Marshall JCM 2000
Tube Amplifier Series
Marshall JCM 2000
The venerable Marshall name combined with plenty of watts and true tube sound make Marshall's JCM 2000 series truly powerful contenders in the electric guitar amplifier ring.
Marshall released several amp models in the JCM 2000 series, but they can be divided into two main categories: two-channel DSL models and three-channel TSL models.
Does it matter which you choose?
First, decide which model in the series you want based on how many watts and what features you want.
These are serious amps, and the ear-popping 100-watt models are among the most popular.
But other lower-powered options in the series deliver plenty of sound, too.
DSL models are probably fine for most players.
TSL models with their extra channel cost much, much more than DSL models -- even used.
And some guitar reviewers say the DSL brings a better tone anyway.
If both are 100 watts, dividing the power in those tubes up among three channels instead of two would naturally change the nature of the sound.
There’s another important fact that you may have already found if you’ve been researching the JCM 2000 series very long.
Most people who review these amps say they’re the best amps they’ve ever tried or heard about.
That’s not surprising since most of Marshall’s products -- except perhaps their lower-end electronic amps -- get amazing ratings.
A big part of their success comes because they’ve specialized in true tube amps since they were founded in the 1960s.
Tube amps are actually capable of producing a more pure sound than electronic amps, but that’s not why many electric guitar players prefer them.
Tubes distort sound in a unique way when the gain is turned up too high -- that is, high enough that the tubes start to perform outside their recommended range and begin to behave strangely.
Electronic amps try to emulate this distortion -- and some do it fairly well -- but it never comes out quite right.
The unpredictable ways that overdriven tubes react to each instrument can’t always be accurately programmed into a transistor circuit.
So when reviewers say that Marshall tube amp models have a richness or warmth that you don’t get from many amps, they’re talking about characteristics inherent in the tubes.
But Marshall puts them together and adds other components in ways that gives their amps a sound that is unique and often considered superior.
Do yourself the favor of considering Marshall tube amps. The Marshall JCM 2000 series might do your gigs nicely.
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