What does a Les Paul thru a JCM-800 sound like?

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  1. Just Mike

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    Is there an example of the classic sound? Or are we all chasing something different?
     
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    I have always thought of Appetite for Destruction as classic JCM800/Les Paul sounds
     
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    Slash played a JCM800 and a modified Super Lead on Appetite and Illusion....One of the most famous rock guitar sounds.....:dunno
     
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    While I like the sound of a Les Paul through a JCM 800, after listening on line to those, compared to a Marshall Plexi, I prefer the Plexi, as it sounds to my ears more organic, with a bit less buzz in the tone.

    This buzz is not a bad sounding thing, but it is just a personal preference.

    To me, Marshalls sound like a thousand angry angels. That is how I would describe a good sounding Marshall of any type.
     
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    I think The Cult’s Electric album is a good example. An 800 (2203/4) is not really that high gain.
     
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    I thought that was modded with an extra tube?
     
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    Modded supertrem.
    Use your illusion is modded JCM800
     
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    Let's define a few things first.

    JCM800 is not a circuit, it';s a Edit. correction SERIES. There are many amps that are JCM800s.

    2203/2204 - 100 watt or 50 watt (2204) standard cascading 2 input marshall. Circuit started in JMP era 76 or so.
    2205/2210 - 100 watt or 50 watt (2205) channel switching. Marshalls first foray into channel switching, FX loop and onboard reverb.
    there were also 4 holer 1987/1959 and 1986/1992 versions like the original plexi amps too.
    A silver jubilee could almost be considered a JCM 800 series...but it's sorta it's own thing (slash's live amp).

    So when you say JCM800 most people assume you mean 2203 100 watt 2 input master volume head.
    Tons of guys used them to great effect.

    First off top of my head is Angus in the 70's with Bon Scott. (JMP version)
    Zakk Wylde with Ozzy though goosed with a DS1.
    Jake E lee, many other 80's guys live rigs were straight in or a little outboard stuff.
    Then of course the gain wars started. LOL

    Angus still uses 1959 100 watt heads that are rewired to 2203 ish inputs FYI live.
    THat old JTM45 talk was a couple 90's albums for leads.
     
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    Sounds like angels printing money!

     
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    Didn't Billy Corgan use a JCM800?
     
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    "Dad gum!" That's some good entertainment right 'chair.
     
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    All Fugazi records feature JCM 800s paired with a Gibson SG.

    Drive Like Jehu and Rocket From The Crypt are mostly Les Paul and 800.

    The band Chavez.

    Nearly all 90s bands influenced by any of the above.

    If you grew up playing guitar in the 80 and 90s they were EVERYWHERE!
     
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    Yep! But with a strat.
     
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    With strats loaded with lace sensors and a Muff, IIRC, for the really old school stuff.
     
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    Exactly..
     

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