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Which 2x12 cab/speakers for a Marshall JCM800 2204?

más_fuerte

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I'll finally be joining the JCM-800 club soon... I should be getting a 1982 JCM-800 2204 this week. Which 2x12 cab and speaker combination do you recommend? I play mostly classic rock/hard rock. I've read that the Marshall 1922/1936 cabs aren't that great - who else makes a good 2x12 cab? As far as speakers go, I'm thinking about going with a G12H30 and Vintage 30... how do these sound with a JCM-800?
 

fusionbear

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Splawn 2x12 loaded with Scumback M75/M75LD 65 watt coils.
 

ksandvik

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Yes maybe a custom Avatar cab with a G12H30 and Vintage 30 combination, you could order them this way.
 

TubeStack

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Killer amp. Look for a JCM800 1936, they're great. Mine has a Scumback M75/H75 mix.
 

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más_fuerte;17293139 said:
I'd love to get a 4x12, but I'll be gigging it once a week and don't know if I'm up for the hassle of lugging it around.
4x12 with wheels is way easier to move around than a 2x12, to me.
 

Gnarlly

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I play similar music, also have an '82 2204, and use an Avatar traditional 2x12 cab (open back with removable panel for closed back). I have gone through many speaker combinations with this amp and cab.

Note that the differing plate voltages of these amps and what power tubes you are running has a significant impact on the brightness, punch, and tightness. Mine is a lower plate voltage model (about 390 at 40ma bias), running EL34s. While I initially thought I should use darker speakers with this amp, as a lot of 800s run bright, I found I was constantly bumping up the treble and presence controls. In contrast, my '82 4104 running 6550s at 450 volts is super tight, punchy, and sounds fantastic with original G12-65s, and all EQ on 5.

After numerous combinations of speakers, using Eminence GB12s, Heritage G12-65s, WGS ET65s, Veteran 30, a Retro 30, Heritage Greenbacks, Chinese Greenbacks, Vintage 30, etc., I finally settled on a mix of an older, broken-in Vintage 30 and a new Creamback H75. The Creamback is still breaking in, but this combination allows me to run my EQ flat (all on 5), with gain around 7, and master to taste, with some great tones. Since my amp is softer/darker/browner with its lower plate voltage and EL34s instead of 6550s, this speaker combination adds tightness and punch. Both speakers are super tight and punchy, the Vintage 30 brings the mids, and the Creamback adds treble and a lot of tight bass. The V30 + H30 would be similar, but the Creamback H75 is not as piercingly bright as the H30, has deeper/fuller bass, and allows for more power handling.

Also, a reasonably-sized 2x12 is much easier to haul around than a 4x12 in my experience.
 
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Jimmy3Fingers

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Looking for a 2x12 for my 2203. I'm thinking of calling up Dave @ Avatar and getting a Creamback cab (M & H). Maybe they'll do a free shipping deal soon... <hint> <nudge>.

Anybody play one through a K100?? I'm tempted (due to weight restrictions) to buy a cheap 1x12 off CL with a K100. Thinking it could handle the 100w output and sound decent enough??
 

illini

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Killer amp. Look for a JCM800 1936, they're great. Mine has a Scumback M75/H75 mix.
I also have an 82 2204. I just picked up an older 1936 JCM 800 cab to go with it. It still has the original G12m-70's in it. As of now I am planning on just going with the Greenbacks.
 

bcmatt

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The G12M-65 Creamback is an excellent choice. There are a lot of other common speaker types that run a huge risk of sounding harsh. The Creamback is by no means dark, but it just seems to bring the right stuff to this amp in my opinion and really makes it shine for that creamy classic sound.
 

schwa

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G12-65's for me, and I tried a bunch of Celestions before picking them. 2nd choice would be Greenbacks.
 

SteveAlysis

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80's g1265's into whatever cab you can afford should be fine. Ive tried a bunch of different speakers with 800's and a bunch of other Marshalls. These specific 65's just ripped for any style of music.
 






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