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Jet City Amplification JCA22H 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head 

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Jet City took the legendary JCA20H and added a second, footswitch-accessible overdrive channel, along with a tube-buffered, serial effects loop. Pois...Click To Read More About This Product

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Design by Soldano.

Jet City took the legendary JCA20H and added a second, footswitch-accessible overdrive channel, along with a tube-buffered, serial effects loop. Poised to change the amp world . . . again, the JCA22H is elegance in design both inside and out, delivering unflinching reliability and everything youd want in an amp. With full EQ control and separate preamp gain and master volumes, the JCA22H can deliver spanky cleans all the way through saturated, Soldano high-gain overdrive.

FEATURES
  • Channels: Crunch and Overdrive
  • Controls: Crunch and Overdrive Gain, Bass, Middle, Treble, Crunch and Overdrive Master, Presence
  • Effects Loop: Tube Buffered, Serial
  • Tubes: 5x 12AX7 Preamp / 2x EL84 Power
  • Heater/Filament Current: DC
  • 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: 9?Hx9?Dx19.5?W

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Jet City AmplificationJCA22H 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head
 
4.7

(based on 36 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (27)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

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    (1)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (23)
  • Easy to use (21)
  • Good power output (18)
  • Portable (18)
  • Warm / comfy (17)

Cons

  • Limited functions (3)

Best Uses

  • Performances (19)
  • Home studio (18)
  • Professional recording (14)
  • Amateur recording (12)
  • Outdoor events / games (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (17), Professional musician (7), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Jet City amps gitter done

I bought this Jet City JCA22H, after owning a JCA2212C Combo for over a year. That combo, was also a stupid deal, and aside from microphonic tubes, and a faulty bias pot,...Read complete review

I bought this Jet City JCA22H, after owning a JCA2212C Combo for over a year. That combo, was also a stupid deal, and aside from microphonic tubes, and a faulty bias pot, has the sound of any amp I've owned. I have owned a lot of amps over my 35 years as a semi-professional guitar player. Including: 70s Fender Champ, Fender Champ XD, Hot Rod DeVille, 70s Acoustic 450 Head, Fender Dual Showman, 70s Fender Pro Reverb (hot rodded with master volume), Lab Series by Moog, Fender M-80 Stereo Chorus, Pignose 30 watt tube, Marshall JCM 900 with 1960a 4X12 cabinet, Peavey 130 Special, Peavey Prowler, Peavey Classic 30, and dozens of analog and digital effects. This 20 watt Jet City designed by Michael Soldano, blows them all away. Having 2 foot switchable channels of Crunch, and Overdrive, with independent Gain, and Master Volume is uber useful. It gives you the ability to play every genre, from brown sound, to Soldano overdrive. It has a tube buffered Effects Loop, that I utilize for modulation effects, allowing me to use the amp's tube gain. Stick a Tube Screamer in front of it, and it's over the top! The closed back cabinet is loaded with a quality 16 ohm Eminence speaker. There are 3 speaker outputs, 1-16 ohm, and 2-8 ohm, to add an external 16 ohm speaker. I use 2 - 8 ohm 12 cabinets in series, and it's LOUD, and bleeds EL84 tube tone! I'd like it to have reverb, and a channel switch on the amp, but I have a reverb pedal, and after warranty, it will have a channel switch. I had this puppy in my cart for 1/2 an hour, before hitting BUY. I have a bad back, and tis amp is just about my lifting limit, so I don't have to rely on others to carry it!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great if you like bees.

I'd read some good things about this amp, and figured I'd give it a try. I played it through different cabs with a Vintage 30, Alnico Blue, and Greenback. It was really...Read complete review

I'd read some good things about this amp, and figured I'd give it a try. I played it through different cabs with a Vintage 30, Alnico Blue, and Greenback. It was really not great through all of them. Harsh, thin, buzzy distortion. I got an RMA the same day it arrived and put it in the mail the next. I wouldn't recommend this amp to anyone for any style of music.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

IMPECCABLE TONE!!!!!!

By LP Jarrod

from San Marcos, TX

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Verified Reviewer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA22H 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

    I just received the JCA22H from UPS today, and I must say that I am extremely impressed! This is my third all-tube amp, and it is also the most versatile by far. I used to own a 2003 Fender Hotrod Deluxe, and I still own a Jet City PicoValve with the River City mod. I play an all-stock 2000 Gibson Les Paul Studio with 490R/498T pickups.

    I wanted to give the stock tubes a fair shot, especially since they haven't really received much good press. Surprisingly, this amp doesn't sound bad at all with the Chinese glass. However, with some American tubes in there,
    I am lacking nothing in the way of tone.
    V1 = GE 12AZ7 short gray plates
    V2 = GE 12AX7 long gray plates
    V3 = GE 12AZ7 short gray plates
    V4 = Sylvania 12AX7 long gray plates
    5, 6, and 7 are stock for now

    With this current tube configuration, I can achieve anything from pristine cleans to heavily compressed metal tones without any need for an OD or a clean boost.

    As far as value goes, I suppose it depends on your needs. For me, I don't need any other amp for what I do, so considering I got this on sale, I'm astonished that I can achieve professional quality guitar tones throughout the entire gain range. Sure, I could drop a grand or more on a Fender DRRI for unbeatable clean tones, but with the right preamp tubes and a few seconds of tweaking, this can come close enough for my liking. :-D

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Great if you like bees.

