#1
I got a guy from craigslist wanting to trade me his Marshall Jcm 800 2205 (two channel 50 watt) head for my Randall MTS RM50S (50 watt 1x12 combo). I do love me some Marshall crunch, but I fear it's not versitile enough for me. That's the reason I love the Randall. I can switch out models to egt the desired tone I need. However, i prefer to have a head. I read reviews on that JCM model and some are good, some are bad. What's your exp with it? The downfall to this amp from what I hear is it's not a channel switching amp. I need the ability to switch back and forth from a usuable clean to a killer distortion. I can work with lifeless cleans by adding efx to it and eqing it.

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#3
Personally, I would and I think it's worth it. I happen to love the 2205 and it's tone falls right into what I generally do, but that's not to say that it will necessarily work for you. All of the 800's (even the single channel versions) are quite versatile, more so than a lot of people would like to think. The 2205 is the two channel version: it's distortion is usually not quite on par with the 2203 and 2204 due to the nature of a two channel design but is certainly still pretty darn good, the cleans are better than average.
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#5
I used to rock out with a JTM60 and was able to get close to the tone I wanted. I needed a lil more gain, but it was close. I have a Peavey XXX (for now) for some higher gain metal stuff.
#6
If you're able to crank it quite frequently, I'd go for it. The 800s are great sounding amps, but only if you're able to really blast those things imo.
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#8
do it, great amp for anything from blues to most heavy metal.

you should wait for a 900 if you play more modern stuff though
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#9
Would I be able to reach a modern rock sound using a JCM800, XXX and a Crate Blue Voodo (which I may trade an old guitar for. these any good?)
#10
If you really want versatility, I wouldn't.

JCM's are great amps, but they really don't afford the capabilities of the MTS series of amps.

A 2205 would nail Audioslave, though.