Marshall JCM800 2203 Reissue Guitar Amplifier Head (100 Watts) Customer Review
i HAVE BEEN PLAYING FOR 25 YEARS . i HAVE OWNED A 1972 mARSHALL PT TO PT METAL FACE 100 WATT AMP. a WONDERFUL AMP WITH THE FAMED FLAT CAPS (NOT THE MUSTARD CAPS p) THIS PARTICUALR YEAR WAS KLNOWN TO BE BE MORE AGGRESIVE THAN ANY OTHER 70S . It is a sserious piece of gear that needs to be heard loud and in band context . Not for the faint of heart . BROWN TONE .
The 1977 jmp NMV Marshall I owned again very aggressive amp. a ciecuit board yet mustard cap amp it was again a great unit giving me some seriosuly thick harmonic overtones.
the 1981 MARSHALL JCM800 and the new reissue 2203X. I own the both . I find the 81 sounds wonderful again and its brown and mean and smooth . It has to do with what you surround this amp with. ITS NOT A ONE TRICK pony. I bought the reissue and again. I found it was very very close to my 1981 MARSHALL JCM800. for some reason after a tech got a hold of it and changed a component something was a miss. Instead of keeping it. I just moved on. But initially i ran it with my trusty 1972 and 1979 L.P. Customs and Bogner Bottom it sounded so smooth yet aggressive. " not mushy. not to preampy as many new amps do. justgreat tone in your hands. And in the end . The tone IS IN YOUR HANDS RIGHT ??!?!
have fun with it
Its one channel. You can kick back the gain and turn off your clean boost I use for kicking the amp to lead territory yet I find myself using an AB-Y box and a FENDER SILVERFAXCE for clean tones .I play fusion , funk, heacvy groove blues funk alternative guitar shred and feel mood music. whatever So yeah its not a one trick pony as far asthe tone because tyheirs a lot you can do to change the sonic of the amp BUt youll need a clean amp to aby with it IMHO. Its worth it though if this is what your looking for . many co's try to duplicate this tone but their is only one MArshall 2203
Ease of Use:
Its not hard tpo get a great tone from this amp and its a great Marshall to start with or end with as your main rig. I did. Im still gonna get one more 1972 Marshall Pt to Pt amp though. You gotta know what to surround this head with. Just read your posts in the forums .askl around and LISTEN to what your building soncially . one piece at a time. buy qa BOTTOM CAB too made from birch at 8 ohms .
Never had a problem with it . just tubes I changed which I use NOS . new old stock.
Marshall has a website that is self explanatory so. all good
Id say they should charge $1899. But at this prioce its fair
The Wow Factor:
sex appeal. its an amp. Its a basic rock and roll monster. Its not full of lights glowing and rockets flying but if you want tone this amp delivers so.
the reissue is a great amp. Id say it may not be a 100% the same component weise to the 1981 Version of this amp but i think its close enough to give it a shot . Just make sure you try it out first . and grab yourself a nice overdrive to clean boost with it and bottom cab. and a les paul or strat with a humbucker . whatever you like