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Marshall JCM800 Solid State

Marshall 5205 Reverb 12 [1984-1991]

User reviews on Marshall JCM800 Solid State products

Amp outsized rare for a transistor (Marshall - 5205 Reverb 12 [1984-1991])

By daryll, 18/01/2014
Transistor amplifier, input, line out and headphone jack.
Power 12w rms (note that even when decanted).
Adjusting bass / middle / treble, volume, gain, and reverb.

UTILIZATION

Ultra simple setup, you plug it on and go!
No need for manual equalization is ultra-efficient, as well as reverb, which is a spring.

SOUNDS

Is it your style of music?
Widely fan hard rock, blues, I'm thrilled.
What kind of sound you get and with what settings ("crystalline", "bold", ....)?
Anything goes, from clean, crunch distortion, I play with a Gibson equipped slash alnico 2.
I have personally never heard a jcm 800 (set apart on yout ...) says it is part of this legendary series, however, I want to believe, there are easily Grain this time.
I do not pedal arm, the sound is there!
I have tried to connected to the 12 "(original with 8", unlike the lead 12 which makes it 10 ") is too strong a quarter of the volume.
8 hp "marshall s300 model is really good, tried it with a greenback 10 or 12" for those who are pushing the beast, because it definitely reserve, not played in a room of 10 m² has half the volume, ruined without ears!

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for a few months now, I went through a few before power amp has low lights, for home use it is largely over, this is the first time I hear such a grain, we look for lamps, because it is warm, creamy, dynamic ...
I looked at the origin a lead 12, it does not have the reverb, but input 2 hig / low, I came across it by chance for 80 euros, since I seek a second in case it is found.
With experience, you do again this choice?
Yes, I look for another meme!

If you find one to date has less than 100 euros, run because you will not have two opportunities, and because of its rarity and the sound quality of the device, its price risk installed!
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Surprising (Marshall - 5212 Split Channel Reverb [1986-1991])

By falken7, 09/10/2013
Everything has been said. It is a powerful amp.

UTILIZATION

This amp to an interesting feature, as the name suggests "split chanel" the two channels are mixable. There is no channel selector (except footswitch) and suddenly can modulate both channels to find his sound. A bit like an old plexi (without jack). This feature is very interesting because it can shape a terrible sound and light crunch with just the volume knob of the guitar. Very suitable for humbuckers. I rejoin the previous opinion, there is a good sound very quickly. Equalization is fine and the presence button needed to climb on stage. Its close to the Marshall JCM 800 (the design is similar ... Lamps less) transistors 80s are above what we find today.

SOUNDS

Marshall of his race. I play a Gibson Les Paul Classic 2005. Very nice clear sound. Great for blues even edgy, with a TS and a good analog distortion can even tackle the heavy without being ridiculous. Rather I play 70's rock and there is great. Perfect by repeating or small / medium sized scenes. Focus analog pedals, he does not like the digital effects. The effects loop has no interest for me. I am careful to give an opinion on the matter. Spring reverb. Simple but effective, the race knob is a bit exaggerated. From 5 it is difficult to use.

OVERALL OPINION

This is an amp that is rare but make transistors that can still be found pretty cheap. Since it is indestructible and extremely simple design (and thus repair) is a good plan.
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Excellent solid-state amp! (Marshall - 5210 [1981-1991])

By tof84, 13/08/2013
50W, 2 channels, solid-state.

9/10 because the footswitch is a bit light and not too practical for onstage.

UTILIZATION

It's very easy to get really good sounds, it's easy to dial in.

It's good to know that the amp has to be really driven to sound good. At low volumes it seems a bit soft and lacks dynamic response.

For the clean channel I set the volume to 7 to get a twangy and well-defined sound, pretty pristine for a Marshall. The master is never below 4, so it can't be easy if you have neighbors. Bass is set to 9 and treble to 5.

For the crunch channel, the gain is also set to 7 or 8 (depending on the guitar) and volume to 9.
The crunch makes the guitar sing with a lot of nuances.

The master goes from 4 (at home) to 5-6 with rehearsals with a drummer (soft) and 8 for gigs in venues.
Beyond that, the sound is overcompressed and has no musicality.

It's hard to explain but it behaves somewhat like a tube amp, it has to be really driven.

SOUNDS

The clean channel is twangy and correct, it is very expressive, which is typical of Marshall amps.
You can easily play pop, ballads or funk with a Strat or a Tele. For blues it's best with a PRS or a Les Paul.

