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In a nutshell, the Marshall all-valve, 2-channel JVM205C 50-Watt tube combo amp is a 2-channel version of the most versatile Marshall amplifier ever made. Each of this combo amp's 2 channels are completely independent of each other, and they boast 3 Modes, all 6 of which are footswitchable and feature their own unique gain structure. It makes the JVM 2-channel effectively 6 Marshalls in one!

The JVM205C has studio-quality digital reverb with a level control for each channel. This is also footswitchable, as are the amp's two Master Volume controls and the Series/Parallel effects loop. Resonance and Presence are equipped with master controls.

An ingenious footswitch (UK patent pending) and the fact all the amp's switching (channel/modes, Reverb, Master Volume selection, FX loop) can be done via MIDI and you're looking at an incredibly flexible amp! The 4-way footswitch boasts LEDs and memory, plus it connects to the amp via a regular guitar cable.

From the cleanest clean to the filthiest distortion ever found in a Marshall and all points in-between, the JVM205C all-valve combo amp will give you whatever tone you need right when you need it.

FEATURES
  • 50W power
  • All-valve, with 5 x ECC83s, and 2 x EL34s
  • 1x Vintage 12" + 1x Heritage 12" Speaker
  • 2 totally independent, footswitchable channels
  • Each channel has 3 footswitchable modes
  • Footswitchable, studio-quality digital reverb
  • Independent reverb controls for each channel
  • 2 footswitchable master volumes
  • 2 FX loops, one series, and one parallel
  • Parallel FX loop is footswitchable on/off
  • Speaker emulated XLR output
  • 4-way footswitch (with memory) supplied
  • All switching can be done via MIDI
SPECIFICATIONS

JVM Series JVM205C 50W 2x12 Tube Combo Amp

  • 27" x 20" x 10.5" (690x510x265mm)
    65 lbs. (29.5kg)
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MarshallJVM Series JVM205C 50W 2x12 Tube Combo Amp
 
4.5

(based on 15 reviews)

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75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good power output (5)
  • Excellent sound (4)
  • Easy to use (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (5)
  • Professional recording (5)
  • Home studio (4)
  • Outdoor events / games (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

If you want 1 amp, this is it.

I was looking for really clean sound, and I happened to try this amp in a club and decided to buy one. My Fender Stratocaster through the clean channel sounds heavenly like a Dire...Read complete review

I was looking for really clean sound, and I happened to try this amp in a club and decided to buy one. My Fender Stratocaster through the clean channel sounds heavenly like a Dire Straits tune. I also have Gibson ES339, and it sounds equally great, picking up all the nuances of respective guitars. I personally like the Gibson through my Fender Blues Jr. amp better though.

But if you want just 1 amp, I'd pick this Marshall. From the clean to dirty, it just handles it really well. I don't even feel the need for any external pedals. Just plug in and start playing.

I originally purchased an used one, but it turned out to be defective. But it wasn't a hassle at all to exchange it to a new one, thanks to great customer service at Musicians Friend. The new one came with a defective cable to the foot pedal, and Musician's Friend ship a new cable the same day I made the call.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

I sent it back

The tone is just not there. And for nearly $2000, one would expect a useable tone. I took a chance and ordered one of these because of the glowing "tone"...Read complete review

The tone is just not there. And for nearly $2000, one would expect a useable tone. I took a chance and ordered one of these because of the glowing "tone" reviews. But I guess tone is in the ear of the beholder. I didn't hear it. Sounded thin, tinny and small and cheap.

I put this amp next to my Fender Deluxe Reverb and A-B'd them. My hope was to dial in a dirty sound to switch back and forth. I knew right away that I couldn't go on stage with the Marshall. The Fender sounds 3-D. You feel it all around. It's full and rich and just "there." The Marshall sounded cheap by comparison.

Yes, I know they are two totally different voiced amps. And yes, I realize the Marshall is a modeling amp. But for $2000, you could get a Rivera combo that would totally smoke this amp in tonal quality.

I really appreciate Musicians Friend's customer support. They were totally cool about me returning it and even paid for the shipping. They will eventually get that money back from me in the future.

Bottom line... $2000 is what you'd pay for a boutique amp. So I would advise buying a boutique if you are gonna spend this kind of coin. I didn't find any useable tones.

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4.0

Second review

By topdrag

from Washington, Ut

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Pros

  • Excellent Sound
  • Powerful
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Marshall JVM Series JVM205C 50W 2x12 Tube Combo Amp:

    This is my second review on this amp. My first one blew up on day 45 of my 45 day return policy. MF was great about taking it back and shipping me a new one. This amp is amazing. You can get unlimited sounds from it. It does take alot of time and research to figure it out. OD orange and red are very noisy, but a Rocktron Guitar silencer in an X pattern can solve that. The OD channel is also very compressed. There is a volume drop when engaging the effects loop when set to 100% wet that can be cured by backing the mix knob off some. You don't need alot of gain with OD org and red. Be patient and work with it and you will be rewarded. The forums provide a wealth of info.

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    5.0

    Amazing amp

    By topdrag

    from Washington, Ut

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    Comments about JVM Series JVM205C 50W 2x12 Tube Combo Amp:

    This is my 4th Marshall and by far the most versatile. There a lot of knobs and modes to try to figure out, but you'll probably end up using clean green and overdrive orange the most. It does take awhile to dial in. It can be trebly and it does have alot of noise on the OD orange and red. I will definitely have to get a noise gate. If you get it, just refer to the JVM forums for help dialing it in. My last amp was a DSL40C that you have to replace the speaker in and run a boost to help the bass out. The reverb also works as opposed to the DSL40C which has very weak reverb. This amp is ready to go as is.

