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Jet City Amplification JCA5012C 50W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp 

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50 watts from a pair of 6L6 power tubes and all the features of the JCA100H make the JCA50H Tube Guitar Combo Amp ideal for gigging musicians who nee...Click To Read More About This Product

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The Overdrive channel is the Soldano high-gain lead tone.

50 watts from a pair of 6L6 power tubes and all the features of the JCA100H make the JCA50H Tube Guitar Combo Amp ideal for gigging musicians who need plenty of stage volume with some nice power amp distortion. The Normal channel can range from clean tones to dirty rock riffs. The Overdrive channel is the Soldano high-gain lead tone you've come to know and love. Pair it up with a JCA48S for a powerful half-stack, or one or two JCA24S 2x12 cabs for extra versatility.

FEATURES
  • Channels: Normal and Overdrive, foot-switchable with included footswitch
  • Controls: Normal and Overdrive Gain, Bass, Middle, Treble, Normal and Overdrive Masters, Presence
  • Effects Loop: Tube-Buffered Serial
  • Footswitch: Normal/Overdrive channel footswitch, included
  • Tubes: 5 x 12AX7 Preamp / 2 x 6L6 Power
  • Cabinetry: Multi-ply, void-free hardwood
  • Chassis: 16 gauge, cold-rolled steel
  • Output Power: 50 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
  • Dimensions (WxDxH): 9.5" x 9.5" x 25"
  • Weight: 40 lb.

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Jet City AmplificationJCA5012C 50W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp
 
3.7

(based on 23 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

71%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good power output (15)
  • Easy to use (14)
  • Excellent sound (11)
  • Portable (7)
  • Warm / comfy (7)

Cons

  • Poor sound quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Performances (15)
  • Outdoor events / games (8)
  • Professional recording (5)
  • Home studio (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (14), Professional musician (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great amp for the price.

I got this amp while Musician's Friend was blowing them out during their President's Day Sale for 299. I've owned Marshalls, Oranges, and Peaveys and I have to say that even at the...Read complete review

I got this amp while Musician's Friend was blowing them out during their President's Day Sale for 299. I've owned Marshalls, Oranges, and Peaveys and I have to say that even at the regular 699 price, this amp is just as good (if not better) than all of these. If you love the Soldano sound, then you'll like this. Keep in mind that though this amp was designed by Mike Soldano, this won't sound exactly like a real Soldano right off the bat (less focused, more open-sounding).

Both channels on the amp are very versatile. The crunch channel can go from clean to 80's while the overdrive channel is smoother, more defined, and can do everything the crunch channel can. Yes, it can also do teh br00tlz. I would buy this amp just for the overdrive channel, but the crunch channel can be useful as well. Stock, it does sound pretty fizzy though. You'll need to change tubes to get the best sound you can. I recommend going to the Eurotubes website and checking out their tube bundles for this amp.

One pleasant surprise for me is that my amp included a depth knob, which was not a feature listed on the website. This is a modification that many people with Soldanos and Jet Cities add onto their amp. It works flawlessly and adds more low end to the amp.

The only reason that this amp doesn't 5 stars is that it doesn't sound the most amazing stock. But compared to all of the newer Marshall's, Oranges, Bugeras, Peaveys, and Blackstars, this amp blows them away.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

MUCH TO NOISY BUT SOUNDS GREAT LOUD!

Really wanted to like this amp. My 20W Jet City JCA2212C COMBO is awesome!

The first one was hissing so badly that it was unusable so I returned it and got a...Read complete review

Really wanted to like this amp. My 20W Jet City JCA2212C COMBO is awesome!

The first one was hissing so badly that it was unusable so I returned it and got a replacement.

The replacement was not as noisy but there was clearly something wrong with it. Replacing the tubes a month later with JJ 12AX7A's and JJ 6L6GC's didn't make it any quieter.

The 20W EL84 Jet City JCA2212C actually has more gain that this JCA5012C.

There seems to be something wrong with these amps. I had two that were too noisy and the last one wasn't tube related.

Mine does have the DEPTH knob and it sounds great turned up loud, but it's too noisy for anything other than stage use, the hissing will drive you crazy.

I know hi-gain tube amps are not quiet, but I have the 20W one that is quiet and also an AMPEG GVT52-112 that kills this in every way (Unfortunately no longer available) and that's quiet also.

I actually need a 50W head now, and want to try the Jet City JCA50H, but since this is the same circuit, I might be dealing with the same issue.

This amp is very well made, and the Jet City guys are easy to deal with, and very informative at the NAMM shows...

It's still under warranty so I'll send an email to JET CITY and hopefully they might have a warranty station in the San Diego / Los Angeles area.

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3.0

JCA5012C 50W 1x12 review....

By JacksonRockFan46

from Clute,Texas

About Me Novice

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Pros

  • Powerful

Cons

  • Difficult To Use

Best Uses

  • Performances
  • Professional Recording

Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA5012C 50W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

Amature guitar player.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Solid amp

By Jack

from Waynesburg Pa.

