1983 Jcm 800 2203 - Modded?

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  1. bstoner

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    Hi All, I am thinking about buying this 1983 JCM 800 2203, the seller tells me it has not been modded but it look to me like there are 4 preamps tubes. Does it seem to have been modded? also what do you all think it would be worth?
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  2. GuitarIV

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    There's an extra tube, so yup it's modded. No clue about the value on it. Do you have pictures of the guts?

    Attached mine, it's all stock.
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  3. bstoner

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    Thanks for the reply. I will see if i can get some gut shots :)
     
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    Yes it has been modded. But At least they didn't drill any extra holes in the face like most of the modded 800s. Value will depend alot on what the insides look like. Modders back in the day had a fair amount of hack in them, and boards and things can be f'ed beyond repair..see the thread 86 800 needing tlc in the vintage section for pics of one cornholed 800...awful things have been perpetrated on some of these amps and the only way to know is open them up and see.
     
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    I was able to get the pictures of the inside, see any issues? Whats up with the extra tube? Does everything look ok? Also this head looks to 6550c power tubes is that an issue?

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    beautifull clean job
     
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    Yes very nice. So much nicer than some..well most actually. That and The fact that they didn't drill any extra holes in the face or back panel is good value wise. How does it sound?
     
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    I have not bought the amp as yet. What do you think a fair price for the amp would be?
     
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    If the amp sounds good I think $800 to $1000 is what I'd be ok paying. That is if operates correctly with no hum or oscillation problems at higher gain settings..and first and foremost it has to bring the goods. It appears really clean. All that said I would rather have a unmodded 800 myself..but that's just my opinion, I like them as they are.
     
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    So $1300 would be to much to pay for this amp?

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    1300 is a bit much... The mod looks well executed but doesnt justifies that price. I think I would pay as much as an unmodded all original 2203 would cost me.
     
  12. GuitarIV

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    Paid 1200 for mine and as said it's all stock. Does he have the name of the person that modded it? When you tamper with those old amps usually the value takes a hit, having mods from reputable people like Fortin, Friedman etc. remedies that to some extent.

    I'd play it before I'd buy it. If you love the sound, haggle him down and go for it. Apart from the extra hole for the tube you can always put it back into it's stock form and it won't look like swiss cheese as Gunner pointed out. Gut shots look very clean and the mod is well executed :)
     
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    With that 4th preamp tube I'm gonna venture its gonna have lots of extra gain, if that's your thing then haggle your ass off to get him down as much as you can and buy it. Its a nice looking amp inside and out.
     

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