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History of Marshall JCM800 Guitar Amplifiers

Marshall had introduced the MV or Master Volume Series which they called JMP; this new feature gave the guitarists more control over the Volume. Apart from the Master Volume, this series of amplifiers also added an effect loop. Marshall soon started calling this series the JCM800 after their deal with Rose-Morris ended. The name came from Marshall’s own initials and the number on the number plate of his car! Most notable in this range were the 2204 (50 Watt) and the 2203 (100 Watt) series. The look of the Amp unit was also redesigned with a grille cloth replacing the vinyl in the front. […]

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Top 5 Metal Amps: Marshall JCM800 2203KK [Pick #1]

Marshalls can be stripped down and simple like a Plexi (reissue or vintage) or featured-out and flexible like the new JVMs, with four channels and 12 modes for ultimate tonal control. The new Vintage Modern heads strike a nice balance between modern features and old-school British tone and will make many rockers quite happy. […]

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Top 5 Metal Amps: Mesa Boogie Recto [Pick #3]

There are many amp companies that loom large in the world of hard rock and heavy metal. One of the most important, especially to the more modern kinds of rock is Mesa Boogie. Mesa has a long history of making gain-filled amps, but, to many modern rockers, there is nothing like one of the Mesa Rectifier series. That is why we here at Gear-Vault have made the Rectifiers, or “Rectos”, number three on our list of the Top 5 Metal Amps. […]