About Me Experienced

See all my reviews

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Warmth
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Performances

    Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA5012C 50W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

    This amp is built like a tank. It is heavy and may be the largest 1x12 combo amp I have seen in my life. The amp has better overall tone and drive when the volume is turned up but it will be stupid loud. This amp does have a hum and it is more pronounced when the volume is turned up. The hum is not a deal breaker for me because it seems there is a fix that involves eliminating the pcb traces for the heater circuit to the preamp tubes and running elevated wires in their place. That modification is beyond my skill level and will be done by the guy that works on my amps. I swapped out all the tubes and biased the amp and I am happy with the sound I am getting. I will have the heater trace modification done in the near future but for now I am happy with this amp.

     
    5.0

    I would buy this for this price on sale!

    By Dave

    from Boston, MA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound

    Cons

    • none

    Best Uses

      Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA5012C 50W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      At 399 New this is a fantastic deal. You get a warranty with MF. The sound is not as powerful as an EVH 5153 but for 399 this combo will satisfy. I like playing it. It has a lot of gain, but very smooth. Compared to the other amp above, a little less punchy, but you can get great sounds out of it. I will never sell mine unless I become broke or something.

       
      4.0

      One Of The Best Amps For The Money

      By coach48503

      from Flint,Michigan

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Mobile DJ
        • Performances

        Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA5012C 50W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

        I swapped out the inexpensive Eminence Legend speaker for an Eminence Governor. Sold right here on MF. With that simple change the amp went from OK to very very good. Sound is up front and in your face. It's clear or throaty depending on the channel. The clean is really good. The OD is excellent. Great fun. I have it setting right next to a Vox AC30 and a Mesa Lodestar. In comparison those two seem lifeless. And ......and.......those are my 2 fave amps.
        There is some residual noise on the clean channel when you crank it up. I am trying isolate that. Then again it does just come from it being very pressed.
        The OD channel has some noise too. But what do you expect from a good OD channel.

        (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Noisy

        By William

        from undisclosed

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        Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA5012C 50W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

        If you check the reviews, you'll see some debate about whether this amp is noisy, or just normal for a high-gain unit...let me weigh in on that: I've played for 45 years, normally use an ANCIENT Supro Thunderbolt (and for recording, an even more ancient Jennings...like a Vox AC15), and the amp I received was 20 times noisier than either of those...I sent it back despite the great price, couldn't run it above 2.5 channel, 2.5 master

         
        5.0

        I love this amp!

        By Metalgod64

        from Tucson, Az

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        See all my reviews

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA5012C 50W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

          Great overall tube sound, more distortion than any amp I have ever owned without the need for pedals.

          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great amp with plenty of modding potential.

          By t dog

          from North Carolina

          About Me Experienced

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          Pros

            Cons

            • Limited Functions

            Best Uses

              Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA5012C 50W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

              If you can use a soldering iron, there are numerous mods to be found on the Internet. Replace the stock tunes with decent aftermarket ones and rebias it and you will be in business.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Great Amp!

              By Mr Fret

              from Lynchburg, VA

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Bad Hum

              Best Uses

              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA5012C 50W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

              I normally play through a 50 watt marshall with a 4x12. I wanted a 1x12 combo that I would be happy with for small rooms. This amp is a beast. Great tone on both channels. Plenty of headroom.
              The amp had quite a hum, but not the end of the world. Then it quit working! Turned out to be a bad solder joint on the bias control. I fixed that and modded it to clear the hum, and now it's even better!

              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              MUCH TO NOISY BUT SOUNDS GREAT LOUD!

              By DUANE

              from San Diego, CA

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Powerful

              Cons

              • Poor Sound Quality

              Best Uses

              • Performances

              Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA5012C 50W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

              Really wanted to like this amp. My 20W Jet City JCA2212C COMBO is awesome!

              The first one was hissing so badly that it was unusable so I returned it and got a replacement.

              The replacement was not as noisy but there was clearly something wrong with it. Replacing the tubes a month later with JJ 12AX7A's and JJ 6L6GC's didn't make it any quieter.

              The 20W EL84 Jet City JCA2212C actually has more gain that this JCA5012C.

              There seems to be something wrong with these amps. I had two that were too noisy and the last one wasn't tube related.

              Mine does have the DEPTH knob and it sounds great turned up loud, but it's too noisy for anything other than stage use, the hissing will drive you crazy.

              I know hi-gain tube amps are not quiet, but I have the 20W one that is quiet and also an AMPEG GVT52-112 that kills this in every way (Unfortunately no longer available) and that's quiet also.

              I actually need a 50W head now, and want to try the Jet City JCA50H, but since this is the same circuit, I might be dealing with the same issue.

              This amp is very well made, and the Jet City guys are easy to deal with, and very informative at the NAMM shows...

              It's still under warranty so I'll send an email to JET CITY and hopefully they might have a warranty station in the San Diego / Los Angeles area.

               
              5.0

              Super Deal

              By Sohnostudios

              from Avon CT

              About Me Professional Musician

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              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Events
                • Performances

                Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA5012C 50W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                I have a number of different amps but when I play at a larger venue this is my amp of choice.

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