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Jet City Amplification JCA Series JCA100H 100W Tube Guitar Amp Head

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The Jet City Amplification JCA100H 100W Tube Guitar Amp Head is Jet City's flagship guitar amp, with 2 channels of Soldano tone, 100W of pure tube po...Click To Read More About This Product

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Four 6L6 tubes, beefy custom-wound transformers, and a solid-state rectifier keep this tube head tight and punchy.

The Jet City Amplification JCA100H 100W Tube Guitar Amp Head is Jet City's flagship guitar amp, with 2 channels of Soldano tone, 100W of pure tube power, and a great price.

The amp's Normal channel has plenty of headroom to deliver clear, bright clean tones and can be driven hard enough to get downright raunchy. The Overdrive channel is the circuit that made Soldano famous. It's been modeled and imitated, but this is the real-effing-high-gain-deal. With 100W, a bunch of tubes, a tube-buffered effects loop, and two channels (one being the legendary Soldano overdrive), the JCA100H delivers the utmost in tone, while being affordable enough for musicians slugging out a living on the small stage.

Jet City Amplifiers are designed in Seattle with a very simple "no bull" philosophy. No goofy "DSP" or "marketing knobs" to get between you and your sound. It's pure all-tube tone”from shimmering clean to thick 'n raunchy. If you wanna play smooth jazz, buy someone else's amps. Jet City's "Keep It Simple, Soldano" approach to tube amp design speaks for itself; with simple controls, cool cosmetics, and sensible pricing, Jet City Amplifiers offer a taste of the good life, at a fraction of the cost. The JCA100H is meticulously hand-built and rigorously tested, ensuring 100% legit tone, and unflinching reliability.

The JCA100H is Jet City's flagship guitar amp head. Order now and hear what you've been missing.

  • Channels: normal and overdrive, footswitchable with included footswitch
  • Controls: normal and overdrive preamps, bass, middle, treble, normal and overdrive masters, presence
  • Effects loop: tube buffered
  • Footswitch: overdrive channel footswitch, included.
  • Tubes: 5x 12AX7 preamp / 4x 6L6 power
  • Cabinetry: multi-ply, void-free hardwood
  • Chassis: 16 gauge, cold-rolled steel
  • Output Power: 100W into 16 Ohm or two 8 Ohm speaker outputs
  • Input Power: multi-tapped power transformer at 100V/120V/220V/240V and standard IEC connector
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Jet City AmplificationJCA Series JCA100H 100W Tube Guitar Amp Head

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The short version is it's a Chinese made Soldano Hot Rod 100, and is several thousand dollars cheaper.

By Ian McCoig

from Virginia

Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA Series JCA100H 100W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

