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Jet City Amplification JCA20H 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head Black  (Open Box)
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Jet City has the power plant you need to deliver great guitar tone.

The Jet City JCA20H tube amp head delivers pure tube tone from a single-channel amplifier with absolutely no gimmick features to dilute the all-tube signal path. Elegance of design both inside and out deliver unflinching reliability in a guitar amp good-looking enough to make a girlfriend jealous. With full EQ control and separate Preamp and Master volumes, Jet City JCA20H can deliver spanky cleans through crunchy overdrive.

Jet City Amplification delivers the utmost in tone, while being affordable enough for musicians slugging out a living on the small stage.

FEATURES
  • Controls: Preamp, Bass, Middle, Treble, Master, Presence
  • Tubes: 3x 12AX7 Preamp / 2x EL84 Power
  • Rectifier: Solid State
  • Cabinet: Multi-ply, void-free hardwood
  • Chassis: 16 gauge, cold-rolled steel
  • Output Power: 20W into 16 ohm or 2 x 8 ohm speaker outputs
  • Input Power: Multi-tapped power transformer at 100v/120v/220v/240v and standard IEC connector
  • DIMS
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Jet City AmplificationJCA20H 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head
 
4.6

(based on 52 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (40)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (13)
  • Excellent sound (13)
  • Portable (11)
  • Warm / comfy (11)
  • Good power output (9)

Cons

  • Limited functions (4)

Best Uses

  • Performances (12)
  • Home studio (11)
  • Amateur recording (8)
  • Outdoor events / games (7)
  • Professional recording (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (13)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

I'd buy another if it was stolen

I've owned this head and two 1X12 cabs for a couple of years as my gigging amp. I get out about three times a month with the band and everywhere we play the sound...Read complete review

I've owned this head and two 1X12 cabs for a couple of years as my gigging amp. I get out about three times a month with the band and everywhere we play the sound guys just love this thing. They are always asking me about the amp and telling me how good it sounds. I asked the last guy how much he thought I spent on it. After looking it over and seeing Soldano on it he guessed about 4 times what it cost. I'm telling you this is one of the best amps I've ever owned. I just replaced the stock tubes with some EuroTubes and can't wait for the next gig...

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good but not great

This amp is good for someone who wants a lot of high-gain sounds. I found it difficult to get a nice bluesy kind of overdrive, and the clean sound was not very impressive...Read complete review

This amp is good for someone who wants a lot of high-gain sounds. I found it difficult to get a nice bluesy kind of overdrive, and the clean sound was not very impressive either. I also found the EQ to not be very responsive. It required a dramatic change in the bass, mid, or treble settings to hear a noticeable difference. Overall, its not a bad amp, but I wouldn't say it lives up to all the great reviews it seems to get on here. It deserves 3 or 4 stars in my opinion.

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(7 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

the PERFECT transition from Solid State to Tube

By SXRXNRR

from Minneapolis

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Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA20H 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

First off, I want to explain that I have been playing guitar off and on for many years. For more years than not I played solid state amps because that's what I could afford at that time. The day finally came where I went shopping for a tube amp. And I am a massive stickler for reading reviews, both professional and consumer/youtube. I narrow my choices down and head out to get some hands on time with my selections. After trying out several different heads ranging in price (had my doubts about the cheaper range), I narrowed it down to two choices. An Egnater 15W Tweaker and the JCA20H.

My very first concern when I just started to look in to tube amps was the fact that they seemed to be offered in MUCH lower wattage than solid state amps. Unless of course I wanted to sell my car to get a high wattage version. But I wondered, is 15W or 20W going to be loud enough for certain gigs. In a quick answer to that, yes. Both of these options are plenty loud and I have no problems keeping up with the volume of the drummer. You will do just fine in clubs/church if you gig there. If you gig bigger than that, then its going to get mic'd anyway, just like everyone else in the band. A little tid bit I learned about amp wattage. It works in multiples of 10. So in order to get twice as loud as my 20W amp, I would need a 200W amp or I would need 100W to be twice as loud as a 10W amp. So the volume difference between a 20W and a 50W is somewhat minimal. Not to mention, you can crank up a tube amp louder/farther and still get great sounds out of it, whereas a solid state amp would start to get muddy and sound like crap turned up to the same level.

