#1
Randy Rhoads is my hero. I want a Marshall amp that would have an amazing clean and distorted tone that would make him proud. What can you guys recommend? Thanks.
#2
why exactly does it have to be marshall?
Whats your budget?
What gear do you have now?
Do you gig?
Where do you live?
#4
Quote by henis
why exactly does it have to be marshall?
Whats your budget?
What gear do you have now?
Do you gig?
Where do you live?


I have a budget of $2000, and just sold a Line 6 spider as wanted my ears to take a break from bleading...no gigging.


this is what you are looking for

lol I wish, its a little out of my budget...
#5
I imagine any Marshall will get you close to Randy Rhoads tone, if not it exactly.

The Marshall 2266 Vintage Modern is a nice one. It uses different valves than what Marshall generally use, so it takes a lot of that unwanted treble from the tone. It does take a long time to dial in the perfect tone with the EQ setup, but once you do, it's pretty sweet. The reverb is a neat addition as well.

You could also look into a JCM800 Kerry King model. Plenty of gain and articulation (from clips) for Ozbourne tracks.

If you want to go cheaper, a used JCM800/900, or a Marshall DSL401/TSL50 could be worth looking into. The JCM series is a bit more vintage in texture, while the DSL/TSL series are more compressed and modern.

sharpant has just bought a JVM410H and is very pleased with it.

https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1234688

Will you consider other brands?
#6
Quote by AngryGoldfish
I imagine any Marshall will get you close to Randy Rhoads tone, if not it exactly.

The Marshall 2266 Vintage Modern is a nice one. It uses different valves than what Marshall generally use, so it takes a lot of that unwanted treble from the tone. It does take a long time to dial in the perfect tone with the EQ setup, but once you do, it's pretty sweet. The reverb is a neat addition as well.

You could also look into a JCM800 Kerry King model. Plenty of gain and articulation (from clips) for Ozbourne tracks.

If you want to go cheaper, a used JCM800/900, or a Marshall DSL401/TSL50 could be worth looking into. The JCM series is a bit more vintage in texture, while the DSL/TSL series are more compressed and modern.

sharpant has just bought a JVM410H and is very pleased with it.

https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1234688

Will you consider other brands?


Thank you. Didn't Randy use a JMP? How does that stack up? I heard the jvm, and it was wonderful. Also, Marshalls have a unique sound to them, and all of my fave bands used them.
#7
get some kind of plexi and a mxr dist+ and you should be set
Originally posted by primusfan
When you crank up the gain to 10 and switch to the lead channel, it actually sounds like you are unjustifiably bombing an innocent foreign land.


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#8
Quote by InanezGuitars44
get some kind of plexi and a mxr dist+ and you should be set

This. And a mahogany guitar with humbuckers.

EDIT: I'd probably get the Ceriatone 18w TMB. I love my 18w, it nails all classic plexi tones.
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#9
Quote by henis
why exactly does it have to be marshall?
Maybe because Randy Rhoads used a Marshall?
Quote by modirnwarfare
Thank you. Didn't Randy use a JMP? How does that stack up? I heard the jvm, and it was wonderful. Also, Marshalls have a unique sound to them, and all of my fave bands used them.
Randy used a late '70s JMP Super Lead which instead of having the two channels in parallel, was modded to run one channel into the other, which is effectively the same amp as the early JCM800 2203s.
#10
Quote by modirnwarfare
Thank you. Didn't Randy use a JMP? How does that stack up? I heard the jvm, and it was wonderful. Also, Marshalls have a unique sound to them, and all of my fave bands used them.
The JMP is a lot more expensive. That's the only problem. I haven't actually played one, either.
#11
Quote by InanezGuitars44
get some kind of plexi and a mxr dist+ and you should be set

i semidisagree. i think with both randy rhoads and SRV people put too much stock on the pedals they used. ive got a gibson les paul standard, a marshall jtm30 (pretty much a jcm900) and a mxr distortion+ and it isnt really rhoadsish. i think just the amps gain sounds more like rhoads. of course a plexi may be better.
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#12
well ive just always heard he used them to boost his marshalls. im not saying use it as the primary od tone.
Originally posted by primusfan
When you crank up the gain to 10 and switch to the lead channel, it actually sounds like you are unjustifiably bombing an innocent foreign land.


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#13
Marshall does make a replica of Rhodes' white 100-watt Marshall with the aforementioned modification. It is probably beyond your price range, though. But it does exist for the diehard Rhodes fan. Another part of his sound came from the Altec speakers that he put in his cabinets. These particular speakers are no longer made. The speakers in the matching cabinets for the 1959RR head are supposed to be very close to the originals.

Just about any Marshall tube head should get you close to the tone you are looking for if you tweak it properly.
#14
The Jcm 800. I'm hearing it has the best classic 80's distortion, but I haven't heard input on its cleans ability. Are they really bad? How are the cleans compared to a Marshall 1978 Super Lead Plexi? Also, how is the distortion compared to that Plexi?
#15
I'd honestly suggest you consider other brands.

Splawn Quick Rod. The head is in your budget (You'll still need a cab), but Gear 2 is a fantastic JCM800-type of tone, and it also has a clean channel that sounds awesome.
http://www.splawnguitars.com/amps08.htm

Clips:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ss6-jjwdtsE
http://www.guitarstudio.tv/Splawn/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vB548yhJzvE
#16
Jcm800

duh!
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I'd honestly suggest you consider other brands.

Splawn Quick Rod. The head is in your budget (You'll still need a cab), but Gear 2 is a fantastic JCM800-type of tone, and it also has a clean channel that sounds awesome.
http://www.splawnguitars.com/amps08.htm

Clips:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ss6-jjwdtsE
http://www.guitarstudio.tv/Splawn/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vB548yhJzvE


THIS THIS THIS THIS THIS THIS!!!!!

Splawn will get you closer to the Rhoads tone than many stock Marshalls, IMO. Great clean and heavier tones as well.
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Quote by forsaknazrael
I'd honestly suggest you consider other brands.

Splawn Quick Rod. The head is in your budget (You'll still need a cab), but Gear 2 is a fantastic JCM800-type of tone, and it also has a clean channel that sounds awesome.
http://www.splawnguitars.com/amps08.htm

Clips:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ss6-jjwdtsE
http://www.guitarstudio.tv/Splawn/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vB548yhJzvE

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#19
Ceriatone - Marshall 1959SLP clone

$1000 (although it works around around $1250 with shipping), and that's a high-quality handwired clone of the amp Randy used (minus the cascading gain mod).

That should leave you with more than enough money to get a great cab, and a good overdrive/boost pedal to push the preamp harder.


EDIT:

Quote by FatalGear41
Marshall does make a replica of Rhodes' white 100-watt Marshall with the aforementioned modification. It is probably beyond your price range, though. But it does exist for the diehard Rhodes fan. Another part of his sound came from the Altec speakers that he put in his cabinets. These particular speakers are no longer made. The speakers in the matching cabinets for the 1959RR head are supposed to be very close to the originals.

Just about any Marshall tube head should get you close to the tone you are looking for if you tweak it properly.


Great post.
Last edited by kyle62 at Nov 27, 2009,