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Jet City Amplification JCA20H and JCA12S Half-Stack   

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The power plant you need to deliver great guitar tone, with a custom Eminence driver in a multi-ply hardwood cabinetry.

The Jet City Amplification half-stack built on the 20W JCA20H tube guitar amp head and the 1x12 JCA12S guitar speaker cabinet, delivers killer tube tone in a nicely priced package.

JCA20H 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head
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.

JCA12S 1x12 Guitar Speaker Cabinet
The Jet City JCA12S guitar speaker cab is a straightforward tone box. The cabinet packs 70 watts of power handling, with a 1 x 12" custom Eminence driver for killer Brit-inspired tone. Part of the "Design by Soldano" series, this extension cabinet features multi-ply hardwood cabinetry, 16-gauge steel chassis, custom transformers, and 2 oz. copper traces on thick printed circuit board for durable, roadworthy performance.

FEATURES
  • JCA20H 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head
  • Controls: Preamp, Bass, Middle, Treble, Master, Presence
  • Tubes: 3x 12AX7 Preamp / 2x EL84 Power
  • Rectifier: Solid State
  • Cabinetry: Multi-ply, void-free hardwood
  • Chassis: 16 gauge, cold-rolled steel
  • Output Power: 20 watts into 16 ohm or 2x 8 ohm speaker outputs
  • Input Power: Multi-tapped power transformer at 100v/120v/220v/240v and standard IEC connector
  • DIMS
  • JCA12S 1x12 Guitar Speaker Cabinet
  • Inputs: 1 x 16 Ohm
  • Power handling: 70 watts RMS
  • Cabinetry: Multi-ply, void-free hardwood

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

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Jet City AmplificationJCA20H and JCA12S Half-Stack
 
4.9

(based on 14 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (3)
  • Warm / comfy (3)

Cons

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Best Uses

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Will out-tone amps worth 10x as much

By Robert Patterson

from 'Merica

Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA20H and JCA12S Half-Stack:

well, it's only fair since it exceeded every expectation in a tube amp...let alone a small inexpensive one. Well no it's not fair because overall this amp deserves an 11!
I give it 10 because going into I know what to expect from a single channel amp. All features and settings are very usable, extremely versitile, and you can get a lot of different tones from the amp. I am a tech head/engineer so the Preamp section of this amp I don't rely on as much as the power section.....I use outboard preamps for any overdrive and can really tune in the tone with onboard features. And yes It will do BROOOTAL metal. I would actucally rathar record with this than any high watt amp costing 3000 bucks...and it's loud enough to drown any drummer in a gig setting, especially with the right cab....VERY modable amp...you can do it ALL with this amp....Bone stock you are getting a modded JCM800 in this head....
Bulletproof Construction! Cases are tough, nice tolex...you can tell that QC is a big deal. And the sound...well you simply won't believe your ears....WALL OF SOUND! Best sounding amp I have owned. I actually made money trading my old amps for this, and I am never looking back....JCA 4 Life!
Please...not only is it one of the least expesive...I down right outperforms amps costing a whole lot more

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Versitle Bang For Your Buck

By Ben Manis

from Marietta, GA and Statesboro GA (for college)

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Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA20H and JCA12S Half-Stack:

Like I said this amp can be extremely versitle and great if you're smart about it and don't just turn knobs expecting to sound like mayer. If you use humbuckers (which i assume every tom, dick, and Harry who buy these amps do) don't expect a huge ton of clean head room. But remember, gain should not equal you're volume, while it will increase you're volume, its gonna always bring overdrive to your sound no matter what your amp choice. Be smart and patient with your purchase and don't just assume that since you can't get amazing fender cleans past 3 on here that its a bad amp (the dials go to 9! so think about it as going to like halfway on a normal amp. Mine reaches about 5 before any breakup so on any other amp that'd be above halfway!)

Seriously though this could be the beginning of a long relationship. While there are plenty of other brands I'd love to have. This is completely practical and too good to give up. especially in this price range.
Incredibly simple set up, people complain about single channel amps because they don't want to take the time to dile in a tone that can stand as a platform to build their sound from. This amp has all you need regardless of whether you're into pedals or want to go straight into the amp. I'll admit a tube driven reverb like the combo would have been nice but if you aren't driving the tubes and want to use a reverb pedal go ahead, if you are letting the amp wail away, then maybe you'd want to look into an effect loop mod. Otherwise this is all you need.
Very sturdy, classy looking (though still not sure how much I like the logo...one day i like it, the other I don't...can't decide). I haven't had it very long but it seems like it could take a beating as much as any other amp.

