Marshall 1960A JCM800 Lead

Marshall 1960A JCM800 Lead

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1960A JCM800 Lead, 4x12 Guitar Cabinet from Marshall in the JCM800 series.

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Marshall 1960A JCM800 Lead tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Marshall
  • Model: 1960A JCM800 Lead
  • Series: JCM800
  • Category: 4x12 Guitar Cabinets
  • Added in our database on: 04/14/2008

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Marshall 1960A JCM800 Lead user reviews

Average Score:4.4( 4.4/5 based on 5 reviews )
 2 reviews40 %
 3 reviews60 %
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severinsteel's review"Classic cab that can be had for cheap!!!"

Marshall 1960A JCM800 Lead
I am almost positive that the Marshal 1960A cabinet is the most prevalent speaker cabinet on the planet. I myself, have owned 6 or 7 of them over the last few years. Sure, they may not be as refined as other cabs out there, but nothing says rock like a Marshall cab. No matter how many times I sell all of my 1960 cabs, I end up finding a great deal on a used one and I snag it.

These cabs come loaded with Celestion G12T-75's. They are far from being my favorite speaker. But, they can do the job. I find them somewhat harsh and scooped, but that may work in your favor if you have a very mid heavy amp. I just think they are way too 'colored' and I wish these cabs came with something a little more neutral.

As I mentioned in my 1960TV review, these cabs are great, but have some cheap parts. The handles, casters, tolex, and jack assembly are very cheap. These are what tend to crack, break, tear, and get messed up on these cabs. Also, the wiring is somewhat thin and cheap. I'm not a big fan of the particle board back panel. If you can overlook these things, or upgrade them, you have the potential to snag a great cab for stupid cheap. I have never paid more than $400 for one of these, and that was with Vintage 30's. The two I currently own now, I purchased for $200 a piece. That's crazy! Also, they have the look and tend to look more and more awesome with wear.

Overall, you honestly can't go wrong with one. I prefer the 1960B (straight front), but a 1960A will do you right.

MatrixClaw's review"Good Cabs on the Used Market"

Marshall 1960A JCM800 Lead

4 Celestion G12T-75s @ 300w mono/150w stereo (each side)
4 & 16 ohm mono ouputs
8 ohm stereo ouputs
Birch ply construction
MDF back panel

The construction of this cab leaves something to be desired. While it's built of quality materials (besides the back panel, which is made out of MDF), Marshall definitely cuts corners on these cabs. I've played quite a few new (and used) ones, and all of them suffered from the same downfalls. The screws around and inside the entire cab aren't screwed in tightly, leading to unwanted vibrations at higher volumes. The openings aren't properly sealed and release air. The MDF back panel is better replaced with a birch panel. The speakers are clipped on, instead of soldered, with thin wiring. The baffle board support beam is screwed in off-center.

These problems can be fixed by:

- Securely screwing in all screws (especially on the baffle board)
- Replacing the back panel with birch
- Caulking around the baffle board, handle inserts and jack plate for a tight seal
- Screwing in the baffle board beam in the center
- Soldering the wires to the jacks, using heavier gauge wire

With all these mods, you should have a very nice sounding, high quality cabinet that sounds great and only takes a few minutes to do the mods.

As far as the sound goes, the stock G12T-75s aren't for everyone. I find they mix well with Marshall amps, and other mid-gain to low-gain amps, as they have a scooped mid range that balances out an amp with a prevalent mid spike (like Marshalls), and also work great for a cleaner sounding amp, where scooping the mids a bit will produce a nice, chimey, clean tone. However, I don't find they work well with most modern voiced, high gain amps, as they produce too much of a scoop in the mids, and leave the amp's tone hallow and sterile.

Pickiness aside, these cabs sound great, especially for the price you can get them for on the used market. While I wouldn't suggest these for everyone, if you can find one at a cheap price, and don't mind putting in a little work to get it in tip-top shape, they're certainly hard to beat!

Guillal's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Marshall 1960A JCM800 Lead
- Grid brown, white strap.
- Large white logo.
- Black vinyl.
- 4 HP G12T-75W Celestion S88 12.
- 300 Watts.
- On wheels.
- Non-switchable mono (16 Ohms).
- Dim (mm): 760 x 830 x 360, weight: 37 Kg

I use it for six months, I have nothing wrong ...
The thing I like least, I am all up to you that I do not like the brown of the "frontal tissue" ...
I tried the jcm 900, the current, I liked the way compar jcm 800, construction, al-Lamla and plywood for the other ...
I pay 1000 francs the pair occas ... a guy who has employed 15 years and I have taken they will always tip top ...
If I found such an opportunity, yes I would do is choice, but I must say that I test the V30 and that is something else compared to 75w celestion speaker to ...

Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Marshall 1960A JCM800 Lead
Tested in store (see my opinion on the Peavey MS 412)

I do not like Marshall but I originally wanted to test a speaker to see what happens.
At first I was unconvinced. In retrospect, must be recognized that is not bad at all. It is very versatile. you can play all styles, it bien.Je cash have tested especially saturated: it makes good track very well. when we crossed the large, grades out well. The clean sounds sound pretty good: a good clear sound will sound good, not like with sheffield bases ... The bass is well defined (unlike my 412 in Jensen). Frankly it's a good speaker. BUT it is a bit expensive new: 790 euro in my shop!

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