Marshall 1960A JCM900
Marshall 1960A JCM900

1960A JCM900, 4x12 Guitar Cabinet from Marshall in the JCM900 series.

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Hatsubai 17/03/2011

Marshall 1960A JCM900 : la opinión de Hatsubai (content in English)

"Your typical 4x12"

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Love them or hate them, the Marshall JCM900 1960 cabinet is probably the standard 4x12 cabinet out there on the market. No matter what music shop you walk into, you’re bound to find one of these somewhere on the showroom floor. Equipped with four Celestion G12T75 speakers, the cabinet is able to withstand 300 watts of power. The selectable ohmage and stereo switching on the back makes it a fairly versatile cabinet, and it should be adequate for most gigging musicians out there.

The cabinet is made out of birch plywood, but the back panel is actually made out of MDF. Some people like the MDF back, and some people don’t. Contrary to popular belief, the MDF backing has actually been around for quite some time, so it’s not something new that Marshall has been doing. The wiring is pretty skimpy and should be replaced, in my opinion. The tolex is alright, but it can ding somewhat easily. Grill cloth and piping are fine, but some people prefer the salt and pepper grill cloth for tone. Yes, different grill cloth can result in different tones as it determines how much dampening occurs between the speaker and your ears.

The biggest complaint I have with this cabinet is that it tends to leak some air. This means that it’s not as tight and focused as it could be. Taking the time to use some caulking around the seams can help improve the cabinet’s overall sound. The handles are plastic and tend to break when thrown around a bit. Thankfully, Scumback Speakers makes 100% drop-in replacements to fix this issue. The other handles on the market actually don’t line up 100%, so keep that in mind when ordering cheaper metal handles.

The G12T75s are probably some of the most notorious speakers on the market. Quite a few people dislike them, and I’m one of those people. They tend to sound very scooped and harsh, even in this rear loaded cabinet. Mixed, they can sound pretty good, but alone, they’re just not for me. If you’re looking for a 4x12, this cabinet should definitely be on your list. However, if you’re willing to spend a bit more, there are better cabinets on the market.