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Jet City Amplification JCA2212C 20W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp  Black 

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The JCA2212C 20W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp is a œcombo version of the JCA22H. It' the complete package, with (two) foot-switchable channels and cra...Read More

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The complete package with foot-switchable channels and crazy tube tone.

The JCA2212C 20W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp is a œcombo version of the JCA22H. It' the complete package, with (two) foot-switchable channels and crazy tube tone that ranges from clean and jangly, to full-on Soldano high gain. Easy-access speaker connectors on the rear panel allow JCA2212 to drive external cabinets 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' length in a small club. Includes a second footswitch-accessible overdrive channel along with a tube-buffered, serial effects loop. 12" Jet City Custom Eminence speaker.

FEATURES
  • One Jet City Eminence Custom 12" speaker
  • Dual Channels, Normal and Overdrive for clean to Soldano crunch
  • Drives two additional 8 ohm external cabs (optional)

Jet up your guitar sound with this versatile combo. Order today.

SPECIFICATIONS

JCA2212C 20W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp

  • Channels: 2 “ Normal and Overdrive
    Controls: Normal and Overdrive Gain (Crunch), Bass, Middle, Treble, Master, Normal and Overdrive Master, Presence
    Tubes: 5 x 12AX7 Preamp; 2 x 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 2 x 8 ohm speaker outputs
    Input Power: Multi-tapped power transformer at 100v/120v/220v/240v and standard IEC connector
    Power handling: 100 watts RMS
    Drivers: 1—12 Jet City Custom Eminence Driver at 70W RMS
    DIMS: 20³Hx21³Wx11³D
    38.7lb. net
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Jet City AmplificationJCA2212C 20W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.2

(based on 31 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

82%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (25)
  • Excellent sound (19)
  • Good power output (17)
  • Portable (17)
  • Warm / comfy (12)

Cons

  • Poor sound quality (4)

Best Uses

  • Performances (20)
  • Home studio (18)
  • Outdoor events / games (16)
  • Amateur recording (13)
  • Professional recording (13)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (19), Professional musician (9)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Superb Combo and Sweet to Raging....

I have used and still own many, many amps....all the staple brands, historic and otherwise. This amplifier is a great fit amongst the herd. The clean is much cleaner than...Read complete review

I have used and still own many, many amps....all the staple brands, historic and otherwise. This amplifier is a great fit amongst the herd. The clean is much cleaner than prior versions, and the Soldano distortion is excellent....everything from warm sustaining blues to "all out" raging distortion/crunch. The only thing on my wish list would have been a nice vintage spring reverb for the chimy cleans(I know, the cost would have to rise).
Other than that, you have an amp that will take any pedal you can throw at it through the clean channel, footswitchable(included)and the crunch/distortion is one of the best.
Many of my amps just don't get this same quality of distortion straight from the amp. The 1-12 and well matched, open back cab size are right on for tone. FX loop allows connection of another set of FX(usually time-based stuff like studio reverb, delays, etc....)., if you're a Loop fan. It can also take them all upfront if that's your style. The only other thing to keep in mind is that they built a solid amp, but skimped on the tubes, using inexpensive Chinese generic tubes that don't bring out the full quality of this amp straight out of the box. I recommend using the stock tubes initially to break-in your speaker, starting slowly, til it's well broken in, and then find a set of tubes to your liking(save the Chinese tubes as spares).....no mods will be needed on this one. The key is in the tube choice, as everything was designed for a quality sound......tubes are a typical swap item anyway for any tube amp to maintain it, so this is the place that Jet City/Soldano chose to save the $$ to keep the cost down, knowing the owner will change tubes at some point anyway....it's economics.
The build quality is great.....I love the amp! Like any amp, there will be personal budgets, taste, name recognition, country of mfg., etc....bottom line is that this is a true contender for the player that has a mid budget and appreciates the sound of this like I do.
I've A/B'd it against some great amplifiers(much more expensive), and it's clean channel is more flexible than many(very clean to blues/rock crunch), only needing a little reverb, etc. to give it some "twang".
The distortion channel actually beats most of my amps....going from blues crunch, to Brit crunch, to some pretty high gain stuff, but staying tight and musical all the way through, with a good set of tubes.
It's 20W and a perfect balance for home, studio, or live....miking at larger venues....and don't forget....you can add, or alter cabinets to your liking.
It's all there, except no Made in USA badge......but that's the way it is today to bring things in on a tight budget. Nice job Mike Soldano.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Nice amp but not for me

