Anyone got experience with JCM 900

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  1. TheSandman

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    Been looking at that. Anyone have any good input?
     
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    No personal experience but a good buddy in Florida sure makes great music with his and a sweet LP
     
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    Not sure if he does, Sandman. What type music and sound are you going for with a JCM900?
    PS. you can call me Chili,,,,,,,,,,, it's easier.
     
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    I know this fella always has a ton of good gear comparisons and does a lot of good demos on all sorts of amps, guitars, speakers, pedals etc.

     
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    Blues, bluesy rock, and hard rock.
     
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    Sandman, I sent my buddy a message asking him your questions. I will see what he says about any clips. If he doesn't have any, maybe he can record some for me.
     
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    I also found a demo with a number of ZZ Top Licks and some Ozzy etc thru a JCM900,

    I don't think you could go wrong picking up one.
     
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    Sandman, I know you could have just as easily already seen all these clips, but in case you haven't, I will post em.

     
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    @chilipeppermaniac thanks brother. I appreciate your help. Been trying to find a great tube amp that's powerful enough for a large large place just in case, and that has smooth, warm cleans, as well as a great blazing hot lead distortion/overdrive channel.

    Looked into Hughes and Kettner's Deluxe 40 and loved the tone but not sure if it's loud enough.
     
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    As a number of friends counsel, always see if you can test drive a guitar, amp etc before buying. That way you know if it suits you.

    Marshall makes another nice amp or 2 called a Vintage Modern and a DSL. Check them out too.
    My Marshall is a 1972 JMP 50 watt 4 hole. No Overdrive or master volume, but it is a tone master. That is one amp, I can only describe as ya gotta play it to make your own reaction.

    To me it nails Billy's sound here.

     
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    JD Simo is playing a bass version of mine. This one is a JMP 1986 bass, mine is a 1987 Lead

     
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    You can always mic it and send through the PA if playing at larger venues.

    I think many people get too caught up in how their rig sounds when played by itself. It needs to sound good, but it is going to sound different when placed in a mix whether it be at a live venue or in the studio. Type of mic and placement is going to have an affect on how the sound of the rig is captured and how it will sit in the mix.
     
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    I know nothing about H n K except Alex Lifeson from Rush uses em.

    Based on these couple vids, it looks a sounds very versatile and will rock for sure.

     
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    @chilipeppermaniac the issue I'm having is that I've been told that having a really warm clean amp, and using pedal(s) for distortion/overdrive, sounds better than using the amp's distortion. I've thought about buying a used Fender 65 Deluxe Reverb and using a hot distortion pedal, but at the same time I've always liked a hot crunch tone from the amp itself. Do you know anything about running pedals through a clean amp?
     
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    That is exactly what I have to do with my JMP, it is a clean amp.
    Some high gain amps have a certain kind of natural breakup distortion and like you said, some sound better than others. From my experience and from what I hear from others, how this sounds to you and of course with your band is quite personal. Some may like more Amp driven distortion while others like you say, only like their unclean sound via pedals and driving tubes. I guess it is a fine line and how your ears like it.

    I definitely think the H n K is a different animal to a 65 reverb.
    Kind of like comparing Iommi's Laney sound to Brian May's Vox AC30. 2 different British amp sounds, 2 far different sounding bands.
     

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