Marshall Silver Jubilee

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  1. rjtm

    rjtm New Member

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    I just wanted to answer a few questions about the silver Jubilee. First, I wanted to know the difference between the silver jubilee 2550 and 2555. Second i just wanted to make sure Jubilees are tube and 2 channel. Also, is there any difference between the slash JCM jubilee and the silver jube 2555?
     
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    The Silver Jubilee is a 2 Channel amp, and you can activate the diode clipping that uses diode for crunch and distorted sound.
    And there's no differences between the Slash jubilee and the Silver Jubilee.
    :dude:
     
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    A1: 2250 = 50w...........2255 = 100w

    A2: both are tube amps, both have 2 channels, but for the most part Jubilees are one channel amps (much like the JCM800 2205)…….b/c one of its channels is weaker sounding and the other is just dynamite for lead tone.

    A3: Different colors. 1980s Jubilees are silver, and Slash models are the normal black Marshall amp color.
     
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    Actually,the diodes are active at all times. There are two different sets of diodes that can be switched between for different voicings.

    Great amps, a bit over priced IMO. They are kind of the next generation following two different gens of JCM 800 2205/2210, which I prefer.

    Quick 2210 Clip: http://www.supload.com/listen?s=cgXYHb

    Best to you.

    David :cheers:

    Refer to ENTRY #7 for correct DATA.
     
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    John 14:6 Well-Known Member

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    I had a 50 watt Jubilee head back in the 80's. I loved the lead channel, but the clean channel never did much for me, especially with the shared EQ section. I never thought it was really useful as a two channel amp. You would probably need to use an overdrive pedal for heavier stuff even on the lead channel with the Jubilee. I do wish I had never sold my Jubilee, but I doubt that it would get much use these days now that I have a slightly modded 50 watt JVM head that I am really happy with. I added a 1uF cap, a choke and modded the JVM205's stock OD2 channel into the JVM410's OD1 channel. The OD1 channel does not have the mid scoop of OD2 and is better for "classic" Marshall tones which the JVM is loaded with. Some people bag on the JVM for being noisy, but it has enough gain to kill a horse. I normally run the lead channel gain on 3 or 4 and that is plenty.
     
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    Great lead amp. Instead of a 2 channel amp, it is best considered either a switchable 2 tone amp, or an amp with a solo boost channel.
     
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    No they are not.

    On the clean channel, with the knob pushed in, the signal is ALL tube.
     
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    Oooooooooooops my baaaaaad. I was thinking of the OD signal, as the clean signals on all of the before mentioned amps are useless to me.

    And thanks for the subtle correction.

    Sorry for misleading anyone!

    I am not a Tech. I am not a Tech. I am not a Tech. I am not a Tech. I am not a Tech.
     
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    I don't mind the clean channel on the Jubilee. With the right guitar and application, it sounds pretty good.
     
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    ya im looking for an 80's hard rock tone, so i thought the jubilee was good. I dont mind a shared EQ section, but I just need a switch from clean to dirty quickly. I was also wondering if there are tonal differences between the 2550 and the 2555
     
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    The Jube is not your amp if the switching must go from clean to blistering lead/crunch and you must have that in one amp instead of two with an A-B-Y switch. The first amp in the series that honestly addresses that is the JCM 900 series, and other newer amps.

    As for tone, they likely differ to some extent. 2555s have more headroom, so 2550s have earlier breakup. I really like what my 2550 can do on half power, but Adwex commented that putting a 2555 on half power neuters it.
     
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    I can get squeaky clean and full out crunch on my jubilee. I've done this many times live. No Issues there unless you have super high output pickups that break up the clean channel's input. Just use you guitar's volume knob.

    In terms of breakup, the 2550/2555 don't really saturate the power section. Its almost all preamp tone .

    the 1/2 power switch simply puts the amp in triode"ish" mode. Its not really a 1/2 power switch and I agree, it sounds better in full power mode.
     
