Back to Marshall . Plexi or JCM800 ?

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  1. dustin lp

    dustin lp New Member

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    Been away from Marshall amps (used cabs forever)for many years . I've been looking at Plexi (hand wired)or JCM800 (2203) . Also a Bogner XTC is a strong runner as well. My styles range as a gigging musician in a few bands, from Texas string raking blues to smooth Allman style slide to Harder blues rock (can push with a Ts808 for more no prob). I'm just ready to get back to a touch sensitive organic amp. Leaning towards Plexi .........?
    Thanks for any input .
    Excited
     
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    2203xman Well-Known Member

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    Sounds like a plexi would be right up your alley for thoses styles.I have a 2203,and with the gain way low,and the master up,it can sound very 1959ish as well.The 2203 has the advantage of lower volume growl.I just finished jamming my 50 watt plexi,and it had to be on 4 to start getting the good Marshall tone.I'm a little dizzy,and my ears are humming.4 on a plexi is really,really loud.As a living room rocker,it's hard to practice with a plexi.If you just look at the strings,the windows are shaking.It does sound nice though,and for blues and Texas sizzle,the plexi would rule.
     
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    Blokkadeleider Well-Known Member

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    My opinion in that case is a plexi. (which lends itself for very different and louder things too with the right things in front)
    2203xman is right though, it is possible to get very close with a 2203 too.


    Gr,

    Gerrit.
     
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    HOT TUBES 70 Well-Known Member

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    Either amps will sound great imo ....
    and even better with one of these infront ...




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  5. Michael RT

    Michael RT Well-Known Member VIP Member

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    Marshall Plexi all the way !!
    50w or 100w Super Lead = :cool:
     
  6. FennRx

    FennRx Well-Known Member

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    I hear the yjm100 is kinda cool....
     
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    Söulcaster Well-Known Member VIP Member

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    Get a Plexi, and then get a tech to add a 2203 circuit to it.

    Peace
     
  8. chuckharmonjr

    chuckharmonjr Well-Known Member

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    2204...50 watters sound way cool even at lower volumes
     
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    NewReligion Well-Known Member VIP Member

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    Damn hard call on the Marshalls. I have a 1981 JMP 2203 and a 50 watt Plexi. I installed loops in both amps and am able to control the overall volume of the Plexi and 2203 with a rackmount processor in addition to MV on the 2203. Damn, both amps sound great, it's that entire cascaded vs non cascaded preamp section thing. My plexi has point to point board in it that I built and installed. Love them both.

    Guess if they were stock with no loops I would go with the 2203.

    David ♫
     
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    Nihon Jim New Member

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    +1 Check out the YJM :dude:
     
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    plexilespaul Well-Known Member

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    an old 2203 gives you plexi tones in spades with additional options like getting the marshall growl at fairly low volumes so for it's a no brainer.
     
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    If you are going to want to play at low volumes, I'd go with the 2203. I have them both and the Plexi is so loud!

    DP
     
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    If you can find/afford a YJM100 I'd recommend that - due to the built in 'booster', 100/50w switching plus the EPA, etc. Other than that I agree with the 2203 route.
     
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    plexi would be more versitile. Run some pedals on it and you will sound tops!
     
  16. bulldozer1984

    bulldozer1984 Everybody's Favorite Member VIP Member

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    Yeh I would go with a 2203 unless the Plexi has a PPIMV or FX Loop to get some drive at lower volumes. .
     
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    I like master volumes on 100 watters!

    2203X or a YJM100

    The 2203X is ridiculously expensive for what it is, but is the hardcore one-channel Marshall amp. The YJM100 is a Limited Edition Signature Series Marshall Amp with all the latest bells and whistles!

    I think the YJM100 is the one to get at this moment. The JCM800 (and the 1959) will always be an offering from Marshall (hopefully), due to their legacy and heritage and tones!
     
  18. dustin lp

    dustin lp New Member

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    What's difference between the JCM800 and the JCM800X ?
     
  19. bulldozer1984

    bulldozer1984 Everybody's Favorite Member VIP Member

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    for starters there is no such thing as a JCM800x.

    I think you mean a 2203 or 2203x.

    A 2203 was built in the 70's/80's where as the "x" is a re-issue. Made from the 90's to present day.

    The newer 2203x's have FX loops
     
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    blues_n_cues Well-Known Member VIP Member

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    the real question is how loud can you play & how often?
     

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