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Marshall JCM600

Marshall JCM602 [1997-2000]

User reviews on Marshall JCM600 products

It rocks (Marshall - JCM602 [1997-2000])

By mnms63, 11/11/2015
It's a tube amplifier with two EL34 power tubes and four 12AX7 for the preamp section.
Power is 60W, can rock really hard when pushed. 2 Celestion Heritage speakers which work very well with it, great sound dispersion, I'd even say the sound is better when NOT facing the amp.
Two totally independant channels with separate volume, bass, mid, treble and reverb settings for each plus a gain control for channel 2. There's also a global master volume and a front knob for the parallel effect loop (there's also a second, series fx loop).
The weight seems quite acceptable, it's a 2x12 combo but it remains transportable, I used to have a Laney Chrome Ozone that seemed heavy as hell compared to it, yet it only was a 2x10.


Very easy to use, you just plug it in and instantly get a great, vintage, very hot and punchy sound. Changing channel is done through the front panel switch or a classic footswitch (on a side note, plugging the footswitch de-activates the front panel switch). However, the reverb is not footswitch-controllable.
As a little extra, there's also an XLR line out as well as a presence knob, both located at the back of the amp (which seems strange, but not really annoying).


Clean sound is very dynamic, you have to be precise when playing with a pick. In all circumstances, it reveals of all the guitar's sound nuances. The resulting sound really matches that of the guitar very well, through it a Strat really won't sound like a Gibson. The tubes are really here to be heard. It starts crunching slightly yet in an interesting manner from volume set at three-quarters on this channel, thank the master volume to help regulate the overall volume output.
The Overdrive channel goes from a slighly bluesy crunch all the way to a heavy distortion. The crunch sound is beautiful, really nice for playing blues.

Both channels deliver an exceptional dynamics, be careful when playing with a pick, I really was impressed by how sensitive to attack it was. Really punchy.


It's a very good Marshall, it's strange how little known it is. Its power allows it to be used in all sorts of situations, either in rehearsal or on stage. As a former JCM900 combo owner, I can say there is no comparison between the two as far as sound quality is concerned. It seems reliable.
I'd say it sounds like a JCM800 but in a modernized version, regarding its connectors, two effect loops and master volume.

a modernized JCM800: plug & play (Marshall - JCM600 [1997-2000])

By peenduitre, 13/03/2014
the JCM600 is the natural evolution of the JCM800

designed to meet the need of rock "modern" in the late 1990's,
it has a very close 800 grain, and sounds hotter than 900

the JCM600 is more comprehensive in terms of setting and therefore more versatile


50 watts RMS
2x EL34 power
4x 12AX7 preamp
two channels (clean / crunch)
Separate EQ for each channel + master volume
presence control (at the rear of the amp, why?)
spring reverb (adjustable for each channel)
effects loop (parallel or serial) + mix control
Release 8 and 16ohms
XLR output


This is a very easy to understand amp.
The knobs are effective and respond well.
Foot: it has a master volume.

2 independent EQing (clean / OD) and the impressive reserve Gain, do all that we can play with jazz - blues - rock - heavy

Y has enough buttons to find his Son, without it becoming a gas plant!

For those who want the stack of origin: the 4x10 cabinet that was sold at the time should be banned!!!
it is not a matter of personal taste, no no, it is simply not suitable ...
objectively, what comes out does not make any tribute to the quality of the amp
the sound is muffled, supercharged, not accurate ...: S

opt for a 2x12 ": this is the day and night

I put 8/10 because of the cab too thin and unsuitable


I play mostly blues and rock 70/80
this amp is simply excellent in these areas
Guitars used: Gibson Les Paul Standart and FENDER Stratocaster

My head is connected to a JCM600 2x12 cabinet V30
marriage is top: the ample, present specific
Classic Lead 80 or Eminence Swamp Thang still are very good choice of HP

this is a rare marshall that I support his CLEAN
yet it is not the strongest of the brand, but now we get to have the brightness and precision
funk with a strat it terribly well

the overdrive channel is the strong point of this amp
a GAIN knob graduated from 1 to 20 ...!
marshall says it all: we are on a high gain amp

I use this channel only with GIBSON LP
remaining due on the gain (1> 3) we obtain very nice little bluesy OD
to 1/4 of the stroke was the crunch AC / DC
1/2 is one of the Gun's
from 3/4 is the deluge of fire! I personally never walk in these parts ... distortion too trashy for me (although this is very audible and quality)


This amp has not seen the commercial success it deserved and was produced a few years (late 1990's)

the incompatibility of the cabinet and its HP is certainly something
think to change HP if you want to keep the 4x10 config stack time
then choose the Vintage 10 or Eminence Legend 10

little feedback on this amp and the lack of proper demo make it unknown and little sought
in fact it is widely available rates: 300 to 400 is a good deal ...
but rare (and lucky) owners who do not have it rip easily!

