Marshall JCM800 2203


Experience rich and powerful sound with the Marshall JCM800 2203 guitar amp head – the ultimate choice for any serious guitarist.

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The Marshall JCM800 2203 guitar amp head is an all-time classic in the music industry that has been popular among guitar enthusiasts for almost four decades. This British-made amp head is responsible for defining heavy metal music and has been an iconic piece of equipment for many musicians worldwide.

The JCM800 2203 was first introduced in 1981 and built on Marshall’s earlier model; the JCM800 2204 that has been popular among hard rock and metal musicians since its release in 1980. The difference between the two models is that the JCM800 2203 is a 100-watt, all-valve amplifier head that provides a higher output than its predecessor. With its distinct sound and high gain capabilities, the JCM800 2203 quickly became the go-to choice for heavy metal guitarists in the early 80s.

The JCM800 2203 amp features an all-tube signal path with four ECC83 preamp valves and four EL34 power amp valves. The amp’s tonal characteristics are best described as having a high mid-range focus, which blends perfectly with a guitar’s natural sustain to produce the classic Marshall crunch. This gives guitarists a warm, full-bodied sound that is perfect for hard rock and heavy metal.

The Marshall JCM800 2203 has been used by many famous guitarists such as Slayer’s Kerry King, Metallica’s James Hetfield, and AC/DC’s Angus Young, among others. Its popularity has even continued into the modern era, with many contemporary metal musicians still relying on its classic sound.

One of the JCM800 2203’s standout features is its simplicity. The amp has two channels with high and low sensitivity inputs, which can be linked together for a range of tonal options. The amp’s only tone controls are a three-band equalizer and a presence control, making it easy for guitarists to dial in the perfect tone quickly.

The JCM800 2203 has also been used extensively in recording studios for its distinct tone. It has been heard on countless records over the years, and its popularity continues to this day. With the rise of high-gain digital amplifiers, the JCM800 2203’s analogue sound is still unmatched by many who prefer the warm and organic sound that only a valve amp can provide.

Overall, the Marshall JCM800 2203 is an iconic guitar amp head that has stood the test of time. Its distinctive tone and simplicity have inspired many musicians and set a standard for heavy metal tone that is still sought after today. If you’re looking for a classic, high-gain amplifier that delivers a powerful, full-bodied sound, it’s hard to look past the Marshall JCM800 2203.

Marshall JCM800 2203 properties

Product name JCM800 2203
Brand Marshall
Type Guitar Amplifier Heads
Sound Effects Presence
Sound Setting Middle, Treble
Height 315.0 mm
Depth 210.0 mm
Width 740.0 mm
Weight 20.5 kg

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