I strongly recommend this amp for pretty much any genre and any purpose. It's versatile, smooth sounding, and doesn't sound generic. If you are looking for a great amp that can go from bluesy jazz to death metal, care for a different sound from the norm, and don't feel like going broke, then this is it. Though its strongest point is the Drive channel. Can be smooth and three-dimensional but intensively brutal at the same time. This amp is a beast, and worth the money.
The long version is that it's a 2 channel, all tube, 100w amp with 4 5881(6l6gc)power tubes and 5 12ax7 preamp tubes. Channels controlled by footswitch that comes with the amp.
It has 2 channels, Normal and Overdrive: The Normal can get crisp and shimmering clean for smooth jazz or chorusy heavy metal clean passages, slightly distorted for a bluesy sound, or mid-heavily distorted for some classic rock or old metal. The Overdrive channel is based off the Soldano SLO circuit, which defined the sound of 80's hair metal, but has more than enough gain to cover pretty much any genre of metal out there.
Is it versatile? Hell yes. If you play in many different bands and need a versatile amp that can do it all, this is it, and is arguably one of the most versatile 2 channel amps in existence.
I had, however, one major issue, and that was the FX loop. If you are familiar with Soldano amps, you'll know that the FX loops run at line level, the level that most rack gear runs at. This renders pretty much all pedals alone useless in the FX loop, unless they are capable of running at +4dBu. However, there is a very useful (though not perfect) gadget that you can use that shifts the levels back and forth between Line and Instrument level, the EBtech LLS-2 which is $70 new. I no longer use this box, as I now own a TC Electronic Nova System, which allows the level to be changed depending on your FX loop type.
For a $700 Chinese-made head, I will have to say that I am very satisfied with the build quality of this amp. Gigs well, holds together well, though I wouldn't advice dropping it or banging it around a whole lot. I'll say than it feels a lot better than say, a Bugera. I don't like the visual design, however. The blue facecover looks VERY tacky, makes it look more like a toy than an amp. Thankfully, Jet City sells replacement baffles and grilles. I replaced mine with a solid black metal grille that they sell on the Jet City website. It now looks more like a professional amp than a toy.
The real question is "well how's it sound?" Trust me, it sounds amazing. It's a Soldano Hot Rod 100, just made in China, it has to sound awesome.
The amp's sound isn't really directly comparable to any other popular amp (besides Soldano, obviously). A lot of people compare it to a Marshall because of its strong midrange voicing, but it's not as angry and gritty due to its 6l6 power section. The best way to describe the Soldano sound is that it's right between a Marshall and a Mesa. Mid-heavy but somewhat round and American sounding. It's a great amp to get if you are looking for a different sound from usual.
I mentioned the channels earlier, but I didn't mention how good they sound. The cleans aren't Fender cleans, they're not Roland JC-120 cleans, but they're good, despite what people say. It distorts easily with high output pickups, so it's best to use it with single coils. Also keep the preamp knobs WAY down, and you have a great clean sound. No reverb, but that can be added in the FX loop, if your verb unit is +4dBu, of course. Otherwise, you'll need a shifter.
The overdrive channel is based off the Soldano Hot Rod's drive channel. With the gain fairly low, around 2-3, it gives a good classic rock rhythm, at 4 it puts out great sounding hair metal-esq leads, and when it's at 5 and above, you've got full blown modern metal distortion from the mouth of hell, WITHOUT a boost. It's a good metal sound
Though for some reason, there is a misconception from many that this amp can't do metal without a significant boost, and one retard has even had the nerves to say don't expect metal or even CLOSE distortion from this amp, can't/won't do it without a lot of help. Anyone who thinks this amp isn't capable of doing metal is beyond high on something. I use this amp with 3 guitars: a Fender Mex. Strat with Hot Rails in bridge, a Charvel Wild Card, and a Charvel Model 4 with a Jackson RR3 neck and Dimarzio X2N. I very rarely, almost never turn the gain past 6 on the drive channel, and I play metal ranging from progressive-thrash to melodic death/black metal.
If you are unable to get good metal distortion or anything close out of this amp, WITHOUT a boost, then either your amp is defective, or you are defective. It has more than enough gain for ANY situation. This amp can and WILL do any metal without any help.
Now, some metal players care for a tighter, more compressed sound that is usually heard in modern metal often produced by a Peavey 5150/6505. Clean boosting the amp tightens up the gain a good bit, but takes away a lot of dynamics, so if you enjoy clarity like I do then you might not like clean boosting it. I often play without a boost except when I play leads.
Understand though, while this amp can put out face-melting metal sounds, it won't sound like your typical modern metal guitar tone. If you prefer sounding like everyone else with the typical Peavey 6505/Mesa Rectifier tone, you might as well go with a 6505 or used Dual Rec. This amp is for people like me who like to sound different from the norm and not sound overly generic, which is one of the main reasons why I wanted it.
The other reason I wanted it was because years ago, when I was 13, I went to guitar center for the first time, and the best amp I played there out of everything I tried, which included Dual Recs, Marshalls of various models (except for the god-awful MG), and the new-at-the-time EVH 5150iii, was the Soldano Hot Rod 100+. Unfortuanately, it was also the most expensive of all the amps they had, so my hopes of ever getting one were lost. Thankfully, when I found out about the Jet City models, I was happy to hear that the 100w model was a Hot Rod 100 clone. While I will admit it does sound faithful, I can't say it sounds exactly like a Soldano. Maybe with a tube swap and resistor mod, it would be perfect, but it sounds great either way, and I highly recommend it.
While this review is mainly for the head, I also use the matching JCA48s cab. While I'll have to say that it certainly is not the best cab out there, it is an excellent 4x12 cabinet for the price, also considering that it only has Custom Design Eminences as opposed to Legends. I might replace the stock speakers with Legends at some point.
For the price, this can't be beat. Like I said, it's not as great as a real Soldano, but since your getting the same thing for far, far less, it's a serious deal.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


An Amp to feel GOOD about...

By TJayRocket

from Seattle, WA

Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA Series JCA100H 100W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

Okay, so I am not a millionaire. (I play punk rock ELVIS tunes for my musical living!) And I know of Soldano amps, and I know that it is way out of my budget to ever get to thinking I'll ever get an SLO100 in my lifetime.So a friend turned me on to what was happening with Jet City and, on a dare, I picked one up.Now, after so many years of being the guy with the cheapest gear in the room I always lacked the presence or ability to keep up with my gear head friends that have vintage this, expensive that or just 'Look what I got and you don't!'So, I ended up as the first kid on the block with this heavy hunk of tone and honestly, it blew me, my friends and maybe even the neighbors away. (...and these are guys that have done A LOT in their lifetimes.)Okay Features: The base idea of everything you need is there, the picture says it all. I give it a 4.5 because invariably someone has the tiniest problem with this or that and they get all huffy. Well, they are the pros and I am not, so I will listen to 'em and give it a 4.5 But, It's a very responsive amp, as well as LOUD. It's got the kind of power the Ramones first album did, and the clarity of polished glass. It also can take down a JCM800 or a Charging Rhino easily. (I have not taken it on an African Safari to test this, but I did get word of this feature from a reliable source close to the company.)Finally, the price: Worth every penny. You can quote me on that,Do I recommend this amp? Yes. An amp like this can only be looked down upon by gear snobs and the lunatic fringe of musicians. (You know who you are, fess up!) For the majority of us that wanna play, take on the musical 'hoarders' and 'elitists' and still have the money for dinner later, buy this amp, you will feel GOOD about it too.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Budget Soldano Tone

