Help me date this Combo Shell

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  1. 69ChevyP/U

    69ChevyP/U Member

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    Hello,

    I recently acquired an older Marshall Combo shell. It has the basketweave or salt and pepper grill cloth. My best guess is 1970. Most I see have checkerboard cloth in the 71 & up range.

    The speakers are from a different cab.

    The cab measures 9” deep.

    I may flip, or just use as a 2x12 cab. No immediate plans to build an amp for it, but a person sure could..

    Just like to know what I have-
     

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    GIBSON67 Well-Known Member

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    Late 70's elephant tolex, grill cloth was probably replaced. Pics are small but those look like Blackbacks.
     
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    metromutt Well-Known Member

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    70's combo shell, grill has been replaced. Back end of the 70's into the 80's they stopped putting the gold piping on. I had two 80's shells I struggled to sell (in the end I sold both for £60, they were a bit battered!).
     
  4. 69ChevyP/U

    69ChevyP/U Member

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    Yes, I sourced the speakers separately, they are Blackbacks.

    Not positive on the grill cloth. It does not look new at all. It is significantly faded.

    Is it possible that it’s more like 74’ with original grill?
     
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    mcblink Well-Known Member

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    Have you tried bringing it flowers and asking it out?
     
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    Micky Well-Known Member VIP Member

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    Sometimes chocolate works too. Also - Get in good with her parents.
     
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    GIBSON67 Well-Known Member

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    Salt & Pepper cloth stopped in the 60's, and it would be vertical not horizontal.
     
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    It is vertical, not horizontal.
     
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    GIBSON67 Well-Known Member

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    Yes, you are right! The picture is turned 90 degrees. Elephant would have black or basketweave.

    Let's see the insides and the grill cloth overlap, that's usually how you tell.
     
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    Obi Plexi-nobi Well-Known Member

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    Looks exactly like my 1976 combo, except yours has had replacement grille & the later JCM (1981?) handle (possible replacement as well?). I think the gold piping stopped in the late 1970's, so I'm guessing 1976 with newer handle & grille.
     
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    Thanks for the input-
     

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    Obi Plexi-nobi Well-Known Member

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    I'd order one of those replica 'old-style' Marshall handles, maybe 'pre-age' the gold chrome it a tad if you are wanting to make it look stock... Of course the one on there is fine. :dude:
     
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    The inside grill overlap looks too neat for Marshall.
     
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    jcm800gridlock Well-Known Member

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    I believe that the OP’s cab is a mid to late 70’s JMP combo cab.

    I’ve owned mid ‘70’s to early 80’s (‘76, ‘77, ‘79, and ‘81) Marshall JMP combos and the OP’s cab looks very similar.

    My early 70’s Marshall combo cab is entirely different.

    My early 70’s Combo.
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    My 1976 Marshall model 2100 Lead/Bass
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    MonstersOfTheMidway Well-Known Member

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    Pointers for dating a combo:

    *When dating a combo, create a relaxing environment. Remember what Bill M said: for relaxing times, make it Suntory time!

    *When "dating" a "combo" (hopefully twins but best friends works too), ya gotta check the "outputs" for cleanliness (unless you like it a little dirty/rust for texture).

    *When you're playing with the "combo," I think its advantageous to turn yourself into an ABY box and play through both at the same time: the versatility will keep everyone happy though make you a little tired.

    *Try to keep the lights on because all the switching, tweaking/adjusting, and maneuvering it easier to do when you can actually see.
     

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