#1
I really want to get rid of my crappy Marshall MG for a JCM 800 half stack. I know how they sound (amazing), so please don't give me suggestions on other amps I should look into.

Now I know the JCM 800 reissue is $2,000 new, and a used JCM 800 2203 is around $1,000. Now, as far as reliability goes, would it be OK to buy a used JCM 800 from the 80s? And if I don't, I've heard that the JCM 800 reissues aren't built as well as the old ones.

Suggestions or input from owners of this amp would be great! Thanks!
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Cool, for sure
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used... and you can actually get the heads used for around 600 if you look on ebay
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used is cheaper, but you have the chance of getting a dud, marshall popped out some duds in the 80s and almost all of them had very different tonal characteristics and harmonic responses, and you also have the chance of getting one thats been run down and up and needs alot of work, if your going to buy used make sure you try the amp out preferbly from a store that will offer a warranty, the new ones arent bad, also id look into a vintage modern if thats the tone your seeking they replicate the the pushed 800 sound really well
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used is cheaper, but you have the chance of getting a dud, marshall popped out some duds in the 80s and almost all of them had very different tonal characteristics and harmonic responses, and you also have the chance of getting one thats been run down and up and needs alot of work, if your going to buy used make sure you try the amp out preferbly from a store that will offer a warranty, the new ones arent bad, also id look into a vintage modern if thats the tone your seeking they replicate the the pushed 800 sound really well


the overwhelming majority are not "duds" though. If they are, it's most likely due to owner misuse.
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Used. New Marshall stuff is built like ****...
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I really want to get rid of my crappy Marshall MG for a JCM 800 half stack. I know how they sound (amazing), so please don't give me suggestions on other amps I should look into.

Now I know the JCM 800 reissue is $2,000 new, and a used JCM 800 2203 is around $1,000. Now, as far as reliability goes, would it be OK to buy a used JCM 800 from the 80s? And if I don't, I've heard that the JCM 800 reissues aren't built as well as the old ones.

Suggestions or input from owners of this amp would be great! Thanks!


Used is typically much better. The only issue you have is if it is really beat. For the most part, an 80's built JCM is going to be better quality.