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    U mean the 2555's are more versatile? What do u mean by breakup?
     
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    I thot the silver jubilee 2555 was two channel
     
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    I have gotten a workable clean out of the Jube, and would have to agree that if forced, the amp could conceivably work as proposed. The problem is that it doesn't work well for certain music or tastes.

    The way the Jubilee works is with a Master volume that controlls both channels, so already that master volume becomes a compromise... too high up - you risk tube breakup on both channels, too low - the great lead tone becomes severly compromised (what most complain about w JCM 900s). What makes things worse, is that for some stange reason, the "lead" channel is dependant upon ALL THREE knobs (the master volume, the Lead gain, and the Rhythm gain), whereas the rhythm channel only uses the Rhythm gain and Master volume.

    So in other words, the only way to get the true lead tone is to crank the Lead gain, the Rhythm gain, and Master volume, which disrupts the clean channel into a bluesy overdrive tone. If on the other hand, you dial back EITHER the Rhythm gain OR the Master Volume, then the Lead tone is compromised, even if the Lead gain is on 10.

    So in effect, it is not a good channel switching amp (if you want to get the most out of it). It could conceivably work, but not well, not nearly as well as other channel switchers, and you may have as good or better results with a single channel amp on clean with a fierce pedal.


    Read this and the other posts I wrote in the thread carefully. Both 50 and 100 watt Jubilees have 2 channels. The two questions you need to focus on are "can the channels work for the job you have described", (yes) and "does the amp actually do this well" (no, not in many people's opinion).

    If the killer tone > channel switch clean to dirty, this amp will suit you well in the first department and somewhat in the second.

    If the killer tone < sparkling clean to crunch/extreme channel switching, this amp will disappoint and others with less legendary tone will serve your practical needs better.
     
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    Works great for me, especially for 80/90s metal and even wen pushed hard, I don't think I ever had the power section go into breakup on the clean channel.

    Would you mind posting clips and settings? I've had the gain dimed/master on 6-7, Dimarzio PAF PRO, clean channel and no issues.
     
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    Wait... you had the Gain dimed on the Rhythm Clean Channel and the master on 6-7 and had a clean tone?!

    If I want high gain, I need to switch to the Lead channel push the Lead gain AND the Rhythm gain past 7. Thus, if I switched back to the rhythm/clean channel, it would be bluesy OD, not clean.

    For example (Blue = Clean/Rhythm Channel, Red = Lead Channel)
    M = MASTER L= LEAD R= RHYTHM/Clean


    M <5, L 0-10, R<5 "Quiet sparkling clean" Problem: Lead is completely neutered (even on 10) when switched

    M > 5, L >7, R >7 "Scortching Lead" Problem: Clean is distorted to OD blues/rock when switched

    So, the more you go under "Noon" on the Rhythm gain, the worse the Lead gets neutered when swiched, and the more you go over "Noon" on the rhythm channel, the more the clean is overdriven.


    Clips will have to wait until tonight or later this week.
     
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    Yup, but it really depends on what you play, the guitar & pick attack.

    For something like the intro to "The Last In Line - Dio", I have no problems getting a clean tone with the setup previously mentioned.

    I'm I'm playing something like SRV, then its not quite the same ball game.
     
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    Then you and I are on the same page, I believe. That clean is not "Clean" but a driven rock sound that isn't heavily distorted. So, if you want an amp that does "Sweet Child O Mine", you go from a driven "not clean/not distorted" rhythm, with a WOW lead sound, that's the Jubilee. If you want to do "Fade to Black" rhythm without having to roll the volume on the guitar or dramatically alter picking attack, then the Jubilee is a disappointing compromise. A 2+ channel with separate Gain AND separate Master Volumes (like the JCM 900, DSL, etc.) is the way to go.
     
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    I also have a 2550x which has separate gain controls. An original jubilee could be modded with concentric knobs (no drilling) and have separate lead/clean gain controls.
     
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