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Marshall JVM Series JVM205H 50W Tube Guitar Amp Head Black

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In a nutshell, the Marshall all-valve, 2-channel JVM205H 50W tube head is a 2-channel, 50W version of the most versatile Marshall amplifier ever made, the JVM410H. Both channels are completely indepen... Click To Read More About This Product

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In a nutshell, the Marshall all-valve, 2-channel JVM205H 50W tube head is a 2-channel, 50W version of the most versatile Marshall amplifier ever made, the JVM410H. Both channels are completely independent of each other and they boast 3 Modes, all 6 of which are footswitchable and feature their own unique gain structure. It effectively makes the JVM205H 6 Marshalls in one!

The JVM205H has studio-quality digital reverb with a level control for each channel. This is also footswitchable, as are the amp's two Master Volume controls and the Series/Parallel effects loop. Resonance and Presence are also equipped with master controls.

With its ingenious footswitch (UK patent pending) and the fact all the amp's switching (channel/modes, Reverb, Master Volume selection, FX loop) can be done via MIDI, you're looking at an incredibly flexible amp! The 4-way footswitch boasts LEDs and memory, plus it connects to the amp via a regular guitar cable.

From the cleanest clean to the filthiest distortion ever found in a Marshall and all points in-between, the JVM205H all-valve amp head will give you whatever tone you need right when you need it.

Features
  • 50W power
  • All-valve, with 5 x 12AX7s and 2 x EL34s
  • 2 totally independent, footswitchable channels
  • Each channel has 3 footswitchable modes
  • Footswitchable, studio-quality digital reverb
  • Independent reverb controls for each channel
  • 2 footswitchable master volumes
  • 2 FX loops, one series, and one parallel
  • Parallel FX loop is footswitchable on/off
  • Speaker emulated XLR output
  • 4-way footswitch (with memory) supplied
  • All switching can be done via MIDI
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MarshallJVM Series JVM205H 50W Tube Guitar Amp Head
 
4.8

(based on 18 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (7)
  • Excellent sound (7)
  • Warm / comfy (7)
  • Good power output (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (7)
  • Performances (7)
  • Amateur recording (6)
  • Outdoor events / games (5)
  • Professional recording (5)
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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Found the tone I was looking for......

By TP

from Allentown, PA

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Marshall JVM Series JVM205H 50W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

    I originally bought the DSL100 but did not like the tone I was getting from it....I thought it sounded muddy when the gain was juiced up, so I took it back. I replaced it with the JVM205 and honestly could not be happier. I absolutely love this amp. It has just about every Marshall tone you could ask for, which can all be controlled via a very smart foot switch. Only minor downside to this amp is that it can be a little noisey with the higher gain settings, so if your are into hard rock or metal you may want to also invest in a noise gate. Overall this is a great, really versatile amp that can get just about any tone from crystal clean to insane gain. I would recommend this amp to anyone, especially those who are in search of a specific tone but have yet to find it.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Finally!

    By Old Timer

    from El Sobrante, Ca.

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances

      Comments about Marshall JVM Series JVM205H 50W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

      Although I've been using Boogies since the 80's because of their multiple channels with eq on all, I've always had a Marshall because you've just got to have a Marshall, right? Finally Marshall has made an amp with eq on both channels AND 2 masters so I don't have to mess with the volume and eq on my guitars! Love this amp!!

       
      5.0

      Marshall JVM Review

      By Jason

      from Philadelphia, PA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Powerful

      Cons

      • Too Much Feedback

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Marshall JVM Series JVM205H 50W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

      This is the best amp I have ever played. I love the sound of a good Marshall and this does that but best of all it does it at a low volume while still keeping its warmth and the good kind of feedback. I play 80s rock, lots of Grunge music, classic rock, and even some metal (Tool mostly). This amp easily covers it all and I pretty much only use 2 channels just a clean sound and a drive sound. The only downside that I can find is that it can have a little too much feedback (the bad kind) for me on the OD channel. I love the fact that it has two master volumes so when I'm playing with my band I can easily boost the volume for a solo. This amp is a beast and I'm glad I got it.

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I would definetly recommend this amp

      By profrob

      from Illinois

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Powerful
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Marshall JVM Series JVM205H 50W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

        Unbelievably great sounding head. Wouldn't want anything else.

        (11 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        6 years of testing.

