Before switching to a Diezel amp, Matt Bellamy used a Marshall JCM 2000 DSL 100 Amp. He says "I just use[d] a two-channel amp, one full on. A lot of people switch between channels for crunch sounds or clean sounds but I tend to stick to one channel 90% of the time, which is volume on full, with the gain really low. You get this really attacking, clean sound which I use quite a lot."more
Nick Bowcott turned me on to the DSL 100. And they are probably the most equivalent to the JCM800s. And I love it. I love the DSLs. They're just big, beefy. You get that JCM800 hiss out of them when you crank the pre-amp on it. And they sing! You can hold and sustain the note for a week. They're one of my favorite amps that I've played in years and years.more
In this interview Baksh said that he sometimes uses this amp beside the Solando, he said "I'm also using a Marshall JCM2000 DSL because it has less knobs and I don't think an amp should have that many knobs. It has multiple channels, but I don't really need them that much. I switch between clean and dirty channels, that's about it. I use a distortion pedal for leads and stuff like that."more
I use the same thing as in Dead Kennedys. Right now, I’m putting together a Stratocaster-style guitar, although there’s not many Fender parts left on it. I like Seymour Duncan pickups and I’ve been using a Schecter S-1, Marshall 2000 DSL amp, Echoplex tape unit and Line 6 DL4. I don’t use a lot of pedals and I don’t use channel switching in Dead Kennedys, but sometimes in Killer Smiles.more
After trying out many amps over the years i couldn t find a amp that better mirrors the sound i ear in my head like the jcm 2000. The clean just sound like a plexi, the crunch like the jcm 800. 2 awsome classic sounds in one. On the second channel u got on lead 1 the sound of a hot rodded jcm 800. Perfect, you dont have to buy a jcm 800 and modify it. Lead 2 is just the same plus more mids and more gain. This channel is in my opinion to much. I ve got no need for it, exept maybe in the studio for freaky stuff. These 3 sounds i descriebed are probably the most recorded amps in history, no wonder there what i have in my head. I think this will be my main amp for the rest of my life. I found my soul mate
By far, the best amp I have ever owned. 100 watts of Marshall goodness in a clean, classic chassis. Two channel, each with two voicings, provide a huge pallet of sounds from a useable clean to that punishing thunder that you buy a Marshall for in the first place. It has other features like separate reverb for each channel, and an effects loop.I have been abusing mine for years now and it never gives me any problems. If were to ever die, I would be online to order a new one that very day.
With this amp, you can do so much different styles... all you need to have the real deal is to switch both preamp and poweramp tubes, with a tranny upgrade (Mercury magnetics is expensive but massive, ClassicTones is a bit cheaper but works great too). Install a choke to get the nice tone smoothing you'll find in a vintage stuff... please use EQ pedals to achieve YOUR tone !