So between these two amps. They both sounded amazing in my opinion. The clean, the crunch, and everything in between all sounded amazing. The main difference was the pricetag and even that wasn't a huge difference. Both had amazing reviews. So really it came down to sound. Which did I prefer. The JCA20H. I play blues/classic rock/metal. Straight out of the box with stock tubes the JCA20H will do 2 of those 3 insanely well. Warm, creamy tones that put solid states to shame. Where had this amp been all my life? About the heaviest you are going to get just playing with knobs is classic Van Halen (just an example). That was even playing through my Schecter with active EMG's. So you will need some assistance if you want any good metal sounds out of it. I happened to own an RP500 multi-effects pedal from Digitech so it was time to see what sort of metal tones I could find. To say the least, I was BLOWN AWAY once I dug my heels in with some various overdrives. I was getting sounds from Pantera to White Zombie to Slayer to Tool. Just crazy warm, smooth, perfect distortion. The RP500 was good on my solid state half-stack but nothing like this.

The other thing to consider is this amp does not have reverb built in, so if you want that (I assume you do), you will need an effect pedal of some sort. I am so freakin' impressed with this amp so far. I think I will throw some JJ tubes in that I bought along with this, because I hear the tone gets even better (how is that possible?). Also, my Fender Strat is a whole different world of amazing sound coming from this amp. I could not be happier. I will NEVER go back to solid-state.

Sound: A+++Simplicity: A+++Bang for the buck: A+++++++++++++++++++++ (this thing should cost WAY more than it does) Get one before they realize how much they could charge.
Not a lot of features but it works perfectly here. Just needs an on board reverb. But if you have pedals, no worries.
Build quality seems wonderful.
Coudn't rate this part higher.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Good but not great

By sirpsych0

from Virginia

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Plenty of gain
  • Portable

Cons

  • Flat Eq
  • Limited Functions

Best Uses

    Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA20H 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

    This amp is good for someone who wants a lot of high-gain sounds. I found it difficult to get a nice bluesy kind of overdrive, and the clean sound was not very impressive either. I also found the EQ to not be very responsive. It required a dramatic change in the bass, mid, or treble settings to hear a noticeable difference. Overall, its not a bad amp, but I wouldn't say it lives up to all the great reviews it seems to get on here. It deserves 3 or 4 stars in my opinion.

    (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    GREAT VALUE ON A WELL BUILT ROCK AMP!!!

    By Duke

    from Lincoln, NE

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    Pros

    • Amazing gain and volume
    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Portable
    • Powerful

    Cons

    • Limited Functions

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Performances
    • Saturation at lower level

    Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA20H 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

    This is a great design. If you want classic Soldano gain sounds at a less than SuperDome volume this is the amp for you. It gets the power saturation that alot of these amateur reviewers have probably never experienced in a large setting at club volumes. It's not an SLO, and at the price did you really expect that? For Rockers who want to get close for a paultry sum of money this can't be beat. Doesn't have the 'complexity' of a boutique but it doesn't have the price tag either. And for you parents out there who's kid is trying to get you to buy them an SLO or a Mesa Recto, steer them this way. At least you won't have to mortgage the house to buy it. And that kind of power is NOT needed for practice or small gigs. This is the perfect Rock amp head for small venues.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Jet City JCA20H Just what I was looking for.

    By Jon-Solo

    from Birmingham, AL

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    Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA20H 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

    I love this little amp. Takes pedals exceptionally well. After a tube change it's given the tone I wanted for years. I was considering mods. But at this point I don't think that they'll be necessary. Powers my 412 very nicely. Great sensitivity, loud enough to play with a drummer. I love it and would reccommend it for anyone that wants a great sounding amp for little money. Boutique quality and sound at mass produced price. Jet City you've hit a home run. Thanks.
    NOt alot of features. No FX loop. One Channel. But that's what I wanted, enuff said.
    Very impressed by the quality of this amp. Fit and finish is very nice. Tolex is well put on and decent quality. KNobs and switches all seem to be very solid. Although it was a bit of a task getting the back of the amp off to replace tubes. Some of the tolex glue must have bled through and stuck it on. The preamp tubes that came with it aren't of the highest quality, but the power tubes were actually quite good. I like the EH that I put in but I'll keep the originals as a spare.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Simply amazing.

