Marshall 1960A JCM900
Marshall 1960A JCM900

1960A JCM900, 4x12 Guitar Cabinet from Marshall in the JCM900 series.

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Average Score:3.7( 3.7/5 based on 34 reviews )
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James...'s review"Good for playing metal on a budget"

Marshall 1960A JCM900
I've been around the block a few times with cabs. I've owned and seen all the cheap stuff...peavey, carvin, avatar, marshall. And I've owned and seen the nice stuff and in between...Bogner, Stone Age, Mills, etc... I've learned a lot over the years. If I know anything it's that I'm destined to be continually surprised by different cabs and speakers.

I have probably worked on or played through 10 of these 1960A cabs. They might be the most common 4x12 out there. Marshall, being one of the most popular tube amp companies of all time, has basically chosen this is its main cab. Now I'll talk about Marshall cab quality in a bit, but first I want to comment on the speakers. I think a lot of people seem to think "celestion = great" when they see these. They have the G12T-75 which Marshall itself insists is a great match for the JCM series. Truthfully, I have to disagree and I think a lot of pro guitarists will agree. The 75's have scooped mids, sizzling highs, and boomy lows. In theory this is a good match for a JCM amp, eq wise. But for everything but heavy's not. A lot of grunge and nu metal used these in the late 90's and I guess that's where the popularity comes from. They're great for the scooped mids thing. The bottom line is that the 75's just aren't as good a match in real life as they are on paper. Ideally I would say the best speakers for these are greenbacks or G12H. Vintage 30's are okay but the mids can get rough.

Marshall cabs are not made very well. The MDF is fine and the materials are decent enough, but the joints aren't secure. There is major air leakage going on. This can be remedied with a simple Caulk/sealing mod but honestly for a name brand like marshall it's sad. The good news is that these are very cheap on the used market so it's not like you're getting duped.

I can't say I would recommend this to many players. If you are into the modern metal sound or like scooped mids with sizzling highs, it's a good cab. I could never bond with these speakers so I have always stayed away from using the 1960A, but it's such a common cab that I see them almost every 2 or 3 months. It's hard to give it a rating but for my uses it's pretty mediocre. I will say though with a sealing mod and some tasteful speakers it's a solid 8.

Hatsubai's review"Your typical 4x12"

Marshall 1960A JCM900
Love them or hate them, the Marshall JCM900 1960 cabinet is probably the standard 4x12 cabinet out there on the market. No matter what music shop you walk into, you’re bound to find one of these somewhere on the showroom floor. Equipped with four Celestion G12T75 speakers, the cabinet is able to withstand 300 watts of power. The selectable ohmage and stereo switching on the back makes it a fairly versatile cabinet, and it should be adequate for most gigging musicians out there.

The cabinet is made out of birch plywood, but the back panel is actually made out of MDF. Some people like the MDF back, and some people don’t. Contrary to popular belief, the MDF backing has actually been around for quite some time, so it’s not something new that Marshall has been doing. The wiring is pretty skimpy and should be replaced, in my opinion. The tolex is alright, but it can ding somewhat easily. Grill cloth and piping are fine, but some people prefer the salt and pepper grill cloth for tone. Yes, different grill cloth can result in different tones as it determines how much dampening occurs between the speaker and your ears.

The biggest complaint I have with this cabinet is that it tends to leak some air. This means that it’s not as tight and focused as it could be. Taking the time to use some caulking around the seams can help improve the cabinet’s overall sound. The handles are plastic and tend to break when thrown around a bit. Thankfully, Scumback Speakers makes 100% drop-in replacements to fix this issue. The other handles on the market actually don’t line up 100%, so keep that in mind when ordering cheaper metal handles.

The G12T75s are probably some of the most notorious speakers on the market. Quite a few people dislike them, and I’m one of those people. They tend to sound very scooped and harsh, even in this rear loaded cabinet. Mixed, they can sound pretty good, but alone, they’re just not for me. If you’re looking for a 4x12, this cabinet should definitely be on your list. However, if you’re willing to spend a bit more, there are better cabinets on the market.
Audiofanzine FR12/30/2010

Audiofanzine FR's review

Marshall 1960A JCM900
Originally written by drapeau_rouge on Audiofanzine FR.

I use these speaker cabinet with a 100-watt VHT Pitbull CLX amplifier head and a Gibson Les Paul Custom or a Fender Stratocaster Highway 1 with Bare Knuckle humbucker on the bridge.

