Things To Consider Before You Buy A 2203/2204

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  1. pedecamp

    pedecamp Well-Known Member

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    Just a crazy nub I suppose...
     
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    Ufoscorpion Well-Known Member

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    its a lunchbox bruv , take that whichever way you will .
     
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  3. tallcoolone

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    Well, Angus is still playing low gain Marshalls with a SoloDallas in front. Zakk still playing JCM800s with an SD-1 in front. Page doesn’t play anymore and Jimi is dead.

    I’ve owned and gigged a JVM—if you think they can sound and feel the same as an 800 we are going to have to agree to disagree. Apples and watermelons.

    Also, I’ve owned dozens of ‘clone’ Marshalls—not one of them sounded or felt the same as the real thing. That could explain your dissatisfaction too. IME these amps just aren’t a collection of parts.
     
  4. 2203xman

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    My 2203x has to be my finest equipment purchase ever.I love my 1987,but if I had to keep just one...the 2203x.It wasn't made for mega metal,but she will rock.
     
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    That's because they have that cocked wah sound to them. But that can get annoying if it cant be dialed out.
     
  6. Buzzard

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    The 2205 does schenker better than anything, cause that's what he uses. I fixed that for ya lol.
     
  7. Ufoscorpion

    Ufoscorpion Well-Known Member

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    Only recently relatively speaking , he used plexi’s back in the day. He certainly used plexi’s for all the best stuff , even on the ‘first’ MSG album.
     
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    50 watt 4 holers, one of the reasons I still want one! Cheers
     
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  9. solarburnDSL50

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    what amp though? 5153?

    Re-read a couple posts. 5153.
     
  10. spacerocker

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    There are a couple of key words here! A stock JVM doesn't sound exactly like an 800, but it is ball-park (especially in crunch Orange/Red). And it can do high-gain and volume-boosted lead without anything in front....

    But a modded JVM can sound EXACTLY like an 800, if you change a few things to make the circuit the same! I did this, and actually changed a few things back again, as I preferred it that way - a kind of in-between sound. And it can still do a fantastic lead sound on the OD channels without having to put a transistorised OD/Boost/distortion pedal in front!
     
  11. tallcoolone

    tallcoolone Well-Known Member

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    I like the JVM and while I don’t have one now if I did I wouldn’t want to change it. If I want JCM800 tones I use a 2204 or my SC20H. And I like boost pedals in front of Marshalls...like Angus, Zakk and a whole lot of other players.

    All amps don’t need to do everything and if it ain’t broke don’t fix it :shrug:
     
  12. spacerocker

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    Yes but wouldn't you like JCM800 tone with JVM flexibilty - and no need for pedals? That's what I've got and I couldn't be happier!

    I'm an Engineer - so my philosophy is "If it ain't perfect - improve it!" - pretty much goes for most things I own, really.....
     
  13. tallcoolone

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    Haha, gotta embrace who we are, right?

    No, I actually like the amps as they are, and I enjoy the way boost pedals work in front of them. If I want an 800 tone with modern features I bring a Helix haha
     
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    EVH 5150iii lbxii , that's the full title of the amp , lbx is much easier . lbx is just an abbreviation of 'lunchbox' .
     
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    I too had been wondering what lbx meant in this thread, now I know, thanks.
     
  16. solarburnDSL50

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    I got to play the 50 watter. Fucking bad ass amp. Not as bitey as a Marshall but fully ripped. Great amp.
     
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    My local Guitar Center had an LBX (not II, this had the red instead of green channel) and I was impressed. Was going to pick it up, but sold more stuff and ended up with a budget to get me my first PRS guitar tomorrow instead.
     
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    Im pretty sure he used a JMP MKII 50 watt with UFO and his first album.

    I always liked those tones better than the JCM 2205

    Regardless he is definitely one of my favorite rock players for sure.
     
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    Update: The LBX sold when I returned to said GC. Just as well since I ended up with a Core Series instead of S2 Custom 24.

    Back to the topic of 2203, I did use the Studio Classic and Jubilee to try the guitars. I found I actually preferred the Jubilee over the Classic, especially because I didn't ask for a boost pedal of any sort. Although it could have been the 10 vs 12 inch speakers in the combos.
     

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