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    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    I assume it is a good product

    By JD

    from Colorado Springs, CO

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Warmth
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Marshall JVM Series JVM205C 50W 2x12 Tube Combo Amp:

        The amp is good but I cannot fully review as the new unit I was sent was not new. It was missing parts and was defective.

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        4.0

        The Orange OD channel is great

        By DR

        from DC

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        Comments about Marshall JVM Series JVM205C 50W 2x12 Tube Combo Amp:

        The orange OD channel provides more than enough gain for hard rock. The red OD channel seems to be too noisy for practical use. The clean channel can sound a bit flat when compared to the JCM 900, but it is definitely adequate.

        Overall, the amp has an amazingly complex and textured sound. The mid range can sound a little harsh when playing higher notes, and an external EQ might be required. I also found its weight to be very reasonable for a 212 combo.

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        (1 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        It's like plugging in to hell itself.

        By kaloyan77

        from Cochabamba, Bolivia

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Marshall JVM Series JVM205C 50W 2x12 Tube Combo Amp:

          The moment you plug in, it is like going to hell it self!! Hell yeah!

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          JVM 205c hits it out of the park!

          By Gary J

          from Asheville

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Portable
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Clean
            • Events
            • Heavy Distortion
            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Plexi
            • Professional Recording
            • This Does It All

            Comments about Marshall JVM Series JVM205C 50W 2x12 Tube Combo Amp:

            This is a great grab-&-go combo. Once the speakers get broke in this thing is killer! Covers so much territory. The Plexi sounds are great. This amp covers every era of Marshall amps. I got the 50w 2x12" combo & it has plenty of power. I'd recommend this to anyone who needs a portable amp & wants that Marshall tone. Great amp!

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            I would buy this amp again

            By I Love Gibsons

            from Jefferson City, MO

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            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Performances

                Comments about Marshall JVM Series JVM205C 50W 2x12 Tube Combo Amp:

                Unless the tone varies from amp to amp on these, I don't see how anyone can say this amp doesn't sound great. I'm not going to pretend to be an amp guru on here, but I've been around and this thing really sounds good, Really good, it impressed me and my band members. We play a variety of older classic rock to some modern rock and a little metal and I needed to cover a lot of ground and this amp does it. The cleans are good, wouldn't put it up against a Fender Twin, but good, and you will need a noise gate for the orange and red OD, but that doesn't cost much. Just a really flexible amp. I would defiantly recommend this.

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                (6 of 29 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                I sent it back

                By Geoff

                from Goshen, IN

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                Comments about Marshall JVM Series JVM205C 50W 2x12 Tube Combo Amp:

                The tone is just not there. And for nearly $2000, one would expect a useable tone. I took a chance and ordered one of these because of the glowing "tone" reviews. But I guess tone is in the ear of the beholder. I didn't hear it. Sounded thin, tinny and small and cheap.

                I put this amp next to my Fender Deluxe Reverb and A-B'd them. My hope was to dial in a dirty sound to switch back and forth. I knew right away that I couldn't go on stage with the Marshall. The Fender sounds 3-D. You feel it all around. It's full and rich and just "there." The Marshall sounded cheap by comparison.

                Yes, I know they are two totally different voiced amps. And yes, I realize the Marshall is a modeling amp. But for $2000, you could get a Rivera combo that would totally smoke this amp in tonal quality.

                I really appreciate Musicians Friend's customer support. They were totally cool about me returning it and even paid for the shipping. They will eventually get that money back from me in the future.

                Bottom line... $2000 is what you'd pay for a boutique amp. So I would advise buying a boutique if you are gonna spend this kind of coin. I didn't find any useable tones.

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                (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                If you want 1 amp, this is it.

                By willow1210

                from Old Tappan, NJ

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                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound
                • Good Warmth
                • Really Clean And Dirty

                Cons

                • Came With Defective Cable
                • Rattles A Little Bit

                Best Uses

                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Marshall JVM Series JVM205C 50W 2x12 Tube Combo Amp:

                I was looking for really clean sound, and I happened to try this amp in a club and decided to buy one. My Fender Stratocaster through the clean channel sounds heavenly like a Dire Straits tune. I also have Gibson ES339, and it sounds equally great, picking up all the nuances of respective guitars. I personally like the Gibson through my Fender Blues Jr. amp better though.

                But if you want just 1 amp, I'd pick this Marshall. From the clean to dirty, it just handles it really well. I don't even feel the need for any external pedals. Just plug in and start playing.

                I originally purchased an used one, but it turned out to be defective. But it wasn't a hassle at all to exchange it to a new one, thanks to great customer service at Musicians Friend. The new one came with a defective cable to the foot pedal, and Musician's Friend ship a new cable the same day I made the call.

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                (3 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Low Quality for the price.

                By Paul

                from Laredo

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Portable
                • Powerful

                Cons

                • Difficult To Use
                • Feedback
                • Poor Sound Quality

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Marshall JVM Series JVM205C 50W 2x12 Tube Combo Amp:

                One disappointment was some cosmetic damage from shipping. The mesh has a slight puncture. The original box is inadequate for shipping. The low quality labor here in Laredo is probably to blame. The Pedal's default settings are ok but I am unable to figure out how to customize it. That may be my fault but the instructions are about useless. The feedback in the orange and red is the worst I've ever heard. Even at low volume there's a loud hum. It's a good amp despite this but for the price Id look at something else.

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