#1
Well, Im either buying a JCM 800 in 100W today, or a 50W tomorow.
Which one should I get? Would the 100 be to powerfull for me?
#3
I would get the 100W one. You can always turn it down..
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if you plan on playing venues id get the 100
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I would get the 100W one. You can always turn it down..

But it's easier to saturate the tubes with 50, and you would never need 100 watts. 50 would be plenty, even for bigger venues unless you need extremely loud cleans.
#7
well if I would want the 50W it would cost me like $150 more (shipping, and just the price is higher)
#11
I would say that 50 watts should be fine. Although, 100 watts would give you some extra headroom......
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#13
Yea, why did you make 2 threads on this. Good for you, you are buying a JCM800, but you sir are stupid for not trying it, ever and buying it. But 50watts is fine

Well good luck with that..
#14
I've always prefered the 100w versions for that extra push over the cliff, but the 50w versions are just as good. But if 100 watts is good enough for Jimmy Page and Jimi Hendrix and others, its more than good enough for me.
#15
50watts.

But try before you buy.
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I've always prefered the 100w versions for that extra push over the cliff, but the 50w versions are just as good. But if 100 watts is good enough for Jimmy Page and Jimi Hendrix and others, its more than good enough for me.


Also that was back in the day they didnt use PA's, so bassicly you had only the amp to rely on.

Id only get a 100 watt amp if i was gonna use it for onyl clenas and needed headroom.
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#17
I'm thinking of buying a 100 Watt Twin... Amazing amp, but the good thing is it has a power switch so it can go to 25 watts... Don't the JCM 100 watters have a power switch?
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I'm thinking of buying a 100 Watt Twin... Amazing amp, but the good thing is it has a power switch so it can go to 25 watts... Don't the JCM 100 watters have a power switch?

jcm900's do

but people make a big deal about the difference between 50 and 100 watters, they are barely any different. 99% of people won't noctice the headroom difference.
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i would actually prefer 100 watts, bceause it wont make that much of a difference butby about 7 decibels


The volume difference between 50 and 100W is only 3 dB, and that's the smallest increment most people can actually detect.
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#30
until you crank a 50w jcm 800 you'll never understand how loud it is. you can literally play a huge auditorium with it and still have the master on 7. its ridiculous how loud it is.

the guy doesn't need to try it before he buys it. jcm800's are not made anymore and its often impossible if your buying it from outa town. if you've heard any great major guitarist from the 80's you know what one sounds like. calling him stupid for not trying before he buys is a little dumb and unnecessary. this is one case where trying it isn't gonna teach him anything and if this is the sound he wants he needs to get the jcm800.

get whichever one you can get the best price on. and don't overlook the 2x12 combos which are ungodly loud also.
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#31
One thing I see people look past almost everytime is when you crank a tube amp, once you start going from ~6 to 10 the amount of distortion increases more than the volume.
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the guy doesn't need to try it before he buys it. jcm800's are not made anymore and its often impossible if your buying it from outa town. if you've heard any great major guitarist from the 80's you know what one sounds like.

But it'd be a lot better if he knew what he was buying into first instead of buying blindly, sure his fav artists may use them, doesn't mean he'll get a sound like them though..
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If you buy a tube amp lets say with four power tubes, cant you take out the outer tubes to makes it less wattage or less loud. (i heard it somewhere so dont flame me please)
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If you buy a tube amp lets say with four power tubes, cant you take out the outer tubes to makes it less wattage or less loud. (i heard it somewhere so dont flame me please)


i've heard of people doing that with fender and peavy amps. never heard of someone doing it with a jcm 800 though so i don't know if it can safely be done. the 50 watters only have 2 tubes also.
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im sure you can do it with all tube amps. just have to bias it or something
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I've got the JCM 800 50w 1987, modded with a master volume. Its pretty damn loud, If I turn it up to 5 with channel volume on full, the pictures on the walls almost fall down ! I will never need anymore than my 50W, and if your playing in big venues, there wil often be a PA system anyway.. Go for the 50W mate, unless you need extremly loud clean tones...
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#37
if the 100 watt is cheaper for you then just buy that and pull two power tubes out, boom 50 watts.....but if there the same price then get the 50.
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#38
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until you crank a 50w jcm 800 you'll never understand how loud it is. you can literally play a huge auditorium with it and still have the master on 7. its ridiculous how loud it is.

the guy doesn't need to try it before he buys it. jcm800's are not made anymore and its often impossible if your buying it from outa town. if you've heard any great major guitarist from the 80's you know what one sounds like. calling him stupid for not trying before he buys is a little dumb and unnecessary. this is one case where trying it isn't gonna teach him anything and if this is the sound he wants he needs to get the jcm800.

get whichever one you can get the best price on. and don't overlook the 2x12 combos which are ungodly loud also.

Doesn't need to try it? I'm not sure about you, but for me, a JCM 800 would be a pretty big investment that I would want to be sure about. What if he gets it and doesn't like it? If I drop $1000+ I want to be damn sure that I will be happy with it.
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Doesn't need to try it? I'm not sure about you, but for me, a JCM 800 would be a pretty big investment that I would want to be sure about. What if he gets it and doesn't like it? If I drop $1000+ I want to be damn sure that I will be happy with it.


with a jcm800 you know what your getting. and if hes buying it local by all means try it out. but if hes getting it from somewhere he can't try it out at he should get it if he knows its what he wants. they are great amps.

i was just responding to the person who called him an idiot for not trying it out first. if that was the case most people on here wouldn't have jcm800's. the majority of people here get them off ebay. and other online trading sites.
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