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My new JCM800 purchase
Old 18th October 2006
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My new JCM800 purchase

I just bought a Marshall JCM800 2204 head for the studio. It is the horizontal input model (supposely, the verticals are more sought after?) but it does have the Drake Transformer (did the later switch power tranny?). It's loaded with Svetlana 6550C's, which look larger then the typical EL34, is it in fact a KT88?

Regardless, it sounds great. I am a touring guitarist (I produce when I'm home / mix on the road), so my studio has a Vox AC30CC 2x12, Vox AC15 2x10, 1967 Fender Bassman Blackface head, Mesa/Boogie Mark IV head, 1959 Fender Bassman LTD combo, and a few others. I do have quite a sensitive ear to guitar tone, just had a few questions on the specs of the amp. But this JCM800 sure fits in nicely
Old 18th October 2006
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I dunno much about the specs, but in my 25 years as a guitarist I have to say that all Marshalls sound different, some good and some bad. I have a year 1987 horizontal input JCM 800 head that smokes the sh*t out of a vertical that they have at a rehearsal studio here in NYC that my band rehearses at... the critics of the horiz heads be damned! Also, check this pic (linked from a post by Flemming Rasmussen) -- if it's good enough for Metallica's Master of Puppets recording sessions, it's good enough for us.

Old 18th October 2006
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I would get a set of JJ EL34's and have the amp teched. 6550's and KT88's are very close cousins, but not the same tube, and they tend to have a bigger bottom and brighter top end as compared to EL34's. I like them in bass amps much more than guitar.
Old 18th October 2006
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I dunno much about the specs, but in my 25 years as a guitarist I have to say that all Marshalls sound different, some good and some bad. I have a year 1987 horizontal input JCM 800 head that smokes the sh*t out of a vertical that they have at a rehearsal studio here in NYC that my band rehearses at... the critics of the horiz heads be damned! Also, check this pic (linked from a post by Flemming Rasmussen) -- if it's good enough for Metallica's Master of Puppets recording sessions, it's good enough for us.



Looks like they love Mesa's too. MMMMM Mesa.
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