Today, I can not separate myself!
because I can play with all and each time the sound is still waiting for you

In addition, the crunch is to die, no need to pedal: plug & play

I'll buy a good second if the opportunity presented itself ...?

A worthy descendant of the JCM 800 (Marshall - JCM601 [1997-2000])

By marshb, 28/11/2011
JCM 601 60w Combo 1hp 12, all lamps (4 ECC83 and 2 EL34 in prampli Svetlana) 2 switchable channels each with its own volume switch (+ gain on the lead) bass, middle, trebble, reverb + effects loop volume , master presence and the rear.

Footswitch jack in faade, effects loop / external output / DI the rear.


Having jou dj on 100w JCM 800, JCM 900 100w and 50w Silver jubilee I can objectively compare: the rglages indpendants for each channel are super practical and above all it is a low volume amp playable because the master is progressive trs (the 100w jcm 800/900 in mind to play at home than to have no family nearby + (trs) Tolra ...)
Button prsence the rear may be surprising.


In terms of sound, it's good trs Marshall (MA or not Haze Made in Asia I've heard).
The clean channel is ok and not easy to cruncher, but more is its lead channel INTERESTED: a beautiful jcm 800 type saturation but boosts and reminds me of my jubilee in less aggressive: a beautiful trs grain typical of the brand.
The reverb is enjoyable but I use some trs


An excellent amp mconnu, trs polyalent which allows to play home and send scne, with Marshall's (we like it or not) for a low price secondhand trs: a case but I think in a few years the prices will go up!

fuzzstone's review (Marshall - JCM601 [1997-2000])

By fuzzstone, 07/09/2009
<div> <span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: x-small;">This is a 60W amp any lamp rather hefty avecquatres ECC83 and two EL34 pramp in power. Two spare channel equalization has low, mid, aige, plus a gain knob for channel 2. one volume for the effects loop, a reverbaccutronicspar per channel and a master volume. ON / OFF and Stand By.</span> </div>

<div> <span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: x-small;">Of classical architecture on the back plug to connect an extension cab in 16 Ohms, a record for the internal speakers, a control prsence, a switch for effects loops, a loop parallle, a loop series. a DIN plug, plug.</span> </div>

<div> <span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: x-small;">to wake the beast, two speakers Celestion Heritage 12 &#39;inch and a footswitch for both channels, but no control of reverb, too bad.</span> </div>

<div> <span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: x-small;">Rugged and well made, the finish is nickel, Marshallian classical style, black, sober, not the look I prefer, but hey, the image is written into the collective memory.</span> </div>

<div> <span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: x-small;">The quality English, accusing it pays 35 kg on the scale, not really the amp you love lugging repeated in if you are a foot (not recommended unless really be a superman).</span> </div>

<div> <span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: x-small;">Despite his 12 years mine is in a state almost new, limited release of the store. not a knob spitting, no sizzling, long live the "old" amp!</span> </div>

<div> <span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: x-small;">The JCM 602 amp is a little oblivion stuck between the legendary JCM 800 and dung that was the JCM 900 (no offense to its owners happy, more power to them ...)</span> </div>

<div> <span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: x-small;">It should be recalled that the 600 issue, eyeing more towards the 800 and the 900 organic distortion and power problems and distortion rather "cold".</span> </div>

<div> <span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: x-small;">the architecture of the old circuit reminder JTM 60 (on paper is the same two) but if the 600 has a distal most "modern" know less and Fuzzy "distortion", the channel is clear not at the JTM series, far from it. mostly 30 and its 6L6 power.</span> </div>

<div> <span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: x-small;">for sound, we will come back ...</span> </div>


<div> <span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: x-small;">Well, as said above, it is a 60W lamp while so for use in an apartment, it&#39;s dead .... and useless. although not impossible because the Master can play a small volume, but it does not benefit or harm from a bluesy crunch thick and wish Labonne or a distortion of the Guns is capable of dlivrer bte .</span> </div>

