Marshall 2204 JCM800 Master Volume Lead [1981-1989]
Marshall 2204 JCM800 Master Volume Lead [1981-1989]

2204 JCM800 Master Volume Lead [1981-1989], Tube Guitar Amp Head from Marshall in the JCM800 series.

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Meur'saw 03/06/2012

Marshall 2204 JCM800 Master Volume Lead [1981-1989] : Meur'saw's user review

«  a classic sound, a time ... »

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50W all tube
an input an input high low
effects loop
3 band eq habbituelle, a presence, gain, master ...

Simple, effective ...


simple config, this is what I love ...

one branch, burst up ...


it is quite my style of music (rock, indie, noise ...)

if you set the volume / gain intuitively (the gain for the gain, for the master volume) gives a warmer sound, more in the mids, highs are somewhat mitigated ... if you push the gain we get a nice preamp to drive even with single coils pickups, humbuckers with ds, it is certainly faster crunch ...

if one plays the old school, we drive the power stage by pushing the master and gain are used as a "volume", it really opens the sound, it becomes clearer in comparison, more crystalline .. .

this applies to both inputs (high / low) except that the high is really loud, it screams badly!

regardless of the channel, like any tube amp I had, it must be pushed a little so that it begins to breathe ... the sound changes quite strong once well heated lamps ... and they need a little time, after 20 min of repeat I often see my settings ...

the quality of clean is undeniable ... the crunches are great but I do not use in the studio ... on stage I need a good clean and I have my crunch / drive / distortion pedal in (Rodenberg GAS-LR, mxr distortion III and GT-OD)

I mostly play guitars with P-90: A special CD and LP a '50s tribute ... sometimes a tv or a LP studio lite (with van zandt trubucker ... it seems to me necessary to report because the stock pickups are the gibson 496r/500t that have a very high output level and not at all my taste)


I use it for almost 2 years ... before that I had a JCM800 4210, I found the disto nice but nothing more, on the other hand I loved the clean channel ... so I went quite naturally to the 2204 ...

what I like most is its simplicity and its course ...
what I like least is its size, it is really hard cumbersome!

I love this amp, it's definitely a keeper! but I know myself and I know that sooner or later I'll have to try something else! ^ ^

I put around 9 because perfection exists only in our heads and our tastes ...