A JCM 900 played the way Jim intended

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The haters used to bash Norlin era Gibson's as well. Now they are super collectible and just recently jumped in value. I snagged a '79 LPC just before the prices went up. Grabbed a 900 4500 and a 2500 SL-X on the cheap too.

IMHO Hater's are just insecure, angry people who have to criticize other people or other things in an attempt to make themselves feel better.
My first Les Paul from when I was a youngster is a Norlin era 71 Les Paul Custom which I got brand new and promptly beat the snot out of it and I still have it and still play it to this day . This Les Paul has been thru the wars and still takes names and rocks . Such nonsense bashing the Norlin era . How else do you explain my abuse of it from when I was a kid and didn't know any better and this instrument survives and thrives ! and still rocks. No breaks and clean as a whistle save for the infamous buckle rash . I still have several friends that always ask if I am ever going to sell her and the answer is always the same -no .
 

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Here’s my 900 DR, making an appearance with its brothers in arms:

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That is a beautiful guitar. I swear the older they are the better they sound for some reason. Like the wood ages or something.
For sure I believe that also . I was told by the owner of Lark Street Music which does high end Vintage Guitars that it takes 10 years for a guitar to find it's voice /tone/sound / what ever adjective you want to use . I believe this as the wood has to dry out and cure and harden and all that good stuff .
 

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Marshall will read these posts and now release a studio 900 lol! Never gave much thought to the 900 series (good or bad) but after hearing those two clips they sound beastly. I guess it pays to use that grey matter between your ears for yourself and form your own opinions.
 

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Marshall will read these posts and now release a studio 900 lol! Never gave much thought to the 900 series (good or bad) but after hearing those two clips they sound beastly. I guess it pays to use that grey matter between your ears for yourself and form your own opinions.

Did they ever reissue any of the 900's? I would buy one if the price was good. I don't want a mini. I would love to grab a 50 watt.
 

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I had the JCM900 back when I was playing out. It sounded at its best when it the amp is opened up. By the 3rd set the amp really sounded good as the upper mids became thicker and creamier.

I have a DSL 50 now and I haven't had a chance to play it loud. At a lower volumes I think the DSL has more bass and a nice crunch. Wish I had them side by side to compare them.
 
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This thread needs more JCM900 picks...here's the twins 1990 MkIII 100 watt 2100 and 50 watt 2500. Found both these minty specimens on craigslist for cheap!

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Thought I’d Chime in... I picked up a JCM 900 mkiii 2100 last Summer with Green Day tone in mind... the tone I was getting was on the icepicky side.. I had massive amounts of pedals I used to try to dial in the tone. I’m not saying that I’m exactly where I want to be with the tone I’m now getting, but I did just have a mod done, that was meant to be a sort of Dookie Mod. The tech ( Bill at the Amp Shop in West Palm Beach Florida), did the mod, and it brought up the lows and drops the highs. So more bass and less icepicky highs... More Plexi-like...major improvement. I only had a few moments to play it when no body was home the other day ( that old story), but I like the tone MUCH better! I recorded a riff onto my phone which doesn’t do it justice and uploaded it to YouTube.
Here’s the link:
https://youtube.com/shorts/DGwFCjqpAjs?feature=share

Thought I’d share...
I have a full stack 1960’s cabs
The output transformer was just replaced with a larger than stock transformer as well.

Stephen
 

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