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  • #16
    jcm 800 is't a plexi, this is the year they switched to pcb's and some crappy digital stuff in the circuit, jcm800 sux big time! they are weak and thin sounding, stay away from them


    Dumbest thing I've read here in a while.

    doesn't even begin to express the stupidity.

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    • #17
      If you want plexi crunch at low volumes, don't buy a 50-100 watt marshall. You'll either need something really low wattage, or something with a lot more preamp gain which won't sound like a plexi anyway. Play loud?
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      • #18
        Much of that tone is the sound pressure levels, and the interaction of it with the cab and speakers anyways. Tough to translate to bedroom volumes.
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        • #19
          Here's the thing, I do tend to play 'loud' though I'm not sure playing at 10-11 o'clock is considered loud to you guys, but if I played at that volume on a plexi would I get that crunch?
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          • #20
            Here's the thing, I do tend to play 'loud' though I'm not sure playing at 10-11 o'clock is considered loud to you guys, but if I played at that volume on a plexi would I get that crunch?


            depends how hot your pickups are. youll probably get into a pretty mild to average classic rock crunch there....which is pretty loud.
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            • #21
              depends how hot your pickups are. youll probably get into a pretty mild to average classic rock crunch there....which is pretty loud.


              I'd be using whatever comes stock in a Les Paul.
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              • #22
                Dont buy a plexi unless you're in a loud band. You can cobble on a master volume easy enough and for what its worth a PPIMV doesnt sound all that great to my ears, or at least for what I'm doing.
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                • #23
                  Why is it that almost all post examples are Balls to the Walls. There's never any mid gain Plexi tones which are even more awesomer.


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                  • #24
                    this is the year they switched to pcb's and some crappy digital stuff in the circuit, jcm800 sux big time! they are weak and thin sounding, stay away from them


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                    • #25
                      Dont buy a plexi unless you're in a loud band. You can cobble on a master volume easy enough and for what its worth a PPIMV doesnt sound all that great to my ears, or at least for what I'm doing.



                      Was going to post something along these lines.

                      Take the next with a grain of salt as I've never played a plexi:
                      The Marshall Vintage Modern is supposed to be Marshall's own PPIMV "vintage" style amp in the vein of the Plexi and JTM45. The store guy where I bought it is a cranked plexi kinda guy.

                      He *hated* the VM.


                      Now, I love mine, but I put two and two together which makes me think a cranked plexi doesn't sound the same as a PPIMV-modded uncranked plexi.
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                      • #26
                        the jtm 45's the jcm 800 is't a plexi, this is the year they switched to pcb's and some crappy digital stuff in the circuit, jcm800 sux big time!


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                        • #27
                          it's the best sounding amp ever made, marshall got it right the first time, Im talking about the jmp mk2 and also the jtm 45's the jcm 800 is't a plexi, this is the year they switched to pcb's and some crappy digital stuff in the circuit, jcm800 sux big time! they are weak and thin sounding, stay away from them, unfortunately you gotto crank these old amps up to get saturation and they are LOUD! it's unplayable without a attenuator of some sort but I hate attenuators cus they mess up the tone, but what can you do? that goes for all of these old amp, I would love one with a master volume, but so far I haven't seen one, have a look on you tube, there are plenty of sound samples there


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                          • #28
                            Some funny stuff in this thread.

                            Other than a Hiwatt or Marshall Major, the Plexi is one of the least compressed, open sounding amps out there. You have to blast the **************** out of it to get any crunch from it and the gain structure is fuzzy rather than crisp and defined like todays low-mid gain amps.
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                            • #29
                              If you havent ran a Plexi opened up , theres really nothing to compare it to in terms of volume and sound pressure levels. Its damn near a religious experience. BUT , its nearly impossible to run them opened up anymore , so your best bet is trying to achieve that Plexi tone with a pedal or an attenuator.
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                              • #30
                                I've had 2 vintage moderns (i thought the first one was defective, it wasn't). They are nothing like a plexi, or any other Marshall that I've ever played. I understand there are a few people out there that like them, but don't buy one thinking you are going to get anything resembling a plexi sound out of it.

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