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Marshall JMD501 Review

16-in-1 Marshall Every guitar player knows Marshall and its cult amp series that has been manufactured for over 40 years now. Sometimes praised, sometimes criticized – everyone has certainly heard about the Marshall Plexi, JMP and JCM800, some of which even became reference products. After the launch of a new all-tube series (JVM), a solid-state series (MGFX) and a tube/solid-state hybrid series (Valvestate), Marshall only lacked a tube/digital hybrid product range. Thanks to its cooperation with Softube (well-known for its software amp simulations), Marshall has now launched the new JMD:1 series entering the semi-digital area. Today, we'll take a deeper look inside the JMD501... read more…

User reviews on Marshall JMD1 products

marshall always rocks (Marshall - JMD501)

By yoTrakkz, 01/01/2012
The Marshal JMD 501 is a solid state guitar combo modeling amp. It has a 1/4 inch input and has a ton of parameters for effects and tone control of all types. It has a digital screen that you can save sounds in addition to the vast array of parameters. There is a nice amount of control over your tone, with a lot of effects, making the Line 6 Flextone 3 a versatile guitar amp.


UTILIZATION

The configuration of the Marshal JMD 501 is pretty easy to follow and it won't take too long to understand what everything does. It does take a little bit of time to figure out how to navigate through the screen, but it is done smartly enough that it won't take too long. It is pretty easy to get a good sound from this amp, but it really depends on what type of sound you are going for, as some of the effects are better than other on this amp. The manual for the Marshal JMD 501 is pretty complete and easy to understand, and it is a good idea to have it around while learning this amp.


SOUNDS

Marshal JMD 501 is great for rock music, but will work in almost any setting. The effects range from delays and reverbs to modulation effects, but none of the effects are that impressive to me. This being said, they are usable and it is nice to have so many different types of effects within one amp. It has a great clean tone, but the distortion comes off a bit tinny sounding and I would recommend using a pedal for your overdrive when using this amp.


OVERALL OPINION

I've been using Marshal JMD 501 for about a year and I have found it to be a good guitar amp. It isn't the best by any stretch, but it is a reasonably priced option for the intermediate player looking for an amp with effects. It is versatile and is perfect for the player looking to figure out what effects they like to use best. Overall, the Marshal JMD 501 is a nice amplifier, but I wouldn't recommend it for professionals in any situation.
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Trash!!! (Marshall - JMD50)

By iamqman, 15/11/2011
Marshall is been known for the great straight ahead rock 'n roll guitar amplifiers. They have been around for decades now have been pretty much the catalyst for most hard rock and metal bands. They've been used all over the world and pretty much every studio recording imaginable. This amplifier is basically a digital front end with a power tube power section. That means there are no preamp tubes in this amplifier but just to EL 34 power tubes. It's kind of a modeling amp and it does all of the tones that pretty much any Marshall amplifier could do. You have a modeling front and a power back. It gets pretty close to those tones but it just doesn't have that right feel and tone that you would get out of preamp tubes.

UTILIZATION

Features

Power rating: 50W
Preamp: Digital Natural Harmonic Technology
Poweramp tubes: 2 x EL34
Preamp topologies: 16
Modulation effects: Chorus, Phaser, Flanger, Tremolo
Delay effects: Hi-Fi Analogue, Tape, Multi
Tap tempo control
Reverb: Independent custom voiced
Midi Control: Midi in, Midi Thru
Stompware controller: supplied
Emulated line out: XLR
Headphone out: 1/4" jack
Line in: 1/4" jack
Preamp: 1/4" jack
Effects loop: Serial / Parallel -10dBV / +4dB with mix control
Speaker output: 1x16Ω, 1x8 Ω, 2x 16 Ω
Developed in the UK, manufactured in China



SOUNDS


I'm a big fan of Marshall amplifiers because he really fit my tone in my feel towards a guitar. This amplifier just does not get it from me. It could be that it's made in China and I pretty much refuse to buy anything or any guitar amplifier or gear amde in China. Marshalls really let me down with his amplifier in a sense that they have successfully built their company with good quality components and hard work based in the country of origin but now that they're outsourcing some of their products just doesn't do it for me. You're pretty much going the way of Vox which is been a lacking and a disaster for about 10 years now.


OVERALL OPINION


At new you can find these guitar amplifiers right around thousand dollars but that's probably about $900 more than I would ever spent on this guitar amp. It's made in China and I would never buy this amplifier for that reason alone. Marshall if you want to keep business with me you can continue to make your amplifiers in the United Kingdom or else I'm going to switch over to plenty of other boutique amplifiers that do it much better than you were doing it now.
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Suprisingly not too bad (Marshall - JMD100)

By iamqman, 30/06/2011
I have heard two of my favorite guitar player play through this amp, Paul Gilbert and Doug Aldrich. I actually heard Doug from about 5 feet away at NAMM a couple years ago when this amp came out. Of course he can make just about anything sound decent but I also heard one of Marshall's demo guys play through it and it sounded equally as impressive.

