Price paid: $ 600
Purchased from: Uncle Bob's Music
Sound — 10
I have 3 guitars that I use, a 1968 Gibson Les Paul, a 1978 MusicMan Sabre 2, a 1985 Fender Strat, all have been modified with special pickups. Depending on how you set the volume and tone controls, you can get any sound you want. As I said earlier, this amp has the best tone of any guitar amp ever made. As far as volume goes, it has plenty of volume for any sized gig.
Overall Impression — 10
I play classic rock, and blues. I have been playing professionally since the late seventies. I have 3 other guitar amplifiers, a Fender, a Mesa Boogie, and another Marshall (a JCM 2000 TSL). None of them has the tone, or reliability that this amp has. If this amp were to be stolen, I would definitely replace it with another JMP-2203. I love the tone of this amp the most, I love the reliability of it the second most. There is absolutely nothing that I hate about it.
Reliability & Durability — 10
I have owned this amp since 1979, when I bought it new, and it has never ever given me any trouble. I have my amps serviced regularly, and I am on my fourth set of groove tubes, but other then that my amp is 100% original. I have an Anvil road case that I use to transport my amp, and I always let the amp cool down for at least 20 minutes before trying to move it. This has been the most dependable amp that I have ever owned. I could use this amp, without a backup, if I wanted to. I have 3 other amps that I use in conjunction with this amp, depending on what music is being played.
Features — 10
I have a 1979 Marshall JMP-2203. I bought it brand new in 1979. It is in my opinion the finest guitar amp ever made. It is very simple in design, and works perfectly every time I use it. I play classic rock, and blues, and this amp has the best tone of any guitar amp ever made. I use either 1 or 2 Marshall speaker enclosures, depending on the size of the room. I run Boss and Morley pedals through it. It has plenty of power, and headroom. I am on my fourth set of groove tubes, other then that, the amp is 100% original.