#1
So, I've got a chance to snatch up a Marshall JCM600 head. Thing is, I don't know a lot about them, other than having gotten to try one out at relatively low volume at my buddy's shop(I figure that before I think about getting it I'll take it in the basement and crank it). I haven't seen a lot of reviews online, but the reviews I have seen make me a little wary; I've seen a few things about overheating and a few reliability issues. While I'm sure that my buddy will have my back on this if I buy it, I wanted to see how serious they were and if anyone had any personal experience with them.
#3
They were a budget amp really. They do have overheating problems. A lot of guys add fans to them. I'd only take it if it was really cheap and you couldn't find an old JCM800 for a decent, comparable price.
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#4
Quote by Cathbard
They were a budget amp really. They do have overheating problems. A lot of guys add fans to them. I'd only take it if it was really cheap and you couldn't find an old JCM800 for a decent, comparable price.

I actually can get it for pretty cheap and see about adding a fan to it. Tone-wise, I've heard it's closer to a Super Lead than an 800; truth or no?
#5
Cool amps, but they are very unreliable.
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#6
Is it just the overheating issue, or do they have other reliability issues that make this a bad idea for me(and how would one go about correcting them, if at all possible)?
#7
Quote by UnbrokenGlass
I actually can get it for pretty cheap and see about adding a fan to it. Tone-wise, I've heard it's closer to a Super Lead than an 800; truth or no?

Now when you say a Super Lead, you mean a Plexi, yes? The JCM600 is a master volume amp (ie it has a gain knob) like an 800, not a non-mv like a plexi.
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#8
So obviously in things like that, with the master volume, it's closer to the 800. But in terms of actual tone, is there another Marshall that it's the closest to?
Last edited by UnbrokenGlass at Sep 10, 2011,
#9
A 2204 JCM800 would be closest but don't expect it to sound exactly the same. A 2204 will slay it.
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Marshall JCM900 4102 (modded)
Marshall 18W clone
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Atomic Amplifire
Marshall 1960A
Boss GT-100


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#10
It has a plexi-ish sound to me(coming from someone who has only played a vm, but owned a jcm800).

I really liked the tone, but it was a bit thin sounding. Could be better with an ext. cab. Plus, it had those stupid clipping diodes, which I could sort of notice before I knew what a clipping diode was. Cleans are nice, but they break up super quick.

If they had made this more reliable without the damn diodes I would have to own one.
#11
Oh sorry, I said 2204, I meant to say 2205.
Don't know how you could call it plexi sounding. If I had a plexi that sounded like that I'd be pulling it apart looking for the blown capacitor.
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Marshall JCM900 4102 (modded)
Marshall 18W clone
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Marshall 1960A
Boss GT-100


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