By FastRedPonyCar

from Montgomery, AL

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Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA Series JCA100H 100W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

I was lucky enough to get one of these to try out from jet city and I'm glad I did because this is a killer amp.. not a killer amp "for the money"; It's a killer amp PERIOD.It's essentially a soldano hotrod 100 produced in china. Don't let that fool you though. This is a solid built, solid toned amp that will easily hold it's own against other much more expensive amps (I say this as an owner of many other expensive amps) Doug White from Jet city has also said on numerous occasions that mike soldano didn't just put his name on the amp to sell them, he designed it based on the hotrod?s design, went to china with doug to hand select all the components, transformers, pots, etc and was very hands on with prototypes to ensure they were worthy of his name.Because it's a budget built hotrod, there aren't many features to the amp. No voicing, variable wattage, master eq'ing controls, solo boost or any of that stuff. Just Gains, volumes and an eq. It's work for decades for the SLO and other amps like that so there are obviously guys that don't mind a plug in and go type amp. There are also guys that want tons of features and that's understandable as well.I've been gigging with it, a splawn nitro, a 100 watt TITAN, hand built JTM45 and an egnater renegade. I've had the JCA100 for almost 5 months now. I've used it almost daily in my studio and several times a month on the road at shows and I have had ZERO issues from it.I recently dropped a quartet of ruby KT88's in the amp and WOW! Big improvement over the stock chinese 6L6's. More open and bigger, cleaner tone. No bias adjustment was needed (this was confirmed by mike that the transformers are stout enough to properly operate KT88?s and EL34?s).The tone is fat and smooth. Very good for low gain rock and modern high gain rock. If you give it an overdrive or clean boost in front it will help tighten up the low end to do more modern metal. Its core tone though is best suited for modern/alt rock and the 80's hair metal... Dokken, Whitesnake...etc.. If you're looking for an amp to do brootz metal, this probably isn't going to give you what you're after.. go get a 5150 if you want a straight up metal amp.It has a very prominent lower midrange growl and a nice smooth upper end that makes dealing with cheaper (trebly) cabs and more abrasive speakers easier. It also makes recording EFFORTLESS. This has become my go to amp for lead work in my studio when I need those nice smooth singing leads. It gives my Splawn Nitro a run for its money in that regard.Doug at Jet city is also a really awesome guy to deal with. He's active on Jet city's facebook page and harmony central's amp forum promoting deals (like what they've got going now with their $100 rebate) and answering questions from owners, potential owners and giving sneak peeks of upcoming projects.They really care about the potential customers but also take care of you AFTER they've got your money and that's where it counts!If you're considering this amp, go check out my videos on youtube. search for the user fastredponycar and you can find my demo videos of this amp. If you like them (or any others) subscribe! I'm always adding more.Long story short, if you want an affordable well built rock amp with a nice full smooth tone and excellent customer service, this is a hard amp to pass up.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Great Product

By DanTh3Man

from New Mexico

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Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA Series JCA100H 100W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

My guitarist was searching and searching for a good half stack. We were almost going to go with the Fender FM100, but then came upon this Tube amp. We also have the matching cabinet. This rig is the best purchase we have made so far! Great product, very reliable, gets loud, I mean LOUD! I would recommend this product to everyone looking for a decently priced half stack.

(1 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


Your experience may differ...

By Roger Meister

from South

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Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA Series JCA100H 100W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

First - very well designed, stream-lined amp. Sturdy, rugged, and robust. 2nd - if it is working correctly, it will deliver a solid, warm, tube-rich tone. 3rd - don't expect heavy metal or even close distortion out of this amp. Can't/won't do it without a lot of help. 4th - not a lot of bottom end to the tone of this amp. It's voiced to emphasize mid-range tones.My story: amp was shrilly and not usable without help from an outboard EQ. Also, the power fluctuated when using certain stomp boxes on the overdrive channel. I emailed Jet City and heard nothing back for six weeks... They told me they were having email problems. Not the best way to do business, IMO.When they finally did respond to my concerns, I got the run-around from two different people for days. I had to keep explaining the problem, and would get hollow promises over and over, then the email would go quiet for a few more days, then repeat the process. I finally took the head to a local amp tech who corrected the problem (two bad solder points and one bad capacitor) in two hours. It sounds great now - I love the tone. Would I go through it again? No.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


A great amp for middle or lower class people

By Guitar Player-QlNkN

from flatwoods Ky

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Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA Series JCA100H 100W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

I got this amp a few months, sometime after it came out and I just love it. It gives you that great AC/DC,Black Sabbath,and Led zeppelin sound. I only have one complaint about this amp. The overdrive channel is little too bassy and that's not a problem but, it takes over the treble so it sounds kinda dull. What I do to prevent this problem is I use an overdrive pedal and turn up the drive a little bit and the tone knob really high. This will give a perfect AC/DC tone. To me it sounds almost exactly like Angus Young's tone.

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