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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-09-2004, 11:56 AM Thread Starter
 
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Opinions on Jcm 900 Lead Tones

Just what the subject says, what are your opinions on the lead tone of the jcm900 heads? I know their are a lot of different heads in the series, but whats the primary difference between them. I recently ran into some extra money and have been offered a jcm900 head for around 500 dollars. Is this a good price and if not what should I be looking for. I do know this is one of the single channel jcm's if that helps
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-25-2004, 04:17 PM
 
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The single channel models are master volume heads, meaning you have to really crank them for high gain. You can get a great classic scream out of these, but not at bedroom levels. Then again, you can add an EQ pedal and or Tube Screamer to boost them. I would rather have one of the channel switchers, but for $500, the master volume might be worth it. I wouldn't have a master volume head as my only amp though.
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I wouldn't have a master volume head as my only amp though.
I do, and I wouldn't have it any other way.
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Depending on the style you prefer, if it's mostly conventional I highly reccomend a master volume Marshall head.

After 30 years playing I've had a few opinions on this but currently I love master volumes!
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As a die-hard Marshall fan, I can appreciateanything they put out. However, I will admit that when I was first shopping for my first all-tube head - The 4100 was the basic model at the time - I planned on doctoring up the sound with a distortion pedal. The JCM2000 series, namely the DSL100 and 50, were introduced upon decision time so I took a chance on those and I like them so much better. I've really learned to appreciate the master volume functions (which the DSL100 or 50 doesn't have) on the TSL60 series (I also have a TSL601). I would recommend a DSL head or a TSL60-series amp over a JCM900-series amp anyday.

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I had a Marshall MkIII JCM900 Volume Head..

Bloody Fantastic amp.. for what it did... and what it did, it did very well
but i must admit I wouldnt have it over my current amp. but it's fantastic for that british hi-gain screaming rock sound.
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I had a Marshall MkIII JCM900 Volume Head..

Bloody Fantastic amp.. for what it did... and what it did, it did very well
but i must admit I wouldnt have it over my current amp. but it's fantastic for that british hi-gain screaming rock sound.
And what would that be?

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ENGL Screamer 50
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