JCM2000 TSL60 Head review by Marshall

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Features: 7
  • Reviewer's score: 8.5 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.9 (46 votes)
Marshall: JCM2000 TSL60 Head
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Price paid: $ 1264

Purchased from: Steve's

Sound — 9
I use a PRS Santana SE with this, and a 150W 16ohm homemade cab with 2 celestion speakers. It sounds very nice. I play a sort of post 3rd wave ska core, so I need to have a lot of verstatility. I need to be able to run out a smooth dubsound and a heavier hardcore punk sound, and this does the trick. The distortion goes just short of being metal, which makes it perfect for punk, and with the deep Switch I can easily dial in some sick reggae/ska/dub clean. Honestly, the distortion could be better; it slightly lacks warmth, therefore I would not want to use it in a studio setting, but for Live it really cuts through the mix, better than a lot of amps that might sound a little warmer.

Overall Impression — 9
I love it. Perfect for anything that needs a smooth, deep clean, or anything rock based short of metal/numetal. It is a perfect match for those who play contemporary ska. I've been playing 5 yrs and this is really the amp for me. I would probably buy this amp again. I love the versatility, and the way that it cuts through the mix. I hate that the sound cuts out when you Switch between clean and distortion. I looove the deep switch. I was debating on whether to get the Peavey 5150 which was a little bit cheaper than this amp. I found that the Peavey was a little bit clunky sounding, and didn't have as nice of a clean as the TSL. Plus, the 5150 sounded best when it was very driven, whereas with this amp I could have optimal sound at slightly less driven.

Reliability & Durability — 9
Marshall's are known for reliability. I'm hoping that's true. I have a friend who uses this amp and he has been using his since the early '90s for gigging/touring/etc. and has never had a problem with it. I'm hoping mine will hold up the same. A few days ago, I had a little glitchwith it. the volume cut down to just a little more than nothing. I rotated the tubes, and all was well. I don't know, perhaps a little dust or something like that. Should hold up though.

Features — 7
Mine is either a 2006 or a 2007. You have probably already read the features so I'm not going to go too into details, but basically the 3 channels is really nice, the only feature I think that could be added is a separate EQ for the "crunch" channel. I don't like how it shares an eq with the lead channel. It is not ideal but it is workable (I think it has a separate eq on the 100W model) the 5 button footswitch is pretty nice, the wire seems cheaply made, but looks like it will last if you take care of it. One thing I don't like is that it cuts out when you switch between Clean and distorted channels. If I played in a 1 guitar band then this would be a huge issue for me. I like that the fx loop can be wired as a lead boost by just running a patch cord thru it and pressing the button to +4db. I use this amp to practice and power small halls. It is easily loud enough to do any room for up to 500ppl without PA support. The deep switch is amazing.

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    wyldeshredder
    everyone i ask this always gives me wierd looks, but if I get a tsl60 head, why would i choose the 300w 1960a cab? it has more watts. what does this mean? is more necessarily better? and generally, is it a good cab/head combo. cheers
    and you cant get a 100 watt cab for this amp...tube amps need about 2-3 times as much power in the cabs as watts in the head.60x3=180 atleast,to be safe
    shredder_666
    wyldeshredder : everyone i ask this always gives me wierd looks, but if I get a tsl60 head, why would i choose the 300w 1960a cab? it has more watts. what does this mean? is more necessarily better? and generally, is it a good cab/head combo. cheers and you cant get a 100 watt cab for this amp...tube amps need about 2-3 times as much power in the cabs as watts in the head.60x3=180 atleast,to be safewyldeshredder : everyone i ask this always gives me wierd looks, but if I get a tsl60 head, why would i choose the 300w 1960a cab? it has more watts. what does this mean? is more necessarily better? and generally, is it a good cab/head combo. cheers and you cant get a 100 watt cab for this amp...tube amps need about 2-3 times as much power in the cabs as watts in the head.60x3=180 atleast,to be safe True, but most guitar cabinets can handle anything you put on top of them. It is preferable to get a higher power handling amp for a tube because a 100watt tube will put out about an eqivelent of about a 300 watt solid-state, give or take a few watts, but i actually was working with DSL100 and JVM410 Tube heads and i stuck them onto the MG412s which handle 120watts, but they really worked fine...cranked and everything. A guitar fundamentalist would say NO! YOULL BREAK THE CABINET, but most people who come here are stupid teenagers and if you talk to older guitar experts, they will say what i will so...dont be afraid if you have an MG cabinet or something and want to throw a Tube head on it if you dont have the extra money, cuz they do work. Personally, i think that since it works so well, i dont see the point in spending $700 on 300watt handling cabs, im getting a JVM and im just going to throw it on top of my MG cabs. They work fine.
    samjackson1990
    just a quick quesiton but does this head have the ability to change the power, i.e from 60W to 20W ect. I've reado somehere they can, just wanting confrimation.