This has been my main amp for about 2 years now. I’ve wanted a JTM45 head for years, “just because.” When I finally found this thing on eBay, I jumped on it. It’s white, and it rages: hence the nickname. The thing I love about this amp is the way it reacts to fuzz pedals; it just sounds right to me (it helps that it also shakes the ground). I jump the channels, and also run an attenuator to make it “Jesus friendly”.
SOMEHOW I got this amp from my brother-in-law, and it is everything that you’ve ever read about Matchless amps: unbelievable, three-dimensional, complex tone, and heavy as crap. It is simply a jem of an amp, but I don’t take it out as much as I used to. I’ve always had a beef with EL84-equipped amps and the way they interact with drive pedals, particularly fuzz.
This is essentially my practice amp, though I also take it out for small gigs. Out of the box these amps are really harsh-sounding, but I’m slowly modding mine to sweeten the tone (start by having your tech snip the bright cap, and you’ll be off and running).
I’ve been paring down my board for a year or two now, mainly as a result of some of the stuff I’ve been listening to. This is where things are at for now: Voodoo Labs Microvibe –> AnalogMan Sunface (High Gain NKT) –> Analog Man Beano Boost –> Xotic AC Boost –> Fulltone SupaTrem –> MXR Carbon Copy –> TU2 (Sometimes I slap a Crybaby 535q in front, and the Fulltone ’69 Pedal occasionally replaces the Sunface.)
Other toys that sometimes make appearances include a Greer Ghetto Stomp and the ZVex Fuzz Factory.