Luv my 2204...

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  1. Adrian R

    Adrian R Well-Known Member

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    Just exulting... put allot of work into this amp and got it about as mint and original as it can get... (exception of FT caps). It's relatively light, but it's a powerhouse... hurts your ears loud. Very dynamic and responds extremely well to different input signals (guitars, pedals, playing style) and it just has that really clear, high fidelity classic Marshall crunch. Reminds me of Schenker's earlier guitar tones...just so, so hip and cool...

    But it's not a 2203. Amazing the difference. I may buy another 2203 and really compare them...to see how different they are. But their different...totally.

    This *hit is so much fun!

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    Far Rider Hendrixian VIP Member

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    Want to really have some fun? Build one from scratch. Mine is incredible. That's when you really appreciate that sound.
     
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    Yes, the 2204 is great. Mine was made in 1990. I don't use it much, but once in a while I'll plug into it, and I remember why I keep it around.
     
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    Classic!
     
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    I love seeing a thread like this. I have a 1984 and a 1989 2204. Incredible amps!! The joy of playing them is something every Marshall owner should experience. Your amp looks really nice looking. I had to replace my original caps about 4 years ago. They need to be replaced at about 30 years lol. Glad you are enjoying the amp. Cheers mate!
     
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    Congrats! I have an 87’ 2204 and love it. I did recently purchase an early 2203 and do like it a bit better. It just has a bit more oomph to it. Both great amps, though.
     
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    Yes. The 2204 is my personal favorite Marshall. I've Had several 2203s,both original and reissue, and I prefer the 50 watter myself. Loud as fuck, and Lacks no balls in comparison to the 100w..just gives up the goods a tad sooner on the volume knob.
    I have an 82, and 2 clones and all of them sound unbelievably ballsy and are so loud that I can't believe they're 50 watters.
     
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    So are you not loving the Jube as much as you used to, DSL still #1 and a battle for that place with the 800? I'd be very interested in your comparison between the 2204 and 2203, I've often thought about the 2203x with the loop for leads but havent come across one to try, thats what I think you should look for to cover all your bases.
     
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    totally tweaked home builds...got em on the cheap & turned my amp guy loose...oh man...trainwreck 3 PPIMV..usable a low vol better than any amp i ever experienced..luckily dont have to ever play em that way. Not over $900 in any..there is my mini-amp craze fix
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    I have a DSL 100, and I think that tone shaping wise it is better than the 2204. But, I think the 2204 gets louder faster. I also think the 2204 is better suited for humbuckers than single coils. The DSL handles both single coils and humbuckers equally.
     
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    Adrian R Well-Known Member

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    I like all of them. The Jube exudes imo, best build quality....luv the external bias points and huge bias range. But, man it's heavy to move around. The modded DSL is the most flexible /gig friendly amp. However the 2204 produces the most honest, classic Marshall sound. It's probably going to be used on all future studio recordings, definitely rhythm tracks.
     
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    Gunner. where do u like it biased?
     
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    All of mine seem to have a certain magic at 38.
     
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    36 seems to be my sweet spot.
     
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    I need to pull out my modded 2204 and post some clips for you guys. Haven’t played it in a while. Thanks for the reminder.
     
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    I've often wondered why the 2204 wasn't reissued?
     
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    PV??
     
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    Clones with c.t. transformers 480- 485, 82 465-470. As I can remember. Been a while since they needed attention. A bit hot at 38 I think but they sound good. I have no problem with tubes going south.
     
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    Yeah, did the math with PVs ranging from 475-85. 31.5 on the low, 38 on the high side. @475 I hit the middle at 34. Sounds great...really crunchy, tight bottom end, awesome fidelity.. like how responsive it is to your guitar's volume knob..and pedals..
     
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    Crunchy - do you have Chinese tubes in it? My 2204 is more smooth than crunchy its got GT EL34M power tubes and GE preamps, the power tubes make it smooth, if I throw Chinese power tubes in it gets crunchy.
     
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