Was very excited about this two channel tube amp. Was fine that it didn't have reverb but it would be worth paying more to have it integrated. Nice quality build. Decent speaker, probably...Read complete review

Was very excited about this two channel tube amp. Was fine that it didn't have reverb but it would be worth paying more to have it integrated. Nice quality build. Decent speaker, probably not the greatest tubes. Great OD tones but lacks a pure clean tone even with master volume maxed and channel gain as low as possible...yes, even on what is referred to as the crunch channel which has less OD. Weird that a two channel amp doesn't allow a pure clean tone...especially for 20 watts. At "cleanest", there was still a fizzy sounding OD regardless of single coil or hum bucking pickups. I run a pedal board in front and need pure cleans...not this amp. Hated to have to send it back...wanted to like it. Outside the fizzy clean tone, with treble at about 2 o'clock, mids about 11 o'clock, and bass at 4 o'clock, presence on 10 o'clock, was a decent as close to Fender tone as this thing would go but the hint of OD was too apparent as the notes or chords sustain. If you want clean, don't go for it. If you want blues to more heavy overdriven tones...this could be for you.

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(1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Great sound when it wasn't feeding back. Had to return .1*

By Big john

from Montgomery Illinois

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Pros

  • Portable
  • Powerful

Cons

  • Limited Functions
  • Poor Sound Quality

Best Uses

    Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA2212C 20W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

    Its a shame that the issues with this amp weren't able to be settled. A simple return was only solutiob offered to me. Will not be ording any more equipment on line for a long long time.

     
    4.0

    Very cool amp.

    By MGB

    from KS

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    Pros

    • Easily modified
    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA2212C 20W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      Crunch, is exactly what it says, crunch. Think slightly pushed cleans all the way through to AC/DC maybe a touch more. No real clean although if you have a single coil or a coil tap some usable cleans can be had. Don't expect Fender type clean tones or tons of headroom. This amp isn't built for that.

      The overdrive channel is the reason you buy this amp. At low volume it can be pretty loose and the mid range gets lost but as with most tube amps as you crank the better things get. When you get to around 11-12 o'clock on the volume everything kicks in and the harmonics and mids begin to jump out. Even with the gain up around the 3 o'clock are all the note are able to be picked out and the it is really articulate. The low end is still a touch loose but after my experience with a 412 in a store I believe a different speaker or cab would handle that situation.

      The speaker that is in it seems to be a little flubby. Not bad by any stretch but I will probably change it out to a Eminence Governor (V30 but better) at some point. As far as loudness goes, plenty for most small gigs and by the time your playing a place big enough where this wouldn't do the trick your probably going to be on a PA so no big deal at that point. This hooked to a good 212 or 412 would be more than enough for most gigs.

      Effects loop is fine as long as your pedals are line level compatible. Look at TC Electronics. Most if not all their pedals are compatible both ways and they build great stuff.

      Build quality seems to be good. No obvious imperfections and you don't read a ton in the reviews about problems that continually arise. Time will tell.

      While there are some things that can be improved IMO I can't really give this any cons. I feel like it does exactly what it was designed to do. Yes a clean switch would have been nice and a touch better speaker would have been nice but really at this price point you can't expect everything. These points are really personal preference anyway.

       
      5.0

      Would buy another one!

      By Daniel

      from undisclosed

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA2212C 20W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      This is a great combo amplifier, period. The two channels are easy to dial in tone, and the powers tube, I upgraded right away, so I don't know what the base tubes sounded like, but for less than $$$ you can upgrade to JJ Electronics matched pair EL-84s [Item #: H70063000002000] (and why wouldn't you?). Powerful enough for smaller gigs, absolutely the best practice amp. Just add a power attenuator and you can drive the tubes, without the volume. Highly recommend this and the 2x12 stack, which I have owned for years.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      80% tone 20% buzzsaw fizz

