Marshall 2203 JCM800 Reissue
Marshall 2203 JCM800 Reissue

2203 JCM800 Reissue, Tube Guitar Amp Head from Marshall in the Vintage series.

moosers 03/12/2009

Marshall 2203 JCM800 Reissue : moosers's user review


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The Marshall JCM 800 2203 is a classic guitar amplifier head that is tube based and I believe delivers 100 watts of power. The amp head has two 1/4 inch inputs - one for high sensitively and one for low. It also has a speaker jack output in the back to send to a speaker cabinet. The amp has settings control knobs for presence, bass, mid, treble, master volume and pre amp volume.


Overall, the amp is pretty easy to follow and the parameters are laid out smartly. Getting a good sound is easy and quick and there are enough parameters to control your sound that you can get a variety of different tones from this amp. While there isn't a dedicated overdrive channel or knob, cranking the two volume knobs will give you an overdrive. I don't have a manual for this so I can't speak to how useful it is or not, but the amp head is easy enough to figure out that you shouldn't need the manual.


The sound from the Marshall JCM 800 2203 is awesome, to say the least. It has a certain fullness and crunch that can't be found on too many other amps. I have only used this with guitar - usually either a Fender Stratocaster or a Gibson SG and a Marshall speaker cabinet, and with this set up I get some great results. The amp has a huge tone to it and the unique tone it has can't be matched with anything other than the real thing.


I've been using the Marshall JCM 800 2203 for about four or five years, and it is probably my favorite amp head that Marshall has to offer, which is saying a lot considering all the fine products Marshall has produces throughout the years. I love the inherent sound, and its simple lay out makes it easy to dial in the tone that you are after. While these aren't the cheapest amp heads in the world, but for your money you get a high end guitar amp that is one of the best on the market. All in all, in terms of high quality guitar amps for rock, it is one of the best at what it does.