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Marshall JCM800 2203 Reissue Guitar Amplifier Head (100 Watts)
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Marshall JCM800 2203 Reissue Guitar Amplifier Head (100 Watts)

Get pure, face-melting Marshall tone from this JCM800 reissue. Its four EL34 tubes bring plenty of power and that signature Marshall crunch.

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Submitted November 4, 2014 by Doc Holiday in Diamond Bar, CA
"All it's cracked up to be-"
SInce most people who read reviews want to be sure and compare before making a purchase. These are a very simple tube amp with alot to offer. I don't go in for two much on the effects side as with other amplifiers as I always felt with rock these had everything you really need to sound good...and I mean really good. I have owned vintage 2203 as well as the new reissues. These sound great and are everything the vintage are. Let me just add I put in my own favorite tubes and had the biasing done and ran the tubes a little hotter to hot rod it a bit. But out of the box it was very tight sounding just like the vintages were when they were first sold. The only thing in my book that I would regard as better would be a high end hand-wound boutique head- frankly that is necessary- these will give you everything you want. If you like nice cleans and nice gain and like it to sound natural---buy a tube amp and buy a Marshall 2203. - Let me mention I own 2 Roccaforte boutique heads- A 76 Marshall 100 JMP MV and this reissue JCM800- It holds it's own against the others no problem!
Musical Background:
40 years playing guitar and vocals Les Pauls, Washburns, BC Rich, Jackson Seymour Duncan SH6 Pickups
Musical Style:
Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
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Submitted June 10, 2003 by a customer from aol.com
"If you need and are into solid amplification read this one!"
i'm keeping this one...would like to have another...i do have a '61 fender deluxe (it came w/ a '61 jazzmaster)...if this one burns out i would grab a 2203 reissue in a heart beat. I did buy it new as it fit the music that I was playing, it did and continues to meet my needs and goals. I read up and had used a 2203 before i bought one so i was up on it. the plastic cracking is what i least like about it!
Sound
I have owned a 2203 for years matched to an 'A' Marshall cabinet. You have total control over the low and top end ranges of tones. Sound is consistent no matter what volume you are at. I have found this amp's sound to flexible and performs whether you are playing hard rock, blues or whatever and accommodates wide ranges of different playing styles, definately fit's mine. If you are into simple but yet solid amplification w/out all of the gadgets crammed in a head this one's for you! I drive a cry baby wha pedal,lexicon digital delay and mxr EQ through it in certain circumstances and haven't ever needed anything else. I used it mostly live and have spiked it through a tascam 424mkII home studio w/ good results. I wouldn't change it!
Features
Came w/ the 'a' slant cabinet. The master vol control is the most useful feature...ohms switch doesn't get used much. No other features missing on this head. There are other Marshall heads out there w/ the other goodies packed in if you want and need it. If you like solid amplification and marshall sound this head's for you!
Quality
While I am very careful and respect all of my gear this amp has been moved a great deal. It has taken a pounding and has been driven at 10 more often than not. It has stress cracks on the top plastic vent grill and on the handle lugs. Other than normal servicing tubes, etc,..it has been very dependable. I bought it new in '82 and other than the plastic cracking I would say this amp has held up very well and you could not guess it's age by looking at it, goes for the cabinet also. Absolutely no show of wear, breakage on this piece!
Value
yes
Manufacturer Support
Never had to deal w/ the factory or service folks.... have never had too! only m/a servicing done through local music shop. I rate a 10 because of my experience w/ the gear and would bet that the service would be on same level..
The Wow Factor
Hey, it's been the most televised amp in history, been on more stages across the world and I have only heard an amp called out by a chick, by name and it was a marshall! I never was big on the white or red head's (marshall heads that is) but the blackish grey finish is right in there. I think the big white marshall logo has always been an eye catcher!
Musical Style:
BIG TIME Zepplin, UFO, Heart, Floyd, Black Sabbath, Ted Nugent ROCK!!!!!!!!!!
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Submitted March 30, 2005 by a customer from yahoo.com
"If you want pure tube Marshall sound, get this amp."
Sound
This amp was the sound of the time, and for my taste the sound for all time. I've plugged everything from Fender Mustangs, Les Pauls, Teles, to my Harmony Patrician with a Mod 200 DeArmond into mine and I get tone, volume and chunk out of every one. If you play seriously you need to drop the dough on one.
Features
Simple.
Quality
Used on the road for ten+ years, but keep a matched set of tubes handy, all tubes have a lifespan.
Value
Bang for the buck. $1600-2000 seems like a ton of money (seeing as though I bought mine used for $200 in 1989) but if I needed to replace I'd pull a fast one to get the loot.
Manufacturer Support
Didn't need it.
Musical Background:
Writer, Stunt Studio knife thrower
Musical Style:
Big heavy light hardcore country thrash
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Submitted April 29, 2006 by a customer from hotmail.com
"The beautiful sounds we been looking for!!!"
The JCM 800 is a sound apart from others. I love to use the JCM 800 i n the studio, the sound is special!!! The only problem is its only 1 channel high or low imp. Needs alittle more preamp or tube sreamer!!!
Manufacturer Support
I have not had any problems with the 800
Musical Background:
31 years
Musical Style:
rock metal, lots of metal
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