Matt Smith’s setup might appear frail, but his disheveled ’82 SG and a half-powered JCM800 ignites a powder keg of melodic hardcore.

This has been Smith’s touring amp for almost 15 years—a single-channel 1988 Marshall JCM 800 that runs on the big-glass 6550 tubes. While on the Warped Tour in 2005 or 2006, his JCM started acting up in the heat, so a tech friend suggested he remove the two outer 6550s and run it as a 50-watt head. It worked great and ever since he’s been rocking stages worldwide at half power.


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