Favorite Vintage Marshall tone- reissues ok

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Which Marshall tone is the best?

  1. JTM 45 or JTM 45/100

    30 vote(s)
    50.8%
  2. JMP - 1986

    11 vote(s)
    18.6%
  3. JMP - 1987

    15 vote(s)
    25.4%
  4. Major 200

    2 vote(s)
    3.4%
  5. PA amps

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  6. 2061

    2 vote(s)
    3.4%
  7. 1974

    6 vote(s)
    10.2%
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  1. frankv

    frankv What Are You Waiting For? Double Platinum Supporter Premium Member V.I.P. Member

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    Lots of good stuff here.. thanks
     
  2. xSinner13x

    xSinner13x Senior Member

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    First, you need an option for 1959's
    they ARE the epitome of the legendary Marshall sound to anyone who spent their formative years listening to radio rock and heavy metal in the 70's - 80's.


    IMO as far as reissues go, I think the HW series revived in 2005 was the best thing Jim did for the business in recent history, really taking it back to it's roots. :applause:

    I am VERY lucky, I scored a 2005 a few years back, one owner, never gigged, so gently used in fact I JUST changed the factory JJ's in it.....In April of this year, thats right, 10 years, and even before the bottle swap the thing was mean, now, it'll "Microwave your face", according to a buddy of mine.

    Thats said I hereby cast my vote for the HW 1959 SLP "Plexi"
     
  3. frankv

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    Some how those words don't paint a "Marshall" picture in my mind.. :laugh2:
     
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  4. bulletproof

    bulletproof aka tarddoggy Premium Member V.I.P. Member

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    JTM-45....well,um....2203,no,2204...Super Bass,ah hell. I cant pick just one,y'know?:dude:
     
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    JTM45 reissue HW
    69' JMP 50 watt
     
  7. frankv

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    Nah, too bright and tinny... there are many better examples of vintage marshall tone. IMO this isnt one of them.
     
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    '67 JTM 50 - opening for the Blondie (2014) soundcheck , recorded with phone

    [ame]www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ml0LrjivQM[/ame]


    18watt clone, tremolo model
    [ame]www.youtube.com/watch?v=85OfJuv3UEY[/ame]

    '71 JMP 50 ('67 JTM on the top of it)
    [ame]www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlURgDA4Cc8[/ame]

    and

    i'm building JTM45 :)

    They are all very good amps for certain tones :thumb:

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    Rodmac Senior Member

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    My '66 MKIV Supertrem Bluesbreaker Head. GEC KT-66s :)
     

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  10. Steve Smith

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    Hello Folks, newbie to this forum today. I am a tone chaser like many others. I own a 1976 JMP Mk 2 100W master model head, it is the one with the original type switches and the small logo. That amp made me a lot of money in the bars and clubs in the 80's and 90's. It was knackered, Tolex hanging off, it crackled and groaned and had beer accidentally poured down the back on more than one occasion. It was left in the band van through all weathers, but you know what? It NEVER packed up on me. If it started crackling at a gig I would just give it a whack with my fist to make it behave like an old valve TV. A few years ago I found a Marshall time served technician near to me who did a full refurb both cosmetically and electronically for 350 quid and it is just like new now, it aint EVER leaving the house, I owe a lot to that amp. I really believe that the greatest tone is like clean power and sustain without breaking up. For this I wind up the amp to 5 on both the preamp and the power amp so that it is just clipping nicely and use a 1970's Ibanez Tube Screamer to really push the sound. The early Ibanez TS's were awsome and a perfect combination with vintage Marshalls, just really clean power and sustain without being brittle. I use an early 1980's Tokai Strat copy with a Floyd and a Seymour Duncan Invader humbucker routed out to fit in the bridge position. No grit, just pure clean power and sustain to get that early Van Halen Sound. Stangely I was not that keen on the sound of the first VH album, I prefered the tone he got on the "Fair Warning" album. I use a Valvestate 2000 now for everyday use for gigs and recording sessions and it sounds great, really good compromise.
     
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    Lol major necro-post here but being a big Phil fan, no it isn't modded but his fingers might be. That guy is awesome and thats just a stock jmp master model thru g75t's to boot ! He can get tone out of anything.

    Carry on !
     
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    A:too the poster who said Phil X's JMP was too bright and tinny, get your ears checked.

    B:His JMP did have a 2nd master volume on it once, but had it removed and put back to stock. He said that the transformer runs very hot, that is why he took the front panel off.


    I just ordered the same model cabinet that he uses, 1960 JCM 900 with 75 watt speakers. To say I am a fan of his, is an understatement. I don't try to replicate him exactly, but he knows how to get a good sound.

    To be honest, I would rather see him in a heavier band than Bon Jovi, like Alice Cooper.
     
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    Ordered? Like new? Because if I recall those jcm 900 cabs are exactly the same as the 800 cabs with g12t75s. I don't know what they go for now but I sold one of those a couple of years back and it took me 3 months to get an offer over $300.
     
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    Used off of GC. Total after shipping and tax was $400. Just got it today. I have been playing the crap put of it. IMG_20170929_162007_298.jpg
     
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    IMG_6524.JPG Yes, more than one option missing on that (fairly old) poll for some of us...
     
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    I prolly shoulda checked the date of the OP! :dunno:
     
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    68 JPM 50 is my favorite, the rest are godly too but are 8s and 9s compared the 68 (which is an 11). The JTM45, '66 BF and the combo, JTM45 20 watt with a '70 25w gb, are clones with NoS parts and tubes....dumb I know, but they sound good....the park 75 is a 72 or 73, the big box is a 4/73 hand wired jmp 50 and the last combo is my buddy's attempt of a JMP 1930 popular with a scumback pulsonic clone'esq 12", an incorrect box and mostly nos parts and tubes....the 8x10 is an all original 68, the straight is a 70 with early 70s 25 watt GBs, the beat up slant we think is a 74 with reissue 25w gbs and the grass cloth slant is new with 4x 25w GBs from about 71 or 72...did I mention I like Jim's products??

    hunn jtm 45 large.jpg plexi and 8x10 2.jpg Plexi Park and Metal face.jpg 66 black flag and new cab marshall.jpg new JTMs and cab Marshall.jpg 72 Park 73 JMP 50 72 straight cab.jpg 64 jtm 45 combo Marshall with pulsonic.jpg
    Marshall 1930 popluar.jpg
     
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  18. matthew bear

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    Well, for old times sake...

    I'm a JTM 45 kinda guy. I like the softer feel of the amp under my fingers...For the most part. The stiffness of later models does have it's place and I have been playing more metal and hard rock stuff as of late... my examples aren't vintage or even "correct", really... Avatar 45 and John's V2 JJM 18(jcm 800 with mods), as well as some Phaez amps... IMG_0274.JPG IMG_0581.JPG IMG_0585.JPG
     
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  19. Marshall & Moonshine

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    That V2 is breathtaking.
    I love my JCM 800 combo, exactly because the open back does soften it up a little.
    I’d probably love a 6v6 version, maybe even tube rectified or built with a sag resistor.
    Basically, I want a JCM 800 to make a baby with a tweed Fender.
    Naturally, the 800 will be pounding the tweed from behind, with a finger up the butt.
     
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    :laugh2: perfect!

    That's a bit of an odd marriage from a technical perspective, but sonically, it sounds like it would be awesome :hmm:
     
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