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Old 02-26-2013, 07:41 PM   #1
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jcm 800

hey. ive got the option of 2 second hand amps. jcm 800 2203(100w) or 2204(50w). not going to get to try them but i had a 2205 before and loved it. i play classic rock in small/medium gigs and have the 1960av cab. what do you recommend and why?
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Old 02-26-2013, 07:49 PM   #2
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JCM? Isn't that one of the budget amps they sell at Marshall's?

And a cab from 1960?? That's just old, brah. Sell that shiz and get you a Line 6 Spider 15w. That's the end all, be all. Sooooo flexible!!! And it's light so it won't hurt your back when you pack it in the van. And you can just mic it and it'll be hella loud! What what!! can I get an "amen!"
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Old 02-26-2013, 07:53 PM   #3
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any sensible responses?
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Old 02-26-2013, 07:58 PM   #4
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The 2203 model is the one that most people look after when it comes at a JCM800. Most guys will tell you that the 70's and early 80's Marshalls (Early 80's being when the 2203 JCM800 came out I believe), are the best and that anyone looking for one shouldn't go past that time period.

Now in my personal experience, you can get a killer tone by having an Overdrive in front of it to give it a little kick, depending on how much you need and it's that classic Marshall sound that is basically trademarked at this point, and I'm referring to the 2203 JCM800 by the way.

My 2 cents.
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Old 02-26-2013, 08:02 PM   #5
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thanks. both are later horizontal input models btw. i was thinking i might get to push the 2204 just a bit more than the 2203?? also have the option of a fargen miniplex for same price. what you think about them? im sure even though its 12w it would be enough through mu 4x12
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Old 02-26-2013, 08:02 PM   #6
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Those are both excellent amps. I'd take the 2203 for the extra headroom. Are the prices similar? Does that matter at all to you?

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thanks. both are later horizontal input models btw. i was thinking i might get to push the 2204 just a bit more than the 2203?? also have the option of a fargen miniplex for same price. what you think about them? im sure even though its 12w it would be enough through mu 4x12



Oh...you're open to other options as well? Location? Budget? What bands type of tones appeal to you?
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Those are both excellent amps. I'd take the 2203 for the extra headroom.


Exactly what I was thinking too.
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Old 02-26-2013, 08:13 PM   #8
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im in the uk. all amps about $950 id say. bit of evrything like zep, free, queen, foos, beatles, acdc etc...... i know these bands have varying gain levels but id like a set and forget sound for them all. about headroom im sure ill never be above 3 on volume with either so not an issue id say.
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Old 02-26-2013, 08:18 PM   #9
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Well then either will probably suit. Maybe the 2204 so it gets pushed a bit more like you said. Honestly I don't think you'll go wrong with either choice. And both seem good for those types of tones.
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Old 02-26-2013, 11:06 PM   #10
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Pull two tubes on a 2203 and flick the impedance switch down a notch and it basically becomes a 2204.
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I'd go for the 2204 if I had the choice, just because the 100w 2203 is ****ing LOUD, and needs to be cranked loud to sound awesome. The 2204 will still be super loud and need to be cranked, but at least it'll be slightly more quiet

I guess you could pull the tubes, though, so I'd just go with whichever is cheapest, and in the best shape
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