Marshall 2205 JCM800 Split Channel Reverb [1982-1989]
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Marshall 2205 JCM800 Split Channel Reverb [1982-1989]

2205 JCM800 Split Channel Reverb [1982-1989], Tube Guitar Amp Head from Marshall in the JCM800 series.

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MGR/Troy Garcia 08/12/2006

Marshall 2205 JCM800 Split Channel Reverb [1982-1989] : MGR/Troy Garcia's user review

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I have been playing the guitar for 3 years and I'm currently in a band called Sendero Luminoso. My guitar hero is Tom Morello; however, my other influences come from Jimmy Page, John Frusciante, and Angus Young.


I paid an unbelievable price of 645 American dollars on eBay. Bids for this amp are increasing to nearly $900 and I was lucky to buy it from the seller. I mainly got this amp because I had heard that it has a great Plexi sound and that British crunch that I've been seeking along with some unique features.

The greatest thing I love about the unit is the sound. It's unbelievable each time I turn it on. I have the distortion all the way up and I still can get the feel of crunch in the sound. Another unique feature is that both channels could be mixed; if you turn up the volume of the normal channel while you're on the boosted channel, the normal channel's settings are added to the mix. Thus you have so many options and sounds with this amplifier. There is also an effects loop and reverb.

There is only one problem with the amp head, that is I get a lot of white noise. I don't know if it's my guitar, since it was custom made, or something else. I really don't want to buy a suppressor too. So I just came to deal with it and maybe I'll find the problem out. May be cheap cables? That's the only problem though.

It's in great shape. There's some very small tears in the Tolex but it doesn't have the sound of the amp. The D.I. knob is missing in the back as well but I've heard that Marshall made the knobs protruding out too far therefore many of them break easily.

This amp is great for many different sounds. If you like the crunch and "bad ass" feel of a Marshall get this amp. It has great reverb, channel switching capabilities and many more. I guarantee that anybody would be happy with this amp if you're looking for a sound unlike no other.

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