#1
Can anyone corroborate the fact that Slash used a 1959 Plexi head to record the Appetite for Destruction album? I had always thought it was a JCM 800

Someone mentioned something it on the marshall amp forum and I looked it up on wikipedia. Is it true?

If so how did he get the plexi to sound so heavy and with so much gain? I always thought they had a pretty low amount of gain. I am thinking he got it modded but I would like to know exactly what he did so I can do it to mine, I love the appetite tone.
#2
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I love the appetite tone.

Sorry, can't help you man, but don't we all love that tone.
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#4
That would make sense. He gets to saturate those pre amp tubes.

I bet you he had one of those mods were you add extra gain stages. I think it is basically like adding a tube to the circuit or something. Please someone correct me if I am wrong
#6
I read an interview with slash on guitar world and he said that he recorded apetite with a rented jcm800 head.
#7
He rented a JCM800 head from SIR Studios, and later, he tried to steal it cuz he loved it. But couple days later, his "idiot roadie" as he states, took it back to SIR Studios. and then Slash tried to get it back, but he couldn't. Now, the closest amp to the SIR JCM800 is the Silver Jubilee, but he says it's not even.
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He rented a JCM800 head from SIR Studios, and later, he tried to steal it cuz he loved it. But couple days later, his "idiot roadie" as he states, took it back to SIR Studios. and then Slash tried to get it back, but he couldn't. Now, the closest amp to the SIR JCM800 is the Silver Jubilee, but he says it's not even.

This man speaks the truth. The exact amp in question was a particular JCM800 modified by Tim Caswell simply known as "Stock #39" and was quite in demand for studio rental which is why Slash couldn't get it back.
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This man speaks the truth. The exact amp in question was a particular JCM800 modified by Tim Caswell simply known as "Stock #39" and was quite in demand for studio rental which is why Slash couldn't get it back.

this man is speaking more than me. this info, i did not know. but now i know. this is great.

so it was a Hot Rod JCM800 aka "Stock #39", which was modified by Tim Caswell. nice. it's in my book now. i wonder what Caswell done to the JCM800 though.
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yeh he used a rented jcm 800 and a knockoff les paul. He put his SG through a van window because it 'sounded like ****' haha


Not a knockoff, cause knockoff implies bad. He used two (I think) luither made Les Pauls.
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Yeah, they were what is referred to as "Ghostbuilt" Les Pauls. Sometimes it's legit, other times it's not. I think his are legit, built by a luthier and allowed to bear the Gibson logo.
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what a great and interesting article! I couldn't stop reading it
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#15
now whats with the new marshall ads thats saying slash loves the new vintage modern? is that what hes using now?
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#16
I think so. Personally I HATED the new tone on his Velvet Revolver album. I don't think that it is because it sucks. I think its because we have all grown accustomed to hearing that middy, gritty marshall tone and this amp sounds more subdued or something.

I think he sold out by using the head. I bet Marshall threw hime some money to promote the Vintage Modern series or something.
#21
In the interview that he gave to guitar world he used a modded marshall jcm 800 head!!That he rented from the studios they were recording the album!!!
#23
In a Guitar World interview he said what it was, that recent issue with him on the cover.
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#24
^no he didn't... he just said it was a JCM800 that he borrowed from SIR studios. he didn't know that it was modified.
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^except that it sounded insanely good.
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I think he sold out by using the head. I bet Marshall threw hime some money to promote the Vintage Modern series or something.


well duh. thats how endorsment/sponsorship works.
#28
You can buy it!.

It costs $595, I didn't know JCM 800s were so cheap, maybe it's because I had never seen one before for sale.
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#29
^whoa!!!

but why is the shipping weight 5lbs...? amps are like... 20lbs.
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#30
That is just for the parts for the mods and a foot switch. You need the amp as well, or you could buy the one he sells for 4700. I could be wrong with that though and if I am I will be buying one for sure.
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#31
oh... thats right hahaha. thats crazy. does the instruction come with the mods and the footswitch? if so, i'd buy that, and a JCM800 from ebay, and do the mod myself. would be sooooooo worth it.
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^$500 on eBay would be decent deal. i've seen $400s too. but some guys are lame and post $1000. but that's still good deal considering the reissues are like $2000.
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#36
The tone on Contraband was an 80's JCM800 2203 with 6550 power tubes, a stock Marshall 1987 "Plexi" and a 2555 Slash Marshall amplifier and also a bit of a Vox AC30 in the mix.
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