My first Marshall

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  1. JPB

    JPB New Member

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    I just acquired my first Marshall, a 1978 MKII 100w head. It's kind of rough but it looks to be about 99% original inside. But I really don't know anything. So I'll be looking for info.
    Well I do know not to mess with the big blue caps!
    A couple things I'd like to find out about is, the cooling fan, is it original? And why All the other Marshalls I see have a black ink build tag? inside and mine has a red? I would also like to know what others think on modding old Marshall's or restoring, and how far to go?

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    Any opinions, ideas, pointers, wisecracks are welcome. Thanks.
     
  2. JPB

    JPB New Member

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    A couple more shots.
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    Blacque Jacque Well-Known Member

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    That's what's known as a 2203, one of Marshall's truly legendary amps. It is THE sound of Rock.

    No the fan isn't original.
    Red tag, dunno, sorry.

    Edit, just seen the gut shot, it's only 50w at the moment without the other two output valves.
     
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    Congrats and Welcome! :wave:
     
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    wreckingball Well-Known Member

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    Whoa, nobody babied it, that's for sure, that beast has rocked out!

    Welcome to the marshall-forum... :dude:
     
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    tubes Well-Known Member

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    Welcome JPB,

    I'm no expert on old Marshalls but - you might have some valuable vintage goodness there.

    I expect you will find some expert advice over on the Amplifiers thread.
     
  7. JPB

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    Thanks for all the welcomes. I'll be checking out the amp thread. I hope I don't make myself a nuisance there.
    Yeah, that head's been around, that's for sure. There's about three or four coats of paint on it. Needs corners, a handle, feet, a few input jacks, an ohm switch and probably a few more things. But I couldn't pass it up for the price.
     
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    You are the envey of many if not all here bro, and congrats on nailing one of the most iconic of all Marshalls. It's a holy grail amp for sure. Get it re-capped and re-biased properly by an experienced amp tech and play the shit out of it. You have an amp that will give you the most sought after tones ever.

    Best regards,

    P90Strat
     
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    Far Rider Hendrixian VIP Member

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    Welcome. What a find for a first Marshall! There are many knowledgeable folks on the forum to help you out. Just ignore all of the drool over that amp (including mine):)
     
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    Wow that's a sick find! Certainly beat to a pulp though!
     
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    SCORE! Welcome to the forum man!
     

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