        By Nigel

        from Baxter, Kentucky

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Good Warmth

        Cons

        • Weak

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio

        Comments about Marshall JVM Series JVM205H 50W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

        I have had this amp for 6 years now, and I would like to provide a short, accurate overview and opinion. Out of the box, a good amp. Good quality. Good sound on the Clean/Crunch channel through all modes. The Green mode on the Overdrive channel sounds good, but the Orange and Red modes are a bit noisy and overdone. Not a big fan of Gain Stacking. (Backing way off the gain knob helps on these two modes). This amp sounds great at volume in big places. Less so at bedroom level. Stock,... matched with a new 1960AV Cabinet, the EQ section was a bit flat. More bass less treble and chime. A year after owning this amp, I went full out and elected to upgrade to Mercury Magnetics input and output transformers and a choke. What a difference it made! Improvements on all points. Detailed, almost HiDef sound with great sensitivity on the tone section. Quieter and a bit of boost in volume. This is the sound that Marshall built it's name on.
        Now this may sound like a Mercury Magnetics promotion. Maybe so, but my experience was that the amp, although a bit flat out of the box, has a lot of potential with great hardware. Marshall is trying to keep costs down. The old Marshalls were superb not just because they were Hand wired, but that they were equipped with high quality transformers and chokes. Chokes are only found on more expensive or boutique amps these days. I spent half again to make this amp shine. Combine the cost of this amp with these upgrades, and you are approaching Plexi prices. So there it is, 6 years of tests, trials and personal opinion. No charge.

        (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Awesome!

        By skarski

        from elberton ga.

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth
        • Great Tonal Range
        • Portable
        • Powerful

        Cons

        • Let's See

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Marshall JVM Series JVM205H 50W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

        Well, I can pretty much go on and on with this particular comment, but I will try to make it as short and sweet as possible. A few weeks ago I bought an "Accoustic DSP 120" amplifier for use at the church I attend. That is a great little amplifier. I have owned several amps. over the course of my years, always wanted a "Marshall", but just couldn't afford one. I do not want to "hose" other brands, and what I state is my opinion, but if you can wait, save your money the best you can, and get whatever amp. you think is best for your needs. In my case, I wish I would have saved all of my nickels and waited to buy a "Marshall". I had the money to buy the Joe Satriani version of a Marshall, but read he replaced the reverbs with noise gates, so I saved some money and bought this one. There is nothing I can say bad about this amplifier. I can also say I have never heard a 50 watt amp. that could get this loud. I literally have to keep this thing dialed way back on the volume. I could have gotten the 100 watt version of this one, but some people were saying the extra power tubes were causing a hiss. I am tickled pink that I finally am able to own a Marshall. By the way, I own an expensive Fender Stratocaster, a 1993 Ibanez S540 "made in Japan", a Gibson Les Paul, and a Squier Bullet Stratocaster, and all of them sound great when run through this amplifier. I have quite an expensive array of effects which have been pushed to the back burner after the purchase of this amplifier. I really like the way it sounds on its own accord.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Amazing Amp with Tone and Gain for Days!

        By PRSCustom24

        from Orlando, FL

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Amazing sound
        • Clean Tone Is Excellent
        • Gain For Days
        • Super Flexible
        • Tons Of Power

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • 80's Metal
          • 80's Rock
          • Classic Rock

          Comments about Marshall JVM Series JVM205H 50W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

          I started playing guitar in the early 80's and for some reason I've never been a Marshall fan, and I don't have a valid excuse as to why. I have always tried to find "something better" and thought that new technology trumped the tried-and-true.

          I have been using a Blackstar amp for a few years and it just wasn't doing it for me. I looked at other amps to replace it and then I tried the JVM-205H.

          I can honestly say this is the best sounding and most flexible amp I have ever used. It's a 2 channel amp, but each channel has 3 "modes" with increasing gain that are programmable using the ingenious 4 button footswitch - so it's really like a 6 channel amp.

          The clean channel is awesome and the OD channel has as much gain as anyone could want. I play in an 80's hard rock cover band and use the OD channel in orange mode with the gain set at 1:00 and it recreates the best gain tones of the 80's - think Van Halen, Whitesnake, Scorpions and Priest.

          Do yourself a favor and try this amp; you won't regret it. I use a PRS Custom 24 and have it paired with a 1960AV cabinet and it is an amazing combination.

