- Jan 25, 2009
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Point 1: Perhaps with the exception of a JVM-type platform or a player who is ascetic about one genre of clean/straight amp play, the vast majority of Marshall/electric guitar players are guilty of the same, regardless of platform. The most comical in my opinion are the FB Metal guys who swear up and down a 2203 isn’t acceptable for modern metal with its boost requirements, whereas same jackasses maintain the need of some sort of boost for compression of their “Mes-oldan-eavey” amp.I guess I don't get it. Many of you want Plexi but augment it whether it's simply a jumper or running a set of 10 pedals in front and in some cases modify with an extra gain tube.
Admittedly I've never played through one. Even something like a jumper is adding a bit more gain and tone control.
I submit you can get the same sound from a 2204. Run in low input with the preamp down and the MV up for loud clean and a little tube breakup. You can tweak the PV up higher and bring down the MV a bit each to get a slightly higher gain. You can go into High input with the PV down and MV up for a similar tone. PV higher lower MV for real nice overdrives all while using guitar volume and tone knobs to control when you want just a bit of a loud fill then pull it right back down.
There is absolutely something to running a 4-holer with the right treble boost, fuzz, or OD (not what you’re on about adding extra tubes as some common practice for others, but I’m interested in experimenting w a Hot Mod for any/all JMP amp.) REGARDLESS, there is nothing as rewarding as plugging into a 4-holer straight in compared with ANY other amp I have owned. It is the ONLY amp I could be fully content being gifted one in some hypothetical on the sole condition that I can only play it straight-in. All others would disappoint… maybe not a JVM, but never played one.
Point 2: your assertion about getting the same sound out of a 2204 has less validity than attempting the same with a top modeler, IMO. Conceivably, I can concede that with some effort dialing and rolling the guitar volume, you can make the two amps intersect at points. But the voicing is fixed with each. Both are bright, mid-focused cousins, but the 2203/4 is more raw/aggressive, and I don’t think you can dial that out effectively (certainly not as well as the best modeler) to match a wide-open 4-holer. Also, the clean on my 6550 JMP‘s lo sensitivity is far mellower and “clean” than any input of my EL-34 driven 1959. It is NOT a ”plexi” channel at all, but a surprising clean channel and ultimate pedal platform. My 1959 has 1/6 a turn of clean on the volume before rocketing off to 70s rock at 2 on the volume.
Addressing the heart of your point beyond sound (and abandoning the modeler silliness), however close you can dial in to cop a 1987 with a 2204 or a 2204 with a DSL, it does not feel or respond the same. 2203/4s are touch-sensitive and unforgiving of slop, but nothing touches a 1959/87 in this regard. This is the real magic of the Plexi, to me… setting the volume in between ”destroy coffee shop” and just shy of a bigger club and you can feather in clean bells or send a percussive downstroke into screaming hard rock without touching the guitar volume. Close cousin, different animal.