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Yeah, your first tube amp a 100 watt Marshall?!

No, no, from what you describe I’d say a Dsl20, maybe a Dsl40cr, and depending on your budget, maybe a SC20.

For jamming and small and medium gigs, a 20 watt Marshall would be quite sufficient imo.

My first tube amp was a 100w Marshall. With most of the amps he listed the master volumes work well and they don't need large amounts of power amp distortion anyway.
 

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Yours is customized pretty cool too as I recall
That is mine... :rofl:
I took the large check & block logos off and returned it to black & script stock look to list for sale.
I just hardly ever use it.
Even on low power / triode - it's still beastly loud in my living room.
It'll probably never sell, but I'm ok with that too.
 

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That is mine... :rofl:
I took the large check & block logos off and returned it to black & script stock look to list for sale.
I just hardly ever use it.
Even on low power / triode - it's still beastly loud in my living room.
It'll probably never sell, but I'm ok with that too.
Aww man. Too bad. What a great little amp. Use the MV!!
 

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Aww man. Too bad. What a great little amp. Use the MV!!
It is a great amp! :agreed:
Probably an awesome 80's hair metal amp - It'll do just about anything.
MV makes it usable, but I always seem to be drawn to my 20w-ish single channels lately.

I salvaged the large check grill cloth and put it on my DSL20 lil' stack. :yesway:
Block logos are on my O20H & 212. :yesway::yesway:
Kinda like the 6101 with the stock look too. :yesway::yesway::yesway:
 

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Meanwhile 80% (or more) of those were recorded with Marshall JCM 800s (typically 2203s, sometimes 2210s), so a Studio Classic should be considered for recording or a 2203/2203X for live performances where there is no PA assistance.

If you really want to nail it easily, I'm gonna go with V-man on this one, OP.
 

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I don't know your budget. If budget allows get a used 2555X and a broke in 2x12 cab with G12-Vintage speakers. Sounds great at any volume, and has glorious mids. You won't need any pedals.
By the time the JCM 25/50s came out, hair apexed and disappeared soon after. Great and capable amps but nobody (I know of) used them for the genre in the 80s. The first I have heard before slash (who didn’t screw w them until the 1990s) was Black Crowes.

The implied theme with this thread is that most any Marshall can field the territory and I would take a 2555 over most -if a 2203/800 amp was off the table. That said, this “doesn’t need pedals” sentiment needs to go. The 2555 does have more gain than the single channel 800s, which were being boosted by everybody using them for more gain… but boosts (esp classics) were (in retrospect) as much a tone cosmetic to serve the amp’s core sound. One of my favorites this year is all these peavey jackasses try to poo poo 800s because they require a boost for “modern metal” before starting a thread asking for a good boost for good compression for solos. :rolleyes:
 

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Yeah, your first tube amp a 100 watt Marshall?!
a very long time ago, my first tube amp was a JCM900 4100.
I don't regret it.

If I were this guy, I'd buy a used JCM800 1x12 combo, 50w, probably 2-channel
 

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I'd usually never recommend this amp to anyone,
but it can sound exactly like early Ratt/Mötley
crew recordings.

The pre-amp in those amps was surely
designed with exactly this sound in mind.

JCM900DR

10 to 15k humbucker, B-Channel, Gain 20,
Presence 10, Bass 0, Mid 0 to 5, Treble 10
Master as loud as you can get away with.
Ratt needs Reverb/short Delay, Mötley
bonedry sounds best.

For Dokken you'll have to change settings,
but it'll do.
 

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FWIW - 100 watt amps can achieve fantastic tones at low volume with a boost ( I use a Boss SD-1). My JCM 2000 DSL 100 and Dual Rectifier Rev G both sound pretty fantastic at bedroom volumes and could achieve those tones.

But absolutely not needed to get fantastic tones either. I'm always a go big or go home dude anyways but your preference, really. There's always something to be said for combos as well.
 

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I'd usually never recommend this amp to anyone,
but it can sound exactly like early Ratt/Mötley
crew recordings.

The pre-amp in those amps was surely
designed with exactly this sound in mind.

JCM900DR

10 to 15k humbucker, B-Channel, Gain 20,
Presence 10, Bass 0, Mid 0 to 5, Treble 10
Master as loud as you can get away with.
Ratt needs Reverb/short Delay, Mötley
bonedry sounds best.

For Dokken you'll have to change settings,
but it'll do.
Makes sense , but most probably stuck with their jmp mv or 800 as that’s what they all ready had . Just stick an sd-1 or ts in front and there it is basically .
 

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Get a Marshall metal tone and then add a Chorus pedal.
 

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Tbh all of my amps do 80’s metal really well which is hardly surprising as that’s mostly all I play , lol . Here’s what I got :-

EVH 5150 lbx ii
Friedman Runt 50 h
Wangs 2204 hw
Marshall Origin 50 h

I won’t include my newly acquired Vox ac30 1962 copper top as I don’t think it will do 80’s metal very well . I bought it for more old school classic rock from my childhood days and it was a a steal for what I paid for it . But having said that I haven’t plugged my mxr 5150 od into it as yet , now there’s an idea , lol .
 

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Tbh all of my amps do 80’s metal really well which is hardly surprising as that’s mostly all I play , lol . Here’s what I got :-

Marshall Origin 50 h
I read that you can do 80s tone with origin, and I was wondering if it's really possible, and worth the money
 

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SC20 or DSL20...or maybe an Artist 30 with a pedal.
Yes. Came here to suggest an Artist 30 3203 head or 4203 combo for hair metal. JCM800 tone in a smaller, lighter, more manageable tube-driven package. Probably don’t even need an OD pedal, these amps have a lot of gain on tap. I’m more of a no-hair player these days LOL but with a bit of delay these amps will get you 80’s hard rock tone easily.
 

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