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Jet City Amplification JCA2112RC 20W Tube Guitar Combo Amp  

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The Jet City JCA2112RC is a "combo" of the JCA20H and JCA12S, with tube-driven reverb included. Easy-access speaker connectors on the rear panel allo...Read More

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Raw power in a bite-sized package.

The Jet City JCA2112RC is a "combo" of the JCA20H and JCA12S, with tube-driven reverb included. Easy-access speaker connectors on the rear panel allow the JCA2112RC combo amp to drive external speaker cabs either with or without the internal Jet City Eminence Custom driver. Stacked on an additional JCA12S, the speaker volume doubles and the added height brings the controls to arm's length in a small club. For ease of use at live gigs controls are top-mounted, and all Jet City combos include real, tube-driven spring reverb.

Jet City's keep-it-simple approach to tube amp design speaks for itself. With simple controls, cool cosmetics, and sensible pricing, this 20-watt Jet City amplifier offers a taste of the good life, at a fraction of the cost. Each tube guitar amp is meticulously hand-built and rigorously tested, ensuring 100% legit tone, and unflinching reliability.

FEATURES
  • Controls: Preamp, Bass, Middle, Treble, Master, Presence
  • Rectifier: Solid State
  • Cabinetry: Multi-ply, void-free hardwood
  • Chassis: 16 gauge, cold-rolled steel
  • Standard IEC connector

This combo sounds so badass, you'd swear you had something big and British behind you.

SPECIFICATIONS

JCA2112RC 20W Tube Guitar Combo Amp

  • Tubes: 3x 12AX7 Preamp / 2x 12AX7 Reverb / 2x EL84 Power
  • Output Power: 20 watts into 16 Ohm or two 8-Ohm speaker outputs
  • Input Power: Multi-tapped power transformer at 100v/120v/220v/240v and
  • Power handling: 70 watts RMS
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Jet City AmplificationJCA2112RC 20W Tube Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.5

(based on 35 reviews)

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80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Warm / comfy (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home studio (4)
    • Amateur recording (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    This is it, Make no mistake about it.

    I bought this amp without even seeing or hearing one other than online. I have been playing guitar for 48 years, a recording engineer for 30 years and I repair amps as well....Read complete review

    I bought this amp without even seeing or hearing one other than online. I have been playing guitar for 48 years, a recording engineer for 30 years and I repair amps as well. So speaking from experience and having owned amps from the 50's 60's 70's 80's 90's 00's, & now 2011 here are my thoughts: POWER: Simply put more power than you will ever need. Perfect for any venue unless you are playing in a stadium. TONE: all three tone controls do there job just fine and in using them in conjunction with the very "MAGICAL PRESENCE KNOB" you can dial into just about any tone you will ever need from Bach to Rock and Over The Top. GAIN & MASTER VOLUME: I agree with most reviews that the amp breaks up very soon. Master on 10 and gain on 3 is when mine starts to break up. However, If clean is what you want, It is easily taken care of by using a compression pedal with the volume up. This cleans it up a lot. REVERB: I have no problems with mine it works great. It has a hint of reverb at lower volumes and adjust to good old surf reverb sounds of the early 60's as you increase it. I'm not sure why you would want anymore than that. I prefer just a hint of any effects when using them and I rely mostly on the amps capabilities when I play. CONSTRUCTION: Very Solid, Made of wood and this also ads to the mid range tone giving it a warm sound more pleasing to my ear, Yet again I say the PRESENCE KNOB works magic if you desire less of a mid range tone. Also very light weight to carry even for this 60 year old man. DESIGN: BY Soldano, what can I say, Incredible design comes to mind, congratulations. NOISE: My amp does not make any extra noises until you turn both the gain and the master volume all the way up, At this point I get good old natural feed back. Over all the amp sounds just a bit mid range but again depending on what you use with it and that MAGICAL PRESENCE KNOB make this amp the best in it's class for power and sound with a lot of tone variety. PRICE: Considering others in its class for twice the money, I have to say this is as good as anything out there and for only $299. I think it is an unbelievable bang for the buck. This amp is a great place to start for the tone fanatic and it is easy to build off of what it offers to create even more tones as you experiment with different effects, tubes, speakers etc. Overall for me, It is the beginning of a long meaningful relationship. I am more than pleased for my money.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    JCA2112RC -- the amp that should ...

