1983 100w JCM800 full stack question

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  1. 1982JCM

    1982JCM Active Member

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    Question for the members....I have an opportunity to buy a 1983 JCM800 100w full stack, ORIGINAL white tolex on head and both A and B cabs. Guts and tubes are all original, 65’s in both cabs. This stack is basically new old stock and is virtually unplayed. Cost works out to $5500 for the stack. Is that a fair price? As far as condition the head and cabs are honestly in unplayed condition with zero tolex and grill damage. the current owner still has the original vinyl covers as well as had the casters in the original factory bags. Any info is appreciated, thanks.
     
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  2. Jethro Rocker

    Jethro Rocker Well-Known Member Silver Supporting Member

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    Part of it would be what it may be worth to you. Where you live. Scarcity of 2203 in white.
    I had a Canadian half stack in white I bought in 1983 with 65s in the cab. Amazing.
    If you have the budget and it is worth it you, go ahead. Around here I don't think it would be worth quite that much in Cdn dollars as the caps etc are also almost 40 years old.
    Compare on Reverb and CL etc for your area.

    I'd love to have that stack!
     
  3. 1982JCM

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    It actually is in Canada, the price I showed is in U.S so about $7300 Canadian all in.
     
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    If a Friedman head alone is $3700 an original jcm 800 2203 in WHITE with the g12 65 which are also rare to me is a no brainer. Eventually that amp with cabs will be 10k sooner than later I’d bet.
     
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    Too rich for me.

    You are paying museum prices for a museum amp.

    If you have the cash, then I would buy it in a heartbeat. If you have to borrow or take away from important stuff....might wanna sleep on it.

    Also note.....amps that arent played often have the caps go bad.......might wanna try it and have a good tech give it a look over.
     
  7. coolidge56

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    There's a white 1982 anniversary 100 watt JCM800 full stack for sale on my local craigslist. It's been relisted a number of times, no takers at $4,000.
     
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    Same here in las vegas, but he is asking $8500. Been there forever. I think this is one of those, if your going to buy a museum piece and KEEP it as a museum piece, cool. But I wouldn't pay that much for something I actually intended to gig. The value is the age AND condition. If not mint, value will drop QUICKLY.
     
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    $5,500 is too rich for me.
    If I rationalize it to myself, I'll ask why am I paying this much? sound? collectibility? to make you a better player?
    You could get another 2203 for much MUCH cheaper despite color, AND have plenty of money left over to buy a brand new American-made guitar and a bunch of quality effects.
    Would you trade all of that for the color of tolex? If you are buying it as an investment to resell later on I still don't think it's worth it if you are paying that much because if you are already paying over market value, it will take at least a decade to go up in value enough to justify your cost.

    What price are you comfortable paying?
     
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    maybe this is unrelated but my 2 cents
    the stack u c there is a jcm 800 2210 head cost me $670 , the top cab jcm 900 1960 cost me $152 ,and the bottom cab vintage 1960 bv $220
    the speakers involved are 2 jbl d120f's ,1 evh ,1 greenback reissue , 4 avt 50 watts .

    :photos:
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  11. Kelia

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    A nice JCM800 vertical input head is between $1700 and $2200 CDN more or less depending
    on how clean it is ,...and a 4x12 cab loaded with G12-65's is around $900 and $1300 ish again
    depending on how well kept it is for an approximate total of $4600 Canadian for a full black stack so question is ,.......how much you want to add for the white tolex !
     
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  12. coolidge56

    coolidge56 Well-Known Member Double Platinum Supporting Member

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    If I'm spending that kind of money I'm going for late 1960's very early mustard cap 1970's gear. Personally I see NOTHING special AT ALL about a 1983 JCM800 PCB board amp in any tolex color.
     
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    white tolex costs 100 bucks ,or so a dentist quoted me for my ole chief wooden head u see on the half stack in my photo above .
     
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    ok wait pcb board as opposed to what do they call it flying leads? ,the hand wired ones?
     
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    Here's the guts of my 1982 JCM800, not what I would consider collectable or worthy of $5k but that's me.

    2204jcm10.jpg
     
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    If there are jone to be found in your area, and again as mentioned, you want to keep it as a museum piece, perhaps 5k woild be reasonable CDN. But if you wont miss the money and really want the amp, go for it.
     
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    Kinda is unrelated. We all have different amps we paid different prices for, isn't really relevant to this amp IMO.
     
  18. 1982JCM

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    It would be a museum piece, ironically enough I already have the same head and ‘A’ cab that I’ve had since 1983. Have been looking for the matching ‘B’ with original tolex but couldn’t find a clean one. I asked but the seller doesn’t want to split the cabs up. Plus although my half-stack is super clean for its age its not in as nice a condition as the full stack. If I did the deal I’d be selling my half-stack to offset the cost.
     
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    Do it do it! Wish I would have kept my 1983. Sold it to a buddy who never plays it but won't part with it. You think dude would split it up if he can make out the same.
    Don't spose you live near here!!
     
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    I'd make them knock off at least 2k for the white tolex.
     

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