Whats The Best JCM900

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Whats The Best JCM900

  1. MKIII

    12 vote(s)
    31.6%
  2. XLS

    10 vote(s)
    26.3%
  3. DR

    16 vote(s)
    42.1%
  1. gregr

    gregr Well-Known Member

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    I love Schenker’s split channel tone. John Norum rocks one too.
     
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  2. Crikey

    Crikey Well-Known Member

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    Dr 4100
    Why?
    1/2 power switch, though i never use it
    Dual channel
    Tons of tone
    Built like a tank
    Great tone with all my guitars
    Clean channel can get crunchy and thick tone
    Use gain channel as lead boost
    Stick EQ in loop and season to taste, it begins to have attack and dynamics of a 2203
     
  3. ibmorjamn

    ibmorjamn Well-Known Member

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    I like his tone and I briefly had a split channel. The split channels have great lead tone but I liked his early tone. None of it is bad, Schenker made a pig nose sound good.
     
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    jeffb Well-Known Member

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    That may well be his BEST tone of all time!
     
  5. MKIII900

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    These are all the reasons why I can't understand all the hate for 900's. I like the 1/2 Power switch on mine too. I need an fx loop for delay and a few other pedals that work better in one. They are really well built amps that have a few more modern features without getting too crazy. When I've played through amps like a 2203 or a plexi I've enjoyed it. AC/DC riffs all day long but it kinda is what it is unless you start throwing pedals at it anyway. That doesn't work for the music I play. I need more gain and I need an fx loop so I got a 900.
    It's made in England, doesnt have a lot of bells and whistles other than a few "modern" features like an fx loop. Build quality I think can be said to be just fine considering how many working examples are around these days.
    If you just play classic rock and don't need an fx loop and you enjoy your 800 or JMP that's a ok with me. I'm not going to tell you you have a "bad" amp.
    Those amps don't work for me. 900's do and it's boring to hear about how they are less of an amp because of diode clipping, pcb vs whatever, master volume vs non etc. I also have an AX-FX. Is there a diode or a resistor somewhere in that thing that makes it a bad peice of hardware? Maybe it's also crap because the pots are board mounted?
     
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  6. ibmorjamn

    ibmorjamn Well-Known Member

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    I think the pignose was on one song , I believe “Only you can rock me” and only on the rhythm riff. The lead was a full tilt 50w

    “The end result of Nevison’s approach was more of a combination of studio polish and live energy. This is most apparent in Schenker’s various guitar textures on the album, which provide a great example of how contrasting tones can be a very useful approach in the studio. Schenker’s lead tones sound massive and powerful, especially on “Only You Can Rock Me” where Nevison recorded Schenker playing his trademark Gibson Flying V through a 50-watt Marshall stack turned up full blast, with the natural reverb of the warehouse setting providing the “larger than life” live sound the band was seeking.

    The rhythm tracks, however, were created using an almost opposite approach, with Schenker plugging into a tiny, battery-powered five-watt Pignose 7-100 with a five-inch speaker that was recorded bone dry. The crunchy, nasal midrange of the Pignose occupies a relatively narrow range of the sonic spectrum, making Schenker’s solo.”
    From guitar world
     
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  7. jeffb

    jeffb Well-Known Member

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    The pig nose is all over the Lights Out album.
     
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    ibmorjamn Well-Known Member

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    Perhaps , but as far as I know he used it on Obsession for that song. There is and always has been a lot of enthusiasm about Lights Out. Not my favorite.
     
  9. ibmorjamn

    ibmorjamn Well-Known Member

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    Piece of cake then . Toss out the Marshall and get a pignose , done.
     
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    jeffb Well-Known Member

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    :lol:

    lots of little amps have been used with studio magic to make incredible albums, but I need all the tone help I can get, I'll stick with the Marshalls.

    FWIW- Jeff Beck recorded alot with the pignose too.
     
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    jeffb Well-Known Member

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    Blasphemy!
     
  12. Deftone

    Deftone Well-Known Member

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    FWIW, today I bounced from my Mesa Single Rec, to my Marshall JCM800 2204 to the JCM900 SL-X and I think I like the SL-X better than the 2204. Liking the Mesa crunch but damn, the SL-X rings like a bell. What a great fucking amp.

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  13. LPMarshall hack

    LPMarshall hack Well-Known Member

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    There's a huge ripple in the forum....
     
  14. Gutch220

    Gutch220 Well-Known Member

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    I am also in the JCM900 'Y-Club" First year production. Do I get a special badge?


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    nope just a cookie. you chimed in to late.
     
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    pedecamp Well-Known Member

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    Almost after 10 days the poll is a tie, must mean ALL 900's are equally good! I wanted to recommend a 900 to a friend as an option but didn't know which one and still dont know which one LOL. He plays alot of 90's modern rock and grunge.
     
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    Ive got a DR 4100 that has been with me with since 92 or 93. I love the thing, and while it's not my main amp anymore, I wont let it go.

    Ive not voted. I like all of the 900's but they are different animals. I don't think any of them are better but your intended use may swing you one way or the other.

    Can I just tick all three boxes?
     
  18. Deftone

    Deftone Well-Known Member

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    Whichever one he can get his hands on. I think the MKIII & SL-X are more expensive and harder to find. The DR's seem to be more plentiful.
     
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    Another first year example. This one’s a 4501 DR. I got it slightly used in the mid 90s after my 6101 crapped out on me and never looked back. It has seen numerous other amps come and go and it’s still the one for me.
     
  20. Crikey

    Crikey Well-Known Member

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    Just tell him Crikey plays a 4100 DR and it makes the ladies moist
     

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