    By Ryan Steadley

    from Oklahoma City, OK

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

      • Limited Functions
      • Poor Sound Quality

      Best Uses

      • Attracting more bees.

      Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA22H 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

      I'd read some good things about this amp, and figured I'd give it a try. I played it through different cabs with a Vintage 30, Alnico Blue, and Greenback. It was really not great through all of them. Harsh, thin, buzzy distortion. I got an RMA the same day it arrived and put it in the mail the next. I wouldn't recommend this amp to anyone for any style of music.

       
      5.0

      Love this thing...

      By Mtty

      from Seattle

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      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio

          Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA22H 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

          Love this amp. Very cool.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Tube Amp, But Here's Some More Info...

          By Nomad Ronin

          from Florida

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          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 JCA22H 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

            OK, this is a great amp, however, before you buy it here are some things you might want to know. The first thing is is that this is a very loud 20 watts. If you want to use this for home use your probably going to be using this on either 1 or 2 (probably 1, this is the loudest 20 watts I've ever heard) on the master control. The problem with this is that the preamp tubes aren't getting pushed and this amp's sound relies on tube pushing, at least IMHO. Without the push this amp can sound a little muddy and, to me, is a little dark sounding. That being said, this is a simple fix. All you need is a boost, distortion, or overdrive pedal. Turn the boost up or turn the level on the distortion or overdrive pedal up and leave the distortion or overdrive effect at zero and you'll push the tubes and clean up and tighten the amps sound. When you do this the sound of this amp is hard to beat and makes this amp one of the best I've ever heard. The pedal used doesn't have to be an expensive pedal either. I used a cheap Danelectro Pastrami Overdrive Pedal that worked perfectly and now I can use this amp at bedroom levels and get awesome tone. Before doing this I was considering returning it as it was a bit much for my needs. One more thing, this is a pretty good sized head so don't expect something small like Peavey's MH line of heads. It is, however, well built and fairly light for it's size. Hope this answers some questions that may not have been answered in the previous reviews. Remember, this is my opinion and yours may vary and sound, like almost everything in life, is subjective.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great value for the money!

            By Mototech63

            from Idaho

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Great tone
            • Portable
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording
              • Small gigs

              Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA22H 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

              I have been playing guitar over 36 years, and have owned a plethora of solid state and tube amps.The jca22h is perfect for gigs, plenty of volume. Takes pedals well, and easy to use. The tone is awesome through my Peavey 212mc slant back with Celestions. I'm buying another just to have another for backup. The build quality is impressive for the money paid.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              I highly recommend this amp.

              By Josh

              from Houston, TX

              About Me Professional Musician

              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 JCA22H 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

                I wanted something a little different than my Marshall and I wanted an amp head that was portable for club gigs. I tried the jetcity at my first gig last night and it sounded great. Really light and easy to carry. I'm so glad I convinced myself to pull the trigger on this amp. I ordered the 2 channel head on back order and it was worth the wait.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                What a great little amp for the money!

                By Brenno

                from undisclosed

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Performances

                  Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA22H 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

                  I bought this amp because I was looking for a tube amp, never really played a tube amp but tired of tone chasing w/ tranny amps. Tube amps are pricey but this was well within my range. Hooked it up and jammed w/ a professional band to see how it kept up w/ drums,guitar & bass, and wow for 20watt amp this thing cranked, keep in mind its not a JCM800 but close to it. It is well worth it. I will buy more and HIGHLY recommend this amp. My guitar player friend is a seasoned musician and played through it w/ a PRS and was also blown away by its performance, straight amp-no effects. If your on a budget and need/want tube amp tone & performance, you cant go wrong.

                  (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great amp

                  By tom

                  from ny

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                  Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA22H 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

                  Just received my amp. Well built attractive amp. Good foot pedal well built and sounds great.

                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Best bang for the buck

                  By Gearhead

                  from El Segundo

                  About Me Novice

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Hard to get a loud clean sound.
                  • Overdrive channel is noisy.

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA22H 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

                  Having a couple of tube amps in my arsenal, I really did not need another one except I could not refuse this amp for the price. The 22H is a hell of a deal. I am already laughing at the price that I paid of it. I paired it with two 1x12 cab running at 8ohm each. The amp is very loud. At 2, my neighbor would be complaining. There are only two channel. The crunch channel has an AC/DC type of sound. Really nice. Getting a clean sound with headroom is not an option. The overdrive channel will melt your face off. Brown sound heaven to early Metallica tones. The con on this amp is I get a slight humming sound as I turn up the volume. I even changed the tubes to all JJs but the humming sound still exist. I am not sure if it is a pre-amp tube but it only exist on the overdrive channel. I am getting the amp biased and hope that hum will go away. Overall, I am pleased with this amp. You can't beat the price a very well made tube amp.

                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great sound, fantastic value...

                  By Steroplayer

                  from Michigan

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Home Studio

                    Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA22H 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

                    I'm using this as a bass head for the bridge PU on a stereo set up.
                    Only con so far is... The Head defaults to the distortion channel when the foot switch isn't used.
                    Otherwise, would recommend highly.

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