      By The Axe Man

      from Baltimore

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Good Warmth

      Cons

      • Poor Sound Quality

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA2212C 20W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      Been playing for about 12 years, and I honestly should know better than to buy an amp without playing it first by now. Anyways, this is just another example of why you never do that; well reviewed online, good-sounding demos on youtube, etc. but when you play this in person is got a lot of harsh high mid and treble frequency buzz/fizz to it. The fundamental tone is there, and it's good, which makes me believe the reviews that bothered to swap speakers and tubes to get the tone they were after, but its ruined by a shroud of buzzsaw shenanigans. For my needs I'd rather just take the few hundred extra $$$ I'd have spent upgrading this amp and roll it into a better overall piece of equipment. This has potential but doesn't sound good to my ears out of the box for anything other than hard rock and metal riffing, though it sounds aaaaawesome for that when tightened up with an OD. Leads of any sort (without getting all your dirt from pedals) are just too harsh and buzzy.

      In summations, a great hard rock and metal riffing amp when tightened up with OD, and if you're willing to get all your leads from a pedal and only need that kind of aggressive rhythm tone this could be a major win for you. Cleans are pretty bland.

      (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Nope

      By Stezzer

      from Nashville, TN

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use

      Cons

      • Poor Sound Quality

      Best Uses

        Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA2212C 20W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

        All it has is metal and hard rock high gain and that was ok. The cleans were awful. I wanted something I could go from SRV/Hendrix to AC/DC to Zep on and this wasn't it. Sent it back the next day and we'll see how the return/refund process goes.

         
        4.0

        20 tube watts is amazing cranked up

        By Jim

        from Hampton

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth

        Cons

        • Speaker Can Be Better

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA2212C 20W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

        First i want a amp to be as good as it can , speaker changed to another thats aggressive on the bottom and highs too.
        Tubes all changed to old vintage 12ax7 and no fizzy sounds or harshness now.
        The power tubes are new made el-84 pair.
        Bias set after reading plate voltage with a probe.
        Cranked up it held its basic tone without flubby bass or losing the defined tone and the presence control helped that !
        Very good tone and build for the price i paid and the FX loop is outstanding for pedals !
        1 year later i use it in stereo with a old Rebel 30 amp and rocks as real as you can take it !

        Not bad at all for the stupid price deal, the voicing could be a little more bottom or open the back up a little perhaps !
        If you can play well it will come out !

         
        4.0

        Great overdrive amp

        By Dylan

        from Tomball

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        Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA2212C 20W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

        This amp has a great overdrive channel, which is expected from a designer like saldano. However, if you are looking for a good clean amp, I would look elsewhere.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great First Amp

        By Fe203

        from Mart tx

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA2212C 20W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

            Powerful and loud. I'm just a beginner, so I'm unqualified to speak to quality of the tones generated. However, it performs quite well for my needs. Effects loop works great, but could use a boost if the pre-amp is down really low.

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            tone machine

            By guitar_randy

            from Wisconsin

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Powerful
            • Versatileawsome Tonepow

            Cons

            • Not Alot O Clean Headroom

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA2212C 20W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

            This amp is awesome. I have an old 1972 marshall 1987 half stack so I am no strnger for wht tube tone can do. I made a small music studio room a while back and wanted a smaller tube amp to deliver real tube tone. I play a lot of acdc and need the crunch but also play some metal. THis does it all,and well. I tried a fender mustang 3 version 2 modeling amp and its tube tones all sound synthetic not matter how much finagling you do on the knobs. It just doesn't come close to the real deal. The Jet city is the real deal. THis thing is powerful as well. 20 watts but it could easily be gigged with. Nothing beats tube saturation goodness.This amp is full of the good stuff.I got this on a stupid deal of the day. Its worth more but I snapped at that price and been happy since I got it. I would highly recommend this if you want tube tone ,especially crunch or heavier. Does 80's classic rock very well.Actually does about everything and you can hook your pedals to it as well.One of the better purchases I made lately for my music gear. Giddyup!

            (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Monster tone in a tiny package.

            By Kyle

            from Syracuse, NY

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth
            • Portable
            • Powerful

            Cons

            • Low Clean Headroom

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA2212C 20W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

            This thing is awesome. I was looking for a budget amp with decent tone. I got a lot more than that. This thing rips. Super tight tone. Sustain for days. You can use it from the cleanest tones to the heaviest of metal. Loud as hell. You can drive 2 4x12s with this thing without breaking a sweat.

            The only issue I had is that the cleans will never be completely clean, as the tubes break up when you crank them. That's fine though. A little bit of grit never hurt anyone.

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