    By King Nick the Ska-Tastic

    from Tacoma, WA

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    Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA20H 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

    It sounds like a hotrodded AC15--a little more mid-heavy, a little more gainy, and quite a bit louder than you'd get from the Vox. It's an amazing little amp. It's loud enough to play just about any gig you want and the tone is freakin' delicious. Plug in your favorite guitar, set the gain at about 3.5-4, set the EQ knobs straight up, set the master volume at about 4, set the presence straight up, turn it on, and play a G chord--perfection. The only unfortunate thing about this amp is that if you have the master volume below about 3.5, it sounds a little flat. You really need to crank the power section to hear the full beauty of this amp. I have played through many high-priced boutique amps, and this can certainly hold its own against amps that are seven or eight times the price.
    One channel, no reverb, no effects loop--but I don't want any of that, so it all works. Perfection in its simplicity, if you ask me.
    It's built like a friggin' tank. I would say "I could toss it out of a moving car," but it is a tube amp so you should handle it with care.
    A 20-watt, all-tube head for this price. You're kidding, right?

    (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I hit the send button on my last review too soon!!!

    By BigRobStratman

    from Kernville Ca

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    Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA20H 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

    This amp is nothing short of a miracle! I bought it mainly because i needed a small low wattage amp for my coverband because we play tiny stages and my Vox Ac 50 CCP or my Fender Hot Rod Deluxe, were way too heavy and loud. Well i recieved so much more than i expected. Right out of the box the quality is evident, with sturdy knobs and high grade tolex on the cover with every seam and corner tight and well made. The head is light, but sturdy and gigs extremley well. The sound stock was nice, with the gain knob an added feature, and a very active feature at that. For Fender cleans, keep it below 3 and scoop the mids a bit. For Vox chime 3.5 and the mids at 5 and for early plexi tones the gain starts at 5 and just gets more saturated from there. This beast is a very loud 20 watts and will have no problems cutting thru with no mic neccesary for anything but the biggest rooms. My coverband The KernDawg All Star Band plays everything from early 60's pop thru Tom Petty, All the classic 70's and 80's, Pearl Jam, Alice and Chains, to Rage Against the Machine and Bush To White Zombie, and the Jet City 20 handles it all. I use a Boss ME-50 with it just because my vintage Boss dm-2 and other pedals are noisy and need an effects loop. Last moth, we played six gigs in three days at a festival in Vegas, and i forgot my effects! The Jet City 20 handled it all with aplomb, and other than having to adjust my gain, and guitars volume more then usual there really wasnt a huge difference. The other guitarists all were asking about my little blue monster and many thought it was a boutique one off!. Now in full disclosure, i have replaced the pre amp tubes with two electro-harmonix 12ax7's in v1 and v2, and a 12au7 in the phase inverter, which has really smoothed out and quieted down the pre amp. I also put in a matched pair of Ruby Tubes el-84's with late break up which has made the beast even louder and enriched the tone. But, my co guitarist runs his, which he bought after hearing mine, with the stock tubes and our combined sound is seriously sublime! One last footnote, im currently recording a blues album with Rick and Ray Manzarak of the Doors, under the name Rick and the Ravens, which was the direct precursor to the Doors, where im sharing lead guitar duties with Rick, a monster player, and Steve Cresse another amazing player, and im also singing lead. We have access to any high end amp we want but our main rythem sound on the record? My Jet City 20 with a tubescreamer hard right!! But this amp, if you dont like it i will buy it from you. I also use the matching cab but thats another review!!
    only because of no reverb or effects loop
    very well built, with quality componants thru out
    come on!! a el-84 20 watt amp head for how much? Thats a steal, as this amp would be a great deal for twice the price!

