JCM800 4210 review by Marshall

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 6
  • Features: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 8 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.6 (12 votes)
Marshall: JCM800 4210

Price paid: $ 960

Purchased from: Internet

Sound — 9
My gear... Les Paul Copy with Seymour Duncan Alnico IIs>Marshall Guv'nor2>Vox V847>This Amp This amp is quite nice I must say. Good old tube power. I play mainly Led Zep style blues rock, and hardcore/metal/80's shred and this amp does fit the bill well. No bone crushing distortion on low volumes but when you crank it up and mix in a good amount of gain you can get real nice feedback whan you want it sliding into huge sustained note. The clean channel is less clean than overdrive at full volumes, but in a nice way

Overall Impression — 9
It's a Marshall and people love that. I really like the sound it makes for the styles I play. If it was stolen I would get the same one again if my insurance company paid out enough to get a new one lol. My favourite feature is the colour. The brown on gold on white on black looks cream. Cream in my pants that is. I was going to get a tube amp 100watt and it was gonna be a valveking 212 but this was cheaper and so much better. I do wish it has noise gate, and maybe higher gain, but it does not need them. BTW it's soo effin heavy, you so need a roadie for this 35kg beast

Reliability & Durability — 6
It had a few issues when I brought it, the reverb was turning into feedback when turned up all the way (sounds too spacey turned up all the way anyway, unless you're going for that sound, might be nice with some delay) but I fixed this issue by loosing the screws on the reverb pan and the wood it was screwed to. Does overheat, a good fan behind it and the top strip of wood protecting the valves removed helps cooling it back down again when it's hot. I also remove the pre amp tube metal jackets as this is supposed to reduce amp heat. Also when I got it one of the pre valves needed replacing. Still does lol

Features — 8
I think this is made 1981 or some time in the 80's 100watt is SOOO much power for a bedroom lol. I keep the volumes on 1 or 2 for the channels and 0.5 for the master. It has... DI Reverb Presence Effects loop Lead (3 band eq Clean (2 band eq) Changing channels does require a footswitch, and was $50NZD for that.

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