          I also cannot think of a venue that anyone reading reviews here on Musician's Friend would play at where the 50 watts wouldn't be enough - gig volume is well below 1/2 on the master!

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Powerful and Versatile!!

          By MRAMSO2112

          from Scottsdale, AZ

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Good Warmth
          • Portable
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Marshall JVM Series JVM205H 50W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

            Is Marshall! Made in England!
            The sound is what most attract me to this amp.
            I'm using together a Marshall cab 1936, just for reference. Great combination!
            I tried others brands at the store, also great amps, but from my opnion the JVM is the most complete valve amp available in the market nowadays.
            All channels have a great and unique sound. From the most clear sound (Marshall clear warmed sound that I like so much) to the most Marshall High Gain distortion.
            The Red clean channel is very similar to the green OD channel, but I noticed a slight difference on the tone even using the same settings. I prefer the green OD.
            The Orage and Red on the OD channel make some noise. I solve it including the amp on the noise suppresor loop throught amp FX loop.
            The 50 watts is really really loud! Too much! More than I expected and i'd like to say more than my last 100 watts valvestate II for sure.
            Only one functionality is missing from my perspective, a switch to downgrade to 25 watts and 1 watt. It should be great to have on this amp. Bu again, it is a Marshall!

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Love This Amp

            By STEEVEE

            from The Far North

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Marshall JVM Series JVM205H 50W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

              I'm stuck with a delicious 80's hair band tone in my head, and I took this amp out of the box and tweaked it for five minutes and haven't touched the settings since, because it gave me exactly what I wanted. It has two channels with six modes, to switch various gain structures, so it's more flexible than a straight two channel amp. It has a programmable foot switch with various capabilities, but even though it has four switches simply marked 1-4, I figured out what did what by default quickly without reading much about it. The MIDI function works slick. It has a nice feature in the power amp insert if you ever needed to use that. The FX loop can be parallel or serial depending upon the mix control. I usually use the OD channel orange & red modes with a 1960A cab (Celestion G12T-75s), and the clean/crunch modes with a 1960TV cab (Celestion G12M-25 Greenbacks). Those two cabs together sound great, depending upon what you're playing. But I've got to admit I mostly leave it on the OD orange mode. A little bump with a Tube Screamer is nice, and a BBE Sonic Stomp in the FX loop sounds awesome. But you don't need those for it to sound good. Some people say it sounds better when you drive the power tubes to get that distortion, but I removed a power attenuator I was using with this amp and started using it on a non-master volume amp, and I didn't miss it on this one. Probably will save my tubes, too. On the OD channel I keep the gain at 4 and the channel volume at 7. That way the amp responds very well to various guitar volume knob settings. I've heard some people playing metal with the four-channel version of this amp, but I don't get that out of this one. I think they usually use cabs with V30s, and I don't dig those at all. Bottom line: if I got rid of my other amps, I wouldn't miss them that much, and I'd be happy to call this one my tone…

              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Very Close to Tone Nirvana!

              By Sacalait

              from South Louisiana

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Tone
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Live Gig
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Marshall JVM Series JVM205H 50W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

                I bought this amp this past summer. I did a boatload of research and had narrowed my choice to Marshall and a couple of boutique amps that are Marshall "clones." I opted for the JVM and I'm very happy I did. I love everything about this amp! Let me say first it's NOT gonna be everything to everybody! It's a MARSHALL! It's designed to ROCK! The end! If you want country- Fender. If you want clean and jangly- Vox. But if you want the tone of classic Rock and Roll played loud- Marshall! I use this amp extensively in the studio. I use it on the gig but as I play mostly in cover bands that do a wide variety, it's not the 'perfect' amp all the time. It's NOT supposed to be. It's supposed to ROCK and when it does it does the gig like no other! I always wanted a 'real' Marshall (I bought a Haze a few years back) but the price tag and the sheer power always made me push it back on the priority list. Well, I made up my mind to get one and like most other things in life, when you prioritize it, it can become reality. I grew up on the tone of the classic players like Hendrix, Page, Clapton and bands like the Allmans, Doobies, etc. This amp nails that tone! I could go on but this amp is made to ROCK and it's made to be played LOUD! If you can meet those two criteria, you'll be very close to Tone Nirvana man!

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