Your first Marshall was...

jcm800gridlock

Well-Known Member
Joined
May 16, 2010
Messages
2,047
Reaction score
3,076
Location
Tampa, Fl. USA
In my teens, I ordered a brand new 1977 JMP 2203 and a 1960B cab. I think that I paid $1000 (with my own earned money) for both head and cab (more than I paid for my first car).

The store where I ordered the 2203 didn’t have the amp in stock, so they gave me a new 2204 as a loaner. I had the 2204 for a few months until my 2203 arrived. I can’t imagine a music store giving a loaner like that (for free) today.

Both amps sounded great and developed my Marshall sound. I think that I’ve been trying to replicate the sound of those two amps ever since.

I probably should have just bought and kept the loaner 2204 amp, because I think that I liked the 2204 a little better than the 2203. Back then though, a 100 watt amp seemed to be was the one to have.

Now, a 50 watt Marshall’s would be my preference over a 100 watt amp. I wish that I had some better pictures of my first Marshall amp. You can barely see the amp behind me.

50D65A41-AA95-49AC-A0CA-3F9C696BA81F.jpeg
 
Last edited:

Browneyesound

Active Member
Joined
Mar 22, 2022
Messages
97
Reaction score
163
My first Marshall was a JCM800 50W 2x12 combo…not sure of the model, maybe early 80’s, with the vertical inputs, 65W celestions.

Replaced my first amp, a Mesaboogie studio22+.

Sold it after getting my SLP reissue and 4x12, and fully inducted into the NMV cult.
 

jcm800gridlock

Well-Known Member
Joined
May 16, 2010
Messages
2,047
Reaction score
3,076
Location
Tampa, Fl. USA
My first Marshall was a JCM800 50W 2x12 combo…not sure of the model, maybe early 80’s, with the vertical inputs, 65W celestions.

Replaced my first amp, a Mesaboogie studio22+.

Sold it after getting my SLP reissue and 4x12, and fully inducted into the NMV cult.

Most likely a model 4104. I had the same model amp about 10 years ago.

A Marshall that always sounded great at band volumes.
 
Last edited:

marco_giampa23

Well-Known Member
Joined
Feb 11, 2020
Messages
368
Reaction score
401
Location
STRAYA
Had the Slash SL5, I regret selling that amp. I bought it dirt cheap off of some doctor guy that was running a mic through it and sold it for 3x what I paid so I cant complain too much. But would be great to have now as a practise amp along with my 100w heads. an EL34 and 12AX7s, vintage 30, did all the AFD100/ Jubilee marshall tones at 5w or down to something like 1w or 1.5w. They are selling now for way too much, almost the price i paid for my 2555x
 

DJGranite

Well-Known Member
Joined
Mar 27, 2021
Messages
125
Reaction score
380
Location
Maine
My first Marshall was the micro stack with the faded grill cloth all the way to the left in the pic, bought it from my downstairs neighbor.
A couple months later I bought the 2- 4x10 cabs all the way to the right from him too.
I used the lead 12 head "line out" into the "power-amp in" on a Peavey Classic 212, and to the 2-4x10 cabs. Head on top of the cabs and the Peavey hidden behind them... I got a lot of questions.
6 months later the other guitarist in my band sold me the 3210.
Marshall1.png
 

JazzBrandee

Member
Joined
Jan 12, 2022
Messages
24
Reaction score
54
Location
UK
Always remember my first Marshall - it was a MG100FX head and cab which my dad bought me by total surprise when I joined my first band, thought it was the bees knees at the time! Ended up part-exchanging it for my first valve head, but in hindsight I should have really kept it for sentimental value.
 

Latest posts



Top