For me, it defines the hard rock and heavy metal genres of music in the 1980s.
We’ll get into that shortly, but first I want to give you a little history about Jim Marshall and his amplifiers.
Actually, any reader with an ounce of guitar amp knowledge already knows quite a bit about Marshall history, so there’s no need to rehash the whole story, but a few interesting tidbits are helpful.
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Marshall Amplification began in 1962 in London England.
In this respect the Marshall shop was no different from any other music shop.
As drummers came to my shop, so came their guitarists.
Their guitarists spoke to me about what guitars they wanted and the qualities they were looking for in a guitar amplifier.
Qualities I hasten to add that they couldn't find elsewhere at that time.
Today, the JCM-800 50-watt 1x12 combo (Model 4010) is currently valued between 00 and 00, and the value has slowly but consistently risen over the past few years.
Since so many of these are in service by players and not sitting in collectors’ closets, I think this amp will be continue to rise in value and be a treasure for years to come.
Most notably in the US, distributor Unicord began replacing Marshall’s tried and true EL34 power tubes with the seemingly more reliable 6550s.