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Powerful enough to keep it clean.
Based on the Steel-King, the Jazz King is an amp with the wide frequency range and power needed the clean, modern sound jazz players desire. It features a preamp voiced for jazz and tailored specifically for a clean tone and versatile shaping. It features a USA-made Eminence 15" Legend speaker for a big, full bottom and smooth high-end. It is equipped with a switchable limiter to prevent distortion when you play hard, and its 140W of power let you play loud and keep your tone clean.
If you play jazz guitar, this amp's for you. Order today and get the sound you've been looking for.
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Big, warm - yet still can get that classic Fender chime like a twin, responsive, and clean - that's what this amp sounds like. It blows away a JC-120 in terms of headroom and clarity on a big stage, yet it still sounds great at any volume (and it's smaller and lighter). Sitting next to my Twin Reverb, it's shocking how much the Jazz King can sound just like it. The only thing I didn't like was the reverb: too thick and too long of a decay. I ordered a new tank from accutronics: type 4 instead of type 9: all other numbers are the same. This one change completed the amp.
I've had my JK soon after they came out. This amp is very smooth, warm, and clean sounding. I set the EQ knobs in the middle. Real simple. For jazz or clean R&B/Pop, this amp is excellent. I have several othr amps to A/B it with, inc a H&K tube amp, Fender SS amp, and a Fender Acoustasonic SFX. The JK is exceptionally smooth when compared to other amps. It's copnsistent sounding no matter if the room is carpeted or tiled. Sure, it's a little heavy, but it comes with casters. Size-wise, it's smaller than you think - about like a medium Polytone. It's gots a ton of power if you need it. The 15 Eminence speaker is excellent. It's go a DI out and severala other connenctions. It only has one instrument input. It's a single channel amp and easy to operate. $800 is expensive, espcially for a SS amp, but this is the *best* clean/warm jazz amp I've ever had and I've had Polytones and almost every other SS Fedner amp made as well as Jordans and others.
This amp is wonderful with most any archtop - Gibson Es-135, ES-335, ES-175 (perfect!) as well as vintage Ibanez AM50, etc.If you want clean, warm tone that is really easy to dial in with some nice DI-out, effects loop capabilities, this amp is perfect.They don't call it Jazz King for nothing! It also sounds decent with a piezeo-powered flattop.This amp works well for jazz, clean R&B, country, etc. It takes epdals well, but you'll need to experiment with OD pedals; don't use cheaps ones.
OK - I use this amp for all kinds of things - basically anything you can think of in terms of playing style except sitar or mandolin! It has a sweet tone quiet or loud. What I especially like is its ability to hang with a heavy pick slammin' the strings on Rhythm w/o flubbing out (provided you have your EQ adjusted right and ease up on the bass). This is critical to playing funk tunes at high volume. The amp stays with you note for note at any speed - yet still sounds sweet - never harsh. I think they have a little compressor in there somewhere. There is a little edge provided by the speaker at high volumes that is pleasant. Beyond that, of course, you need pedals which sound great too with this unit. Set the mid freq on 550 for Brownface or 250 for Blackface cleans. Dial back mid amount for clean or push it a little for lead work. I love it!
I do not have the ampgeek vocabulary to say WHY I so love it, but I can say that I do. If I hadn't already promised to take the wife to dinner [something I try to do on days that a little white delivery truck is expected], I could listen to this amp into the night.So far, I have only plugged my G&L Legacy 2HB, ASAT, and Fender Strat into it; but I gotta say that is THE BEST it has ever sounded. I can't wait to plug in the archtops. Right out of the box, all of the knobs on the amp were set on about the middle [straight up] except for the Master Volume and the Reverb - each of which were on about 2. Ohhhh, how sweet right there - outdoors on my front porch!! This thing has 2 mid controls, so I turned the one on the right almost all the way -- even schweeter! I have alternated with different EQ and reverb positions, but I'm not finding anything I like better than the one with the button out for Normal and the second Mid switch cranked. It has what I have learned is a "tight bottom" and a "very smooth high end". With the Gain cranked, it really goes up in volume but still has very little grit - which is exactly what I like. This amp can be made every bit as warm as any tube amp. And with 140W of power and a 15" Eminence speaker, it lets you play loud and keep the tone clean. The preamp is voiced for jazz and and still lets me shape and tailor it for clean tones. It is equipped with a switchable limiter to prevent distortion when I play hard [which I don't normally do anyway]. The surprise is how much reverb it can produce - it ranges from zilch to one that sounds like underwater. That's one knob I'll keep low, but enjoy. It really has a classic Fender warmth and sparkle that is what I was searching for. I'm still in the "honeymoon" phase, but so far, it has all the signs of being a keeper.
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