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Discussion in 'Marshall Amps' started by Robmarshall, Jun 14, 2021.
Sounds awesome Mitch! I love that riff
Sounds like a very healthy plan my friend.
Thanks bro I appreciate your compliment and kind words of support.
enjoy your life today greg, for one day tomorrow will not come.
Yeah I've heard those MOSFET's are really good amps.
Here’s another vote for going straight to the SC20h. DSL40cr is a great amp. But I could not get meaty tune with the master volumes set low. That amp really comes alive with the masters at noon or higher. I much preferred the DSL20hr. It could do heavier bottom end at low volume and had better reverb. But the ultra gain channel is a little too much for my taste. I ran gain at 9 or 10 o’clock and it got close to JCM territory. The DSL20 is a great amp.
But, for 80s hard rock, hair band and classic metal tones, the SC20 is what you're looking for. I sold my DSLs a couple months after I got the SC20. It’s all I need. I think you will love it. With an SD-1 or TS-9 in front, this beast rocks as heavy or as sweet as you’ll ever want.
Since I got my SC20h, I’m not looking at buying any more amps (says Mr. GAS himself) for a long while.
Price is why I figured the Jubilee might not be an option. I think the 2203KK was the same cost as a DSL when i last priced it.
This is me,…. But with a twist! I’ve always loved the Jcm800 tone, but not for what you might think. As @rolijen mentioned, many use 800s, (I’m talking 2203, 2204), for 80s type metal with a Sd1 or a Tube Screamer.
I’m using my SC20 for my first love, musically speaking of course, lol,… Classic Rock from the 70s.
Using SC20, on it’s own, or a clean boost or eq, I get close to all my favorites, Led Zep, Deep Purple, Clapton, Hendrix, (special shout out to @Maggot Brain on that one!), Floyd, Free, 38 Special, Mountain, etc., etc., etc.
To me the amp is very versatile, it’s not a high gain amp, it needs pedals to get there. But when the preamp volume is kept on the low side, and the master higher than the preamp, all these tones from the 70s are attainable, (ballpark), and are there at medium to low volumes.
I also have a Sd1 and a Tube Screamer, of course, for the heavier stuff and soloing. I agree with @rolijen, it’s really the only amp I need or want, it does it all for me!
Sorry about the slight de-rail.
This is a great description, this would be exactly how I'd describe my experience owning a 2204.
I've bought quite a few amps in the past couple years, a Vintage Modern, Bassbreaker 45, Origin20c DSL1Cr and I love/d all of them ... BUT! ... I have to admit and accept nothing yet has compared to the satisfaction and joy of my first vertical input 2204. It did all my favorite classic Marshall tones from early Hendrix to EVH and more... It's in my opinion the greatest amp Marshall has ever made. It is the culmination and perfected evolution of the JTM45/JMP Superleads in my opinion and can only imagine the SC20 represents the best of the JCM800s.
I am now determined to one day track down another 2204 that has that certain mojo I so distinctly remember. I have yet to see or try a SC20 in person but I am eager to experience one. I highly suggest if a JCM800 is one of your dreams then you'd only disappoint yourself by settling on a DSL. Don't get me wrong, the DSL line is fantastic and imo one of the most versatile Marshalls you could ever want... But I have yet to experience anything capture that JCM mojo except for a JCM.
Good luck on your decision OP, patients will reward you immensely.
Get the SC. Otherwise you’ll always wonder how much happier you’d be with it over what you get.
Great job MITCH! Late night riffs..
Get it while the gettins good.
Thank ya my friend
Oh I did ...
Excellent work as always Mitch! I like that you record the isolated guitar track as opposed to all the guys on Youtube that play along to cd recordings on cranked stereos.
What do you use to record the clips?
It was just my iPhone and memory, that’s why I spoke at the end.. I thought I got pretty close to the original tone, but I didn’t play along to an isolated track.
The UFO cover I did was playing along with the cd, that still has a mistake or 2 ha ha
Get the DSL40 and a Torpedo Captor attenuator if you want to play it at home. You'll be able to get the power amp cooking without annoying the neighborhood.
OMG, I'm 73 and still chasing "the tone", on both amps and guitars; but I'm getting REALLY close...........honest......
I've owned both the origin and now the dsl20hr, and I think both of them would make me happy if I was seeking a jcm800 tone, but takes some fine tuning. If you will settle for nothing less than jcm800 tone then I woudn't bother with the origin or dsl. good luck!
I don't currently own any Marshall gear but I have owned jcm900's and 800's and never had an issue getting good tones even at low bedroom volumes. Thinking your amp will sound the same at a low volume and at gig level volumes is unrealistic IMHO.