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Marshall JVM Series JVM205C 50W 2x12 Tube Combo Amp  (Open Box)
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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
  • Made in England
SPECIFICATIONS
  • 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 16 reviews)

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    (11)

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    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

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78%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good power output (6)
  • Excellent sound (5)
  • Easy to use (4)
  • Portable (3)
  • Warm / comfy (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (6)
  • Professional recording (6)
  • Home studio (5)
  • Outdoor events / games (4)
  • Amateur recording (3)
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    • Experienced (7)

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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(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

SOLID!!!

By JPRAT

from Dallas

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

I traded my line 6 bogner half-stack for this baby!!!I use my Gibson studio deluxe with this amp.Pro's - First and foremost...Great clean and distortion sounds/tones. You can dial up jazz sounds to heavy metal. Incredible!. It just has that warm-brown sound as compared to my Line6...for both clean and distortion. If you want to run an extension cab from it you can. It has lots of variations to choose from. Probably won't need to...this thing has plenty of volume. It's heavy and solid...watch your back!Con's - picked up the floor model...'cause that's the only one the store had...got it home and started jammin on it and I noticed a rattling sound coming from inside the amp when I would play a G note. Took it back...the guy took it apart to find that one of the preamp tubes was shaking...replaced it but it didn't fix the problem so they gave me a new one in the box. No problems now. Also, the channel switching buttons seem a little cheap...like they are a little loose. The footswitch that comes with it...I wish the switches were just a little further apart. When playing live and your jammin' it's easy to hit the switch next to it so you have to be a little careful. And i have to get used to switching between channels coming from a Line 6...which switches right on the money...with this footswitch it's just different...seems like there's just a little delay...probably just due to the fact I'm not used to the footswitch buttons.Direct out - when I tried using the direct out line for recording...the mic cable wouldn't fit...the plug is recessed a little deeper than normal...my buddy had a extension for the cable and then it worked.Overall - Love the amp. sounds great. Just a solid combo with great vintage celestions. Has just a few small flaws that may not bother some . The more I play with it the more I love it. I've tried Line 6, Peavey, and Fender combo's...but I always come back to Marshall.

(7 of 32 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.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Marshall Has Done It Again!

By Yngwee

from Houston, TX

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

The JVM is a superb amp. It's a collection of classic and modern tones. From JTM45 and 1959 plexi sounds to all out mid-scooped and hot-rodded JCM800.Digital reverb isn't bad, but I don't care for it much. Noisy on the high-gain modes, but easily fixed because you don't need to set the gain real high to get plenty of distortion.Great features. 2 master volumes, master reverb, channel memory, footswitch w/memory, and 2 effects loops.This amp is well built and definitely road worthy. The vintage and heritage speaker combination is great. Stock tubes are great, changing to JJs or something won't make much difference I don't think.I love this amp. It's a keeper for sure.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My favorite amp!

By Redtabby

from Reno, NV

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

This amp is simply freakin' sweet! Great tone and awesome Marshall sound in a easy to use combo. The control layout is intuitive and easy to work with. The programmable footswitch is handy to have. The range of sound this amp produces is great. Only drawback is the sucker is heavy so lift carefully!

(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.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

JVM 205c hits it out of the park!

By Gary J

from Asheville

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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!

    (3 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Low Quality for the price.

    By Paul

    from Laredo

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    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.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great amp!

    By es137

    from Calgary, AB

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

    I purchased this amp several weeks ago and I am very happy with it. It is extremely versatile and can go from really good cleans to filthy distortion and basically every famous Marshall sound in Between. At first I had a bit of trouble figuring out the footswitch, but that could just be me. I also found the price very reasonable for a good quality amp.

    (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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      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.

        (2 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Marshall JVM205C

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

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

        I used this amp in a local music store and it was by far one of the greatest amps i have ever played through. The tone was great. I was expecting it to be made for more AC/DC rock type stuff (not a very heavy sound or enough distortion for heavy metal) but when i plugged it in it was perfect. This amp is great for anything. I highly suggest this amp.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        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.

          (1 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          It's like plugging in to hell itself.

          By kaloyan77

          from Cochabamba, Bolivia

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          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!

             
            5.0

            Great overall amp

            By Billy

            from Washington DC

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth
            • Plenty of varying/ classic/ modern sounds
            • Portable
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

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

              I bought this amp to have a combo version of the same model I have in a half stack version in my basement. I love the half stack version of this model but wanted something smaller and more portable. I play blues, rock, metal, etc. I looked at many reviews and although I found some other great choices, I kept coming back to this one. This thing, in my opinion, has it all! The different channels accurately depict the classic sounds along with modern tones. The clean tone sounds great and the built in reverb sounds awesome! I'm a fan of the Marshall tones and if you don't want to spend a ton of money to have multiple amps for multiple tones, this will fit the bill nicely!

               
              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.

              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              I assume it is a good product

              By John

              from Colorado Springs, CO

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              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.

                   
                  4.0

                  The Orange OD channel is great

                  By Anonymous

                  from USA

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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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