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Old January 15th, 2008, 10:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Best 100 Watt Head?

Wondering what people think, in their opinion, the best 100 watt guitar head is. I have been using my trusted Marshall JCM 2000 TSL for a few years now and am getting tired of the stale tone of this think. (for those of you who don't know this amp see here http://www.wiser-rocker.com/blog/200...100-amplifier/

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Old January 15th, 2008, 11:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I got rid of my TSL, I really didn't like it.

The best 100w Marshall in my book is the JCM800. That said, I tried out a few old JCM800's before settling on a DSL100 HAHA

Replace the crap preamp tubes and you'll have a DSL100 that will sound great...
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Old January 15th, 2008, 11:42 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The JCM 800 is one of the best amps Marshall ever made period !!!!
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Old January 16th, 2008, 06:42 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Mesa Lonestar Classic - modern
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Old January 16th, 2008, 10:40 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Old January 16th, 2008, 10:47 PM   #6 (permalink)
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It's not a head, but my '71 100 watt SFTR is something!
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Old January 16th, 2008, 10:48 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I really like those old Hiwatts, personally.
good ol' Harry Joyce.. man!
some of the best-built amps EVER.
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Old January 17th, 2008, 04:01 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Old January 18th, 2008, 02:01 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I really like those old Hiwatts, personally.
good ol' Harry Joyce.. man!
some of the best-built amps EVER.
Easily in the top 5 100w heads I've ever played through was a Harry Joyce Custom 100. It was the post-Hiwatt DR103. Holy crap was it loud and clean...

My JCM800 does the job now that I've got her purring. She's a 50 watter, but I'm pretty happy overall.
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Old January 18th, 2008, 02:18 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I suppose you could call this a 100 watt head if your using a 8 ohm cab but I am using a 4 ohm cab so it is more watts yet. My 70's Vintage SS Traynor Mono Block Bass amp is one heck of a head a lot of guys used them for guitar heads too as I am doing. It will run a 2 ohm load all day long at something like 350 watts 4 ohm was in the 250 ball park and 8 ohm was in the 225 watt range. Real clean sounding and quiet running too. It is a keeper as far as I am conerned. My Bass Player had one of those Peavey Musician bass heads that was pretty decent too. I now have the guitar version which is 210 watts at 2 ohms so I would guess it is close to a 100 at 8 ohms. I have not had a chance to try it out much it had a blown bypass cap on the one B+ rail that I replaced and have not tried it out yet. The Peavey Tech said it I could play it with out it but I replaced it figured it would help with noise issues.
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Kind of a vague, unanswerable question isn't it?

What are you playing? Where are you playing? What do you like? Do you need a master volume? Reverb? Effects Loop? Why 100W?....

All that said, I also like the JCM800, HiWatt Custom 100 or DR103.

I also prefer big, full and fairly clean. Some people don't, so you really need to a) define yourself better, and b) maybe get out and listen to some amps.
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I have an Orange OR-120 head from the early 1970s and a matching 6x12" (!) cabinet that weighs about sixteen tons.

I used to use it as my living room amp back when I had an apartment over a bar and had no neighbors to bother.. my friend Peter the bartender told me that he could sometimes hear me playing when he was going to work - from six blocks away!

that amp is a tone monster and it stays clean unless I just turn everything up
to the maximum - at that point, it's prob'ly louder than a jet taking off.
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Old January 18th, 2008, 12:02 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I've never played through a 100 watt head.

I've already lost a lot of my hearing.

What else have I been missing?








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Old January 18th, 2008, 12:34 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I like my Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier head, but now I'm saving for a Dr. Z. haha
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Old January 18th, 2008, 12:36 PM   #15 (permalink)
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I have an OD50 and it's PLENTY loud for any stage/gig I've played.

The 100 is even louder. Ch1 is like a twin reverb Ch2 is blazing.
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Old January 18th, 2008, 12:58 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Which 100 watt model in the JCM 800 Series do you fellows prefer?
Options...MD 1959, Md 2203, MD 1992, MD 2210
Also, what are the differences between these four models?
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I've never played through a 100 watt head.

I've already lost a lot of my hearing.

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