Things To Consider Before You Buy A 2203/2204

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  1. ibmorjamn

    ibmorjamn Well-Known Member

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    Nice build , I might do a 50w someday. thats 50w right ?
     
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    Interesting perspectives
    "Metal" tones for me kinda stop at Point Of Entry ...Piece Of Mind . So in my mind, if you can't hit that with an 2203/04, you're doin it wrong .

    The BIG thing that I cannot stand about the amps is the bright values . The 1nf brite cap is just waaay too much ,as are the 470pf treble peaking caps . I don't know how you guys can stand that sh*t. Makes my guitars sound like mosquitoes, not to mention how anemic it makes the LO input sound (for bass or acoustic guitar .......hmmm ya never thought o' that did ya ?)
    Generally ,I change the pot brite cap to the 270pf range and the peaker caps either lifted or a waaay smaller value

    I did a live video taping in London earlier this year. I was lookin around the room at amps.....AC 15...2203
    So I think well, if I use the marshall ,it'll be less dickin around with knobs
    WRONG. That thing was so brite ,I couldn't get my tone ,it wasn't MY 2203
    I ended up using the neck pickup on the SG for the taping ...that's how brite it was

    I never heard anyone say any of my 2203/04's sounded bad , just LOUD
     
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    No, mine has stock EL34s and no....no way trade for an EVH.
     
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    yes sir..exposed..also we had mine in studio next to my 5150iii, dsl, lanry irt 60, peavey ultra, orange terror and we compared them(watching the wav files)..the notes bloom off this circuit and picking dynamics allow a guitar to have so many sounds because of this amp just passing through your guitar signal...for dif tones.i switch guitars with dif pickups and the it can do almost anything...the modern metal thing has everybody weirded out..i do use a dsl for when i have to do it (hey it is a newer amp right for newer sounds as music tones progress)but the 2204 circuit is an amazing amp ..think of how long it has been doing it..pedals..no pedals....it just rocks !!
     
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    first song of CD, did on 2204, 4 holer, ptp trainwreck 3 ppimv, hoffman board and mods to remove ice pick, It is an all stock 1978 Gibson The Paul, with t bucker pups, all stock, neck pup for the raunch and bridge for the cut above . No effects except 2 slow parts, slight delay and echo added as wife sings quietly . Settings, master off(i have the switch to eliminate MV in circuit) it is dimed, guitar into low side of normal channel with treble & normal jumpered. Treble channel on 2 pm and normal at 1 pm, i just let the treble slighly cut over normal. Bass -noon, mid-noon, treble shy off noon, prescence 1 o cklock, Speakers mic'd. Celestion gt75, V30 & 80's celestion green back 60 wattIhere is pre mix ready to go to mix

    guy.
     
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    Nice, playing spot on, cool tune!
     
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    I agree it's a great amp, but if I'm playing by myself at home I think higher gain amps drenched in delay/reverb etc are more fun to play. Live is a different story...
     
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    Before I got my 40c’s I was only playing through head phones, and like SV said it was fun to play with the heavily saturated tones but, when I finally got to play loud I turned all of it off, and readjusted my playing with out it, so memory serves me well on what I used to do with my old 2104!
     
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    Wham slam sop diddy gotdamn
    All the amp one might ever need ........

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    I would seriously like to see the size of the house of anyone who bought a 2203 to use as a bedroom rig :0
     
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    Have owned these for over 30 years. Between prescence and treble knobs you can dial down any shrill or high end. Also use the tone on guitar to darken if needed. Great amps
     
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    Outstanding wall you have there Sun Volt! I like it:band:
     
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    You know what the best part of my rig is? No stinkin' pedals, patch cables, zip ties and velcro. Halleluja.
     
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    here is mine in the LR , wheel it in there for fun sometimes
    plexi rig.jpg
     
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    This is my bedroom rig Laney rig.jpg
     
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    For the most part the origin only gets a SD1, the 40c’s get the tone lab, but I normally use the tone lab as a aby box to split the guitar signal to both amps, sometimes I experiment with tones,delay,univibe, for the Trower tones :ot::nono::cheers:
     
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    Hey, good to see ya again. Life just came up, more important stuff to do.

    Good call, I forgot to mention that. On mine I clipped the treble peaker circuit on the pot and that really brought it to where I wanted it, much better.

    That Marshall looks like a little baby sitting there but I bet it's the loudest one in the pack.
     
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    Yep, I could not "dial" it out by turnin knobs
    Takin out one makes a difference . Takin out both makes it fat. It think they have more influence on the tone of those amps than the pot cap (which I bring down to 270pf)
    I suffer no low end oscillation or any o' that

    Laney I just tweaked



    76 Marshall

     
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    A man needs to be prepared for when the zombie apocalypse comes. Blast those fuckers with volume! KILL EM ALL!

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