The 2204

Discussion in 'Marshall Amps' started by Adrian R, Jan 27, 2020.

  1. Rozman62

    Rozman62 Well-Known Member

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    800 is my favorite Marshall hands down when driven with an overdrive such as FT-2, OCD' Maxon 808. I've temporarily defected as I broke down and bought Friedman and Dr Z amps. Can't really play my Marshall's at gigs too much anymore as they are overkill.
     
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    EADGBE Well-Known Member

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    I have a 2203X and it does have a pure tone.
     
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    Sir Don Well-Known Member

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    The first Marshall I ever bought brand new was my 85 2204. Still have it.
     
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    Adrian R Well-Known Member

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    Supposedly the DR Z EMS nails the 800/JMP sound...what sez u? 2+K for the head! Also Rozman, why can't you use your 800s anymore? What is different now then in the past?
     
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    This is what I thought too. So, are these boxes really worth getting or not?
     
  6. scozz

    scozz Well-Known Member

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    I think they are worth getting if you’re using it in the loop of a non-master volume amp. To use it with an amp that already has a MV,....not so much,....
     
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    I'm very sure. I had my 2203 for almost a decade. JTM's are such versatile amps and take different overdrives and distortion pedals well. I can get mine to sound like a JCM 800 when I push it with my OCD. Then If I want even more gain I can just stack different overdrives on top of that.
     
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    meh, I had a new 83' 2204 jcm 800. Now I've got a jcm 800 84' 2204. Overly bright, harsh compared to the jmp 2204. JMP 2203/4 especially 78' are thicker and richer sounding to me. I actually prefer my mesa stilleto deuce stage 1 in crunch mode , nails the late 70's 2204/3 marshall. With the built in variac I can nail early VH. sleeper of an amp.
     
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    I like your way of thinking.I basically use my 800 as a pedal platform to run all my drives,fuzz's etc because on its own it's harsh and ear fatiguing.
     
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    Seeing as I have a DSL, JMP and 4104 and now Friedman I have the 800 thing covered. I went for the MAZ as it supposed to be a Vox, Fender, Marshall derivative. My Marshalls have become my studio amps. The 4104 is really heavy for a combo. close to 80# with a center handle can be a challenge when facing stairs. They sound a tad bit thin when I can't get the master above 2. I do have a Weber 150 attenuator which helps. Trying to downsize so taking a small 20 watt amp head is like taking a tackle box coupled with a 1x12 cab. Marshalls are taken to the outdoor gigs. Been gigging since the late '70's so trying to get into the less is more mode without too much sacrifice on tone.
     
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    I see what you did there!
    BP
     
  12. Valvelust

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    Hell, full stack on 8, maybe two full stacks....:jam: Truly a wonder I'm not deaf.
    Not any more though and my Hearos are my friends now.

    Still play in Stereo Orange as well...
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  13. Gene Ballzz

    Gene Ballzz Well-Known Member

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    Hey @Adrian R ,
    I was wondering how long that honeymoon with the JVM would last! :rofl::run: :slap: Now that this has all become obvious to you, might I suggest (just for poops & giggles) that you go ahead and give the Studio Classic Head a spin, just for comparison sake? I mean, someone who has already clearly determined why and how the JCM800-2203/2204 is what it is, seems by far to be the most perfect guinea pig for this endeavor! :dude:

    Enjoy!
    Gene
     
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    I disagree unless you've changed the master volume pot to audio taper.
     
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    Wow....you are very lucky to have your hearing!!!!
     
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    I agree Adrian...best rock amp I've every owned.
    (see avatar) it was an '86 2204S, and it ripped.

    I would really like to get another one someday.

    Does yours have an empty C13 slot on the board?
    If so, try a 120k resistor there.
     
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    scozz Well-Known Member

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    Would you elaborate on that for me,...for my own personal knowledge?
     
  18. WholeLottaGlove

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    Shout out to the 2204 low input clean sound... it’s fantastic! Some may scoff at the concept of Marshall cleans, but they are missing out. I run my ‘83 2204 with a Power Station, so I get the attenuation and loop for effects. No need to mod a classic!
     
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    I love the 2204. Works great onstage and sounds good at home too. It has that Marshall kick that I didn't get with the DSL.
     
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    Love this little cutie...
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