I have never been a fan of digital modelers but this one as a hybrid modeler doesn't sound too bad. The price is good and the tone is pretty close to the amp models they claim to emulate.


Marshall JDM100 Digital/Tube Guitar Combo Amp Features:

Power: 100-watts
16 digital preamps
Power Amp: 4 x EL34
Four modulation FX
Delay FX
Reverb
Noise Gate
Series/Parallel FX Loop
Footcontroller included
MIDI In and Thru
Emulated Line Out
Headphone Out
MP3/CD Line In

UTILIZATION

Details
Type Hybrid
Number of Channels 4
Power 50W
Effects
Reverb
EQ Bass, Middle, Treble
Amp Modeling Yes
Number of Models 16
Number of Tubes 2
No Preamp Tubes
Power Tubes 2 x EL34
Inputs 1 x Instrument, 1 x Line (1.4")
Outputs 3 x Speaker, 1 x Headphone (1/4"), 1 x Preamp, 1 x XLR
Footswitch I/O
Effects Loop
Height 12.2"
Width 29.53"
Depth 8.66"
Weight 44.53 lbs.

SOUNDS

So basically it is a digital preamp and a tube driven power section. The preamps cover just about ever Marshall amp that they have done and it does a surprisingly good job. I have never been a fan of amp modeling as most of my experience has been with Line 6 and those things sound terrible. So when I first heard this amp, my ears immediately perked up.

The amp covers a lot of Marshall ground and the price is nice as well. If you can't find a decent tone out of 16 amp models then this isn't the amp for you. You can get basically any Marshall tone from the ages.

OVERALL OPINION

At new these amp come in at around $1099, which isn't a bad price for the features and tone that you get. There are plenty of hot-rodded Marshall tones available in this amp and it doesn't take too long to find them either.

I would recommend this amp to anyone who loves the Marshall tone and can't decide which series they would like to have. The tone come as close as you can get for a modeler and sounds fairly organic.
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50 watt digital (Marshall - JMD50)

By iamqman, 16/06/2011
This is the 50 watt combo version of the JMD:1 amp. You get the same great features and tone. However, the tone will be a bit more spongy due to the cut of half the wattage. You will get a bit less headroom in the overall tone.

This amp is an interesting take on the new wave of amplifiers. They take the digital side of modeling and combine that with the power tube section of your already familiar Marshall tone. It was a big surprise at how close to the amp models that this amp comes close too.

Marshall JDM50 Digital/Tube Guitar Amp Head Features at a Glance:

Power: 50-watts
16 digital preamps
Power Amp: 2 x EL34
Four modulation FX
Delay FX
Reverb
Noise Gate
Series/Parallel FX Loop
Footcontroller included
MIDI In and Thru
Emulated Line Out
Headphone Out
MP3/CD Line In

UTILIZATION

Details
Type Hybrid
Number of Channels 4
Power 50W
Effects
Reverb
EQ Bass, Middle, Treble
Amp Modeling Yes
Number of Models 16
Number of Tubes 2
Preamp Tubes No Preamp Tubes
Power Tubes 2 x EL34
Inputs 1 x Instrument, 1 x Line (1.4")
Outputs 3 x Speaker, 1 x Headphone (1/4"), 1 x Preamp, 1 x XLR
Footswitch I/O
Effects Loop
Height 12.2"
Width 29.53"
Depth 8.66"
Weight 34.61 lbs.

SOUNDS

So basically it is a digital preamp and a tube driven power section. The preamps cover just about ever Marshall amp that they have done and it does a surprisingly good job. I have never been a fan of amp modeling as most of my experience has been with Line 6 and those things sound terrible. So when I first heard this amp, my ears immediately perked up.

The amp covers a lot of Marshall ground and the price is nice as well. If you can't find a decent tone out of 16 amp models then this isn't the amp for you. So you should be able to quickly get the sound you are looking for in about 2 minutes or less.

OVERALL OPINION

At new these amp come in at around $999, which isn't a bad price for the features and tone that you get. There are plenty of hot-rodded Marshall tones available in this amp and it doesn't take too long to find them either.

I would recommend this amp to anyone who loves the Marshall tone and can't decide which series they would like to have. The tone come as close as you can get for a modeler and sounds fairly organic.
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