    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Working man's Soldano

    By nickSS

    from St louis

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    Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA20H 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

    Basically a very affordable version of the Soldano Atomic 16 amplifier. The channel is based off the rhythm channel of the SLO or basically a mildly modified JCM800 marshall. The gain is high but not quite modern marshall high, metal is capable but not uber saturated metal... at least without a boost in front, which the amp takes beautifully. The tone is VERY clear for such an affordable amp too mainly because of the simplicity and Soldano's great circuit layout. Another note of interest is that turning the gain down you can get a nice clean too which makes this a really nice recording amp too. It's also much louder than you'd expect 20 watts to be. Easily capable of keeping up with a moderate hitting drummer or small and even bigger gigs when miced. I've had mine for 8 months and I've dragged it everywhere and it's still runnning strong. It's so simply made it'd be hard for it to be unreliable. It's really a GREAT value!
    Only thing I would like here is for the transformer to have a 4 ohm tap as well, that would mean a bigger transformer most likely and drive the price up though. Other than that it's got everything you'd expect an affordable amp to have and great tone.
    Again for the price, amazing how well they have this built. the traces on the board if you know anything about amps is enough to blow your mind.
    Priced right I'd say.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Rock n Roll Marshall-esque beast!

    By ChrisLPCustom

    from Massachusetts

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    Pros

    • Excellent Sound
    • Excellent value
    • Great crunch

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Band practice
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording
      • Recording

      Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA20H 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

      This is a great sounding rock n roll amp. I used to play a 79 Marshall JMP 2204 and this has a similar sound despite the different output tubes. This amp achieves the slightly tighter and more compressed sound I was unable to achieve with the Marshall without turning it way up. I find the JCA20 to sound nice and balanced, lows aren't muddy, highs aren't piercing or unpleasant, mids sound great without being too dark. Takes my tubescreamer well. Sounds great at bedroom volume. It's not going to produce a super clean sound with a lot of volume, which for me is a non issue, and anyone who has read many reviews on this amp knows that it starts to distort very low on the preamp gain knob. It responds very dynamically to your playing and attack, probably more noticeably than any other amp I've owned. I've been wanting a low wattage Marshall-esque amp with master volume loud enough play with a band. This achieves that remarkably well for a fraction of the cost. This isn't just a sounds-good-for-the-money situation. This a great sounding rock n roll beast. I'd be pleased with this amp's sound if it had cost much more than this. Nice and punchy, lots of bark. Great crunch.
      Bought this to replace my Egnater Rebel 20. I found the Egnater to be smoother sounding - it was close but didn't quite have the growl I was looking for that I'm now getting with the Jet City.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I'd buy another if it was stolen

      By Ted Loughry

      from Colorado

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      Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA20H 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

      I've owned this head and two 1X12 cabs for a couple of years as my gigging amp. I get out about three times a month with the band and everywhere we play the sound guys just love this thing. They are always asking me about the amp and telling me how good it sounds. I asked the last guy how much he thought I spent on it. After looking it over and seeing Soldano on it he guessed about 4 times what it cost. I'm telling you this is one of the best amps I've ever owned. I just replaced the stock tubes with some EuroTubes and can't wait for the next gig...

      (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      FIRST CLASS and then some.

      By LP-Tele9610

      from Birmingham, AL

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Portable
      • Powerful
      • Takes Pedals Great

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA20H 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

        I've played VOX's, Fender's, Boogies', Orange's, Marshalls', etc. The head isn't heavy. I ran my Gibson SG Classic (P90's) into my Dunlop wah-Line6 m9(overdrive-delay-reverb) setup. That went into the head; I raw wired the head to a 12" Eminence speaker sitting in a cardboard box (matching cab isn't here yet). With gain-2, bass-6, mid-5, treble-8, volume-1, and presence-6 all I did was switch my scenes on the m9 to sound like Coldplay, SnowPatrol, SafetySuit, Anberlin, FlyLeaf, WCAR, and Explosions in the Sky. Light, versatile, takes pedals great, responds to pick attack like a VOX without losing its VOX light chime, can give you tones from light ambience to metalcore, and my 20H had the thick plastic switches like the 22H, instead of the thin metal flip switches. Turn the gain up and no need for pedals, and turning the volume up doesn't change the sound...just how many neighbors can hear you rockin' out.

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