The world-famous Marshall JCM900 is used by countless artists, including Lars Frederiksen (Rancid), John 5 (Rob Zombie), and many, many others. It features a gain control, which is used to add extr... read more
The world-famous Marshall JCM900 is used by countless artists, including Lars Frederiksen (Rancid), John 5 (Rob Zombie), and many, many others. It features a gain control, which is used to add extra beef to your dirty sound. It is Hi - Gain, and is also a dual reverb amp for those ambient, clean guitar sounds. It features 100 watts. This incredibly popular amplifier came out in the 90's, and the first notable users were Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day) and Noel Gallagher (Oasis). It was the sequel to the JCM 800, and the predesscor to the JCM 2555. It is definetely a great amp for any pro out there in this huge world.
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Love the clean channel, not much of a fun of the dirty..
I use a big pedalboard, which is where my overdrive sounds come from, so this amp is perfect for me as it has plenty of headroom and the clean channel sounds amazing!
I've occasionally used the overdrive channel in an emergency when a pedal, patch lead or something has died part way through a gig, but I've never really used it as a go-to sound. I find it lacking quite heavily and have to fiddle with the EQ controls for ages to get a really good sound from it. As both channels share the EQ controls, this is quite undesirable as I like to have the EQ all set to 12 o'clock for clean but then all over the place for overdrive so it makes switching between channels a total drag.
I find the EQ controls are very responsive, and the reverb is pretty variable for an amp as well. A lot of amps I've tried will overpower the "personality" of a guitar and make everything sound quite distinctively similar, not exactly the same of course, but similar. For example, a Fender Twin will always sounds very much like a Fender Twin with either a Les Paul or a Stratocaster. I love how the JCM900 lets any guitar's individual sound come through. I've recently started playing with a strat for the first time in years and I love how differently this amp responds to the single coils.
A very versatile amp, even if the overdrive channel leaves a bit to be desired.
Not a bad amp at all
I have owned this amp a couple of years ago and it was an okay amp. The clean is okay and effect friendly. The gain channel needs a little punch if you want it to be aggressive
The English way!
Several people don't like it, but I totally LOVE it! Specially the dirty channel, that's how distortion should sound like: full throttle way up ahead! This and a Les Paul or SG is a great marriage and the perfect couple! A must have!