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This is where you can recommend to readers an alternative - or gear that goes with - Marshall JCM900 SL-X. What gear sounds similar, is less expensive, higher-end or boutique, etc.?ADD YOUR RECOMMENDATION
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I acquired this amp a while ago and I think this is one of the best amps I have owned and played. I have also a JMP2203 and Jubilee 2555 and I have had many more high end guitar amps and this is my favourite one.
It's a full tube amp, no diodes whatsoever (even though many claim this is the case) and extra gain is added by the second gain stage tube. One channel, although it has two master volumes that you can use for example to boost solos.
The amp itself is not as easy as other Marshalls to set because two gains are working in conjunction with each other and the gain is different type in gain A and gain B. Also jumping the fx loop with a cable and setting its level does wonders to the bottom end in my opinion. For me this is the Marshall to have and would recommend it highly.
edited over 2 years ago
Not too bad, not good, not an 800. Barely a Marshall.
This is the only tolerable JCM900. The SLX is a single channel that was meant to be a hot-rodded 2203 JCM800. They added a bunch of diodes to the circuit and goosed some extra gain from the pre to make massive shred sounds. If I recall it has an effects loop. Which is lame and un-marshally. But everyone in the 80s had to mod their 2203's so they could use their huge racks of digital processors, so by the 90s Marshall decided to get with the program and give the people what they wanted.... then "10" and "Nevermind" hit the shelves and the poor old 900 went right outta style as 70s EHX and MXR stompboxes flew off the shelves of pawn shops everywhere. Those were the days!
In this vein I think the Silver Jubilee sounds a lot better... and even the channel switching 800s have the edge on the 900SLX to my ear (though not by much). Still, the SLX is pretty tolerable (when compared to the rest of the 900 series that is) and you can use it to amplify your guitar in a punk or hard rock setting if you don't have a real Marshall at your disposal. I just gave you the skinny, so caveat emptor on this overgrown paperweight.