Sound wise this thing is much more versitile (at least in my case) than people make it out to be. Of course it has great tone to its overdrive like almost everyone else says, but It actually has very usable cleans. This may be just my experience because my tele has fairly passive pickups and not humbuckers but I can get all the way on the master volume and about half way on the pre-amp/gain before I get some distortion on the neck pickup. the bridge is a little hotter and breaks up slightly sooner but not near as much as people talk about. So clean head room is very reasonable for me. Nice acoustic-ish, boutiqish, (WARNING NOT FENDERY) usable cleans. HINT: the presence knob actually comes in handy in the clean category, gives you more bight and closer to that vox chime.

My pedal set up isn't the greatest and probably sucks a lot of tone out of the amp (Line 6 pod live xt) but the amp takes it great through the front as long as I don't have the amp simulator on the pod, which many pod owners know what I'm talking about. Delays sound great and overdrives build off the clean tones I've found. I haven't had to use my guitar volume really to clean things up. But I've pulled off to the best of my ability some U2/edge like sounds, which also include basically all contemparary praise and worship sounds, and on the opposite end I've gotten really sweet black keys style tones and classic rock tones.
I know the guys at Jet City probably built this amp with Classic rock and good old crunch in mind, but if you're smart about it and don't rely on Gain as VOLUME you can get a very versitile sound out of this head. Of all the lower priced amps this will probably be the best value of any unless you just really have to have the fender brand on something in which case go ahead and spend the extra 100 or so.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

BUY THIS AMP NOW!!!!!!!!!!

By Andy

from Undisclosed

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Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA20H and JCA12S Half-Stack:

You won't find a tube amp at this price that has as many tone options as this one, and lets just face it....the JCA12S cab comes with an Eminence Speaker. NEED I SAY MORE!?!?!?!
This amp is great for all different styles of music. You can get a nice clean Jazz tone, many punchy blues tones, and even some metal. Don't listen to people that say this amp can't be used for metal. Just turn the Gain to 9, the Bass to 9, Presence between 0 and 2, and adjust mid and treble where you like, then just crank the amp. METAL tone. I don't play metal, but I am very impressed with the tones you get out of this amp. Don't let the "one channel" fool you, this amp is no joke.
Great quality! You will think you are playing an amp 3x as expensive as this one.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

unbelievable value

By Kyle Bowles

from kentucky

Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA20H and JCA12S Half-Stack:

I can't believe what a steal it was. if you're looking for a lot of effects or bells and whistles, this isn't for you, but if you want a good, well-built all-tube amp with a ton of volume and killer tone, this is the one. i play a fender mexi tele and an epi les paul standard through it and it sounds great. even sounds okay with my epi acoustic put through it. can't beat this amp, love it.

(i took a couple of points off features because it's a very basic amp--as i said, no effects, etc. quality a 10 because it's built like a truck, value a 10 because of what you get for the price, and overall a 9 on the balance. but really, i love it, and as long as you know what you're getting and what you're not getting, this is an easy 10.)

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Honey moon is possibly over.

By Ben Manis

from Marietta, GA and Statesboro GA (for college)

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Perfect For What You Pay
  • Portable
  • Powerful

Cons

  • Limited Functions

Best Uses

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

Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA20H and JCA12S Half-Stack:

I want to make this a follow up to my earlier review. I've had this amp for almost two years this summer.It consistently gets use every week where I lead worship. And I'm sticking by the fact that you can't beat this amp for the price.
My only draw back at this point are that my sound guy is typically saying that it's lacking bottom end... Of course after tweaking we get a usable tone... but I'm finding myself wishing for other options tonally... call me lame but after two years I'm just not satisfied with it as my foundation tone....

So my verdict is: there is simply no amp in this price range that can compete. The build quality, looks, and general tone are AMAZING... but be warned.. you may start to fall for something else.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent amp

By TJ

from Charleston, WV

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Pros

  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Price

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA20H and JCA12S Half-Stack:

      I have never done a review before so I will tell you about the things I had questions about when I was looking into this amp. Can you get a metal tone from the amp? Yes you can, but not a death metal sound if that's what you are looking for. Does it take pedals very good? Yes it does. I have several pedals I use with mine and it sounds good with about everything I throw at it. Will my 7 string sound good with it? Yes it does. I can get the sound I want from it and it doesn't sound muddy like some of my solid state amps. It also sounds good with low tuned guitars. I can get all the sounds I want from it and it wasn't hard on the wallet. This is a very loud amp and it doesn't have a headphone input so there is no quiet practice time with this amp. Overall this is a great amp for the price. I knew it didn't have reverb or an effects loop so I knew what I was getting when I ordered it. If you need that then you may want to look at another amp. Enjoy and keep picking!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A Real Tube Amp

