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Best 100 Watt Head?

guitarcheese
January 15th, 2008, 10:38 PM
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/2007/10/18/marshall-jcm-2000-reviews-tsl-100-amplifier/

JohnnyCrash
January 15th, 2008, 11:38 PM
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...

tommyc
January 15th, 2008, 11:42 PM
The JCM 800 is one of the best amps Marshall ever made period !!!!

Steeltoe
January 16th, 2008, 06:42 PM
Mesa Lonestar Classic - modern
Hiwatt DR103 - vintage

e-merlin
January 16th, 2008, 10:40 PM
What kind of music are you playing?

Jeffscreamedcorn
January 16th, 2008, 10:47 PM
It's not a head, but my '71 100 watt SFTR is something!

JimiBryant
January 16th, 2008, 10:48 PM
I really like those old Hiwatts, personally.
good ol' Harry Joyce.. man!
some of the best-built amps EVER.

Tele Jr
January 17th, 2008, 04:01 PM
Fender Tone Master

Ben Harmless
January 18th, 2008, 02:01 AM
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.

jh45gun
January 18th, 2008, 02:18 AM
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.

Paul G.
January 18th, 2008, 07:18 AM
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.

JimiBryant
January 18th, 2008, 11:52 AM
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.

Mik
January 18th, 2008, 12:02 PM
I've never played through a 100 watt head.

I've already lost a lot of my hearing.

What else have I been missing?






:lol:

Mik

ecsong187
January 18th, 2008, 12:34 PM
I like my Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier head, but now I'm saving for a Dr. Z. haha

JM in Va
January 18th, 2008, 12:36 PM
The Custom Audio Electronics stuff by John Suhr

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.

Wally
January 18th, 2008, 12:58 PM
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?

64Strat
January 18th, 2008, 01:40 PM
I've never played through a 100 watt head.

I've already lost a lot of my hearing.

What else have I been missing?






:lol:

Mik


If you can still hear, you're not playing loud enough. :lol: