Which Marshall is your favorite?

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  1. rotren

    rotren Member

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    List your favorite Marshall head or combo and why you think so.

    My favorite would be the old Super Lead 100 watt amp I played last year. But ouch it was loud... :)
     
  2. Knuckles

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    Late 70's JMP heads, master or non-master volume. 50 or 100 watts.
     
  3. Griz

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    Marshalls I've owned:
    JCM800 2203
    JCM800 1959
    '74 50 watt
    1987X RI 50 watt
    JTM45 RI
    '73 Super Bass
    '69 plexi Super Lead

    There were no bad ones; but for me, the keepers were the JCM800 2203 and the '69 Super Lead. The 2203 has more range than people generally realize; there are some great shades of warmth and sparkle in there, decent cleanish tones as well as lots of grind. Just a great all-round rock amp.

    As for the '69, anyone who's ever played one knows why I decided to keep mine. The JMP plexi 100's straddle the zone between the earlier lower-gain plexi amps and the somewhat harsher and more aggressive sounding metal panelled amps. Loves every guitar.
     
  4. big mike

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    2555SL of the ones I've had. Love the Jubes.
     
  5. waggclan

    waggclan Par 4 Holer Gold Supporting Member

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    I really loved my JCM800 too. Cameron moded... I was a complete idiot to sell it. Oh well... Sound familiar??? :(
     
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    I still have my Jube 2555, Jcm 800 2204 (1982), and JMP 2203 (1976).
    Had a '69 1959 and 1987 , a JMP 2203 (1979), a JCM 800 2203 ('81) and JCM 800 2205 ('87). Wish I still had the '69 1987 and JCM 800 2205.

    But my JMP 2203 from 1976 is my favorite. Goes from jangly Plexi clean to all out rock with more thump than any other. The Master volume seems to work well on this or at least it sounds better at low volume than my other Marshalls.
     
  7. re-animator

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    JTM45/100.


    The ultimate marshall. Best cleans to come out of a marshall, stunning mid-gain tones, and EJ tones at the highest levels.
     
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    My favorite old 69' metal front 50 watter, straight in nails those old Allman Bros Fillmore Live tones! :dude
    Sometimes I swear that things alive! You all know what I'm talkin about! :dude
     
  10. TRGuy

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    I love my 2555SL marshall, sounds great cranked, its definatley my favourite stock marshall ever.

    Non stock though, my Cameron '78 JMP2203.
     
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    Hacksaw Time Warped Gold Supporting Member

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    Wasn't a 81 model was it? :eek: My favorite too :AOK.
     
  12. soldano16

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    I'm kinda partial to my 68 50 watter, especially with my Ultimate Attenuator letting me run it at 7.

    After playing for decades, this is my very first Marshall and I only got it two years ago.

    [​IMG]
     
  13. bosstone

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    This afternoon I picked up a 1981 JCM 800, 50 watt head (#2204). Three years ago I sold a 1983 50 watt combo (4104) with a pair of Rola Celestion G12-65 speakers. I missed that amp as soon as I sold it. The one I got today with a one year old Marshall 2 X 12" cab (their cheapo version) for $600.00. I will have he cab on CL by tomorrow morning. I am sure I can get at least $150.00 for it so I will have no more than $450.00 into the 2204. I have been looking for about 3 years and the wait was well worth it. I love those late JMP and early JCM 50s, which are basically the same amp.
     
  14. waggclan

    waggclan Par 4 Holer Gold Supporting Member

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    Unfortunately... yes it was... :( Bought that amp NEW at TGC in Hollywood and then had it modified by Mark about 20 years later; then sold it. First REAL amp I ever owned... I know, I'm a loser...
     
  15. jetydosa

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    Late 60s/Early 70s SuperLead 100s. It just doesnt get any ballsier
     
  16. 2555SL

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    Nice to see the Slash love here, and I couldn`t agree more. The first Marshall head I owned was a `77 NMV 4-holer 50-watt. I bought that head because it was a Canadian model and was shipped from Marshall with EL34s as stock. I quickly realized --like a dummy-- that as nice as the old Marshalls are, I need master volumes to suit my needs and thus sold it.

    Then I had a friend recommend the 30th anniversary model, saying that it was the best Mashall he`d ever heard. After a little searching, I found one of the 800, limited-edition, brass-plated `92 "6100LE" heads (#91 IIRC), in blue levant with matching 4x12 bottom. However, and unlike my friend, that amp --although cool and rare-- just didn`t do it for me in the tone dept. The clean channel was OK, the 800 channel was useable, yet the lead channel reminded me of a bad 900. Sadly, that rig went on the auction block also. I sold it the same month that I went to see Joe Satriani play at the Wiltern Theatre in LA, and his tone through the same amp completely rocked! Go figure. User error maybe?

    I still wanted the "Marshall" growl and grind that I had grown to love from my youth, and kind of realized that I was going about it the wrong way -- or you could call it "the learning process" I suppose. I suddenly remembered that the guitar player in my last project was using a silver Jube, both live and in A+M studios when we were recording, so I did some reading-up about them on the Net (this was around the year 2000). After some hunting, I found a NOS 2555SL, still in the box. When it arrived I plugged it into a 4x12 Marshall bottom with Celestian 75s, plugged straight in with my humbucker-laden `75 Destroyer, and BOOM!...there was the tone I had been searching for. Not sure why I had not thought of my friend`s Jubilee before going through the two previous wastes-of-time, but hey, a lot a weed was passing under the bridge back in those days.

    It took me less that one hour to realize that I wouldn`t be selling my Slash head anytime soon, or ever. I read many posts about people not being able to dial-in the Jube circuit, but my head --lucky maybe?-- always delivers the most pleasing tones at both high and bedroom-recording volumes. Never "fizzy", a much overused word here. I prefer it though a 4x12 cab, yet it delivers basically the same glorious tones though my Boogie 1x12 ext. cab loaded with the EVM12-L.

    2555SL, Slash, Jube, Goob...I don`t care what you call it. One of the best amps Marshall ever delivered, bar none.

    My 2.068 cents on the matter. Rock on!
     
  17. bgroup

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    My JCM 900 4500... because when you crank it up it roars with balls AND teeth... because it works in a classic/vintage/retro Marshall context but still can hang with a recto or the like in a modern context... because it rocks harder than any Marshall that came before it... because it's got more soul and character than any Marshall that's come after it...despite popular opinion. Seriously, I LOVE this thing. Blasphemy, I know... :)

    Brent
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  18. SvenHock

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    My 1970 50 watt bass head, killer with guitar!
     
  19. aetschi

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    same here... 1970 50w bass head (1986). love it
     
  20. burner

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    Personally I like the plain-jane JCM 800 1/2 stacks

    IMO, the quintesential Marshall has to be a 1/2 stack...not a full stack,not a combo.
    (but the combos sound great)

    There is definitely something to be said for the 70's Super Leads/Basses and I've owned a couple that were particularly good but generally I like a touch more gain outta' them.
    Hell, they all sound good when you get right down to it. ;)
     

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