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Marshall 1959 JMP Super Lead [1967-1981]
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Marshall 1959 JMP Super Lead [1967-1981]

Tube Guitar Amp Head from Marshall belonging to the JMP series.

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« Classic in one word or less »

Published on 12/31/11 at 10:03
These old Marshall amplifiers have such a crazy tone and a fantastic feel for anyone who is playing pop, rock, or metal music. If you are into the pop and rock tones then you really need a overdrive pedal that can push the front end of the amplifier to get that nice preamp type of distortion. Otherwise these amps are so loud because primarily all the you're getting power tube amp distortion when you really crank the volume. These amplifiers at the time didn't have a load of preamp distortion so what you would have to do is somehow boost the front end of the amplifier or have the amplifier modded buy some guitar amplifier technician to really juice up the tone. Many of your 70s and 80s and even 90s albums that would feature the British tone if they were using a marshall probably had the amplifier modded by someone. And if they didn't they generally would use an overdrive or distortion pedal to really boost the front end of the amplifier.

UTILIZATION

These amps basically feature a simple layout design on the front panel. You have a presence control knob, bass, middle, trebel, and then your volume control knobs. You have your simple high and low inputs and that's pretty much about it. There's not an effects loop on the back because this is before the time that effects loops became more popular and more common. Now today you effects loops on pretty much every single amplifier in production. If it's a new or modern style amplifier you're generally good to see an effects loop whereas many vintage modern amps will sometimes have an effects loop and other times bypass this option.

SOUNDS


The tone of these amplifiers are fantastic and if you have a good overdrive pedal with maybe some effects modulation such as a chorus, delay, or a phaser, then you can get some great singing tone and effects tone that will mix very well in most band situations. There isn't a whole lot this amplifier cannot do when combining it in a nice pop, rock, or even hard rock band setting. These amplifiers are great platforms for getting a general tone that is widely excepted and sounds pretty good in most applications. Overall this is a great sounding amplifier and have a great vintage tone that also can sound very modern depending on how you set the cues and what type of the effects from your floorboard or your rack units can come up with.

OVERALL OPINION


You can find these amplifiers pretty easily and most use classifieds section. It's very common amplifiers and we're heavily circle circulated during its time of production. These are great amps and right now if you can get great deals on used gear because a lot of people are not buying gear these days I would recommend this amplifier to anyone who wants that vintage type tone with an EQ section that is very easy to dial in a good sounding guitar tone with. These are fun amplifiers and just a classic amplifier for most musical applications.
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