Did some searching and didn’t really find a compiled list so I created one. I just want to say hello to everyone, my 1st day and comment. All of you AC/DC gearheads (myself included! With a standard eq (presence, bass, middle, treble), a total of 8 inputs (4 for each “section”) and 4 volumes, this thing is a real Frankstein monster. Pete Townshend and John Entwistle of The Who needed amps that could overpower the noisy and energetic crowds. There were no new interesting “simple circuit” amps launched during this period. These amps would blow because they were already working at critical point without anything, so if you plugged something to make them run even hotter… well…. MODEL LIST. The front panel has “Presence”, “Bass”, “Middle” and “Treble” controls, as well as 2 volumes and 4 inputs. The then “horrible” distorted and saturated sound turned into what we know today as the “rock tone” (maybe not yet… But we will get there). But they are basically a JCM800 in the old headbox. Some really great amps (I may not have names right): Hamiltone six string slinger, dumble sss, two rock silver sterling signiture, two rock classic clean, two rock akoya, two rock ts1, standel 25L15, ’59 fender baseman, vintage blackface fender super reverb, ’58 fender twin, carr skylark, carr mercury V. Yes and no. It was the first Marshall with a solid state rectifier. It’s 200W of pure loudness. Specifically intended to be used in mixes in the box. So, just to make sure you won’t get yourself into trouble: Anything different from that (3 inputs, extra knobs, etc) is a modded amp. Example of the “block letter style” of a non-MV amp, Example of the “handwriting letter style” of a 2203/ 2204. The back of a Marshall Major. Roland, Fender, Orange, Matchless, Vox, Gretsch, Dr.Z, Fuchs, Dumble, Hiwatt, Laney, Divided by 13, Paul Reed Smith, Guyatone, Peavy, Engl, Diezel, Randall,Framus, Teisco, Two Rock, Marshall, Mesa Boogie, Bogner, Soldano, EVH, H&K, Friedman, Ampeg, Markbass, Acoustic, Gallien-Krueger, Sunn, Eden, Trace Elliot and Aguilar are trademarks or trade names of other manufacturers and were used merely to identify products. Introduced in 1948, the Fender Deluxe was praised for its dynamic, harmonically … Marshall then “hot-rodded” the JTM-45 using four KT66 and two 50w output transformers to handle the extra wattage. It’s indeed, a lengend on it’s own. Yes. The first Marshall ever made. Free from the contract, Marshall decided to, again, renew the whole Marshall line. (If so, what!?). Amp. Altough I dial the Bass to 10 it still lacks huge amounts of bass to my ears. 1959/ 1987/ 1992/ 1986 (non-MV): 4 inputs, 2 Volumes, Model of the amp written in block letters at the back. … Paul Kossoff was the man who really knew how to use these. R = 1983 So, I’ll try to explain it the best I can. This is a trebly sound suited to hard rock. Its got a Greenback and a Vintage 30 in the chest. Clean. “little” piece of Marshall’s history. Marshall Super Tremolo. The JTM-45 was now called Marshall Lead 50w #1987. They were. So… Marshall had to come up with something to solve this problem…. The only thing is: there were many parts left on stock and they had to use them! I hope this can be useful to all of you who are interested in buying old Marshall amps. D = 1972 Although models 1959 and 1987 had been in production since 1965 and the 2203 and 2204 had been in production since 1975, they were redesigned and introduced as JCM800 amplifiers … The flagship amplifier, the 'Number One', had 23 orders on its first day in production--and the rest, as they say, is history. Just get two cables and plug them into both inputs of the amp. [Warning: lame joke coming up!] The extra knob probably is a Master Volume mod. MV or non-MV? Only the 2204 (50w) suffered from the lack of gain at low volumes. This is the part you wanted to see, right? The amplifiers that were shipped to America had an extra toggle, wich was the polarity switch. C = 1971 Stay away from this thing. Or could there be something wrong with it? But some claim that there were, again, small changes in the circuit. This is a sweet modeling amp that puts classic line six effects neatly … 1959 Lentz Les Paul Standard Conversion 1960A G12 Greenbacks 1960B 1977 G12M 1964 Gibson SG Standard 1970 Gibson SG Standard 1976 Marshall JMP 1959 Super