If you’re looking for a JCM800 in that sub-$1000 price bracket, I personally would recommend a JCM800. It is what you’re looking for.
BluGuitar Amp1I'm realizing that I really want that Marshall-y, hot-rodded British high gain tone. It has that high end harmonic content and a sort of "squishiness" that i find very pleasing. I have a Mesa TC-100, and while I absolutely love that amp, it doesn't quite get to JCM800 territory despite it having a little more British flavor (I think it's the low mids).
What amp would you recommend to someone if they were looking for that JCM800 style high gain? I'm looking into the 20W studio JCM800, but am considering other alternatives. Several Friedman amps come to mind as well, including the Runt 20, Runt 50, and JJ Jr (however, I'm not sure how strict I want to be about the amp having EL34s as opposed to EL84s).
Also, if anyone here thinks I'm dialing in my TC-100 wrong and in fact can get convincing JCM800 tones out of it, please share your wisdom, haha.
Kind of it looks like, they describe it as "At the request of many players, we decided to try if we could combine the tones of our Hot Rodded Plexi series with a lower output section and smaller footprint."Isn’t the Son of Yeti a 20W version of the Yeti?
The Avenger might get you in the ballpark, but the Decatone doesn’t come close to JCM800 tones - it’s got its own unique sound. I owned and gigged one for years and it never scratched the Marshall itch.I recommend Soldano. If you can find a Decatone or Avenger. Of course Friedman are the new thing that sound great for Marshall esque.
I did however play a Boogie Dual Rec and flipped a switch that said 'vintage', and it got an incredible sound... sounded great in the mix.
I came to say Splawn as well. He makes great plexi, hot rod plexi and JCM800 style amps. I have the Supersport 50 Watt. Loud as all get out with some cool features. I had a Runt 50 too. It was good...but something to my ear about Friedmans sounds like they're always at one level of compression. It's black and white with those amps IMO.Splawn.
Son of Yeti is 20w.Nope, but he's not asking specifically for 20w amps...
I agree its different. 6L6 tone for sure.The Avenger might get you in the ballpark, but the Decatone doesn’t come close to JCM800 tones - it’s got its own unique sound. I owned and gigged one for years and it never scratched the Marshall itch.