      By Last Sunset Music.

      from Wy

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      Pros

      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • JCM 800
      • Tube tone like no SS amp

      Cons

      • Cab needs V30
      • Needs new tubes

      Best Uses

      • Rock

      Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA20H and JCA12S Half-Stack:

      Sounds like a JCM800 Marshall V1-JJ 12ax7 standard, V2 and V3 TAD 12ax7s. In the power amp I have P1 JJ el84 and in P2 TAD el84. My Guitar is a Les Paul Standard with Seymour Duncan SH5, with one volume and no tone pot cap. I use Monster Rock cables. This amp is very sensitive to volume setting and pick attack. This amp produces the quintessential hard rock sound.

      (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Surprisingly good...

      By Neokind

      from Southern California

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      Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA20H and JCA12S Half-Stack:

      I've played for 15+ years through a panoply of amps (Sovtek Mig100, Ampeg Reverborocket, '67 Bandmaster, Tweed Champ) and this one is one of the best values I've ever encountered. It's a very solidly built amp with great components. The feature set could have added an effects loop and second channel, but frankly that would be asking a lot for this price range. The gain is outstanding and goes from subtle break-up and crunch to fuzz. The reverb is nice, but not as present as I would have wanted. And Jet City's service is spot on. My indicator light fizzled after 2 sessions and the mailed me a new light and installation instructions hours after I sent them an email. Very positive experience all around. ...now to play with different tubes.

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Boutique sound with out boutique cost...

      By Matthew Hackney

      from Canton Tx

      Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA20H and JCA12S Half-Stack:

      I can't say enough good things about this tone box... cause that's what it is a box that just paints a thick wall of sound that makes you really feel like a rockstar, not to mention a metric ton of sustain and a warmth and clarity that you don't get out of solid state at high gain.

      this amp is ready for pretty much every thing you can think to throw at it I can get jazz, blues, rock, and 80's metal tones out of this guy with my cruddy New York Pro Les Paul with shotty electronics and sub standard pick ups. if you have any moderate to high gain pickups this amp will scream for you.

      and like I said earlier it can be obsceenly loud out right demolishing anyting solid state below sixty watts. I haven't had to turn it past half power to shake my buddy's house and over power his solid state.

      Overall I would say this is the perfect starter setup for someone wanting to learn more and test the waters with a tube amp. the only thing you might not like about it as a newbie switching over from solid state to tube would be the lack of onboard effects... but for me the sound that this thing produces is well worth having to run off amp effects.

      I would say this is the perfect tube amp for people looking to get into tube amps and see what they can do sonicly... cause overall
      This amps is pretty decent feature wise. The only thing I find limiting is the lack of a effects loop meaning with out modding the head I have to run my pedals through the front end of the amp.

      The Eq is nice and allows for a lot of cut or boost to basic bass mid and treble bands but I would still recomend a EQ pedal for any serious tweeking,

      The tubes themselves are quite nice. The pre amp tube has a nice sound to it and breaks up quite nicely at mid gain going straight into that AC/DC type crunch and progressivly more snarly as your approach max gain. overall the sound out of the amp is very crisp and responsive to change.

      as far as the speaker cab goes it dose it's jobe... puts out sound and dosen't distort or become dirty at higher volumes.
      This amp is very well made if your worried because you heard that they used cheaper parts to make this amp rest assured it dosne't feel cheap at all.

      That said I wouldn't recomend dropping your rig off the second story balcony of your appartment it's not going to survive anything to out landish but should be able to handel most gig situations.
      this amp is a fantastic value for something comparable your looking at spend twice this for just head, not to mention the speaker cab...

      Also include the fact that it smokes any solidstate sixty watts or below with ease it's well ready to play most small to medium venus perfect for the garage band trying to get out and gig. It's also a great practice amp sense it still plays nice at bedroom levels.

      (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      BUY THIS AMP!!

      By Steve from Upstate

      from Upstate NY

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      Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA20H and JCA12S Half-Stack:

      This is one of the nicest tube amps I've ever owned and I've been playing, buying and selling gear for over 40 years. It's cleans are phenominal and it can gte rough and rowdy with the best of them. I fell that it's THE BEST Tube Amp on the narket for the money. Tried the Bogner V22 and great for heavy metal but can't get the clean tones this amp will give you. Best amp made in many years and an absolute steal for the money. Designed by amp GURU Mike Soldano...How can yo go wrong?? Buy this amp. You'll be delighted with it and amazed at the tone

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