#1
On countless amplifiers it says something like Master Volume 100w Mk II or something along those lines. I'm helping a friend find a good thrash amp and i considered him a JCM 800 2204 head and the one we found said it's a Master Volume Mk II 50w Lead Series from '89. Also, if someone can state the best year models of the JCM800's, that'd be great (want to know if the '89's models were any good). Thanks, and yes I did use the searsh function.
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#2
The best year models of the JCM 800 are 1981-1984. The best models as a whole are the 2203-4.

Of course they are all great, so just buy what you can find. I wouldn't not buy one because its not made from a specific year.
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#3
Ya, I thought I heard somewhere that the 81-84 are the best but didn't marshall go back in 88 and start making them just like the ones from the early 80's?

Still don't know what Mk II, etc. means btw.
My Gear:

Guitars:
Fender American HSS Stratocaster

Amps & Effects:
Hand-Wired JCM 800 2204
Hand-Wired V30 2x12 Cab
Keeley TS-9 Tube Screamer
ISP Decimator
EHX Holiest Grail
Modded Dunlop Crybaby
Boss RC-2 Loop Station
#4
I'm thinking it means the second 'generation', so to speak, of that specific amp model. Mk I is the first model, Mk II is a revision on that, so on and so on.
#5
Bonchie, did you sell your combo yet?
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#7
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Coke, what marshall did you try when you had your first tonal bliss moment?
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#9
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JCM 800 It was awesome.

Lucky.

I tried a jcm 2000 combo...it was pretty nice cranked, I actually like the marshall crunch alot.

But man, I cannot wait to actually try out a 800...I hear they're a *inserts large number* better than a 2000.


Looking into buying one soon?
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-Oversized Bogner 2x12 Cabinet
-Fulltone OCD
-RMC Picture Wah
-T.C. Electronic Nova Delay
-Larrivee D-03R
#10
Mk 1 probably means "Mark 1", as in, first model, like on the early mesa amps. They started coming out with newer amps and labeled them Mk 2 and so on.
#11
^ Yep, it means Mark. As in "build" one, two, etc.
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#12
i guess mark means "version".

it's already been said, though.
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#13
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Lucky.

I tried a jcm 2000 combo...it was pretty nice cranked, I actually like the marshall crunch alot.

But man, I cannot wait to actually try out a 800...I hear they're a *inserts large number* better than a 2000.


Looking into buying one soon?

Could very well be the next large purchase after my new guitar. Maybe. I'm gonna look into some other Marshalls too.
#14
Well the Mk's have with Plexis to do.
MKI: The JTM45, a copy of a Fender Bassman. It had a tube rectifier and KT-66 power tubes.
MKII: The Plexi. It had a solid state rectifier and EL34 pwoer tubes. These were carried over into the JCM800 line and used more or less the same circuit as the old Plexis. I have a MKII Plexi reissue. These are normally non master volume amps, but alot of people mod them with a master volume (ive done it) and it might do thrash but a JCM800 2204 or 2203 is alot better.
MKIII: A JCM900 series amp. It was a classic styled Marshall amp devloped from the JCM800 2203's and 2204's. It had an extra gain stage and two gain volumes (one for the standard gain stage and one for an extra gain stage) which you could use at the same time.
MKIV: The SL-X. Basically a MKIII with alot more gain. Aimed a thrash players.
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