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Here is a gut-shot of the JCMC410B. These were produced for the JCM600 series from 1997 to 1999. The 10" 'Gold Back' speakers used, were all custom-voiced Marshall Celestion Heritage models. These are a 30 watt, 4 ohm speaker. The cabinet can be wired series/paralell to run 4 ohms, or the speakers can be wired in series to achieve a 16 Ohm cabinet. My preference, especially for live shows, is to run the cab series/paralell. This way if you blow a speaker, the rig will still run on the pair that's not blown, so you can at least finish the song your on (of course at your first opportunity you want to switch the head from four to eight ohms, to impedance match to the survivng pair). These MDF cabinets and speakers were UK made. The check-grill cloth was for a special anniversary run. Overall, with the small magnet speakers and MDF construction,these cabinets are comparable to the current Marshall Origin cabinet line coming from Vietnam.
Gibson Historic Les Paul
2005 Gibson custom historic 1958 plaintop reissue les paul r8
This guitar sounds as good as she looks. The cherry sunburst Les Paul is coveted by Page fans everywhere. I found this on the 'scratch & dent' rack at a Guitar Center. Couldn't find anything wrong with it, so I had to take it home. I got it with the custom case for a deal that couldn't be beat. These guitars tend to be heavy. This one tips the scales at 9.8 lbs. Because of that, I like the lighter Juniors and SG's for live work. But in the studio where weight isn't a liability, this thing kills. I used it, most notably, on my recording of The Red Ramblers. Tex Burbank played slide on it on Coming Home and The Last Song. The only modification is a strap lock on the upper bout. Currently it's strung up with Ernie Ball 8's. The amplifier pictured is a Marshall 50 watt 2204-S, and 1982A cabinet. This was a great amp combination. Particularly because the Marshall/Celestion black-label 80-watt speakers from '78 or so, are particularly well suited to the MV-era amp circuit. Different than the plexi/green-back sound, but iconic in it's own right. And a perfect foil for the R8.
More- Gibson Historic R8
seen here with a marshall-artist 30 amp, onstage in thousand oaks Ca in 2018, at the borderline bar & grill.
This Marshall Artist 30 model 3203 is from 1986 and is a hybrid amplifier. Solid state pre-amp, with a tube EL34 power section. A JCM-800 era amp, it has a boost footswith as well, which takes it into super high gain territory. Good for slide work. The cabinet is a 4x10 with the venerable Celestion G12L-35 10" speakers. The red tolex is bonus. Most of these amps from 1986 have a black grill cloth which came from a bad batch, and most faded to brown. Looks killer with the red. It also has some nostalgia for me, as my first Marshall amp was a 2204 in red tolex, bought new in '84. Around 1990 I considered purchasing a Marshall Artist for gigging the Top-40 circuit. While not as pure a tube amp, as a 2204, these amps are lighter and easier to cart around. And more versatile with the boost. Hard to go wrong with a Les Paul and a Marshall. This rig will get you there.