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Discussion in 'Marshall Amps' started by lespaul6, Nov 28, 2019.
I'm trying to find out first year of production? Is it 2002? Any help would be appreciated.
I think so. 2002/3. The schematic has that date on it.
That sounds about right. My 2203X was made in September 2002. I had never seen one before then.
They also issued a special edition JCM800 2203 in 1997..although I don't beleive it carried the X designation.
Thanks all for the replies! happy thanksgiving
On that subject, what was the last year of the 2203 in serial production before the reissue?
There's was a run of red 2203 back in-95 too
I'm thinking '79 but I'm relying on memory
I've toyed with my memory over the centuries
Could be '80
Not much difference between the JMP and JCM 2203s, although for reasons I don't understand I prefer the JMP versions
I was able to play them both , but not back to back, in 83 my Marshall was the 2104 212 combo
played through a full stack of cabs, the other guitarist had the 1987, with a MV mod and the 2 amps became my holy grail in tone, in 90 my buddy John had the 2204 JCM 800, and my cabs where the same cabs I had in the early 80’s , but I still preferred the JMP tones.
Now I'm SURE that there are JCM800 series 2203s. At some point they changed over to side by side mounted jacks rather than vertically arranged jacks,
and whether or not that marked a better sounding unit is very much a matter of personal preference. I've heard some people prefer one, and others prefer the other.
The changeover from JMP to JCM800 was brought about by the final end of the distribution agreement that Marshall had been contracturally bound to with Rose Morris. The series names and cosmetic changes were done, as I understand it, to ensure a clean break with Rose Morris. It would seem that the Rose Morris agreement gave Rose Morris the exclusive right to distribute certain named Marshall products for the duration of the contract. Since those were described and named products, it made sense that Marshall would alter the cosmetics and naming of the units in question so as to separate them from any possible residual contract issues.
Sure there was a jcm 800 2203.The jcm series had the 2204,the 2203, the 1987,the 1959,the 2205,the 2210,and the 50 watt combo based off the 2204.I remeber when the reissuse 2203 x was first advertised in Musicians friend back in '02.I remember it being advertised as the amp that fueled VH' s tones.Haha.Anyway I ordered one right away,was $ 1600 I believe.I think it is dated '03.Been my buddy ever since.
Thru the years I`ve read only 'great things' about the reissue version of the 2203 which is great!
I agree....all the 2203s are great amps, it's down to personal preference