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Discussion in 'Marshall Amps' started by wakjob, Nov 14, 2019.
Not the greatest pic...low light I guess.
But this was an amp I've been meaning to return to, so I grabbed another. Fresh caps enroute.
I'm considering doing some before and after sound samples. I will be doing some of my personal mods to this. This is the third one I've worked on, and know my way around the circuit pretty well.
Oh, my friend Wak - still hacking up those poor innocent Artists, are we?
Just kidding, I know you have a bunch of mods for these amps. I like mine stock but hey, have at it!
Let us know how it turns out.
Congrats man! Ive never played through one!
Congratulations on your new found Artist looks great brother.
Just a friendly note..
.. it's "normal" as Hendrix/ maiden/ early priest... not as in "clean".... clean is something else... and boost is just that...
Happy NAD to you
I have heard that these are awesome with some basic mods. The hybrid thing must have been big in the 80's Peavey was doing it and I guess Marshall was too. I bet at the time that was kind of controversial.
Johan has it right - folks see a two channel Marshall from the 1980’s and think it has “clean” and “dirty” option but that’s not the case. The idea back then was “crunch” and “more crunch”.
That’s why the channels are marked “normal” - it can get to a pretty plexi-like AC/DC bark — and “boost” for higher gain tones and squeally leads.
Fun amps! Artists have a JCM800 vibe with the channel switching options, reverb, effects loop, and line out.
I play around with other amps but don’t think I could ever sell my 3203.
Bitch session time...
Some jack wagon put 6550's in there:
They already snipped c13...
AND, they snipped the LED's that clip the Normal Chan.
Ugh. I tend to like 6550’s in older master volume Marshalls (my old JMP 2104 combo for example) but not in an Artist.
They must have monkeyed around with the bias circuit then too?
NOPE...they changed nothing...bone stock.
They just stuck them 6550's in there.
A tube swap like that without proper adjustment could damage the amp right? Would this put stress on the transformers?
Not an Artist, but I own an Artiste.
Congrats, I’ve read that the the Artist is a good sounding amp.
Dammmm Wak, that does suck. I still have not pulled my 3203 out since we last talked of these things. Back then, I had been AB'ing my 4203 against that 3203 right after I got it. My 4203 does sound great. That is the one I was using in the Trower cover band for awhile, posted some clips of it in action here on the forum.
Maybe, but all is well here. No damage.
The 6550's had tons of low mid mud to them in this amp.
EL34's made this amp sound "correct".
Using an well worn set of EH's & and old 12au7 as I work on it.
I am remembering my 4203 having its OEM RFT EL34's in it when I got it locally.
6550's would be overkill for that tiny output transformer.
Either I'm getting old and my opinion on how I like my Marshall amps to sound, or this amp is just different than the others I've had.
This one sounded decent off the bat...
And I really don't like the way some of my old mods sound with the one. I'm talking value changes, not component upgrades.
I guess I'm not as 'Metal' as I used to be.
Don't like it uber tight.
My old mod was like a TScreamer tightening boost on all the time.