K = 1978 Ah… Did I mention that Free used a lot of Marshall Super PAs on stage? The Vintage Amp Room Bundle is based on vintage Marshall, Fender, and Vox amps. These amps were not only stupidly loud, but also really really clean. Welcome to The Fender Amp Field Guide. S = 1984 The sound of this amplifier is “creamy” and “warm”. were required to have 4 holes to attain the proper UL rating.”. 161 — 4x12 5153 4047 G — 4x12 EVH 5150 III … S/ or S/A 50 Watt MS1959 I+II The sound of connecting inputs I and II of the guitar amp in parallel, creating a sound with a stronger low end than I. R-FIER VTG (R-FIER VINTAGE) Models … Altough I dial the Bass to 10 it still lacks huge amounts of bass to my ears. AD Clean. 😛. In 1981, Marshall launched the JCM800 series. Another change (wich is not that important) is that now the 50w chassis were put in the same bigger style headbox as the 100w. This is why I called it “Rocker Switch Era”. 1987X JUMP (based on 50W Marshall 1987X reissue). It could also work as a “Plexi-style circuit”, by keeping the Master on 10 and working with the pre-amp volume. That happened until around 1976.  So, this means the U.S. export versions had 6550 tubes AND the two extra output jacks. In 1989, the JCM800 line was over, and the high gain JCM900 era begun. And once that … Continue reading "Boss Katana sneaky amps and the original amps" SL/ or SL/A Super Lead – 100 Watt 😛 The transitition from the JTM to the JMP amps happened, in my view, with three steps. Combo versions, are, again, really interesting. This amp is more suited for blues players, with a smoother sound. They are easy to tell apart because the two extra knobs (“speed” and “intensity”) on the front panel. Front panel was also identical. Also, the serial numbers started to be printed on the front panel, close to the switches. 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. Another player that acquired some of those was Eric Clapton, who used them to tour with Cream. There were Bass (50 watt), Super Bass (100 watt), Lead (50 watt), and Super Lead (100 watt) heads in addition to a range of p.a. A = 1969-70 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. I hope this can be useful to all of you who are interested in buying old Marshall amps. Model Code Explanation If you want to hear this amp, listen to any Free live performance. The JTM-45 was now called Marshall Lead 50w #1987. Don’t ask how that’s even possible. So… Marshall had to come up with something to solve this problem…. M = 1980 The Marshall Super PA 50w #1963 and the Marshall Super PA 100w #1968 amps may scare you a bit when you look at them. These amps had two “sections” (The most common thing to do was to set one section to Lead specs and the other one to Bass specs). Inspired by. X = 1989 These are just a few of the thousands of codes that Marshall came up with for their amps. Note the 4 KT88 tubes. So keep your eyes open for those as well. They are as reliable as the PTP Marshalls. And for that sake, those five amp styles available from the physical knob – what are they based on? It was the first Marshall with a solid state rectifier. Marshall then “hot-rodded” the JTM-45 using four KT66 and two 50w output transformers to handle the extra wattage. That’s a great idea, I second that!! The flagship amplifier, the 'Number One', had 23 orders on its first day in production--and the rest, as they say, is history. 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. 12ax7) pre-amp tubes and a GZ34 rectifier tube. The combo versions of these amps are really interesting too. The nasal and overdriven tone is unmistakable. They can easily be converted into Lead circuits as well. Well… I’ll do my best to let you satisfied! Roland JC120. Some amps with JMP style will surface there and there during the 80’s too. Turn to this Amp Model to conjure up tones of the coveted JCM 800, one of Marshall's most universally acclaimed modern amps. 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. No other company has produced so many great sounding, well built and reliable amps. #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 … Marshall JCM800 50w 1×12 combo #4010 (2204 circuit). At this point, Marshall’s exclusive distribution contract with Rose Morris was expiring. Marshall also made a series of 18-watt combo amps around the same time in 1965. heads and later the 200 watt Marshall Major. The site is still in beta, some functions might not be fully implemented and a lot of things require polishing, but the basic functionality of creating and sharing Marshall … Early version of the JMP Master Model #2204 (no top vent = 50w), 1979 Marshall JMP Super Bass 100w #1992, So… Here we are. Specifically intended to be used in mixes in the box. They used the 2203/ 2204 Master Model heads extensively through the years. But they are basically a JCM800 in the old headbox. G = 1975 When I listen to the Free Live! (If so, what!?). And now, we are oficially into the JMP era. SP/ Super PA I just want to say hello to everyone, my 1st day and comment. Its nicknamed “Smoke On The Water Effect”. ), (NOTE – I did some updates at the 2203/ 2204 section of the article ~JaiminhoPagina). Stay away from this thing. The first amps had 5881 power tubes. Due to all the hype around the PCB, post-1973 Marshalls are even more accessible to us. The panel of this model had only 2 inputs, standard eq section , a Pre-Amp and a Master Volume knobs. They called it Marshall Master Model 100w Lead #2203 and Marshall Master Model 50w Lead #2204. Did it work? Yes and no. E = 1973 This is a trebly sound suited to hard rock. © 2013 - 2017 Positive LLC. Larger logo used from 1980 – 1981 (And serial on the front panel). 