    OK, at first I thought it was pretty nice but after the new wore off ... it is different, and has more preamp gain than any of my other amps but; the...Read complete review

    OK, at first I thought it was pretty nice but after the new wore off ... it is different, and has more preamp gain than any of my other amps but; the reverb is weak, not as far as amount of reverb but quality and the presence control doesn't do much then it's way too much. This is like a lot of other lower wattage amps, if you want cleans you'll need to back off on your guitar volume quite a bit.After playing with both the combo and the JCA20H, (the JCA20H head I played is the older model with metal toggle switches), IMO the JCA20H is a lot better amp, it has decent tone and quite a bit of potential. The JCA2112RC has a tone that I would describe as "blah", I'll will admit that I'm spoiled and I'm pretty much a vintage amp circuit fan ...

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great amp

    By raygunriot

    from Las Vegas

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Powerful
    • Well Made

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA2112RC 20W Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      I really like the size. It's a little heavy, but it's a tube amp. Seems to be made very well. A bit bassy with my 335, but very warm. Classic Soldano crunch. You can't really ask for more at this price range.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Updated review

      By buzzzz

      from Charleston, SC

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Good Warmth

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio

        Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA2112RC 20W Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

        This is an update to my earlier review, in which I gave 1 star. Musician's Friend's staff were very courteous and replaced my amp with no hassles.

        The first one I got must have been an earlier production model, and judging from the difference in the condition of the packing, may have been restocked.

        The new amp had a different design (rear vs. top-vented) and the thick rear wood panel that was stuck on the first amp has been done away with in favor of smaller thick perforated steel panels - much more accessible.

        As for sound, this one has no tube buzz, even cranked clean. Sound is warm, but not overly heavy. You can get a ton of tones from this thing, and it sounds awesome for the $$$.

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        (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Save your money for the real thing

        By buzzzz

        from Charleston, SC

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

          • Poor Sound Quality

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio

          Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA2112RC 20W Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

          Amp had what sounded like tube buzz at even low to modest volume. "No problem," I thought. "I'll just pop the back off and check the tubes. Maybe one came loose in shipping." Well, the back is stuck but good - feels like it might be glued on. To top it off, the top left rear screw was cross-threaded and won't go back in.

          Hopefully, M.F. will take it back, or I guess I am stuck with a non-servicable tube amp. This will be my last "Designed in USA and slapped together in the Far East" product. You get what you pay for.

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          5.0

          A Good Deal

          By Geezer rock

          from Detroit

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

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                Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA2112RC 20W Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                A nice amp for rock or blues--reasonably loud, with some crunch if you need it. Speaker is good, but change the tubes.

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great amp, even better price

                By Nick

                from Chattanooga,TN

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Excellent Sound
                • Good Warmth
                • Portable
                • Powerful

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio
                  • Practice Amp

                  Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA2112RC 20W Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                  This amp took me awhile to get used to, at first i thought it sounded alright but then I could not stand the tone. Ive had this thing about a year now and have found some of it's 'SWEET SPOTS' When you finally get her dialed in right it purrs. It does alright at lower volumes, I find anything under 3 on the master sounds a bit frizzy. Once you get it up to about 6 it screams. My typical settings are: Gain 3, Reverb 6(reverb is nice and warm), Bass 2-4( this amp is really bass heavy ), Mids 7-9, Treb 2-4, master as loud as everyone two blocks down will let you! Presence 1-3 sometimes on 6 with some sounds much higher than that is just too bright unless you have a very dark sounding guitar. Awesome amp takes pedals nicely, Id reccomend running a tube screamer or OCD with it, really likes those. Only thing that would be nice is an effects loop

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                  (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Heavy Little Beast

                  By Rand Rueter

                  from Monterey Bay, California

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                  Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA2112RC 20W Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                  Closed back makes it hard to change tubes or access internals. Sound is as expected from a single 12" speaker and tube voiced circuits.
                  This amplifier was purchased to use in places where I didn't want to take my old Mesa Subway Blues amps, ie, bars with sloppy drunks and other equipment hazards. Its a good little amp, but hugely heavy for it's small size. Not fun to carry out at the end of an evening. It sounds better with my Strats than it does with my 335 family Gibsons because it has to be up a bit to get tone and the Strats have less to lose with overdriven preamp. It was a cheap solution to a problem, and I would probably buy another on,e if I had roadies instead of having to carry it around myself. If you turn the preamp section up, it sounds alot like an old 60s single 12 Fender .
                  Seems to be put together properly
                  It's a reasonably priced piece of equipment.

