'79 JMP 2204 in the blues kitchen!

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'79 JMP 2204 in the blues kitchen!

Postby texas blues » Wed Dec 24, 2008 12:20 am

Hey ya'll once again from the big dry ditch here in Las Vegas. I have been pining for over a year for either a Marshall 2204 or Plexi four holer. I did heaps of research and looked at alot of amps and was leaning towards the MV 2204. As I could not justify the buy to myself or my gal, (want over need) I took a womans approach to rationalizing the 'thang. I began about 8 months ago by answering my wife's questions with ..."Marshall 2204!" every single day.
Last week the tactic finally paid off and she caved. "Just go buy it and let me get some peace!" "Well you know honey, I need a 4x12 cab with 25w greenbacks to go with it!" "Please 'Lawd take me now! Just get it already!!!...before I poison your food or strangle you in your sleep!!" Sounded like a go ahead to me! Within a day I found a very clean straight back 1960 classic cab with the greenbacks and also a '79 JMP Marshall 2204 50w.
Got the head yesterday. Cosmetically the amp is a 9 out of ten. It has some issues like wrong tube in V1..an ecc81 in lieu of an ecc83. The former more of a reverb/phase inverter tube. The low input also does not work and produces a very bad squeel along with intermitant oscillation. The tubes I got were all new JJ's in V1, V2 and V3 and a "matched pair" of Ruby EL34's for V4 and V5. The hi input works just okay, very quiet and an okay tone is there but not very loud, even with the master on 6 and preamp on 4. No Marshall roar going on there so I'll have the whole unit checked out. I also happened to find a tech here in LV that comes very highly recommended and after talking to him on the batphone...he sounds like an oriental kung fu master of Marshall. I won't be able to give the cat the amp til after the holidays as he is going on vay kay but all good things come to those who wait.

Here's some lovely Marshall porn for ya'll comment and discuss amongst yourselves...


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Sweet 'thang...
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Cheers ya'll, TB.
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Re: '79 JMP 2204 in the blues kitchen!

Postby LesFromChicago » Wed Dec 24, 2008 12:27 am

Vey nice VERY nice!

Some unsolicited advice from an old husband:
Now if you can tear yourself away from the gear maybe you might spend sometime giving a certain someone some reasons NOT to strangle or poison a certain someone else :lol:
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Re: '79 JMP 2204 in the blues kitchen!

Postby ricochet » Wed Dec 24, 2008 12:28 am

Very cool, TB!

I have its poor cousin in the basement.

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Re: '79 JMP 2204 in the blues kitchen!

Postby texas blues » Wed Dec 24, 2008 12:42 am

LesFromChicago wrote:Vey nice VERY nice!

Some unsolicited advice from an old husband:
Now if you can tear yourself away from the gear maybe you might spend sometime giving a certain someone some reasons NOT to strangle or poison a certain someone else :lol:


Thanks very much Les but as you will find the more you hang out here, you will see I am more of a blowhard when it comes to my wife and she is my dream gal. She only has to command and my feet become like wings. She's worth it.

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Re: '79 JMP 2204 in the blues kitchen!

Postby Troubleman » Wed Dec 24, 2008 2:33 pm

I know how you feel.
I played a Marshall Jubilee when the were released back in '87. HAD TO have it.
Bugged the heck outta my wife. She caved. I bought the amp. It RULES.
I had a conversation with blues artist Smokin' Joe Bonamassa - he loves Marshall Jubes too.
He's notorious for having three or four amps in his gigging-rig - typically his signal is going to two amps at once.
In his quest for better tone (something he's known for), new amps seem to come and go for him all the time.
One amp that's always in his rig - a Marshall Jubilee.
Even though he switches between four heads live, the one that is "always, always, always on" according to Joe: his Marshall Jublilee.
There's something about the sound and feel of Jubes - think, corpulent, leaning towards harmonic feedback, hairy around the edges, just enough squishiness.
And LOUD...

Congrats dude!

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Re: '79 JMP 2204 in the blues kitchen!

Postby LesFromChicago » Wed Dec 24, 2008 4:08 pm

texas blues wrote:
... She's worth it.

Cheers, TB.



I know that sentiment! and I would bet she'd say you're worth it too.
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Re: '79 JMP 2204 in the blues kitchen!

