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    hey bud, just wondering what kind of mods need to be done to a marshall head to get a really good distortion,brownsound ect. ? what about other amps that can be modded for that marshall brown distortion? torres enigneering(dan torres)swears he can make a old fender champ sound like a heavily overdriven marshall...

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    Rick, Marshalls are strange beasts. In my opinion, you can get a really great distorted rhythm sound from an old 100 or 50 watt JMP — stock no mods at all. Those were made in the mid seventies. The early JCM 800s are good too. That's my opinion. If you're looking for more gain and distortion, you can mod the amp by having an extra gain stage put in — translation: more tubes. There are lots of ways to mod amps, but the extra gain stage in older Marshalls is one of the most common. Amps now days usually already have 4-5 pre amp tubes. Old Marshalls have 3. I have a '71 100 superlead that only has a master volume mod. I crank it up and I get a open kind of crunch. . . not overly distorted at all, but very much vintage Marshall. Slap an overdrive pedal in front of that baby and you've got yourself a great rock rig. The thing to remember is that all Marshalls (old ones) are NOT created equally. They all have different character and subtle differences. I recommend using your ears and finding one that sound good before you do any modding. Then you can decide what you want to add to the amp (gain, FX loop, slave out, etc), and go from there. One last thing — go with someone who knows what they're doing and has a good rep for modding amps. The guy who did mine also did two for Eddie earlier this year. Good luck!

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    cool hey did the guy tell ya what he did to ed s amps? that is what the modifications were?

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    Yes, he said he did his "Crunch" mod on two 100 watt JMPs for Ed.

 

 

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