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PSA: JCM 800 is not an amp model. It's a series name (damnit)

Blix

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Watch this:

JCM800 1987


JCM 800 1959


JCM800 2205


JCM800 2210



And of course the amps too many refer to just as JCM 800, but not mentioning the model number, often causing confusion in threads regarding "JCM 800's"

JCM800 2204


JCM800 2203








That was all. :aok


(There's combos and even SS versions too, but leaving them out for now)
 

stevel

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I kind of knew this already, but it is interesting how they all get lumped together.

Can someone tell me about what 1959 or 1987 or 2203 mean? Are the numbers simply model numbers or is there some significance to the numerals themselves?

Are those numbers consistent throughout other series, like the JCM 900, JTM, and - I'm sure there are many of these too but they're often lumped together - the Plexis?
 

cugel

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1987 are 50 watt superleads, 1959s are 100 watt superleads. basically plexi circuits. The 2203, for instance, has the extra gain stage that the jcm800s are famous for. I must admit I use the jcm800 term to refer to 2203s.
 

JGD5150

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The 100 watt Super Lead is a 1959. The 50 watt is 1987. The 100 watt master volume is 2203 and the 50 watt is 2204. That's consistent across the JMP and JCM800 series, IIRC.
 

Blix

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I kind of knew this already, but it is interesting how they all get lumped together.

Can someone tell me about what 1959 or 1987 or 2203 mean? Are the numbers simply model numbers or is there some significance to the numerals themselves?

Are those numbers consistent throughout other series, like the JCM 900, JTM, and - I'm sure there are many of these too but they're often lumped together - the Plexis?

1959=100w Super Lead
1987=50w Lead model
2203=100w Master Volume

Now before the JCM 800 series there was a bunch of other models as well, like 1986, with is a 50w bass model, and 1992 100w Super Bass.

Plexi= Pretty much Marshalls produced until mid 1969, when they changed to metal panels. And yeah, you have 1987/1959/1986/1992 etc plexis.. :)

JTM= The earliest Marshalls. JTM45, JTM50, JTM45/100.
JMP=All the others up to JCM 800.

If you want to get into details: http://solodallas.com/the-vintage-marshall-guide
 

lemonpaul59

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Watch this:

JCM800 1987


JCM 800 1959


JCM800 2205


JCM800 2210



And of course the amps too many refer to just as JCM 800, but not mentioning the model number, often causing confusion in threads regarding "JCM 800's"

JCM800 2204


JCM800 2203








That was all. :aok


(There's combos and even SS versions too, but leaving them out for now)

I don't need one, or want one, so a model would do me just fine.

Besides, I have an SL5 that I prefer to any of these amps, your experience just might vary of course.

I liked that Mini-Jubilee. If I were Marshall shopping, that would be it.
 

Blix

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Just gimme a 1987 and a bb pre or archer. If At all.
Any boost/drive that cleans up the bottom end a tad does wonders :aok.
Back in the 90's most "house amps" here were either 2203/04 or 2205/10 and all I had to bring was a Tube Screamer and a DD-3 and I was good to go :)
Same with the DSL's on the green crunch channel too.
 

big mike

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Green channel was
Great on DSL. My first Marshall was a red 2205 JCM800 Stack
 

big mike

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Oh man I'd had...
2205 Stack
2204
2061x
Dsl50
Jcm900 50 watt dual Reverb
3 JTM45s (1 rocky top 2 self built)
2 other self built 1987s
50 watt jubilee 2550
Jcm Slash
 

T Dizz

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Watch this:

JCM800 1987


JCM 800 1959


JCM800 2205


JCM800 2210



And of course the amps too many refer to just as JCM 800, but not mentioning the model number, often causing confusion in threads regarding "JCM 800's"

JCM800 2204


JCM800 2203








That was all. :aok


(There's combos and even SS versions too, but leaving them out for now)
 

BADHAK

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I love 2204's , Boss OD-1 in front, preamp maxed and MV at around 4, just where the punch kicks in and is 80's hard rock heaven :D


Yep, my 2203 is a 4104 (50 watt 2x12 combo )and prefer the Preamp at 5 or 6, for straight up ACDC, but hit it with a boost and it's like all those early 80's hard rock records I listened to over and over. The pick attack is out of this world.
 

Roccorobb

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This is actually news to me. Thanks. I am not a Marshall guy so I learned something here. What is it about the amps that ties them together as a series besides the name?
 






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