Postby slickcat » Sat Dec 27, 2008 12:25 am

I had one of those in the 80's..... 8) ....your gonna love the tone of that amp cranked!!!
Do yourself a favor.....find someplace where volume wont have the cops on your butt.....and turn it up! Way Up....its like being in guitar heaven :D :mrgreen:
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Re: '79 JMP 2204 in the blues kitchen!

Postby texas blues » Sat Dec 27, 2008 2:44 am

slickcat wrote:I had one of those in the 80's..... 8) ....your gonna love the tone of that amp cranked!!!
Do yourself a favor.....find someplace where volume wont have the cops on your butt.....and turn it up! Way Up....its like being in guitar heaven :D :mrgreen:


I am well familiar with the sound for true. I had a 2210 that rocked. Sadly it had issues like the fx loop was a tone sucker and switching from the gain channel to more clean it would bleed over. Marshall also added a diode on the front end to increase the gain thus giving it almost too much for my taste. The 2204 is essentially the same amp albeit 50w rather than 100w and without the channel switching and all the wham whams and zuzus. I have a tech lined up who is an asian kung fu marshall master and it should be up and running with the devil in about 2 weeks.

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Re: '79 JMP 2204 in the blues kitchen!

Postby leftyguitarman » Wed Dec 31, 2008 1:26 am

Very nice lookin amp TB. Congrats!
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Re: '79 JMP 2204 in the blues kitchen!

Postby texas blues » Wed Dec 31, 2008 2:03 am

Thanks Lefty. It'll be going to the amp vet to check up on its rectumfier's and tubulus maximus. It'll go out next Monday and with any luck and barring any major malfukshuns like a dying power tranny, I should have it back by the end of next week. I got Mrs. Blues a vid cam for Christmas but she's not into it and regifted it to me. I'll be playing around with that and should be able to post a vid or two demoing that amp.

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Re: '79 JMP 2204 in the blues kitchen!

Postby grady » Wed Dec 31, 2008 6:47 am

Yummy !!!

Good find TB !!

P.S.- If that little Clark of yours needs a good home, I'm always willing to take in strays, LOL !!
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Re: '79 JMP 2204 in the blues kitchen!

Postby texas blues » Wed Dec 31, 2008 5:09 pm

Sorry Grady, both my Clarks the Champ clone and the 5E3 have adopted the Marshall. That new orig. spec wP90's would absolutely wail through any of those 3 amps. BTW, is the new girlfriend a TV yellow or more faded?

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Re: '79 JMP 2204 in the blues kitchen!

Postby grady » Wed Dec 31, 2008 5:28 pm

Here's the specs,

Solid Mahogany Body
TV Yellow Finish
1-piece Mahogany neck with long neck tenon (for killer sustain & tone)
22 fret bound Rosewood fingerboard
1959 rounded neck profile
P-90 Single coil pickups
CTS pots and Bumblebee Capacitors

You can read all about it and hear a soundclip of the guitar here,
http://www.gibsoncustom.com/flash/produ ... ialSC.html

You know, a lot of people complain about the high price of these Gibson Custom Shop VOS
guitars but, once you get a guitar like this home, you quickly realize why they cost so much.
Their way better than regular Gibson guitars in every way.

The feel, the tone, they're just on a whole other level than their mass production counterparts.

After purchasing my Valley Arts Custom Telecaster guitar earlier this year,
I became a big fan of Custom Shop guitars.
They're just so much better in every way.
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Re: '79 JMP 2204 in the blues kitchen!

Postby texas blues » Wed Dec 31, 2008 7:14 pm

I here ya' Grady. I'll probably open the veritable can of worms and the hating will begin anew from many that disagree but....having played several custom shop and higher end guitars the old saying is true...you get what you pay for. Not to say that a cat can't find a real player from low end instruments, but one has a better chance with better wood, pickups, and all around attention to detail that less expensive instruments seem to lack. That's why I buy Gibson, Clark, and National. I play them and know exactly what I'm getting. I would rather have one really great guitar and pay for it rather than 5 just okay guitars for the price of one good one.

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Re: '79 JMP 2204 in the blues kitchen!

Postby texas blues » Sat Jan 10, 2009 3:07 am

We ya'll, got the Marshall back from my new best friend, my amp vet, Roy Page. Report will follow tomorrow. Everything is fixed and as it should be but good Gawd ya'll....it had some problems! Details tomorrow and vid clip soon.

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