Lead Mk II 100w 1977 Marshall JMP 2204 Master Lead 50 1979 Marshall JMP … Welcome to The Fender Amp Field Guide. The PA and Super PA heads were discontinued around 1975. Eric Clapton used a JTM-45 combo on the legendary Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton “Beano” album (Now you know why this amp was called “Bluesbreaker” :P) He used his Les Paul through the Normal Channel of the amp. They used the #1959 and the #1987 as a base, removed the normal channel and added a pre-phase inverter master volume on it, so it was possible to have the pre-amp saturation at lower volumes. The change to EL-34 tubes resulted in the increase of power. SP/ Super PA © 2013 - 2017 Positive LLC. Join Solodallas.com for free and gain access to premium content, featuring full length high quality videos and lots of articles. E = 1973 Free’s debut album Tons of Sobs was probably recorded with a JTM-45 too. This is a confusing era, with lots of changes and new models. Don’t ask how that’s even possible. Coincidence? The Marshall Major 200w has a different circuit than its “little brothers”: the pre-amp has two ECC83s, but the third tube (the “driver tube”) is an ECC82 (a.k.a. were required to have 4 holes to attain the proper UL rating.”. The closest thing to what most regard as "The Plexi" (Marshall Super Lead 1959) Would be either the British Lead S100 that models and early (pre 1966) 1959 JTM100 Super Lead (Which uses KT66 Power Tubes instead of EL34s), or the JH Gold that models … So, the only way to tell them apart (besides the model written on the back, and the number of power tubes) is by looking at the top. ST/ or ST/A Tremolo – 100 Watt This is one of the reasons why the Major was discontinued in 1974. So keep your eyes open for those as well. An example of a “mixed up” 1976 JMP: Notice the old style headbox and, at the same time, the thicker binding, the bigger logo and the rocker switches. Due to all the hype around the PCB, post-1973 Marshalls are even more accessible to us. HD Model Pack Models Small Tweed - Fender ® Champ Jazz Rivet - Roland® JC-120 PV Panama - Peavey® 5150® (Block logo) SVT Brt - Ampeg® SVT® Bright Ch. No other company has produced so many great sounding, well built and reliable amps. Fender Twin Reverb. When they got into the studio to record the Let There be Rock album, they already had brand new JMP “rocker switch” amps. “horizontal input” JCM800 Master Volume. 12au7). At this point, Marshall’s exclusive distribution contract with Rose Morris was expiring. Early version of the JMP Master Model #2204 (no top vent = 50w), 1979 Marshall JMP Super Bass 100w #1992, So… Here we are. Marshall JCM800 50w 1×12 combo #4010 (2204 circuit). This was actually good for most guitar players, since they wanted more and more gain. You had a great overdriven tones at any volume (Of course, the louder it was, the better it would sound). Great article. While all those changes happened, new models started being developed to expand Marshall’s catalog. Here are some of them: The Marshall Bass 50w #1986 and the Marshall Super Bass 100w #1992 appeared after the change to the EL-34 tubes. Interestingly, the amps for the Canadian market kept the EL-34 tubes and the old toggle switches. SIR studios declined all the offers they received for it. But it also had the characteristic smoothness of the tube rectifier. All Rights Reserved. This amp is basically the 50w version of the Super Lead, so the sound is really similar to it’s “big brother”. Download, create and share patches for all Marshall CODE amplifiers. A larger headbox was also used. The result was the JTM-45/100 (JTM-100, for short). With more power tubes, the amp had more headroom, a tighter bass response and more definition. This is the reason why Marshalls of this early era (up to 1968) are known as “Plexis”. … So, if you find a weird looking 1976 – 1977 JMP, it’s probably just because they were using some old parts to assemble them. It had ECC83 (a.k.a. These are just a few of the thousands of codes that Marshall came up with for their amps. Model Code Explanation After many blown tubes, they decided to try something really different this time: to cascade the pre-amp to get extra pre-amp saturation. A last important note: Avoid the JCM800 2203 and 2204 amps with “horizontal inputs” (made after 1986). It was a disaster: After 14 years selling non-MV amps, always relying on the power amp saturation, Marshall, the company that made the best RnR amps in the world suddenly had an amp with “no enough gain?”