Compared with my VHT 4x12" cabinet it provides more highs (but not too harsh), a bit more mids but much less lows, although you have to consider that the VHT head provides extremely fat lows! However, I can always compensate with the amp's Depth and Bass controls...

On the other hand, this cabinet is much louder than my VHT. For live gigs it's no real advantage since the speaker is miked... but the strong mids/highs are a real advantage! The sound cuts better through!

This is a good speaker cabinet (not excellent) but it doesn't quite fit all music styles, like heavy metal and jazz (not warm enough). This speaker is good for other music styles.

fabbcrich's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Baffle means"

Marshall 1960A JCM900
I do not own personally, I had the opportunity to used 2 times at concerts these speakers were a provision

I played a lot of speakers, Laney 412 lx, 412 Valvestate 412 Carlsbro GLX, Peavey Valveking 412 Mesa C90, 212 Marshall with 1 V30 and 1 eminence legend, my personal 212 made myself with G 12 T 100 HOT, and another 212 made by myself with G12 K 100

Treble and midrange are well ahead and grain amp spring as it should on the other hand there is little low for a 412 (my 212 has a little less treble and more scooped but more low even with only 2 HP), otherwise the sound is good, fairly straight and accurate but not as much as in clean distortion

I would not buy this new 412, too expensive for what it is and the sound I want, I put him 7/10, it is not bad but it lacks too low especially for a 412, my opinion holds account the baffle itself not the value, € 400 and used a little improvement (wiring, stiffen the body and make it a vent at the back to get low and deep) I think its worth it, but I prefer to make my cabinets myself

Maélio's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" A good speaker but no more"

Marshall 1960A JCM900
How long have you use it? What is the particular feature you like best and least?
Cla makes fifteen years that I have this cabinet. Used with various heads (Marshall, Engl, Mesa Boogie ...). I must admit it does work in all circumstances. Tough, tough, no surprises. Used in mono or stereo, 4, 8 or 16 ohms. A big advantage.
The structure is strong. The Tolex much less so. Grid, upholstery, wheels, get damaged very quickly, even being careful.

Have you tried many other models before buying it?
No, first baffle purchased new. This is probably the most accessible to all budgets model. Timeless, and above it is found easily on the market. Used and it is very affordable.

How would you rate the quality / price?
With experience, you do again this choice? ...
That is the crux of the problem. this cabinet does the job. But no more. It is found everywhere live in concert halls, rehearsal rooms, so you know what to expect.
At the same time, it is very versatile. Often loud, it can be a reliable friend as a cutter heads (!). If you put it on the ground, it will return a very serious and warm sound. However, at head height, it is full of sharp, drooling, screaming and quite inaudible. So live or in studio, careful where you place microphones!
For metal, there are so many other speakers, to much more expensive price. It is true that we have a chance of breaking this kind of cabinet when playing live. So much tame, it's simple. But for the price of nine, there are so many better speakers.
From secondhand, it is found at a very affordable price. I sold mine 200 euros. But I have tried many others. Other speakers have a much more colorful palette.
Everything depends on the style of music you make, but you probably find more suitable for little more expensive (for the metal, try more ...)

stephane.nlc's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" But that is what he has this cab?"

Marshall 1960A JCM900
J have this cab for 1 year and 2 months

I played on other cabs of
Marshall (one in 1960 but 30 years!) And departure range (avt 412 and others)
Mesa Boogie (4 × 12 & 2 × 12)
Peavey ...

What attracted me?
Brand (how many lives have I seen with walls of Marshall cabs!)
The opportunity costs
And the fact that it is equipped with Celestion V30

Personally, I do not see what we can blame him.
It is stylish, sturdy, heavy, well built. Like other range anything!

Very good value and choice that I do it again without problem because the price difference with Engl, Mesa, NOS or others much more expensive 4x12 report. But probably they deserve!

vintage7's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" A reference tone"

