The JCM800 series (Models 2203, 2204, 2210 and 2205) is a line of guitar amplifiers made by Marshall Amplification. The series was introduced in 1981. Although models 2203 and 2204 had been in production since 1975, they were reintroduced as JCM800 amplifiers in '81. The JCM800 amplifiers became a staple of 1980s hard rock and heavy metal bands.
1 History 2 Description 3 Notable users 4 References 5 External links
In 1981, Marshall finally reached the end of its 15-year distribution
deal with Rose-Morris, which had severely limited its potential to
sell amplifiers outside England; Rose-Morris tagged 55% onto the
sticker price for exported models. The JCM800 was the first series
produced after the contract expired. The name comes from Jim
Marshall's initials, "J.C.M.", coupled with the meaningless "800" from
the number plate on his car. It was later noted that "800" stood for
the decade. For example, the JCM900 was released in 1990 and the
JCM2000 was released in 2000.
The series included head amplifiers with matching cabinets, as well as
combos, and was produced until the 1990s. It quickly became a very
successful amplifier, and ubiquitous amongst hard rock and heavy metal
These were the second series of Marshalls equipped with a master
volume, which allowed for more distortion at lower volumes. Compared
to the earlier "Master Volume" series, they offered some advantages,
including the possibility to be patched internally and linked with
other amplifiers. The first JCM800s were in fact Master Volume
amplifiers (Models 2203 and 2204, at 100 and 50 watts respectively),
repackaged in new boxes with new panels. Soon, however, the Model 2210
appeared on the market. These were equipped with two channels,
which could be activated via a foot switch, allowing for separate lead
and rhythm sounds. They also had an effects loop and reverb, also a
first for Marshall.
Initially, users complained that the amplifiers (used with the
standard Marshall cabinets) sounded flat compared to the older
Marshalls, until it was discovered (by accident) that the fault was
with the speakers: The new cabs had been equipped with a new kind of
Johnny ramone References
^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s Maloof, Rich (2004). Jim
Marshall, father of loud: the story of the man behind the worlds most
famous guitar amplifiers. Hal Leonard. pp. 211–14.
^ a b c d e f Pittman, Aspen (2003). The Tube Amp Book. Hal Leonard.
p. 75. ISBN 978-0-87930-767-7.
^ a b c Boehnlein, John (1998). The High Performance Marshall
Handbook: A Guide to Great Marshall Amplifier Sounds. Bold Strummer.
pp. 10–12. ISBN 978-0-933224-80-3.
^ Fliegler, Ritchie; Jon F. Eiche (1993). Amps!: the other half of
rock 'n' roll. Hal Leonard. p. 46.
^ Hunter, Dave (2005). The guitar amp handbook: understanding tube
amplifiers and getting great sounds. Hal Leonard. pp. 46–47.
^ Archived 20 November 2016 at the Wayback Machine. Archived from the
^ a b Jeff Kitts, Brad Tolinski, ed. (2002). Guitar World presents
Nu-Metal. Hal Leonard. pp. 15, 88.
^ Kies, Chris (March 2013). "Interview:
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