Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by Gallery, Dec 8, 2016.
If you had to buy a new current production Marshall, what would you get?
I'd probably grab a 2061x.
1959HW or 2245THW
None ... for the last 15 years.
Sadly, none of them. Why can't they make a simple two channel amp with a real clean channel, a dirt channel voiced like a hot rodded Plexi or JCM800, separate EQs, footswitchable channels, footswitchable clip if the amp has one, FX loop, cab emulated DI out, reverb that actually sounds like reverb, and variable wattage?
The DSL is crippled by the shared EQ. The Jubilee/mini Jub is crippled by the shared EQ and the non footswitchable rhythm clip. The JVM 2's dirt channel isn't voiced right. The JVM4 is just too cumbersome. The others are missing one or more of the features I mentioned. The two channel Astoria also has a shared EQ and costs more than my freakin car!!
There really isn't anything in their current lineup that appeals to me. I have a DSL40C and while I can get the shared EQ to be usable, I'm forced to compromise with one channel or the other. Hell, even something as simple as a DSL40 with separate EQs would be almost perfect.
Sorry, I couldn't resist. I guess the handwired RI with a Power Station.
Voted for the Astoria. The Custom is a killer amp, but i'd rather someone else was footing the bill.
The JVM is the only one that has enough gain available without pedals for my current needs.
Always had a soft spot for Jubilees.
I could happily work with any of them at a push. I love Marshalls!
Wait, is the JCM series line dead?
^^^ This is exactly why I made the poll.
I have an internal struggle inside of me
I still love all those classic Marshall tones from JCM back to JTM
I'm nostalgic for the brand and the history it represents
None of the current production appeals to me for the modern music I play
I still love to play classic music through the classic amps, just not my modern music
I've tried to use the JCM era amps for my modern music, but I always come to the conclusion that there are better modern options.
I've demo'ed DSL's, JVMs and they don't do it for me
I still WANT to love Marshall, but... nothing they currently produces really appeals to me.
I haven't tried the Astoria series yet, so I guess there is still hope. I wish they could put something out that really nailed the merger of classic and modern.
I'm using a JVM210 with the 6-button 410 footswitch, so I essentially have 6 channels on my 2 channel head. It's hands down my favourite amp I've ever played. I'm a high gain player, so everything is clean boosted with a Bad Monkey. Plus with the programmable FX Loop and Reverb, no one channel sounds like the next! Alongside my ESP MH327 with coil tap, it's absolute tonal mastery!
Chrous / delay / reverb laden clean......CHECK!
Edge of break up clean.......CHECK!
JMP / 2203 King of Rock....CHECK!
Hot-rodded JCM for hell.......CHECK!
Modern saturated ripping lead with reverb.......CHECK!
All at the click of a button......what more could I ask for?!
You forgot the CODE
I had a late 60's - early 70's (not sure what year it was) Super Lead 100 with the angled 4x12 bottom. I regret selling that amp (for $500 in 1985)...
That said, I'd love another Marshall. The 2245THW JTM45 hand wired would be my choice, but alas the price is outrageous. Even the price for the PCB is ridiculous. Maybe a used one?
I currently have a Fargen MiniPlex MkIII.
If someone offered it I'd take a HW 1959 or a Jube reissue without complaining. But I probably wouldn't pay for any of them.
Too many others do Marshall better for cheaper now.
What would you recommend?
I loved the JCM800 tones but honestly mostly for the clean platform. I would also be interested in a good kit option I could build into a 1x12 combo
Astoria, like I could ever afford one!
Friedman, Ceriatone, Germino, Splawn all do it well. And honestly, if I was interested in an 800, vintage 800s can be found for sub $1000 all day long. Compared with Marshall asking $2300 for a JCM800 reissue that isn't even hand wired.
I like their refrigerator and the 2245THW
Probably just the Jubilee at the minute. As someone else said why can't they just make a good amp with features real guitarists want?
I have 2 PCB reissue JTM45's and a PCB reissue Bluesbreaker. They're all great amps and cost me $1250 or less used. My vote is PCB reissue.
I just got a used 1959HW because the price was too good. I love the bite it gives to the drive pedals but I don't have an attenuator so I don't use it much. I got it to drive the power section hard, not have a pedal do all the work. It's way more loud than I thought, it's very very loud!
I like all the classic pre JCM800 models but all are non MV and super loud. I have no experience with the Astoria line, they seem good on paper but I'm biased. If I was buying one blindly (online) I would go for a boutique Marshall flavored brand. I like the clips from the Jubilees, the mini and the big one. But I know they need to get loud to sound good.
What I really want is the Metroplex but it won't happen at this price. The Friedman 100 & Smallbox would be great too but again at this price... I can't afford them even used.
Τhe Gurus 1959 Double Decker is something I'm considering more than any Marshall type amp. Either through the 1959HW (although it's ironic to use this amp with a drive pedal) or with my trusty clean machine, the SF Bassman.