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Discussion in 'Marshall Amps' started by Phoenix1, Sep 9, 2021.
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Just a thought, but if you’re using active pickups (EMGs etc.) you’ll want to avoid the JVM410 (205) . It gets pretty harsh in the overdrive channels and would require some mods to get it sounding “right”.
If you're looking for an amp and cab to buy for yourself, this thread could probably be more useful to you with a bit more info - like what kind of music and venue/room are you playing? Are you in a band? If you play death metal in your bedroom a 1959 or 1987 with two Greenback 4x12s wouldn't be the most obvious choice...
My advice, without knowing much about you or what you play: look into what your favorite guitarists are using, or maybe just guitarists with a tone you like. If this is your first Marshall be prepared to not get there right away, I'm a pretty extreme case but I've owned 40 amps or so in my 12 years of playing guitar, and I finally have a rig I'm super happy with. If I knew what I was looking for I could have gotten there faster I think, but that takes time to figure out too...
PS: don't buy new unless you're 100% certain you love it, and it's impossible to find it on the used market. Not encouraging crazy buying and selling, but it could save you quite a bit of money if you can't try it first.
Tools of the trade. Open mic, 99.9% on. Gigs, no less than a ½-stack representing my tone..
The Jvm Series because most of Marshall's history is represented (and todays modern guitarist needs a full pallet of tone)....in arguably good form as well. Modern and retro at the same time although due for an update ...wink wink Marshall.
What year is that Bird? I have seen several with that off stop tailpiece. Is it a hole pattern for the LQ Badass that they use on other Birds? Seems likely for tooling or CNC costs, but IDK.
It's late 90s I think. Not sure about the offset tailpiece, I know next to nothing about these guitars. I just knew I always wanted one since I saw an ad with Dick Wagner hawking them about 100 years ago. All these years later I took an amp to my local tech and there it was, on consignment from another customer. I bought it on the spot. It plays effortlessly like a well set-up Ibanez. The action is so low you could almost breathe chords into it
Really like Bernie - just wish he'd take better care of his health
Maybe your wish has been granted. Sweetwater, ZZounds and several others have the JCM 800 2203 reissue heads, 1960A and 1960B cabs now. Musicians Friend has mix and match with head, 1/2 stack and full stacks.
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I really like this one:
1988 Marshall JCM 2550 Jubilee
1965a 4x10" Cabinet
I have vintage Marshall's, JCM900's, but this one is the most versatile and has a circuit modelled after the original JCM800 sound which was a real pinnacle.
I don't remember but correct me if I am wrong . The badge was only on the 1987 year models in silver tolex ?
I would go for the JCM800 2204 or 2203, (2203 100Watt is too much these days IMO) the 2204 has the exact preamp section as the 2203 so the sound is similar enough and you need a pair not a quad of power tubes.
The 2550 does not have the same circuitry as the 2204, or the 2203, its very different. The input has the high gain with LED distortion built into the amp since many were trying to get the over effected Metallica hardcore compressed crunch tone. That type of tone gets washed out when loud on stage. The guitar will always be fighting for more loud and the bass will be yelling to turn it down, the drummer will say he cant hear and the singer will want to quit. Later in life you'll wanta play blues and the 2550 just ain't setup for that, I had two kept one I don't play, the other I stripped out and made a 2204, they had the same iron. But some like it
The 2204 has the most versatile tones Clean country, Chooka chooka SRV blues, Jimi overdrive, All Zeppelin tones, easy with effects in front, but if they build it with an FX loop even better. You can get just about any tone from it depending on your floor gear. Frampton voice box, crybaby, you name it.
If you mean the 25th Anni-badge you are correct. The '82-'83 20th anni-white stacks were badged on the 1960A&B cabinets, I think the combos had badges near the speakers as well. I may have missed a detail but I'm not a Marshall history expert.
my main two are a '78 2204 or a '78 1959 through my 1960 cabs both loaded with greenbacks. it satisfies everything I need in an amp
Nice! Custom refitting? It's obviously not how the 30th Anniversaries came from the factory.
What a cool amp, I’ve never heard one or seen one in person. I wonder if the 4-10s would brighten the amp up a bit?
Check grill cloth, block logos & 2nd front load baffle on the 6912 for the flush with cab face look of the combo.
I have the - 1965b version of that cab, 4x10 lose bass compared to the 2x12, not terribly but it is noticeable, more mids and highs. I have the vietnam A&B cabs 4x12 (I think) which sounds weird like a lot of odd harmonics , maybe I was real loud though, and the 1960 A&B 4x12 My fav. I have never done a A, B, C, D comparison all at once. One of these days.