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                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  great little amp

                  Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA2112RC 20W Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                  Very satisfied with this purchase. Amp is nice, price was even better. Even at the new price this amp is a steal if you're looking for basic tone you can tweak and build upon.
                  Only a single channel. It's taking some getting used to as I usually use a Boss GT10 thru the power section of my Fender DeVille. I bought it as a practice amp, but now I've Dug out all my old stomp boxes and I'm having a blast building sounds the old way. The 20 W is loud enough to gig with. I already had the 1x12 extention cab so it's a cool little stack, one open back 12" & one closed.
                  Seems solidly built. Have to wait & see
                  I got this used in 'mint' condition at a great price. MF did me right once again. I got a tube amp at the price of one a small modelling SS amp.

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                  (10 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great Value, Great Option for Rhythm Guitarists

                  By Mativa Tupe

                  from Boston, MA

                  Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA2112RC 20W Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                  I have not played out with this yet but I have 2 shows coming up at the end of the month and I can't wait to unleash the fury. Last night I cranked it up LOUD and it sounded crisp and sexy, I really couldn't be happier right now with this purchase. I play rhythm guitar in a blues cover/original band, and for what I need, this is perfect. I don't rip solos and I don't play a strat, I provide the beef in the songs, so this single channel amp works great. I have different settings for different songs, and of course you have to utilize the knobs on your guitar to get the tones you want. I am getting an overdrive pedal but you really don't need one with this amp, it has a wide range of tones and plenty of crunch as it is.
                  This is a simple amp, pretty straight forward so there was no expectation for a plethora of features. It has everything you need for a single channel tube amp.
                  I am new to tube amps so I can't say whether or not the tubes are the best but as far as the design and look of the amp, seems good to me. The only exterior parts I would expect to get broken at some point or another would be the corner pieces...unless they are metal or aluminum, I can't tell what material they are. Knobs are solid, handle is solid, not too heavy, overall quality for me is 8 out of 10.
                  Boutique amps are awesome, and have awesomely high price tags as well. The main reason I purchased this amp was because of the reviews and the demos I watched online. Having a beast of a tube amp and an additional 12" matching cab for the price is amazing. I was using a Line 6 Spider III before this, and while it had tons of presets and effects, it holds nothing to this Jet City beast for blues tones. 20 watts is a lot louder than you might think...

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                  (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great Amp

                  By Richard Ulrich

                  from New York

                  Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA2112RC 20W Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                  Needed a bit more presence than my little 5 watt Bugera, and this Jet City JCA2112RC amp does a great job. I stick with the warmer tones, but this amp really loves dirt. Saving for a JCA24s cabinet to round out the picture. Well made equipment at a bargin price.

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                  (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Good Amp

                  By Fred Place

                  from New Hampshire

                  Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA2112RC 20W Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                  Very nice amp. If you like 70's Marshalls, you will love this amp. I either play it clean with the master cranked and a Boss ME-70 for channel switching or punch it in the face with a mid 80's
                  Rat. Great tones either way. Reverb is o.k. I wanted a compact 1x12 tube amp for times I
                  don't feel like dragging around a head and 4x12 cab.Plenty of volume. I mic my halfstack always anyway. Will this replace your halfstack. No.
                  But there are lots of great tones in this little monster.
                  Very good amp. Good tones.
                  Been going 9 months without a problem. First one had an issue with shipping. Strange buzz
                  coming from chassis on certain notes. All tubes slightly pitched in their holders. exchanged,
                  this one has been great. No issues.
                  Tube amp for this price. Incredible.

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