<div> <span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: x-small;">The sound is pokey, not his cup of tea ....</span> </div>

<div> <span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: x-small;">a reasonable volume (4 to the Master is already very strong) that the receiver wakes up and brings all that we are entitled to expect from a marshall ... attention, big big sound!</span> </div>

<div> <span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: x-small;">a block, I know, I had my windows is ... lol</span> </div>

<div> <span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: x-small;">The settings are simple with more than two neurons, no surprise that the cot you are on familiar ground. Personally, I appreciate that each channel has its equalization (a change of my JTM 30).</span> </div>

<div> <span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: x-small;">The handy thing is the reverb CONTRL indpendant spar with, the less is not activated via the footswitch .... :-(</span> </div>

<div> <span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: x-small;">To repeat and concert, the recess is its course, the amp is expressed completely, it is for a. well just make sure you own a car and we do not live on the 6th with no elevator. if not, what is bousillle back ... lol</span> </div>


<div> <span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: x-small;">good essay with four shovels of the house. an SG faded, a tokai firebird, rivira a quip with a pair of classic 57 and a Danish pro.</span> </div>

<div> <span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: x-small;">Clearly the couple dano pro / JCM 600 is a little off topic, the brilliance of the guitar does not break the JTM commeavec more tuft darker too. Not my prefried although a little fiddling in the equation, we get a sound very nice in stew with the crunch. but clearly, there&#39;s more.</span> </div>

<div> <span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: x-small;">With the SG, we enter the heart of the matter. IMMEDIATE big sound. plain it&#39;s not bad, although a clear trend crunch if you increase the volume too, but if you hand lgre, a password.</span> </div>

<div> <span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: x-small;">crunch in / ODc&#39;est ... YUM !.... friends seventies Stones, AC / DC Welcome to the club. Brown sugar is in your living room. it&#39;s round, it&#39;s hot, it&#39;s good.</span> </div>

<div> <span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: x-small;">you push the gain block, and zouuuu, the guns, pieces of angry Led Zep, the grain is the sound is boiling hot, a bit runny, filled the space and lead to super ... no pedals or devices ....</span> </div>

<div> <span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: x-small;">With the Firebird is substantially same, although the color tone is more blues, more southern rock, ZZ Top, Molly Hatchet, Black Crowes ... no need to draw you a picture!</span> </div>

<div> <span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: x-small;">For rivira, I am less a fan ... say it produces less than the JTM that corresponds better. Sounds clear and slightly crunchy, even if they are very good, does not compete with the JTM in terms of dynamics and clarity and distortion drool too with 57 for my taste.</span> </div>

<div> <span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: x-small;">In short, you will understand, this amp meets your guitar and the sounds n&#39;uniformise not it meets the grain of your shovel.
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<div> <span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: x-small;">APRS, of course, we can all play with but I think it is not clear that the sound is best expressed, some fender are much better (not even the mythical oblivion as my field 25SE ). His thing is he is rather "I send the ball far ahead", ideal for rock (very) tough to burn well ... not hard to do in the lace or valuable, to s&#39;adresseplus arosmith fan of smiths that I have ... t clear enough?</span> </div>


<div> <span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: x-small;">stumbled upon a flea market a bargain price concurrency (the price of a valve junior), I had no great need of this amp, my old JTM30 filling me completely (the amp in my life &#39;s is he and not another .... <img class="smiley" src="" alt="wink" /> ), But the occasion was the thief and as the canal is lovely drive coupled with the SG and Firebird, I&#39;ll kindly keep me warm.
To my surprise and contrary to what&#39;s usually said, the JTM 60 circuit does not sound as vintage as the 30, has not even had much to do. The clean channel is darker, less shiny and less fuzzy distortion. On the gain block 30 is obtained roughly the sound has a hendrix monterey, with 600 (and thus the 60 plans of APRS) is directly in Slash Guns & Roses ... power!
All this to say that in seeking well and with any luck, we are not forced to play these days on dung as the MG series marshall home or Berhinger soufreuteux.
So scratch too young fortune, the flea Chin explores the sales depots (There&#39;s a few months he saw near me a Classic 30 200 and a few Euros for example) and stop buying crumbs legends at full price.

The JCM 600 offers a good price (there are around 400 on ebay) the marshall of the years 70/80, it&#39;s not a JCM 800, certainly, but the sound is powerful, warm, .............. branch guitars!</span> </div>