. 😀. The combo versions of these amps are really interesting too. This models the sound input to Input I on a Marshall 1959. Inspired by. Turn to this Amp Model to conjure up tones of the coveted JCM 800, one of Marshall's most universally acclaimed modern amps. In 1980 , Marshall started using a bigger logo. Yes: On Van Halen’s debut album, a 100% stock 1968 Marshall Super Lead #1959 was used. With a thing called variac, he was able to kind of “attenuate” the amp and obtain more gain. A/ or /A 200 Watt This change didn’t affect the tone directly. What happened is that there were more changes in the components and the amps became even more aggressive: they were brighter and had a more drive than before. If you don’t have much experience (myself included, to be honest :P), I recommend asking help from the members here of the community. And now, we are oficially into the JMP era. The JTM-100, now with four EL-34s too, also gained a proper 100w transformer. The Bass section sounds like a Bass circuit… duuuhhh 😛. ), SIR studios switched amps, and Slash ended up “renting” #36 instead: a late 70’s JMP, also modified like #39 (He didn’t notice the difference?). They are simply extra outputs. This amp had a more edgy sound than the JTM-45, due to the EL-34s. The first one was the creation of the first 100w amp. This is when the confusing model numbers started being used I believe. So… what they used? I don’t know. XD). http://www.marshallforum.com/marshall-amps/23862-jmp-2203-speaker-outs.html, The guy here states that the U.S. variants This is my first article here at Solodallas.com. In 1981, Marshall launched the JCM800 series. If you thought a Marshall Super Lead was already too loud. S = 1984 P = 1982 The JTM50 now definetly turned into the JMP incarnation of the 1987 model, although the “formal” name ramained the same. Please help us to improve it. These amps were not only stupidly loud, but also really really clean. Fender 5E3 Deluxe. The two extra jacks that appear on this head are actually STOCK! The 1990 Brit J-800 Amp Model is based on* a Marshall® JCM 800. Orange AD 30. W = 1988 It changed music forever. Not helpful? Ah… Did I mention that Free used a lot of Marshall Super PAs on stage? #1959 JMP Super Lead 100 Watt (1967-1981) #1959T JMP Super Lead Tremolo 100 Watt (1967-1973) #1964 JMP Lead & Bass 50 (1973) #1986 JMP Bass 50 Watt (1969-1973) #1987 JMP Lead 50 Watt … Canadian version of a late 70’s non-MV JMP, [Thanks to KyleSG for the information 😉 ], While the sales of the non-MV volume amps continued steady and well, Marshall faced a serious problem with their new product: Most people didn’t like their Master Model amps (this refers only to the 2204) because there was no enough gain at lower volumes. They used the 2203/ 2204 Master Model heads extensively through the years. You can end up buying something that is not what you expected or even something that is damaged or modded beyond repair. And for that sake, those five amp styles available from the physical knob – what are they based on? M = 1980 H = 1976 I will also try to give examples of where they were used.. One of the most confusing things concerning these vintage amps are the model numbers. Ritchie Blackmore was a famous user of the Major, but they were heavily modded at the Marshall factory (as said in an interview) and later by a man called John Dawk. Note the 4 KT88 tubes. Line 6 Spider Jam Classic 15. It could also work as a “Plexi-style circuit”, by keeping the Master on 10 and working with the pre-amp volume. In 1989, the JCM800 line was over, and the high gain JCM900 era begun. AD Clean. The power section has four KT88 tubes. Marshall also made a series of 18-watt combo amps around the same time in 1965. In mid-1969, the plexiglass faceplates were replaced by brushed aluminium faceplates, hence the nickname “Metal-faces”. These amps also CAN NOT TAKE ANY KIND OF BOOST OR OVERDRIVE. Looks like it was that way from the factory. Both amps never were seen again. Note: 8 knobs instead of 6. By late 1966 – early 1967, Marshall stopped using the GZ34 tube rectifier in all the models and started using a solid state rectifier instead. Well… I’ll do my best to let you satisfied! *Other product names mentioned in this page are trademarks of their respective companies that are not endorsed, associated, or affiliated with Positive Grid. It was basically a copy of the 1959 Fender Bassman. Let’s take a look at what we still have here. But Fil’s Metro is a reproduction of this very same amp, so you might be familiar with it by now. V = 1987 So… How does it sound like? 