Marshall 1960A JCM900
I use it for over a year, with a head jcm 2000 dsl 50 at the beginning and for 3 months with a 2266h vintage modern ...
This cabinet is perfect paired with a Marshall head. This gives her a marshalien carefree, I think we can not be disappointed because it is the sound of the greatest rock bands of the last thirty years ... So yes, 20 years ago, the woods were certainly better, the construction also, the hp but also the current manufacturing processes do not form a cabinet of poor quality so far ...
The choice of HP is important. Personal, home with 4 g12t75, it seemed a little too "loud" for my taste (and this was also the jcm 2000). So I stuck him in X v30 2, and simultaneously isolated the entire interior acoustic foam, remade all the joints with glue and the wiring in single 16 ohm cable with 2.5 mm2 (I turned the plate with the AR inter) ...
Cost of mods with the resale of the original hp: 70 €
Now it is more than perfect, send it right, a superb sound projection, bass present, and the sound of Slash and other Gary Moore got no problem ...
Quality / price / renamed unparalleled.
Yes, I would do this choice ... but to change his or rather improve my sound, I'll take a vintage version (4 x v30) or modern vintage goes with my head (4x g12c) ... and whether the means would allow me, I will be wall cabinets Marshall!! ;)
The only flaw that I have found is that the guys that stick Tolex probably use the spray glue and they do not care everywhere, making everything sticky inside ... but it keeps the acoustic foam stapled before! :)

jhorloger's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" he does what is asked of him without further"

Marshall 1960A JCM900
So I since early February and I could do with a few rehearsals.
I also have a cab TT-Trex Pro 2x12 cabs with an Eminence Governor and an Eminence Wizard. The TT-cabs is great for big sound modern, but in my current project I needed a more rock with lots of medium-month low.
And in this register the 1960A is a very good job.
I use it with a Peavey JSX.
For the price I paid, this is a very good value for money used.
I can confirm further advice. Great for the rock and filled with his medium. Really so so for large current sounds.
For projects fusion, rock. I would do that choice without hesitation.

guitarwild's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" rediscovered after modification"

Marshall 1960A JCM900
I've had one years ago, I use this cab to ref for 20 years and 4 in my possession, and then resold, JCM 4100 head with two channels in the year 80/90, for 2 year I have a power amp Marshall 9200 with a multi effects Boss GT PRO, nothing to say, the sound suited me, the Boss GT PRO will be significantly to the outcome level, then this weekend, I embarked on a change in the cabinet, therefore, windshield seal on all the joints of wood, foam on the bottom panels, acoustic foam in the cab al interior up and down, nothing on the sides, and of course cable 2.5mm2 deoxygenated directly soldered to the terminals and HP switch mono / stereo, I go up the back, then I try, the more bass (no severe drooling, I mean) less than medium, a softer sound, but something is missing, I have to redo the scene soon, and I really wanted a sound that stands out, not by adding effects or EQ, but a special grain, in short, I'm not really happy (not move, I came by the way) while I travel the Audiofanzine advice on good 4X12 cab, ENGL, Mesa Boogie, NOS, VHT, etc., etc., the price is not too much bp, this project stage is very important, then, according to the reviews, I m 'guides to the NOS, visit the site and then return to notice a player was also its control cables OUR NOSacheté cab and found a significant difference, to say, I connect my Boss GT PRO Marshall in 9200 by jack 20cm approx thermo molded, then the 9200 has a speaker jack with 2 other thermo-molded, while stereo and in my studio, I work with cable and Neutrik gold plated, so I exchanged my cable thermo molded by neutrik ................ and his monstrous, edged deep bass, sharp penetrating glance a radical change in my Boss GT PRO, I had a patch correct exchanged with an Internet Spanish, the sound of this patch, Bavay, vibrant, really disgusting with thermo-molded cable, but now I no longer seek other cab, my 1960 A in this way for me to wonder , it reminded me a player who gave an opinion Audiofanzine completely negative on a 4X12 cab NOS, then its bp, was there no cables just so good cable !!!!!! , That is all, after this change, I rediscovered my Marshall cab, the impression of having another, much better than yesterday
I use it with an Ibanez JS 100 JS 1000 upgrade pro edge tremolo, and a guitar luthier strato EVH style humbuker a double bridge position Seymour Duncan SH5 style Satriani, Nitghwish for the symphonic rock
Higher Gain06/10/2009

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

Marshall 1960A JCM900
So I use it for 3 months, I have not identified any major faults like everyone else says, I just have a little breath that appears when I was one-half the volume.
This is my first but I find it still good, certainly a lack of bass but it may also be due to the amp I use (also a marshall) ac dc was trying to confirm another head that.
trs expensive nine 711
if yes I prferer in the same vintage 30 or greenback but hard to find.

2009 edition, I lowered the score of 8 6, I'll change it soon for a cab in v30, but I do not mean to criticize, it is certainly expensive but for a first cab OCCAZ c is pretty good, with the rest of the stuff of good quality but offers good feedback, but is intended to rock and never for large saturations mtalleuse. So much for my cab that meets all the same.