Jimmy Page Plexi Input.

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  1. Mark Collier

    Mark Collier Member

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    I recently noticed that for all the hype of the SV20 and jumping Plexi channels in general recently (and I include myself), the latest Total Guitar has an awesome picture of Jimmy Pages Marshall Amp setup Pre 1973 Madison Square Garden show.

    EVERY amp (4 ?) has him plugged into the top left input which I think is just the bright channel.

    Of anyone, I would have thought Jimmy would use the jumpered setup.

    But (if I'm right about the input being the bright one) it just goes to prove my long-held theory that the rest of us (non-large venue playing) have totally different sound requirements to the pro's and they run a significantly brighter mix than "most" of us realize.

    Interested to hear others' thoughts. I did a screenshot of the photo, not sure of copyright issues though..
    jimmy page amps Madison Square garden.jpg
     
  2. neikeel

    neikeel Well-Known Member

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    I’m far from a pro but I always only use hi bright input.
    Although look at Clapton in his Cream videos:)
     
  3. pedecamp

    pedecamp Well-Known Member

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    Bright channel top input is where its at, jumpering comes in handy with bright guitars like my Strat, I can dial in some of that dark normal channel into my tone to make it sound not so bright. :yesway:
     
  4. trax1139

    trax1139 Well-Known Member

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    That’s because it’s mostly “hype”
    I’ve been using 4 holers exclusively from 1967 to this day. Started with a 59 Fender Bassman. ( exact floor plan of the JTM45 ) Then JTM45, 1959, JTM45/100 and now back to a JTM 45 in that order. All 4 holers NMV amps. They all act the same when it comes to jumpering the channels. NOT MUCH. You either like the brightness of the left high and low gain side, or it’s the darker right side. You hear a little phase change when jumped and twisting the knobs. When on a 115db R&R stage in a real band context, not many rat asses are given.
     
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    BanditPanda Well-Known Member

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    :ot: Was it circumstance that brought you back to the JTM45 or a natural evolution back to with what you started?
    BP
     
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    jmp45 Well-Known Member

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    When I had the 73 1959 stack and SG it was bright channel only back then. Always had volume above 4 on up and no attenuators back then that I knew of..;) Now I jump both and balance as needed. Not a big fan of ice picks jammed into these old ears.
     
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    junk notes Well-Known Member

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    His LP wiring was not stock.
     
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  8. trax1139

    trax1139 Well-Known Member

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    Just starting out at about 13, I had an original 59 Fender Bassman and a 54 Strat. Still have the Bassman...Strat has been gone a long time. But, man, what a rig.
    Always had that sound in my head, but, as I got older and in more serious bands, I needed more volume and gain. Enter the first Jtm45. The 1959SLP was a monster, but, just didn’t have that chime I liked so much. The JTM45/100 is one badass mfr-wish I still had that one. I would still use it at all gigs no matter how big or small. Anyway, I now have a clone Germino JTM45. Awesome amp! I had a Marshall JTM45 reissue in between there, but it was kinda lame. A Strat or LP, an Echoplex tape delay, 2 4x12 cabs and a Tube Screamer on the side is all I need!
     
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    Chrome Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    I always the jumper on my ‘76 JMP, but I’m almost always on the Firebird and they are pretty bright, the jumper helps me control that a bit more
     
  10. marshallmellowed

    marshallmellowed Well-Known Member

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    I've done both, on and off for years, finally settled on a "Y" cable. Sounds better than jumping to my ears (or to my imagination).
     
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  11. crossroadsnyc

    crossroadsnyc Senior Moderator Staff Member

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    You got to roll with the punches to get to what's real.
     
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    crossroadsnyc Senior Moderator Staff Member

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    Why did I think that was funny? :facepalm:
     
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    Weren't Page's Marshalls somewhat modified, though?
     
  14. South Park

    South Park Well-Known Member

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    Jimmy page always had a different tone then others rockers did . The zeppelin sound was never perfect that is what made them great
     
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    Jeese man. People need to realize guitarist like Jimmy had access to so much. That includes high end recording and mastering units used for live sound as well.

    Jimmy used so much you cannot see in any of those photos.

    :noplease:

    If understanding that any Jimmy sound can be reproduced.
     
  16. EADGBE

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    I like bright. I always have the presence all the way up on my TSLs.
     
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    Chris-in-LA Well-Known Member

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    I’ve never really appreciated jumping the channels, it just makes the amp sound muddier to my ears. Give me the #1 jack on the bright channel any day.
     
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  18. Graham G

    Graham G Well-Known Member Silver Supporting Member

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    I think talking about Jimmy Pages Zeppelin tones is a bit of a red herring,i believe if any of us tried to get "that" tone Today it would sound really poor,it was very particular to the Zeppelin set up.
    Being an old fart I remember hearing Jimmy at a small dance hall gig in the UK(not sure of the year maybe mid '60's) & at that time he used a 335 (slung about 2" from the ground,it seemed :) )& 2 x AC30's,i have never heard him that good since,his sound & playing where Amazing,is Zeppelin sound not so much JMUO.
     
  19. scozz

    scozz Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    I agree Led Zeppelins/Pages' tone was different, not all that great imo,.....but I don't think that's what made them great.
     
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    Yeah, I’m going out on a limb and saying it’s the songs.
     

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