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Old 05-22-2007, 07:15 PM   #1
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Talking Jcm 800 vs. Peavey Windsor

I've been looking around for a Jcm 800 now for quite some time, and last week my store just got one! It's a 50W combo, used, and it sounds great, 1450 $ (guitar stuff is much more expensive in the Sweden then in the U.S). But lately I've heard that the Peavey Windsor is pretty similar, almost just as good at nailing those 80s metal tones as the Marshall. So far, I've only heard the Peavey played with a JS30RR by a friend of mine who pretty much just started playing. The Peavey is 1145 for a half-stack here.

I'm not asking you guys which amp to buy, I'm merely after some oppinons and experiences here. Would the Windsor be able to nail those Metallica-Megadethy sounds I'm after? I will of course try them both out next time I go to the store, but it seems that it will be a while till my next visit.

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Old 05-22-2007, 07:24 PM   #2
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keep in mind the peavey is a single channel, so you'd want an overdrive/distortion pedal if you want to s witch back and forth between cleans, but the Windsor does have a great sound to it, i played AC/DC on it and it nailed it, not sure bout metallica, but i think it'd do megadeth fine (which means pre-kirk metallica too basically, lol)
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Old 05-22-2007, 07:59 PM   #3
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The windsor supposedly has an awful cabinet that goes with it, so maybe just get the head. It's supposed to be a totally killer amp, but the damn guitar center I go to has a broken one.
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Old 05-22-2007, 10:50 PM   #4
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Well, here's a side by side analysis for ya!

JCM 800 vs Windsor (In my opinion)

Price: JCM 800 <<< Windsor
Value for money: JCM 800 < Windsor
Resale value: JCM 800 > Windsor
Options/trims available: JCM 800 > Windsor
Gain: JCM 800 < Windsor
Tone: JCM 800 ~= Windsor

Basically, the Windsor is more of a hot-rodded JCM 800 kind of sound. It has more on-board gain, and can't do cleans at higher volumes so well. If you're looking at using the amp for 80's metal, the Windsor + an overdrive pedal will do exactly what you're looking for for a hell of a lot less money. I find it to be more featured as well, with a footswitchable gain boost (really helps leads cut through in a band mix), and the class A/class A/B texture switching option (Leaving this knob halfway is sort of like a small power reduction for the class A/B sound)

Unfortunately, the Windsor only comes in a 100-watt head, which is overkill for anything short of a large gig really. You're going to want an attenuator with it too. There's supposed to be a 15/20 watt combo with a built in attenuator coming out, but I don't know when, and it will probably sound different from the head (comes stock with EL84s instead of EL34's). Also, the cab is ok, but you're better off spending the money on something like a Marshall 1960A (or a nice 2x12 cab). A nice thing about the JCM 800 is that there are multiple combo and head versions available, including channel switching ones (which I find to be not as good as the single channel heads, but whatev).

That being said, I love my Windsor. It's a great amp for the money. It'll hang in there with many more expensives ones!
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Old 05-22-2007, 11:21 PM   #5
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The windsor CANT do cleans at a higher volume.
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Old 05-23-2007, 09:49 AM   #6
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Thanx for the responses. So, from this I've gathered that the Windsor has some good tones, but will I need a OD to get enough gain to pull off "Master of Puppets" or Tornado of Souls", if so what do you suggest? And has anyone got any experience with the Coffin Blood Drive? I have'nt heard very many oppinons on it, but it seems pretty cool.

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Thanx for the responses. So, from this I've gathered that the Windsor has some good tones, but will I need a OD to get enough gain to pull off "Master of Puppets" or Tornado of Souls", if so what do you suggest? And has anyone got any experience with the Coffin Blood Drive? I have'nt heard very many oppinons on it, but it seems pretty cool.

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i'd say it has enough gain for that on its own, but that's just me.

best bet is if you can try them head to head, obviously.
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