTM45. Just so much warmer sounding to me.
     
  18. soldano16

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    The decision has been made

    The auction on eBay just closed 1/2 an hour ago and I'm the new owner of.......................



























    Germino Classic 45 with KT66's.:dude
     
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    It's actually from a combo and is now in a Mojo head shell - standard Marshall color.
     

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