1988 Marshall 2205 Questions

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    mulletmule Active Member

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    Hey Guys! I just got 1988 JCM 800 2205. I'm pretty sure its stock but holy gain!! I had bought a later 80's model because I was told they were the more desirable ones. Not sure if that's valid but I did read they had more gain.

    Anyway what settings are recommended? I had been told treble and prescence at 0 but that doesn't sound good.

    Thanks for the help!
     
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    Congrats! Awesome amp. I’ve got an 87’ 2205. It’s like an 800 on steroids. Remember it’s got 3 volumes that work together. It can go from 800 levels of gain to way more if needed. Instant Schenker tone also. I haven’t played mine in a while but I don’t remember it needing any extremes on the eq. Seemed pretty easy to get a great tone.
     
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    Thanks! Actually with everything on 5 seems to be a good starting point. Killer amp
     
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    My favorite settings for a Marshall are treble 10, middle 0, bass 10. Gain 7-10, presence 10. Volume, wherever you want it. Another setting you could try is bass 5.5, treble 8.5 . Middle 4-6.
     
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    For that Boost channel, I like to run that channel volume hot, 7 to 10. Gain 6 to 7. I run the EQ pretty much the same as all my other amps. Treble 6 ish, Mid around 4 and Bass around 4. My '88 2205 is bass heavy for sure.

    If you want the Normal channel to act more like a Clean channel, try a 12AY7 in V2.
     
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    I fall more into the second set of your settings.
    Mitch
     
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    We have the same year. That's what I am finding is it is very bass heavy unlike my 2203. But not bad if you d
    Turn it up it gets tubby for sure.
     
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    I will try the second suggestion but bass on 10 would not work on this amp lol.
     
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    Thank you!
     
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    I posted this before but here it is again ,.....no pedals ,just the amp with a
    $150 Ibanez ,Iphone,vibe and delay........Best fat round gain I ever had !
     
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