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The Official Marshall Studio Classic Thread Sc20

Discussion in 'Marshall Amps' started by scozz, Jan 26, 2019.

  1. scozz

    scozz Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    To me the two Tube Screamers sounded very much alike, the Bad Monkey was clearly a different tone from the others to my ears.
     
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    scozz Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Haha, yeah it’s gotta be tough man, I feel for ya bro!
     
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    I got back into playing my guitar 12 yrs ago & so, along the way, I purchased 4 OD pedals--first a Timmy' clone, then a 'Bad Monkey'[very popular when they were first introduced, also inexpensive], the popular Boss 'SD-1', & also a good TS808 clone. Because I always play at 'home/bedroom' volumes, I tried to use each of those 4 OD pedals more for gain/distortion & was disappointed w/ all 4 [because i guess I wasn`t using them for their intended purpose].

    I then tried 2 Ceriastone 20w 'Hot-Rodded' Plexi amps [20w Yeti & a 20w Chupacabra]--they both have built-in gain & distortion. They sounded great, but didn`t quite have the Marshall 'flavor'/tone--they were close to it & I`m sure if they were 'cranked up' they would be real close.

    And during this time, I tried a distortion pedal that I had purchased a few years ago thru the Low Input of my 1x12 '2204' combo as I had heard that the amp is a great 'pedal platform' & was shocked at how great it sounded!! I`ve always wanted to do some jamming w/ my DigiTech Looper, so I bought a 'used' SC20 back in February for some jamming. That`s my 'tone journey' & I am quite happy with this set-up.

    Edit: Last week I did try the OD pedals thru the High Input w/ the MV somewhere between '1' & '2' [which sounds great btw] and both the Bad Monkey & the SD-1 sounded great w/ the 'Level' maxed. But then i tried the distortion pedal w/ the 'pedal`s 'Volume' a little louder than the amp`s volume & with only just 'a touch' of Gain from the pedal & it was clearly the best pedal for the tones I like. There is something very special w/ this pedal--both as a distortion unit & also as a 'Boost' pedal too--a great combination!

    I am sure that any of my 4 OD pedals would sound great thru either my 50w '2204' or the SC20 at a 'cranked' volume, but for now they`re back in the closet & the distortion pedal has the full-time job of delivering great Marshall tones. I plan on making a recording or two real soon so you all can hear it for yourselves.

    I play a 2013 SG Std that has `57 Classic' pick-ups--great sounding & playing guitar. Here`s a picture of it when I had the 2 Ceraitone amps:
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  4. scozz

    scozz Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    I’ve got both a Sd1 and a Maxon od9 set as a boost pedal, drive on 0. This works great imo in the high sensitivity input, keeping the amps gain only slightly colored by the pedals.
     
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    I played a friend's SC20H all morning (along with her EVH 2x12 cab). Great amp, obviously very similar to my own SV20H (that I also use with an EVH 2x12), though a bit more compressed, leaner and more agressive, not as fat as the SV though. Takes boosts just as well (used a SD-1 and a RAT), responded well to different guitars and to playing dynamics.
    Also, it was the "blackout" limited edition, looks very good in person.
    All in all, it felt very familiar coming from the SV, and has that sound we expect from a Marshall. It's nice having a master volume too. It's too close to the SV for me to consider owning both, but if you want that classic rock tone, it's a no-brainer.
     
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    wntbtw Well-Known Member

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    You have 2 'heavyweights' in your corner! From what I`ve read, the OD9/TS9 gives more of the 'good stuff' than the TS808 does.
     
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    wntbtw Well-Known Member

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    Its always nice to read good things about the SC20 from someone who owns the SV20!
     
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    TXOldRedRocker Senior Discount Member Gold Supporting Member

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    @wntbtw @scozz @WellBurnTheSky

    I have a bunch of OD's. Including a TS9, SD-1, DS-1, and others. I used them with the SV20H I used to own, and now with the SC20H I do own. Both with my 2x12.

    My favorite clean drive boost is the JHS Morning Glory. IMHO, great pedal, has two modes. If you ever get a chance to play one, assuming you haven't, it's worth a few minutes.

    Second favorite is the Boss Blues Driver Waza with the TS9 and SD-1 almost tying it for second.
     
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    @TXOldRedRocker funny, I'm the exact opposite. From all the pedals I've tested in front of my Marshalls, the Bluesbreaker-type are by far my least favorite.
    As of now, I'm digging transistor-based clean and/or mid boosts for recording. And still love my v1.3 OCDs for live.
    But overall, one thing's I've learnt about those amps and how they respond to pedals is, there's none that doesn't ever work, it's all about the tone and feel you're after.
    And I stand by my opinion that Marshalls, along with Hiwatts, are the best pedal platforms out there.
     
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    TXOldRedRocker Senior Discount Member Gold Supporting Member

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    100% true. It's what sounds good to the person listening.

     
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    Hey @wntbtw I have the same 2013 SG Std except mine's the cherry finish. They are amazing guitars, especially with the 57 Classics and you can play pretty much any kind of music with them! :D
     
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    Love it, Scozz!

    This is exactly how I roll.
    Modded TS9, and TC electronics pre amp clone both clean boosting.

    I use both on at the same time, then roll off my guitar volume to achieve what ever tone it is I'm after.
    This works extremely well with the LP!
    From a dirty clean, to Iron Maiden.

    However, my current LP Trad' is now going to be the recipient of some hotter BK pups, because my planned incoming 2nd LP has changed to a 2016 Standard :drool:

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    wntbtw Well-Known Member

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    I`m somewhat of a novice in experience with pedals & very tentative w/ paying more $50 or so for one! :eek:

     
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    wntbtw Well-Known Member

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    They are great guitars I think! Mine is very easy to play [even though I don`t play it very well] & sounds great thru my Marshalls!
     
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    As per your request, here's some porn for you Scozz. And as previously mentioned, it's not what I was originally going for. The down side,... It was almost twice the money :wow:
    I had to up scale my order from studio to standard, cause of Covid, the stocks are low here, and there's F**k all to choose from.
    (I think this did help convince my wife...:lol: )
    It's got a few differences over the Trad', but if it's anything like the other one, it will sound soooo good through the SC!!!

    I'm off to get acquainted with the new kid on the block.
    :cheers:

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    scozz Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    My Tube Screamer and Sd1 are not on all the time, only when I want something heavier, or for soloing.

    My “on all the time pedal” is a Danelectro Fish and Chips eq pedal, I use it in the loop of my SC20. I can sculpt my tone a better with it.
     
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    Not me, unfortunately for my wallet. I love experimenting with sound and tone. I have my favorites, of course.

    As I type this, I can turn my head to see my 3 pedalboards. More than 60 pedals in my sight. That doesn't include pedals put away in bins in cabinets.
    :facepalm:
     
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    TXOldRedRocker Senior Discount Member Gold Supporting Member

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    I'd say my Morning Glory is on 90% of the time. No other pedal even comes close to being on 20% of the time.
     
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    scozz Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Right, about the 20% thing I think. Leaving my eq out of this, I don’t use the other pedals very often. Probably right about 20% if I had to pick a percentage.

    As far as wet pedals go, I’m a big Gilmour fan so yes wet pedals for that stuff.
     
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    wntbtw Well-Known Member

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    Great post Mr Red Rocker! I have heard many great things about the 'Morning Glory' [and other JHS pedals]. You have more than 60 pedals?? Yikes!!
    :headbanger:
     

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