The Marshall JCM2000 Dual Super Lead 100 Head provides all the extra gain you'll ever need. Features Classic Gain and Ultra Gain channels, both with 2 modes that can take you from warm, clean valve to... Click To Read More About This Product
The Marshall JCM2000 Dual Super Lead 100 Head provides all the extra gain you'll ever need. Features Classic Gain and Ultra Gain channels, both with 2 modes that can take you from warm, clean valve tones to the souped-up threshold of sonic danger. A Deep switch adds a resonant bass boost for a meatier bottom end and a Tone Shift scoops out the mid frequencies making it ideal for heavy-metal tones. Reverb controls for each channel. Rear panel features include the usual speaker outputs, effects loop, and 2 footswitch jacks for changing channels and switching reverb in and out (footswitch not included). Delivers 100W of power and includes 4 ECC83/12AX7 preamp valves and 4 EL34 power amp valves.
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This thing has tons of tone. I've had it for a couple of years and this thing pumps out tone. Clean tones are loud, crisp and bring out every note of your guitar....Read complete review
This thing has tons of tone. I've had it for a couple of years and this thing pumps out tone. Clean tones are loud, crisp and bring out every note of your guitar. Turn the gain up and switch to a lead channel that can give you any kinds of tone, from heavy metal to bluesy riffs this thing can handle it. Definatly recommended.
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Amp is Marshall JCM 2000 DSL 100 watt-manufactured in 1995 or so.The amp has a decent tone on the clean/crunch channel, but you cannot switch by foot. Instead, you must make switch...Read complete review
Amp is Marshall JCM 2000 DSL 100 watt-manufactured in 1995 or so.The amp has a decent tone on the clean/crunch channel, but you cannot switch by foot. Instead, you must make switch by hand. This is important because the lead channel is very thin and solid state sounding no matter how I eq'd it. It did not have the classic Marshall roar like the clean/crunch channel which I did like. The clean/ crunch gain does not provide much in the way of break up, but instead tends to serve more as a volume control. You won t get much break up by turning the volume control over the gain setting as in a pre/post eq application. If you want distortion, you must turn gain all the way up, and then adjust volume. You won t get much sustain here, and the noise on the gain channel is annoying. In fairness, as far as the noise, most amps have this trait when gain is turned high. The better ones have noise gates built in to counter this.I won t comment too much toward tone character of the amp as this is too easily influenced by one's guitar pick/up set up etc. I ll simply say, it is British Rock tone. Also of great disappointment, there are no line out jacks on this model. I found this to be unbelievable in this day and age. To go to a monitor, board, and/or mains, you have to mic the amp and split the signal off of same. It s not the end of the world, but it is in my opinion a product deficiency in 2005. Most sound men prefer to mic an amp to the mains, but many times, running a direct out will eliminate extraneous noises proximal to the mic'd cone. For this, both cone mics and direct outs are employed. Anyway, in closing, I don t think modern day Marshalls are much. Don t forget too that even the Marshall Plexis were often modified by the using artist to make them hotter. In the case of EVH for example, various modifications gave the amp much greater gain. You re not going to get "gain sustain" from a stock Marshall amp. Marshall is surviving largely on name recognition in my opinion. Loud doesn't mean good. I am no longer using the Marshall. I have moved on to another brand, with more user friendly features and applications.
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As Keith Richards says, the secret for great tone is, the right guitar with the rigt amp.
OK, first, you got to think about this amp as the one with more features, capable to ride almost every kind of music without being to complex, that's what it's made for, and for that reason it deserves to be in the list of the "best Marshalls ever". I agree about the lead 1 and lead 2 ultra gain channel sounds a little harsh, but that's something that can be terrible or terrific depending on the cab and guitar you decide to connect in it. I use mine on top of a 1960TV with greenbacks and play a Gibson SG Classic with P90's and the result is fantastic. The clean/crunch channel sounds great with every guitar, Les Paul or Strat.