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 … ), 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?). Let’s take a look at what we still have here. By late 1966 – early 1967, Marshall stopped using the GZ34 tube rectifier in all the models and started using a solid state rectifier instead. Altough rarer, the non-Master Volume amps (#1959/#1987/ #1992/ #1986) were still being made under the JCM name. Interestingly, the amps for the Canadian market kept the EL-34 tubes and the old toggle switches. The first JMP marked amps came out around late 1967, although, as you saw, all of them already had JMP characteristics. Y = 1990 There were many cosmetic changes on the first years until it finally got the “Classic Marshall Look” by 1964. Marshall realized the potential of the new band and decided to sponsor them. So, always keep your eyes open for “fishy” deals, look for information, and always ask for high definition photos (especially from the interior of the amps – the circuit, the tubes and transformers) to make sure everything is right. MODEL LIST. The model will be written there. The Lead section sound like a Lead circuit. This updated version of the Plexi continued Marshall… 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). These amps had an extra 12ax7 tube for the “tremolo” effect. It’s 200W of pure loudness. Only the 2204 (50w) suffered from the lack of gain at low volumes. Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin is well know for his use of a 1959 Les Paul and Marshall Super Lead #1959 amps (Did you notice that both have 1959 on their name? The different position of the inputs meant a change in the circuit. Here is a link to a Marshall forum page. C = 1971 But it also had the characteristic smoothness of the tube rectifier. SB/ or SB/A Super Bass – 100 Watt So, if you find one for a good price, grab it. Of course, it also had a unique and distinctive voice. Marshall Amplification Amplifier User Manuals Download ManualsLib has more than 374 Marshall Amplification Amplifier manuals Click on an alphabet below to see the full list of models starting with … This is my first article here at Solodallas.com. They were changed to KT66 shortly after. 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. R = 1983 This one was not a pleasant change and the result was a much more grainy and thin-sounding tone as they were turned up. Line 6 Spider Jam Classic 15. Please help us to improve it. 12au7). The 1990 Brit J-800 Amp Model is based on* a Marshall® JCM 800. Clean. This is one of the reasons why the Major was discontinued in 1974. “little” piece of Marshall’s history. Most models attempt to include the "classic" Marshall "roar". Around mid-1979 there was another minor circuit change. [Warning: lame joke coming up!] :P) here at the Solodallas classic rock comunity want to know more about the Late 70’s JMPs, don’t you? Please note the “Black Flag” JTM marking that was used at that time. I would say “crispy” too. They were. All of them are useable. So… This is it. I hope you liked this…. Join Solodallas.com for free and gain access to premium content, featuring full length high quality videos and lots of articles. Related to the #1987 and the #1959 respectively, they were designed for bass players. 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 … It used the same headbox as the Super Lead. Just got myself a JMP 2104 from early 80’s. This is the reason why Marshalls of this early era (up to 1968) are known as “Plexis”. 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. It changed music forever. These pages are dedicated to the greatest amplifiers ever made. After many blown tubes, they decided to try something really different this time: to cascade the pre-amp to get extra pre-amp saturation. By mid-1977, they were over and only new parts were used. J = 1977 I won’t write the rest because it may confuse you even more. D = 1972 This is when the confusing model numbers started being used I believe. XD). Silver 120. 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. This amp had a more edgy sound than the JTM-45, due to the EL-34s. Another good side here is that amps made after 1970 doesn’t have so much collectible value as the early “Plexi” amps. http://www.marshallforum.com/marshall-amps/23862-jmp-2203-speaker-outs.html, The guy here states that the U.S. variants In 1965, the plexiglass faceplates were introduced. The two extra jacks that appear on this head are actually STOCK! I’ll write down the most important ones and what they mean. This is a photo of a JTM-45/100, but it’s the same headbox used for the early Super Leads, I think you are all familiar with this amp. I’m not sure of the year his amps were made, but something tells me that they are from around this period (1968 or 1969) or maybe from the early Metal-Face years. Anyway… It’s said that his amps were modded to accept KT88 power tubes, boosting their power to 200w (and actually, he really told so on an interview in 1977), but the question is: When was it done? Post a link of the desired amp on the “Ebay Watch Post”, so we can help analyzing it. … So, I’ll try to explain it the best I can. If you thought a Marshall Super Lead was already too loud. The back of a Marshall Major. It’s hard to tell when they used what amp, but you can’t go wrong with these beasts. The only one that worth mentioning is the switch to PCB style assembly on late-1973. The first one was the creation of the first 100w amp. Included … I’ll concentrate on “how they sound”, “how they look like” and also “how to tell them apart”. A notable user of these amps is a guy named Eddie. Amp. This was actually good for most guitar players, since they wanted more and more gain. 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. 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. L = 1979 I don’t know. 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. T = 1985 Marshall currently produces a number of amplifiers, which are a mix of modern designs and vintage reissues. So, if you find a weird looking 1976 – 1977 JMP, it’s probably just because they were using some old parts to assemble them. H = 1976 2203/ 2204 (MV): 2 inputs, Pre-amp and Master Volume, Model of the amp in handwriting letter style at the back. N = 1981 I’m not sure what recordings this amp was responsible for. Serial numbers are a great way to find the model/ year of the amp. But some claim that there were, again, small changes in the circuit. When they got into the studio to record the Let There be Rock album, they already had brand new JMP “rocker switch” amps. Turn it on and put your hand on the other end of the cables to produce sound. It’s important to note that, for example, a 1959 amp has nothing to do with the year 1959. Why they chose those numbers then? This models the sound input to Input I on a Marshall 1959. 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