What is THE Marshall?

Which is THE Marshall of Marshalls?

  • A. NMV 1959/1987 Circuit

    Votes: 48 63.2%
  • B. MV 2203/2204 Circuit

    Votes: 19 25.0%
  • C. Other (and I will die on that hill explaining below…)

    Votes: 9 11.8%

  • Total voters
    76

ricksdisconnected

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days of old that i liked best was prolly the jcm 800. 80s metal.
@El Gringo mentioned the n/m super lead. cant argue much with that.
the jtm was mentioned too. again this one has spoken for itself.
but currently, its the one your plugged into at the moment. thats the one
that keeps you coming back day after day, night after night.
 

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I have to insist it is the legendary 1959 circuit.

Now my favorite Marshall tones come from JTM45s and JTM45/100s but THE Marshall amp was perfected with the 1959. It was the next step and when Marshall became more "original" or "fine tuned" rather than a interpretation of the Fender Bassman like the JTM amps.

I think the 2203/4 was a great step forward in usability and modernization in it's day but Marshall was already VERY established by this point. The 1959 is what cemented Marshall as THE rock amplifier and when I think Marshall I think 4 holes.
 

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I'll be different, i love all the above amps,.......But the Marshall Major head, and 4x15 cabs is the best sound i ever had for bass,
four JBL' 15's i had the sound that John Entwistle, Chris Squire, Geddy Lee, Greg Lake, using ROTTOSOUND 66 strings, I used it with
a Custom HIWATT 200 bass head and an SVT Cab the two amps together, one for mids and highs the other for subs. Think of the sound
from Early John Entwistle, ..I used a P-Bass with routed out Jazz Bass near the bridge and a Strat Preamp. Sounded like a Piano
 

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I think the most pristine sounding Marshall amps are the JTM50s and JTM45/100s but as for the quintessential Marshall sound I’ve got to lean more towards the 1959/1987 as top dog.

There are a lot of 2203/2204 players and a lot of variety in the styles of music people use it for but the same can be said for a plexi or metal panel amp.

Also I think it’s easier to make a plexi sound like a 2203 than the other way around and I have versions of both with an SV20 and 4104 to compare. You can’t go wrong with either but I think I’ve decided that the 1959/1987 circuit is for me even at a diminished size. Still sounds killer but I kind of want a 1986 now. I’d also be cool with a 1992 but I can’t work with 100 watts as easily as 20 or 5
 

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JTM45/100
#7026 was Hendrix favorite amplifier, and he used all the various Marshalls up until 1970. He retired #7026 from touring in 68 because he didnt want it to get damaged, or stolen. His USA touring amps were also fitted with 6550s, and other mods. West Coast Organ and Amps did the mods. The guy that did the mods has a big discussion about it on the Metro amps forum from several years back.
 

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I voted the 1959 / 1987, still my favorite Marshall’s .. I have the Dsl40c’s, and Origin 50 H’s to be able to get all that I need. And they do a great job according to my ears.
But the above mentioned are my favorites.
Cheers
Mitch
 
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I'll take the master volume 2203.
If not wanting a master volume is such a big deal, just max out the master volume and only use the pre-amp volume as desired. You can't really go wrong with either one, I just like having a master volume in my back pocket.
 

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1959/1987 is pretty much the shit, but those damn 2203s are something.
My first impression was that the 2203 was "alright" compared to the other circuits, but after using it for a bit I slowly became enamored. The master volume and more distortion (higher sensitivity?) makes it really versatile all around, so I'll have to say 2203.
What an amp! Even for BASS!
 

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Before I bought my first Marshall I was playing on a Sears Silvertone 150 with a green Ibanez overdrive/distortion box, a DOD chorus, a Crybaby Wah, and some analog delay box. I was told by several different sound men, techs, and other musicians that I need a Marshall. I drove over to Pearl Street Music in Denver. They had a few amps but the one that looked cool was this white full stack Marshall. Plugged into it, straight no pedals, and I had to have it. I put a deposit down and then arranged more money came back and bought it.

Still the best amp I own, and I used plenty 2204. There is something about dialing up the preamp to a spot you like and then the MV for LOUD. The first time you get LOUD with it is like Wow the bass, and responsiveness its just amazing😲
 

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I have to insist it is the legendary 1959 circuit.

Now my favorite Marshall tones come from JTM45s and JTM45/100s but THE Marshall amp was perfected with the 1959. It was the next step and when Marshall became more "original" or "fine tuned" rather than a interpretation of the Fender Bassman like the JTM amps.

I think the 2203/4 was a great step forward in usability and modernization in it's day but Marshall was already VERY established by this point. The 1959 is what cemented Marshall as THE rock amplifier and when I think Marshall I think 4 holes.
You forgot to say,… ‘In my opinion’, Brain! :D
 

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Even though my handle has 2245 in it, that amp is gone. Replaced with a 77 JMP 2204 (Ceriatone). This one is my favorite Marshall circuit. I still have my DSL's. Great amps, but the 2204 has such an organic natural tone. Love it. I wish I still had all the Marshalls I've owned (2203, JTM45, TSL100, 3203), but for financial reason they were bought and sold.
 


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