It's a very reliable amp, and the quality is superb, as you wish spect from Marshall.
I can't believe the price for this 100% valve, made in UK, 100 watt head at this price, if you planned to have a Marshall sometime but don't have big cash, this is the best chance you'd ever had.
Let me first start off by saying this amp is NOT for modern hi-gain metal that being said its a fantastic amp for hard rock, punk and every other genre that utilizes hi-gain. The cleans are IMO classic Marshall goodness. You can expect to cover any style of music from jazz and country to classic rock and hard rock. One con for me is the ultra gain channel. For tight metal riffing it gets muddy and the distortion is very fizzy, border lining fuzz territory. I own a Peavey 6534 and a Mesa Mark V and those amps can cover metal extremely well. I just don't really understand reading all these post were people are claiming the DSL is a great metal amp.. Does it have a lot of gain, yes but it's not very usable. If your a modern medal player than its not the amp for you but it's a great all around players amp and for the price it's unbeatable.
Features are typical for a amp.
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With Dimarzios the distortion sounds great.It isnt as loud as my jcm800. Which is kind of strange. Both are rated at a 100 watts. But the Siver Series also looks awesome with a vintage hint. What I like is the reverb. Its not as thick as a Vintage Fender amp. But its nice to have a Marshall with it on both channels.
I keep comparing this amp to the triple rectifier and came to the conclusion that the mesa has a tad more gain.Its just that the gain on the mesa is like a listening to a old scratchy record and can really get on a guys nerves .It just doesnt have the classy metal ripp tone a marshall 100dsl has.Besides what ever one you use they both need to be run with your favorite distortion pedal anyway. add a good processer and the DSL wins over the mesa and for cheaper price.thats why people are brainwashed into thinking mesa are better,cause their more expensive.One thing is that the effects loop needs a level control on the DSL like the tri/rec but o well.
First of all, if I could get a JCM 800, a Plexi, or a DSL 100 all for the same price, I would actually get the DSL. It sounds good at low volumes, It can play modern and older rock, and its got a good variety of tones (the less knobs the better). This amp seems to have a little of everything in it.
The DSL100 head is an amazing head for the price. The only complaint I have about it is that the Ultra Gain channel is a bit too harsh sounding. The only way to really get around that is to just play on either the clean or crunch channel and use a boost pedal to get the drive you want without the harsh trebele of the Ultra gain channels. Unless you want to get it modded like I did. Then the amp is totally worth using every channel and mode it has. The last con I have is the shared eq. but hey...what can you do. This amp is worth every penny. Hurry before they get completely pulled off the market.
This is definitely my favorite head. It is Perfect for versatility even though it only has one set of EQ. I was searching around for a head for about a year. I went from: JCM 800's, Dual/Triple Rectifiers, 2446's, JVM410, RM100's and even a 5150. And this was my top choice. The Clean channel is awesome, and is great for chords on your neck pickup. The Crunch channel is also great, a Plexi like tone. The Lead 1 channel definitely could compare to a JCM 800, great overdrive. Then there is Lead 2 which is pretty much its own reason to buy this head. Anyone who likes Hardrock/Metal would find an odd stiffness in there pants when they hear this channel. Overall my favorite head and a great price too.
I have the JCM 2000 DSL 100 and I like it but it's missing something, I've played straight through a mesa boogie and a 5150 and the distortion is insane, this amp needs a little more kick, it's got power don't get me wrong but you'll need effects or have to get it modified to make it sound really good. I wish I bought Boogie
This head is awesome. I play hardcore music through it, and everyone says, dude you play a marshall and hardcore? and they hear it. and then dont say another word..putting the 1960A under it is amazing...this thing will eat you alive.
I just purchased this amp and it rocks. I play heavy and soft music and this amp gives me all that I need, the clean is as good as my peavey vintage and the distortion blows away my old Fender Rocpro 1000....I am running the Traynor cabinet with the Vintage 30s and it rules! This amp really shines at high volumes, not much good in an apartment.
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