The crunch channel is much warmer and comes close to a real tube amp in terms of nuances and musicality. Although it does lack some thickness.

Compared to a tube Fender (I also have a champ 25 SE), it is just as good in terms of dynamic response but it sounds a little less thick and a little less expressive. Only when you compare them with an A/B switch can you tell the difference.
Compared to a Marshall Valvestate 8080 (I have two), it's like night and day: The 5210 has a very usable and rich clean sound. The valvestates sound too muddled and cold (despite the tube). On the other hand, they are more versatile and powerful.

Personally, I prefer to have a good basic clean sound and use a pedalboard (TS9, Delay DD3 and Proco Rat) for blues or rock solos.

I play Strat and PRS and the amp sounds fine with both types of guitars. It respects pretty well the tone and nuances of each instrument. And that's what matters most to my ear.
But, obviously, the better the guitar, the better the sound.

Important note: The amp has an excellent vintage sound for blues/rock, but it's hard to play metal with it, even with an adequate pedal: The tone of the amp is always present.

OVERALL OPINION

It's a model from 1984, I've had it for two years. I use it to practice, but also for rehearsals and the couple of gigs we've had.
Despite the mileage it has on it, it ages well. It's note heavy to carry around and satisfies my demanding ears.

By the way, I have a Blues jr, which I find too typical and compressed, a peavey classic 30 (sensitive to mics and not too versatile), a JCM 900 (good clean and good distortion but it breaks down too often), two Marshall 8080 (muddled and a bit cold, not to mention the crackling pots and the loose solder joints), a Vox VT30+ (too boxy, decent distortion, but hard to get a really clean sound).

Today, I scented a burning smell coming from my Fender champ 25 SE (surely the output transformer). I'll have it repaired because it's a very good amp.
At the $300 price point, it's a very good secondhand amp.
Fortunately, the 5210 is always reliable.
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30w solidstate JCM800 single channel (Marshall - 5203 Master Reverb 30 [1986-1991])

By jelly.roll, 02/07/2013
preamp: transistor pwramp: ditto
connectivity

front, input, headphone out, line out (without level, easily editable)
rear: sector
no insert but changed easily see diagram

power 30w rms FORGET 30W ON PAPER! IT REALLY IS VIOLENT POTATO AND AMPLE LEVEL SUFFICIENT TO FILER HEADACHE A DRUMMER!

Celestion speaker 12 "50w 4ohms G12S-50 UK
SETTINGS: PREAMP, MASTER, MID, BASS, TREBLE, PRESENCE + REVERB ROCKET POWER ROCKETSWITCH

UTILIZATION

NO NEED FOR MANUAL IS PLUG AND PLAY! §
CLAN SUPER BELOW 2/3 IN PREAMP, OVERDRIVE TYPICAL SOLIDSTATE BUT FAR GREATER THAN MANY OTHER AMPS HAVING 12AX7 INSIDE

SOUNDS

USE WITH PEDAL TONEBONE BRITISH TONE BLACKTAR HTDX, TS9, Multicom EBS, APHEX EXITER - MOD LOOP PLANNED FOR MY AND MY ModFactor TIMEFACTOR;

CRYSTAL CLEAN AS A JAZZY GUITAR AND MICRO CONFIG;

GUITARS: PRS CE24? HAMER AND SPECIAL P90 CHAPPARAL ELITE (USA) PEAVEY WOLFGANG HARDTAIL AND ODYSSEY (USA) CHARVEL STRAT AND TRADITIONNAL MOD 4 (USA)
JOHNSON DOBRO WITH LIPSTICK MICRO KEN ARMSTRONG;

A REAL WHATEVER THE GUITAR §? HAVE A JCM800 4210 SPLITCHANNEL OF 86 + MAS NOT EVIL HEAD PEAVEY SPEAKERS? MESA THIELE AND IN THIS AMP EV IS A GOOD INVESTMENT
+ FOR DETAILS:

OVERALL OPINION

1 H AND NOT USING IN LAUNCHING AS IS AWESOME
SEE MY PROFILE!

RIVERA: (M60, M100, TBR1SL) MARSHALL: OLD BEFORE 800 (2203 + CAB IN GREENBACK) THE JCM 800 (2205, 4212), THE 900 SLX PEAVEY: ULTRA +, JSX, 5150 MKI AND MKII? CLASSIC 50 HEAD? DeltaBlues? H & H Triamp? RESTO;;; Yuck § § § ° NOMAD 100 AND 55 EXCELLENT? MARK III, IV and V
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