😛. This is a JMP on steroids. This early “Plexi” versions (up to 1968) are really articulate and have a real nice “roar”. :P). Around this time, Marshall decided to upgrade the cosmetics of their amps. So, let’s stick to those for a while. Marshall® JCM900 Series Parts: Marshall® TSL100/TSL122 Parts: Marshall® DSL50 Parts: Marshall® DSL100 Parts : Marshall® Capacitors: Marshall® Corners and Handles: Marshall® Fan s: Marshall® Footswitch Boxes: Marshall® Fuse Holders: Marshall® Hardware: Marshall® Jacks: Marshall® Jack Plate: Marshall® Lights: Marshall… 😛. They started using rocker style switches instead of the old toggle switches (yes. Combo versions, are, again, really interesting. Although Vox was still keeping pace at this time – the AC80/100 and AC100 had a user list far greater than Marshall’s, including such names as the Beatles, the Stones, Herman’s Hermits, the Hollies, the Pirates, the Move, Procul Harem … These amps are really great!). making these slightly more “modern” sounding amps. Marshall currently produces a number of amplifiers, which are a mix of modern designs and vintage reissues. The model will be written there. This is why I called it “Rocker Switch Era”. It used the same headbox as the Super Lead. Many consider it to be the ultimate rock amp. If it has a top vent, then it’s a 100w. If it doesn’t, it’s a 50w. Related to the #1987 and the #1959 respectively, they were designed for bass players. Its nicknamed “Smoke On The Water Effect”. This one was not a pleasant change and the result was a much more grainy and thin-sounding tone as they were turned up. All the models mentioned above are still being produced here. They are easy to tell apart because the two extra knobs (“speed” and “intensity”) on the front panel. K = 1978 It’s important to note that from 1972 onwards, Marshall amps that were shipped to America had 6550 power tubes, because american dealers said EL-34s were breaking too much often inside the warranty time. All of them are useable. SVT Nrm - Ampeg® … A way to find out if a 2204 have the cascaded pre-amp or not is the Two Cables test. It is just as good as the other (probably even more versatile), but the “weird looks” probably scare people a bit and they think this is not a good amp. RI Reissue Series U = 1986 Included … Another example of this amp can be heard on AC/DC’s Ballbreaker album. 161 — 4x12 5153 4047 G — 4x12 EVH 5150 III … Z = 1991-92, http://www.superiormusic.com/page024.html, http://www.legendarytones.com/marshallshoppers1.html, http://www.legendarytones.com/marshallshoppers2.html, http://www.legendarytones.com/claptonearly1.html. – My opinion is that maybe he did that around 1974, since his tone was a lot different in the 1975 tour, but, of course, I might be wrong. Here is what he found out: “I started looking around right after I posted this (a little chat on the comments of this page regarding this same subject) and I believe I found the answer to confirm my thoughts. Of course, it also had a unique and distinctive voice. :P) here at the Solodallas classic rock comunity want to know more about the Late 70’s JMPs, don’t you? album, and I hear the sweet tone of that Les Paul through his Super Leads, I feel I’m in “tone heaven” 😛.  So, this means the U.S. export versions had 6550 tubes AND the two extra output jacks. You did such a wonderful job on the various heads, now what do you say to doing one on the cabinets and speakers and the wiring? The only one that worth mentioning is the switch to PCB style assembly on late-1973. Marshall JCM800 Super Lead #1959 (non-MV). So, I got kinda curious about all those ‘sneaky amps’ that is “hidden” within the Boss Katana guitar amplifier. So… This is it. I hope you liked this…. For this reason, this amp is known today as the JTM-50. 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