Tell me about the jtm45

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  1. Colestrat

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    I’ve been looking at jtm45s I haven’t played one yet but I’ve tried a 1959hw 100 watt Marshall I’ve never played a Marshall so I had no idea how to dial the amp but I did get a lot of gain and the volume was only on 3, but anyways I’m looking for the differences while playing clean through a strat for starters, how would you describe the sound of the amp played clean and through a fuzz face? How similar are they to a similar watt fender blackface amp? I’m sure it’s gonna be a while before I see one at my local shops but I’d like to hear your thoughts on them and how they compare to fenders.
     
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    A JTM 45...the original ones...are clone of a 5f6a Bassman.

    Plug a Bassman into a 4x12 cab...JTM 45.
     
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    How close are vintage jtm45’s to the new reissues ?
     
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    As close as an original Bassman is to reissue.

    A 58 year old amp will sound a little different. Components age. Transformers etc.

    The reissue should sound like the vintage amp did when it was new.
     
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    I have had the pleasure of playing the best amp Marshall ever made. The jtm45. Lol
    Seriously though, it's a big fat round clean amp, until you dial it up and then you have a nice crunchy amp.

    It would take a fuzz very well.
     
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    How well does it do the glassy strat tone when you dial the mids out?
     
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    How much of a clone was it tho? Exact or very similar?
     
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    Funny how the Bassman was designed for the Precision Bass guitar, wonder how it became a sought after guitar amp?
     
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    Clapton used the 2x12 combo version on the Beano album with a Les Paul. Early AC/DC Angus played JTM 45. The JTM will not really get that mid scooped glassy Fender blackface sound but the have awesome cleans, just different flavors than fender. Same with the drive, it’s different than fender overdrive.
     
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    It'll sound like a Tweed Bassman with 4 12's.

    Because..it's a Bassman.


    It's that friggin' simple.
     
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    The first Bassman was the 5b6. It's nothing like the 5f6a. It's more like a big Deluxe.


    People who knew...played them.

    Don Rich and Buck Owens played through one Bassman when they started.
     
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    a fender bassman was my first amp.
    i was up in the attic and found an old silvertone archtop. plugged it into dads bassman and cranked it up. it rattled all the windows in the house.
    ill bet thats why i like marshalls so much.
     
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    You said Buck Owens like people around here know what the **** Bakersfield sounds like jefe.

    Crystal palace my ass.
     
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    i watched hee haw as a kid....i know who buck owens is.
     
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    Some do. Maybe they'll seek it out.

    Early Don and Buck. That's the shizz.

     
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    I’ve seen the man. Nudie suits and all. He was and is the shizz. Like the goodness
     
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    I love my JTM45.

    For me, the best way to describe it would be to say, listen to the sound Clapton got on Beano, and the sound Peter Green got on I Loved Another Woman.

    That’s the range of a JTM45.

    I really do think it’s one of the best amps ever made.

    It has a mid-hump, whereas the Fender blackfaces, like the Twin and Deluxe Reverbs, have a mid-scoop.

    The JTM45 doesn’t need pedals, but takes them well. It sounds great with a fuzz. A decent reverb pedal is kind of a magical combination.

    The amp sounds great dirty, but I think people don’t give those early Marshall cleans enough credit.

    The one thing to be aware of is that it is a very, very loud amp. Through a 2x12 cab with efficient speakers, it is They Can Hear You In Space loud, so, consider a good attenuator along with it.
     
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    by the way I’m not surprised you two know the man
     
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    My Grandad told me how special Buck was when I took him to the Opry almost 20 years ago. He sang in perfect pitch both songs Buck sang.
     
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    I went to a show at The Crystal Palace. Got to talk to him a bit. He missed Don something awful. I asked him if he could play Made In Japan. He said I'll try to remember it and laughed.

    After the break, he went up to the mic and said "This one's for Chris", and proceeded to nail it to the wall.