Checking out a used Marshall tomorrow

Discussion in 'Marshall Amps' started by BluesForDan, Mar 5, 2021.

  1. BluesForDan

    BluesForDan Member

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    I was hoping to go today but stuff happens. It's a low hours, original owner JCM 2000 DSL 401 combo. It has spent most of the last 21 years in a closet.

    I used to have one of these from the same era. I know they're prone to running hot but that never gave me any issues. My old one was damaged during a load out and it was never the same after the repair.

    I've been Marshall-less since 2014 and ampless since January 2020. I'm going to talk to my neighbors next to my bedroom and tell them I'll be playing Saturday afternoons unless they are not working from home anymore during the week.

    I'm bringing my Tele and this will be the first time I played through an amp in over a year.
     
  2. Filipe Soares

    Filipe Soares Well-Known Member

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    good luck man!!!
     
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    Mitchell Pearrow Well-Known Member VIP Member

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    Congratulations hope all of this works in your favor my brother.
    Cheers
    Mitch
     
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    El Gringo Well-Known Member

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    Tell them Sunday afternoons as well . That way you got your self covered for the entire weekend . Best Wishes and Rock Out !
     
  5. scozz

    scozz Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Welcome back, we’re happy you are!
     
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    FracStrat Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Awesome Amp !! I’ve got two albeit one is now a head !! Hope it works out for you !!
     
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    Be warned...these were known for having overheating issues.
     
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    FracStrat Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Yep ……Hot as the Sun …… Bridge Rectifier gets super Toasty …… A smart mod is to lift if off of the PCB a bit ……a Boxer Fan will work magic too !!
    Resident 401 Guru here is @JohnH
     
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    ricksdisconnected Well-Known Member

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    love my 401
     
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    ricksdisconnected Well-Known Member

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    wait what, again? ok here it goes........
     
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    I hope you enjoy being reunited with a '401!

    But test EVERYTHING , every knob and switch, and the foot switch. The loop too if you can. (as you'll recall it's a parallel loop. If you don't have a pedal to try it with, just patch it with a cable. Then on OD channels, turning up the FX knob adds a bit of volume, just to rest its working)

    At 21 years old its an earlier one, with high bias, before they tried to fix the heat issues.

    Mines from 2005, it got a full do-over after about 10 years, and now it's issues include a possibly dodgy send jack, and the channel switching front panel knobs don't work, so I use the footswitch.

    You'll find out how almost new it feels, or how much of a project it might be. Good luck!
     
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  12. BluesForDan

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    what would you recommend for a type of pedal? dirt? modulation? reverb?
     
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    solarburnDSL50 Well-Known Member Platinum Supporting Member

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    Why this DSL version? For your money better sound/tone variations for any money even if my ears are retarded. Is it sentimental to you? Just curious and it doesn't matter what I think.

    Dirt? Friedman Golden Pearl. The other 2 effects I don't use. Can't offer anything. Have fun and I wish you a rip'n time with said amp.:eddie:
     
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    I think it's a good loop for a bit of modulation of your choice. Eg chorus, or alternatively some delay. Set the pedal as wet as possible then turn up the amp fx knob to taste. Being a parallel loop, you get some dry tone through from the amp, but it works pretty well. I have a super-simple mod to give it an extra lift.

    I like a low gain overdrive in front of the amp to push the green channel, and its way better than the od's IMO.
     
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