#1
Do you guys know what the difference is between the different number JCM series amps from marshall? Like the 800 and 900 or something. What is the difference? Is it tonal or wattage? I know this is probably a dumb question but i thought i would ask anyways.

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#2
Each one is the year they were made. 600 is 60's then 800 is 80's and so on.

They have different tonal aspects. The 600 sounds more like a cranked fender than anything. The 800 is what you probably hear in almost even 80's metal band, and the 900 is a sort of refined and tamed 800.

Someone else can give you a better explanation.
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#5
baisicly they get gainier as the time goes on.

youll see me distortion as you go up the line of the numbers.

900 being the grainiest.

but just because the 900 is the gainiest, dosent mean it can give you the tones of the earlier models.
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Quote by THEKID546
baisicly they get gainier as the time goes on.

youll see me distortion as you go up the line of the numbers.

900 being the grainiest.

but just because the 900 is the gainiest, dosent mean it can give you the tones of the earlier models.


i'd say their voicing is moderner as the numbers go up

the JCM2000s arent quite as hot as the 8 or 9 IMO

for most people the 800 is one of the all time classic tones and the 900 is popular because of its versatility
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#7
the only new marshalls i like are the JVM's.

those are frieken awesome, but they cost so much so i would never buy one.

i think ill be happier with a 900.
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Quote by Artemis Entreri
Each one is the year they were made. 600 is 60's then 800 is 80's and so on.

They have different tonal aspects. The 600 sounds more like a cranked fender than anything. The 800 is what you probably hear in almost even 80's metal band, and the 900 is a sort of refined and tamed 800.

Someone else can give you a better explanation.

The JCM600s were made in the early '90s, not the '60s. And they sound closer to the JCM800s than cranked Fender. You're thinking of the JTM45 which is based off the Fender '59 Tweed Bassman, but even that really sounds like a cranked Fender.

The JCM900s were Marshall's switch to a 5881 based high gain amp though they still made el34 based JCM900s. I like to think of them as Marshall's attempt at a modern metal high gain amp. They're bright sounding, have a lot of gain on top, but imo a little shrill at times, and doesn't really have the lower body (lows and low mids) of the JCM800, it depends if you like the aggressiveness of the JCM900 over the darker, growlier tone of the JCM800. The JCM2000 series is kind of like Marshall's return to the more traditional plexi panel and early '70s JMP voicings.
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Quote by al112987
The JCM600s were made in the early '90s, not the '60s. And they sound closer to the JCM800s than cranked Fender. You're thinking of the JTM45 which is based off the Fender '59 Tweed Bassman, but even that really sounds like a cranked Fender.



Really? My mistake then, someone had told me that the 600's came from the 60's. The one I played sounded fendery. But I played it a while ago.
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Quote by al112987
The JCM600s were made in the early '90s, not the '60s. And they sound closer to the JCM800s than cranked Fender. You're thinking of the JTM45 which is based off the Fender '59 Tweed Bassman, but even that really sounds like a cranked Fender.

The JCM900s were Marshall's switch to a 5881 based high gain amp though they still made el34 based JCM900s. I like to think of them as Marshall's attempt at a modern metal high gain amp. They're bright sounding, have a lot of gain on top, but imo a little shrill at times, and doesn't really have the lower body (lows and low mids) of the JCM800, it depends if you like the aggressiveness of the JCM900 over the darker, growlier tone of the JCM800. The JCM2000 series is kind of like Marshall's return to the more traditional plexi panel and early '70s JMP voicings.


the 600 i tried had no balls. i'd say more like a fender than an 800
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Really? My mistake then, someone had told me that the 600's came from the 60's. The one I played sounded fendery. But I played it a while ago.

It's an easy mistake to make. Seems logical that 800='80s, 900='90s and 2000='00s that the 600 would refer to the '60s. But the 60s is way before the JCM series. The only amps Marshall made back then were plexi panel JTM45s, 1987s, 1959s, 2061s and 1974s I think.
#13
The JCM 600 has plenty of balls. It's right in between an 800 and 900. You can jump the parallel effects loop in the back and it really kicks in. There is nothing fenderish about the 600. It's a great amp that is highly underated in tone. Mine was made in '97.