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Jet City Amplification JCA2212C 20W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp   (Used)

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Jet City Amplification

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

The JCA2212C 20W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp is a “combo” version of the JCA22H. It’s 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’s 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.

 

JCA2212C 20W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp Specifications:

  • 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: 20″Hx21″Wx11″D
  • 38.7lb. net
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Jet City AmplificationJCA2212C 20W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.4

(based on 22 reviews)

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90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (19)
  • Portable (16)
  • Excellent sound (15)
  • Good power output (13)
  • Warm / comfy (9)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances (17)
    • Home studio (14)
    • Outdoor events / games (12)
    • Amateur recording (10)
    • Professional recording (10)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (12), 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.

    VS

    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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    5.0

    Monster tone in a tiny package.

    By Kyle

    from Syracuse, NY

    About Me Experienced

    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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    3.0

    Nice amp but not for me

    By David

    from Minnesota

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Cool Looks
    • Decent Speaker
    • Dual Channel
    • Easy To Use
    • Eq Controls With Presence
    • Overdriven Tube Tone
    • Powerful

    Cons

    • Lack Of Clean Tone
    • No reverb
    • Short Ac Cord

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

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

    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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    4.0

    Good distortion, cleans not so much

    By pf

    from Phila., PA

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Warmth
    • Portable

    Cons

    • Lacks Low End
    • Limited Headroom

    Best Uses

    • Performances

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

    I bought this but returned it. I liked it, but I need an amp that offers a loud very clean option on the same volume level as the distorted volume. This amp gets somewhat clean but lacks the ability to be very clean. I would also prefer to have more low end thump when I turn up the bass. I swapped tubes to be sure it wasn't the stock tubes, but there was little change. I a/b'd it with other amps I own to be sure. Don't get me wrong. This is a loud amp and worth the price. By demanding super cleans at loud volumes, I may have been expecting it to do something beyond its design. It gets pleasant partially dirty tones and satisfying hi gain tones, but don't expect pristine Fender style cleans at usable performance volume (full band with drummer). On the positive side, it is loud enough to play with a group for classic rock & blues, very portable and very well made. There are not many el84 amps in this price range with this level of quality.

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    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    great combo gig worthy

    By axeman/cane

    from pittsburgh,pa

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    • No Chanel Light On Amp

    Best Uses

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

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

    I was leary about buying a tube amp made in china l'm glad l did sounds great & its very loud for20 watts the crunch chanel is reasonably clean not fender clean but i knew that with the gain cranked classic rock to hard rock the overdrive chanel starts where the crunch chanel ends it has alot of gain from classic to old school metal &extreme sustain also very excellent saturation a paul sounds like paul & a strat sounds like a strat the eminence speaker is good but i prefer celestions i am playing it now through a 4/12 cab 8ohm insainly loud for 20watts i bought on sale from mf i will buy another when on sale

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    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Good value valve amp.

    By LP Jack

    from Schuylkill, Pa.

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events

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

      Saw this as a SDOTD and could not resist. I have the single channel JCA2112RC and it rocks. This amp has the footswitchable channels and that was something I wanted.
      I kept the factory tubes in until just a few days ago. Gave it some time for speaker break-in. I switched out the stock Chinese EL84's for Mullards and also changed the V1 to a JJ. Big improvement! Power tube and V1 preamp tube swap highly recommended. I play an old 71 LP deluxe and a Schecter Tempest through this and it's working real good. Crunch channel can get pretty loud without too much dirt, if you keep the gain down. The overdrive channel sings! Hit it with an OD pedal and it sustains for days! For gigging, I'll be adding the extension cab to push more air. Yes, it's gig worthy loud too. I'll be keeping the single channel too.

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      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      OK as workhorse, not lots of character

      By Dom Polski

      from Boulder, CO

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • 2 Channel Footswitchable
      • Easy To Use
      • Portable
      • Price

      Cons

      • Inconsistent Quality
      • Little Headroom

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Bar Gigs
      • Events
      • Performances

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

      This amp sounds just OK. It has little character. The clean sound is kind of cold, but the Crunch overdrive isn't bad. The distortion sounds pretty good as a high-gain, more modern sound. So far, it doesn't hold up against vintage Fenders.

      A great value as the Stupid Deal of the Day. 1st amp I received was defective, the Master Crunch pot was dysfunctional. 2nd amp was damaged during shipment, the rear metal cover was dented and the amp didn't work. 3rd amp I kept because it worked, although it was also damaged. One of the foot screws was broken, I had to re-drill next to the broken screw to attach the rubber foot. MF was great with their customer service!

      Hopefully this amp will sweeten up a bit after the speaker breaks in. Perhaps a tube replacement will help, as suggested by other reviewers.

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      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Amp

      By Joe-NDmxq

      from Colorado

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Performances

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

        This is a really good amp. The cleanside is just as good as the OD side. In reality,, with this amp you do not need any overdrive pedals.

        Well made, solid construction, and most important great tone for any type of music. Too bad the price on this amp has increased.

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        (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great amp for the price

        By slidedude

        from Newtown pa

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

              A great soldano design, on a decent board with nice tracings. Trade out the chinese tubes and the amp can sound amazing! I have been a professional player for years and wanted a small combo amp that could scream. This is it! I swapped out the V1 and V2 tubes with a 7025 and a 5751 and it's beautiful. Vintage Marshall.

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              5.0

              saldano sound cheap

              By gnat

              from cramerton,n.c.

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

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

                just goes to show you don't have to spend a fortune to get boutique sound.this ting sings almost like it has a sustainer built in.

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great little tube amp!

                By a boy named sue

                from Northglenn, CO

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

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

                  This is a great little amplifier. Works perfectly, sounds great & has high quality construction. The tube buffered effects loop & included footswitch for switching channels really can't be beat at this price. Jet City Amplification has every reason to be proud of this product.
                  The only downside to this purchase was the attitude of the representative who took the order. When informed of the product selection his response was to say "I've never heard of this brand". He went on, in a effort to sell the extended warranty, to say "I wouldn't expect this to last more than three years". Upon learning that the extended warranty would not be purchased, He adopted a superior attitude & acted like we were idiots for buying this item. When you call to place a order it states that calls may be recorded for quality control purposes, I hope that was the case here. I would & have recommended the highly regarded Mike Soldano designed Jet City amps to my musician friends.

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